TV TALK: Shadowhunters 1.05 – Moo Shu To Go

Shadowhunters 1×05 – Moo Shu To Go

 The fifth episode to me was very short and fast. I don’t know why because I’m sure the duration is pretty much the same with last week’s episode.

So, this week starts with bonding time between Izzy and Clary. It’s nice to see the two girls talk to each other. I guess I’m happy for Izzy because she finally gets a female friend and doesn’t have to spend every waking hour with Jace and Alec. They talked about Clary’s mum and right after that we got to see (very pissed) Maryse Lightwood. I felt bad for Izzy because her mum was really cold toward her but I understand that she was mad at her. I remember from the book that the Lightwoods are known for their snobbish attitudes and I get a little excited because we got to see it through Maryse (weird, I know). I wish we got to see Max, oh well, maybe next time.

Whilst in the institute, Maryse told Jace and Isabelle to go see the Seelies because they stopped talking to the Clave and told Alec to keep his eyes on her. Now, this is going to be interesting. Before Jace left though, Alec talked to him about what happened last week and I would say it’s pretty accurate with the book. Matthew Daddario is an amazing actor and he did an excellent job portraying Alec.

While watching Clary, he got a phone call from Magnus (YESSSS MALEC) and I have to say that it’s my favourite scene in this week’s episode. Meanwhile, while Alec was talking to Magnus, Clary ran from the institute to go to her house, hoping to find something that can help save her mum. Alec realised she was missing, hung up on Magnus, and ran after her. Good to see him keeping his promise. I mentioned last week that I was annoyed by the fact that Alec keeps mentioning how much he disliked Clary. I’m glad to say that there’s improvement in that department this week. I think Alec is now fine with Clary.

Simon is also back and I’m so glad to see him. His lines are still hilarious. If I have to choose top actors in the show, it would definitely be Matthew Daddario and Alberto Rosende. They are successful in bringing Alec and Simon to live on screen.

While looking for whatever Clary was looking for, the werewolves took Simon and her. Alec told Jace that he lost them and Jace was angry. He took it out on Alec but then worked together to find them. Simon was definitely having all his vampire abilities out. This was shown through the jumps and him breaking the cuffs.

All in all, this episode was great in defining the relationships between the characters, except for Jace and Clary’s. However, I’m not sure about the storyline. I felt like they are moving fast in terms of the action, saving-Jocelyn’s-from-Valentine story but there is a slow development on Jace and Clary’s relationship. I think it’s safe to say that their relationship was one reason why so many people are hooked to the book. I really hope, we get to see more of them together. Oh, and more Malec please.

 

First Impression: Shadowhunters

 

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The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite young adult series so when it was adapted into movies, I was beyond excited. However, the film wasn’t up to my expectations. Then last year, I heard that they are going to adapt the series into TV shows. I don’t want to have high expectations of the TV show because I don’t want to be disappointed. But then I realised that with TV shows, they can explore more of the books. Every little thing can be explained in details because they don’t have to squeeze everything in two hours duration. My hope for the TV show is that they can stick to the book and just not make a worse version of the film.

Today, I finally caught up with the show and watched the first four episodes. To be fair, my memory of the book is quite rusty (Note to self: Re-read the series). But watching it helped me remember the storyline and the little details. There are a few things that caught my attention while watching it.

  • Isabelle and Alec are very different from what I remember. I thought Isabelle would be much much more aloof and cold towards Clary. On the other hand, Alec is much colder than the book version of Alec (or at least how I imagined Alec is).
  • I don’t like how Alec complains every two seconds in the show about Clary and telling Jace that he doesn’t trust her. He needs to chill.
  • Simon is brilliant! For the first three episodes, he saves the show. Alberto Rosende is an amazing actor.
  • The moment Magnus Bane appears is the most magical. His lines are great and Harry Shum Jr. portrays him well. I laughed a lot at MALEC moments (I NEED MORE!!!). I’m so excited to see more of them.
  • Another thing is how fast-paced the show is. Why is there no rat-Simon? That would be interesting to see actually.

Overall, I enjoy the first four episodes. I think it improves episode-by-episode and I’m looking forward to see the next episode. Hopefully, it keeps improving and doesn’t become disappointing.

Book Review: Chasing Spring – R.S. Grey

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release date: 1.12.2016
Rating: 4.5/5

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Synopsis

 

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

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