Shadowhunters won't get past Season 1 if they can't uncomplicate story lines

Feb 17, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. ET
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What just happened? Seriously, I'm asking fans and fellow viewers for a little help here. What just happened? Can someone sit me down and teach me about the terminology and every supernatural creature, because I'm feeling very disoriented at the moment. I mean, Shadowhunters is only on Episode 6 of Season 1 and I'm already past confused. 

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Am I the only one having a hard time digesting everything that has been thrown at viewers since Episode 1? From understanding the Shadow World to comprehending the language to trying to keep straight every magical being alive, watching Shadowhunters is like sitting in class and attempting to take extremely thorough notes so you can go back and remember everything that you just watched.

I'm not sure if the Freeform series is aware, but not everyone tuning into the TV series read the books by Cassandra Clare that Shadowhunters is based on. Viewers who aren't familiar with the characters and story lines are going to need some guidance along the way, especially when it comes to the complex lore and vocabulary. I'm still trying to keep straight who is half-human and half-demon.

The series probably doesn't want to do a lot of hand-holding, especially because a portion of the audience consists of fans of the books. They definitely don't need the TV version of the story they know and love to take things slow. That said, it still needs to be understandable for every viewer.

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For example, during Tuesday's episode, titled "Of Men and Angels," viewers learned about Jocelyn and Valentine's pasts, which was told through Magnus and Luke. The way the story was delivered, well, I'm still scratching my head. So much so, I'm going to have to go back and re-watch most of the episode just to make sure I didn't miss anything important. If a viewer has to do that, then a series is doing something seriously wrong.

Obviously, reveals, learning about the past and discovering who's who and what's what is a huge part of Shadowhunters (just like it is with any series). That said, it needs to follow in the footsteps of something like, say, The Vampire Diaries, in which not everything is revealed all at once. From the get-go, TVD's first season didn't introduce every supernatural creature known and took things slow, but also managed to keep things exciting.

I mean, what's going to be left to be told on Shadowhunters if it's all revealed at once? I get that backstory is extremely important and it's probably setting up the rest of the season, but slow it down, Shadowhunters. Let the viewers have time to digest and enjoy the story.


If Shadowhunters doesn't take it down a notch and unveil information in a slower manner, well, I have a feeling it might not get past Season 1.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

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