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Shadow and Bone TV Show – Watching experience and Review! โœจ๐Ÿ’• *tiny spoilers!*

Hello lovelies! ๐Ÿฅฐ

I have finally gathered my thoughts and emotions to write a proper review of the Shadow and Bone tv show! I have been here since they announced the cast and I also fangirled at the teaser trailer. And finally the day was here!!

I had a reread of the book on thursday and then I stayed up until 1am to follow the Premiere online on Facebook and woke up early to kind of finish my cross stitch and take a picture for my Instagram account:

and then I started watching when the show came out at 9am on Netflix. Here’s my twitter thread if you want to see my slightly delirious and giddy live reactions (with spoilers!!)

And miracle of miracles I posted a picture on my IG story that I was about to watch the show when one of my friends in LA, Redgie told me she was watching it at the same time so we decided to watch the show together. It made my watching experience 1000x better because we LAUGHED, CRIED AND FANGIRLED TOGETHER. We pressed pause and replayed the same moments together and teared up at the same time; It was amazing:

She was heaven sent! I could share my excitement and impressions live with someone who understood how much the series meant to me and how surreal it all felt to see my favourite character on screen.

But since Redgie was in LA, we watched the first 4 episodes together and then she went to bed because she had to work the following day and I went and ate lunch and then I resumed and binged the 4 last episodes with popcorn and a 30min nap between episode 7 and 8!

It all feels like a fever dream and this is what I wrote when I finished each episode:

  • Episode 1: AMAZING. A bit confusing with the back and forth but canโ€™t wait to see whatโ€™s next. MALINA STAN RISE
  • Episode 2 was slower but beautiful Darkling moment + The Cut and Malina
  • Episode 3: NINA, HELNIK 19:50, Jesper and the goat, Alina and Mal as her true north

And I was too overwhelmed to write something after episode 8 haha.

I have no major complaints because I am blinded by my love for the series but I just feel uncomfortable with the added racism in the series; when they cast Jessie Mei Ali, I thought it was going to be a case of blind casting which is the process of casting a role without considering the actor’s ethnecity, but that was not the case at all. I wish it were! It would have been refreshing. Itโ€™s not my place to talk about AAPI racism but from the reviews I have seen, this seems to be a widespread sentiment and they really could have handled things better. Thatโ€™s really the only issue, but still worth mentionning.

Other than that, I think the cast was perfect. As in perfection. I loved every scene. It was nice seeing The Little Palace, the keftas, the Stag or the Cut on screen! I enjoyed every single moment.

They ARE their characters!! They all portrayed the characters so well and my soft heart died with the helnik scenes which were almost as identical as the books.

Look at the dialogue here and then watch episode 5 and 6 and thank me later. Did I mention that it was my favourite ship? I even think this is where my love for the enemies to lovers trope comes from.

Now this is me after watching the show, I have barely been able to read or focus on anything else.

So I’m going to rewatch it again with Redgie on Saturday! If you are craving for more content; head over to twitter where most of us are losing it and sharing interviews, edits and stills form the tv show! And if you havenโ€™t watched the show yet, I hope you enjoy!!

10 thoughts on “Shadow and Bone TV Show – Watching experience and Review! โœจ๐Ÿ’• *tiny spoilers!*

  1. Have you heard of teleparty? It’s a chrome extension that allows you to watch netflix shows together where it syncs the videos of anyone in the party and there’s a chat on the side where you can talk while watching! (I swear netflix should pay me for the number of times I’ve told people about teleparty–)
    I’m only on episode 6 of the show because I have NEVER been able to binge shows (I’m hoping I can change that when season two of JATP comes out) but the show is AWESOME so far! I’m so glad that you enjoyed!

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    1. No I havenโ€™t!! I will definitely try it out with my friends!! Thank you ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• Itโ€™s also nice to enjoy the show slowly, donโ€™t worry!! But I will definitely binge watch JATP ๐Ÿ˜‚ I binged the first season!!

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  2. Ahh I love this post, and I know, I fangirled for days after I watched this๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Š MALINA STANS RISE yasss the two of them look so cute together!! I hated the Darkling less than in the book and was beginning to warm up to him until THAT moment when he puts the stags antlers on Alina (wow, that was painful) and then I went on the anti-darkling bandwagon again๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ And Kaz facing down the Darkling was so intense!!

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    1. SAME!! Still not over it and going to rewatch it tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚ The show confirmed my stance as a Malina Stan haha but I do love the Darkling!! The amplifier looked PAINFUL. It was nice to see how controlling it was even though I would have loved to see a necklace! And right?? The Crows and the caviar eyes from s&b meeting?? I died. It was amazing!! ๐Ÿคฉ

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  3. omggg YESSS!! i loved s&b so much too!! nina and matthias were so so so cute together and i screamed everytime i recognised a line from the book ๐Ÿฅบ jesper’s energy was also just SO amazing, and milo was my favourite haha!! kaz and inej were also portrayed so well, and tbh i loved everything about the show haha ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    great post!! ๐Ÿ’ž

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    1. ME TOO!! Iโ€™m
      Never getting over their scenes ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐ŸฅบJesper was AMAZING!! They were all perfect but Kit really had this intense charisma when he speaks!! Sankt Milo was the best part; itโ€™s funny how weโ€™re all fangirling over a goat ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I loved everything too! And Iโ€™m so glad you enjoyed it too!! โค๏ธ thank you so much for commenting!! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’•

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  4. I love this review!! I went through a boat load of emotions watching this show XD!!! Even though it had flaws, I enjoyed myself immensely! I think each actor did an incredible job of getting the essence of the characters on screen. I LIVED FOR THE MALINA MOMENTS!! Been a stan since day one and this show validated 14 year-old me when I read the books for the first time way back when XD But seriously the show is spectacular! I just started my rewatch today (in French ;)) and I truly am living my best life.


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