Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 1 “This Guilty Blood”

While an obvious increase in budget has certainly improved the cinematography, special effects and production design, all which look fantastic and promote the show’s exotic, fantasy look and often urban tone, money can’t help the stilted writing. This continues to be the show’s biggest hurdle, as while this episode contains a number of exciting, and surprisingly unpredictable, plot developments, the characters go through typical motions and little is done to escalate our care for them. Hopefully that will happen in future episodes with this one focussed more on re-introducing viewers to the world. However, it also doesn’t help having a lead that can’t act (though to be fair, many in this ensemble give poor performances) and therefore is never inspiring. 6.6/10

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