Hunters Choose Zootopia: Shadow Hunters

Based on the popular book series, “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare, Freeform has released a TV show called “Shadowhunters.” Like the books, the show revolves around Clary Fray, a loyal and artistic character. On the night of her 18th birthday, she is thrust into the world of fantasy when she runs into a guy covered in mysterious tattoos and witnesses him murder someone. Later, her mother is captured and the strange guy, Jace Wayland, guides her through the world of Shadowhunters to rescue her mom.

As somebody that has read the books and watched the 2013 movie, “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” I find that, like any adaptation of a novel, the show strays away from the original angle, but the original plot still remains.

The Institute and some other of the show’s sets are different than what the book described. The Institute is much more high-tech. and instead of it housing the Lightwoods and the occasional traveling Shadowhunter, it is filled with many extra people.

Another difference is the character Hodge Starkweather, who is played by Jon Cor. In the first of the novels, Hodge plays a big role in the plot, but in the show he seems more of a background character.

As for Valentine, the experimental villain obsessed with the purity of blood and powers, he is more present in the show, which is interesting. Although, so far his acting seems cheesy and more like a Disney villain than what Clare portrays him as, an unstable and conniving leader. This makes Clary and the team’s missions seem less at high-stakes than what the rest of the acting gives off.

The acting for the rest of the characters also seemed cheesy, but as more episodes are released, it gets better and better. The show has an enthralling aspect, and every episode is left on a cliffhanger so the audience is on their tiptoes waiting for the next one.

The show has risen above my standards and hopefully there will be multiple seasons to come.