Shadowhunters is an immensely popular supernatural tv show. It's a slick and polished production starring impossibly beautiful people and based on the popular book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The first season came out in 2016 with 10 episodes. But it proved so popular that season two has 20 episodes, broken into two parts. And likewise with season three, with 10 episodes in part one and 12 in part 2. All of which are now available on Netflix.
Shadowhunters follows Clary Fray who, on her 18th birthday, discovers she is quite unlike everybody else. She is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood who protects humans from demons. As the truth about Clary is uncovered, her life as she knows it changes forever. Her mother goes missing and instead of heading off to college as planned, she must now join a group of Shadowhunters to find her.
As the season progresses, Clary's powers emerge. Alongside Jace, Alec and Isabelle and her human sidekick Simon, the group must battle vampires, warlocks and werewolves. Can Clary (Katherine McNamara) save her mother and uncover her past? You'll have to watch to find out!
Shadowhunters is one of those shows that will either have you gripped from the beginning or turning off a few episodes in. Like many shows that first air on TV before hitting Netflix, the plots are dragged out over months and months so bingeing them can be frustrating. Not least because the storylines move so slowly.
Grant it, it's a fantasy show but the neverending parade of perfection is a little grating at times. However, it is still packed with action, has some pretty decent special effects and the plot is quite engaging. My guess is that it is aimed at a certain demographic who will absolutely love it. For everybody else, it probably lacks a little grit and is more style over substance.