Time flies and it’s already the end of March! This month, I decided to do a little March wrap-up, which also is kind of a monthly favourite post. I’m going to go through all the things I love or been loving this month so here we go!
I haven’t read many books this month and it is because I spent my free time watching TV shows! I haven’t been watching a lot of TV shows until I decided to ask around for recommendation and now I’m trapped binge-watching these shows.
If you ask me to name one show I want to bring back on the screen the answer would be The Secret Circle.
Back in 2011, when everyone was crazy about The Vampire Diaries (and I know people are still crazy over the show now), I was crazy about the witches on The Secret Circle.
I finally caught up with the show and I have to say that the show is moving very fast. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. I might have too much expectation of the show. Another thing that I noticed is the lack of chemistry between Clary and Jace. I’m not sure why but I just couldn’t really feel it. Also, for some reason, Jace is easily forgotten in the show. (Or maybe it’s just me) I don’t think his character on the show takes centre stage as much as the book or movie version of TMI.
Another surprise for me is the appearance of Lydia Branwell. I’m aware that she is not actually on the book? I was confused when I saw her on the show and I went to google if there was anyone named Lydia Branwell in the book. Then I found out that she was added to the show. I think her appearance will definitely make everything more interesting.
Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr., and Alberto Rosende definitely steal the show. Alec was not my favourite character in the book, but on the tv show, he’s definitely on the top of the list. I think Matthew did great job portraying Alec. Casting Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane is probably the best decision they make. He is amazing and I would say he succeed in bringing Magnus to life. And Alberto! I’ve loved him since the first episode and he is definitely the perfect Simon.
And yesterday, we found out that there would be season 2 of the Shadowhunters. I have to say that I’m excited for the second season. Even though I don’t love the show, I Iike seeing the shadowhunters world. I don’t have much expectation on the second season but I do hope that it would be well-developed and not miss out on anything important from the book.
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.
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.