Shadow and Bone Rambling
Obviously there are spoilers!!!
First of all I just wanna get anything I didn't particularly like about the show out of the way! You can ignore this part but if we disagree please don't be harsh about it these are just my feelings 💜
Also this is gonna be long.
I didn't like that Alina inadvertently got her friends killed because she didn't want Mal to go into the Fold, her just being assigned to go on the skiff was reason enough, the change felt unnecessary.
The Darkling telling Alina his name so early on felt off after all the emphasis put onto it in the books.
How Nina's story was changed to tie it into the plot of s1 I also wasn't a fan of, I can't really explain why. However I'll loop back to her because there's plenty I did like regardless of this. I mainly don't like the beginning of it and how it ended in ep8.
Those were my main three issues with the season - that I can remember anyways 😂 I'm filled with so many good feelings it's hard to figure them all out and I don't remember most of my issues with it. Anyway, positives!!!
Need to start this off with Kit Young is my favourite actor out of the whole cast, every scene Jesper is in he steals. The witty jokes, the confidence, gun skills and just,,,, everything. I'm absolutely in love with his portrayal of Jesper and I'm so excited to see more, especially with Wylans introduction
(JESPER KEPT ASKING FOR A DEMOLITION PERSON IN EP1/2 THE FORESHADOWING)
(ALSO BI JESPER RIGHTS)
Okay now that I've spoken a bit on Kit Young I'll ramble in a more cohesive format 😂
Aline, Mal and Maline. Oh my god. Reading the Trilogy last year I wasn't a fan of either of them or the ship (and I do not ship Darklina either before anyone says anything), but Jessie and Archie's performances were amazing?
Jessie made Alina so much more fun for me, I loved almost every moment of her on screen and found her to be such an interesting and exciting protagonist and heroine. I'm really excited to see more of her!!
Archie just,,, god I love show Mal so much!!!! Archie I was already adoring and the depth and character he's added to Mal makes me so happy, I'm really glad to see such an integral character getting the story he deserves.
"I'll see you in the meadow" nearly made me cry okay from that moment on I have been a Malina stan.
Ben Barnes 😍 The Darkling is one of my favourite Grishaverse characters and to see this man put so much effort into adding depth and complexity to him!!!! I JUST!!!!!! I CAN'T IM REALLY HAPPY. The flashback scene of how the Fold was created and the Heartrender he was close to made me really emotional.
The liiiiines oh my god. Make me your villain had me squealing like a child. Any scene of him being rough and cruel 😘 just. The Darkling my love.
Also that ending of him emerging from the fold??? MWAH I cannot WAIT to see Siege and Storm onscreen.
Whilst I don't ship Darklina or necessarily enjoy it I can admire what the shows done with that relationship and I hope you Darklina shippers are having a good time! Seen too many antis the last few weeks.
ZOYAAAAA. Another character I wish there had been more of, particularly as I read RoW so recently. I don't have many thoughts on her but Sujaya was an amazing pick I think she did wonderfully when playing Zoya.
Special shout out to Genya who's one of my other favourite characters 🥰 her obvious pining for David was adorable and her last scene was just 😭😭😭😭
KAZ MY BELOVED!!! He's one of my other favourite Grishaverse characters and I'm not disappointed at all. The absolute seriousness in which he says some perhaps silly phrases is so in-keeping with his character and I adore Freddy Carter's portrayal.
Also the emotional moments with Kaz 😭 especially him and Inej. I'm reading for the many seasons of pining.
ALSO HIS CONFRONTATION WITH THE DARKLING WVDUWBDUBEUDJD I KNEW HE WASN'T GONNA DIE BUT FUCK I WAS SCARED ALL THE SAME.
INEJ MY OTHER BELOVED. Amita was wonderful as Inej, any scene where she's truly embodying the Wraith had me floored it's so much fun actually getting to see her sneak around. She also displayed Inej's strength well as well as her fear and trauma and I just 😭😭😭 I love her and I love Amita 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
OH AND THE DAGGERS!!!! ESPECIALLY THE LAST EPISODE WITH HER AND ALINA THAT MADE ME GRIN LIKE AN IDIOT.
Kit Young and Jesper Supremacy. Seriously I could make a whole post about Jesper.
Danielle was so good as Nina!!! She embodies Nina's energy perfectly, especially one she's with Matthias 😍 Her strength is there, as well as her sass and confidence and I was loving every moment of it. Also the chemistry between her and Matthias is already wonderful and the ending for their story this season got me like 😭😭
I don't have much to say on Matthias, he was definitely an underused character alongside Nina but Calahan's portrayal was wonderful! My favourite scene is definitely the one where he almost drops Nina after the ground goes out beneath her, he really got across that moment of Matthias almost dropping her.
That last scene on the boat,,, nearly everyones together. I need s2, I want all my other favourite characters. I need Wylan and Nikolai 🥺 as well as Tamar and Tolya,,,, just,,, so much bamf content of characters that could kill me in a few easy steps.
I'm so happy with this adaptation and my feelings right now are jumbled and all over the place. The Grishaverse means a lot to me and to see it have such a fantastic first season makes me oh so happy! I'm sorry this post is so long but I had to yeet my surface level feelings out there before I implode 😭