A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to This Critique: A “Cloak & Dagger” Review

by T. Mack


I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…

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TV Review: Shadowhunters

By: Dani

***Spoiler Alert***

FreeForm (previously ABC Family) debuted Shadowhunters, the latest live-action version of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments on January 12th. The storyline follows Clary, a teenager that finds out that she is part of world where things like vampires and warlocks are not just the things of nightmares. Clary learns that both she and her mother are Shadowhunters, the warriors that fight the demons, and she must immerse herself in this new life to rescue her mother from being kidnapped by a Shadowhunter turned evil.

It premiered with mixed reviews, but earned high ratings. It ranked #2 best original series premiere in adults ever for the network. So they should be pretty proud of that. Unfortunately, I did not see much else they should be proud of based on the first two episodes.  Continue reading