Shadow and Bone Season 1 episode 1 recap and review

Shadow and Bone. (L to R) Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov in episode 201 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Shadow and Bone. (L to R) Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov in episode 201 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

After a successful first season, fans of the Shadow and Bone series eagerly awaited the release of the second season. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s beloved novels, the show has gained a dedicated fanbase for its captivating storytelling and stunning visuals.

With season 2 set to draw from, not only the second and third books in the trilogy, but also from the Six of Crows duology, fans can expect even more intrigue and excitement from the new episodes. The show’s creators have promised to deliver on the beloved characters and plotlines from the books, while also bringing new twists and turns to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Before we dive into the new season, let’s take a look back at the first episode of the season 1, the episode that started it all!

Shadow and Bone season 1 episode 1: Introduction

The episode begins by introducing the audience to the world of Ravka, a land divided by a deadly and mysterious force called the Fold. We are introduced to Alina Starkov, a mapmaker’s assistant who is on a mission to cross the Fold with her regiment.

Alina and her regiment attempt to cross the Fold, but their ship is attacked by the Volcra, monsters that dwell within the Fold. In the chaos, Alina discovers she has the power to summon light and save her friend, Mal.

Shadow and Bone season 1 episode 1: Arrival in the Little Palace

Alina is taken to the Little Palace, the residence of the Grisha, where she is introduced to General Kirigan. Kirigan reveals that Alina is a Sun Summoner, a rare Grisha with the power to summon light and that she is the key to defeating the Fold.

Alina is taken under the wing of the Darkling, Kirigan’s alias and begins to train as a Grisha. She struggles to control her powers and faces discrimination from other Grisha, but eventually begins to make progress.

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Shadow and Bone. Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik in episode 201 of Shadow and Bone. Cr. Dávid Lukács/Netflix © 2023 /

Shadow and Bone season 1 episode 1: The Royal Ball

Alina attends the Royal Ball, where she is introduced to the King and Queen of Ravka. She is also reunited with Mal, who is now a tracker in the King’s army.

However, their reunion is cut short, when Kirigan informs Alina that she must leave with him to continue her training. The episode ends with Alina and Kirigan leaving the Little Palace, with Alina still unsure of her place in the world of the Grisha.

Review of Shadow and Bone: Season 1 episode 1

Overall, the first episode of Shadow and Bone season 1 is a strong start to the show. The story immediately feels engaging and exciting.

The tension is heightened as Alina realizes that her nightmares are coming true and that the Darkling is still alive and manipulating events from within. The introduction of Sturmhond also adds an interesting new element to the story, with the promise of a large reward for finding Alina, increasing the stakes considerably.

The use of dual perspectives, shifting back and forth between Alina and Mal, alongside Kaz’s group, is effective and keeps the story moving forward. The production design and aesthetic flair are also notable, with the sweeping map adding a unique touch to the world-building.

One potential weakness of the episode is that it relies heavily on action and plot development, which may not be as satisfying for viewers looking for more character development or slower, more contemplative moments. However, this is to be expected from a season opener and may not be a problem for viewers invested in the larger story arc.

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Watch both seasons of Shadow and Bone on Netflix.