‘Shadowhunters’ Dominic Sherwood finds the magic in tech – CNET


Don’t ask what Jace’s (Dominic Sherwood) surname is on “Shadowhunters”, it’s a spoiler.

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Shadowhunters” is a curio on Netflix for two reasons. The first is that it’s the only Netflix series released weekly, made available for streaming the day after episodes air on Freeform in the US. The second is its mashup of magic and technology.

I went for the obvious when I asked Dominic Sherwood, who plays Jace, a demon-punching-kicking-and-slashing Shadowhunter, what he would prefer, tapping technology or slinging magic.

“Probably magic,” he said. “Just ’cause why wouldn’t you? The amount of times I’ve been trying to make a phone call and I’ve got literally no bars or no service and my battery dies. Why wouldn’t I just use a Seelie communication ring, have Magnus teleport me to wherever it is and have a conversation with that person. That would always by my choice. Always.”

“Shadowhunters” is a TV adaption of “The Mortal Instruments” series of young adult novels by Cassandra Clare, following Clary Fray and half-angels known as Shadowhunters who protect normal people from dark forces. You might remember the movie “City of Bones” that came out in 2013, based on the first book. It didn’t summon the magic of other young adult series like “Hunger Games” or “Divergent,” yet despite the cancelled sequel, fans could eat up a TV series that rebooted the events of the first book, finding an all-new cast that jumped into a second series, with a third recently announced.