In other news, I've been watching the Shadowhunters series on Freeform, and I've fallen right down that rabbit hole in a way I've not done since first discovering Supernatural. I've always been a serial fan--one primary fandom at a time, and a few that I was minorly involved in: following the show, reading fic, knowing a little something about the actors, etc. But the primary fandom has always been my focus--writing fic, reading fic and meta, discussing meta, learning about the actors, writers, producers, and their previous work, watching old shows they were involved in, etc.
It was Buffy/Angel for the longest time, with Firefly/Farscape/BSG/Stargates/Lost/
But meanhile, Shadowhunters has swept me up in its silly, shallow, ridiculous storyline, and wooed me with it's So Very Pretty cast. I'm in a little bit of luuurrrvve with them all, with their characters, and with the noir romanticism of it all. The attraction was visual, as someone on my Tumblr dash began posting pics and gifs of the cast and snippets of dialogue. SO PRETTY! and I went looking for the show. Found it, and the previous season was available on Instant Watch, so I binged on it, and just fell into it, surrounded by the escapism and ALL THE PRETTY! I mean, these are seriously pretty people! The roster of actor names pleases me to no end, as well, including the actors who play recurring characters: Jade Hassoune', David Castro, Alisha Wainwright. And the primaries: Isaiah Mustapha, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Alberto Rosende, Katherine McNamara, Harry Shum, Jr., and Domnic Sherwood. I mean, you could fall completely in love just with the actors' *names*!
I had no idea of the provenence of the show when I fell into it, but I quickly learned it was derived from a book series by Cassie Clare, and that she has some input into scripts. Aware of her background, I did a little digging, and found a terribly unfortunate film, The Mortal Instruments, that had a decent cast and a similar dark, romantic look, and somehow still failed miserably. Honestly, if I'd seen the movie first I might never have given the series a chance. The series is a whole different thing entirely, for all their origins in common. But I didn't, and I did, and I am wallowing in pretty, pretty escapism, and expecting little from the storylines but sheer fantasy. So imagine how, suddenly, I was rocked by a second-season script that addressed racial profiling, gettoisation and persecution of a segment of the population, bigotry, addiction, recovery, homophobia, classism, and a few other little minor things so topical today, and so dear to my heart. Reader, I blinked. And then my heart grew about two sizes, for the grace the writers used to hit those notes without big flashy afterschool special arrows pointing to the issues. And for the growth and changes of heart each of the characters continues to experience on their journeys through this strange and unexpected world.
Oh, and discovering the character Magnus Bane is played by Harry Shum, Jr. formerly of Glee, I had to check out his performance there. Now, I avoided Glee in first run. It was silly, shallow, and high school--an assumption and possibly unfair judgement, but life is short and I had more important things to watch at the time. ...I'm almost finished with S3 in my binge of Glee episodes. Don't judge me. Oh! In blitzing through the series I discovered that both Supergirl and the Flash were Glee performers. Show choir as training ground for superheroes, maybe?
But back to Shadowhunters. Have I said Pretty? Do you need convincing?