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Can Shadowhunters come back from its disappointing first episode? Here's our review of The Mortal Instruments TV opener...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Mortal Cup
Lots of pilot episodes seem a bit clunky. They’ve got a fair amount of setting up to do, after all – the first episode of anything needs to introduce its audience to a setting, to characters, and, if the show’s got any kind of sci-fi or fantasy element, to the rules of its universe. So sometimes you get a bit more telling than showing, and some on-the-nose dialogue. That’s generally forgivable. But in the case of Shadowhunters, its first episode was so awkward it might be hard to come back from it.
To give it its due, it gets the first part out of the way quickly and fairly elegantly. The opening sequence establishes that this is a magical world »
PhotosWinter TV Preview! Your Scoop-Filled Guide to 20+ Returning Favorites
Tuesday’s series premiere introduced viewers to Clary Fray (played by Katherine McNamara), a promising art student whose mother drops a hell of a family secret on her: It turns out she’s a Shadowhunter, a human-angel hybrid destined to defend our world from the forces of darkness.
Of course, none of this would be new information to Clary if her mother Jocelyn »
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