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[Netflix] Shadow & Bones

Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
I really liked to first two episodes. Anyone else watching this?

"Ravka, a fantasy kingdom based on the Tsarist Russian Empire, is set in a war-torn world plagued by the Shadow Fold, a swath of permanent darkness separating East from West Ravka which is inhabited by carnivorous winged creatures known as Volcra. Orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov discovers that she is a Grisha (a magic-user) who posseses the power to create light, which could be the key to setting her country free from the Fold. Alina joins an elite army of Grisha serving under General Kirigan, the Shadow Summoner."

 

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payn

Adventurer
Its not too bad. I like the pacing and style of it for sure. The acting is a little wooden at times, but I'm enjoying most of the performances.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
I was going to watch just one episode per week . . . . two days later, I've wrapped up all 8!! Enjoyed the hell out of the story and the world, and I will be reading the books it's based on for sure.

The Shadow Fold reminded me a lot of the Mourning in the Eberron setting, including the various methods of traversing it. I also enjoyed the backstory of the grisha ("witches"), who are becoming less valuable to the army over time as technology progresses.

The Darkling was an attempt at a sympathetic villain, but played a bit too melodramatically towards the end to make that work. And I love the actor, Ben Barnes.

And the Crows!!!! What a fun group of rogues, including the Conductor! That was a character that went places I wasn't expecting!

The geography of the world was confusing to follow in the story, even after looking at a map Netflix put online.

Overall, I have quibbles, but really, really enjoyed spending two full evenings watching this epic! There's at least two more seasons to this story, if Netflix doesn't pull a Netflix and cancel the show prematurely!
 

Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
I've read all the books. The Grisha Trilogy is fine, but the first book especially can be rough at times.

The Six of Crows and its sequel are both really, really good though.

I was so excited for this to come out, and it did not disappoint
 

payn

Adventurer
I just finished a few more eps tonight. I think it gets better as it goes. Though, I could see the twist that just happened from a mile away. Still enjoying it.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I really liked to first two episodes. Anyone else watching this?

"Ravka, a fantasy kingdom based on the Tsarist Russian Empire, is set in a war-torn world plagued by the Shadow Fold, a swath of permanent darkness separating East from West Ravka which is inhabited by carnivorous winged creatures known as Volcra. Orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov discovers that she is a Grisha (a magic-user) who posseses the power to create light, which could be the key to setting her country free from the Fold. Alina joins an elite army of Grisha serving under General Kirigan, the Shadow Summoner."

I'm waiting to read at least the first 3 Grishaverse books before I dive into the series.
 

DrunkonDuty

Adventurer
Yeah, I started it the other day thinking it would be a bit of cheap crap like Mortal Instruments or that bad Arthurian thing, also on Netflix, from a few months ago.

But I binged the first 6 eps and will be finishing season 1 tonight. It's good.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
I’ve watched the first two episodes and do like the aesthetic, and that its a great departure from medieval western Europe. The story seems standard YA adventure

but the accents are excrutiating and had disjunct of setting and sound which had me a little discombobulated
 
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wicked cool

Adventurer
watched 5.5 episodes so far. Its ok and a little confusing

why would ben barnes character be so powerful and why would anyone want to see his power displayed?

traveling by boat/train-Are they traveling at different points on the continent?

the factions/the army etc-is the army fighting the anti-witch faction and the side that wants the light bringer?

the light bringer-seems like theres a "holy" history for them. Did they die out and thought lost for good?

the stag?

the meadow? is the meadow a real place or a magical place they go to?
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
I’ve watched the first two episodes and do like the aesthetic, and that its a great departure from medieval western Europe. The story seems standard YA adventure

but the accents are excrutiating and had disjunct of setting and sound had me a little discombobulated
Heh, I noticed that. Lots of British accents in this Russian-inspired fantasy land!

But to my American ears, the British accent is linked indelibly to fantasy, so it was noticeable, but not jarring. If I had any Russian heritage, I'd probably be miffed a bit.
 

Ryujin

Hero
I’ve watched the first two episodes and do like the aesthetic, and that its a great departure from medieval western Europe. The story seems standard YA adventure

but the accents are excrutiating and had disjunct of setting and sound which had me a little discombobulated
I was just coming here to write the first part and now I don't have to :ROFLMAO:

With respect to the accents v. the setting I find it odd, but not jarringly so. i can get past it with little effort. I am, however, expecting a Morrus post to the effect, "< grumble grumble something > bad guy always English accent < grumble >"
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
I was just coming here to write the first part and now I don't have to :ROFLMAO:

With respect to the accents v. the setting I find it odd, but not jarringly so. i can get past it with little effort. I am, however, expecting a Morrus post to the effect, "< grumble grumble something > bad guy always English accent < grumble >"
Well, both the good guys and the bad guys had British accents . . . . it's a heavily British cast!
 

I read the books a few years ago. I absolutely loved the Six of Crows duology (actually read it first), then read Shadow and Bone, and the the King of Scars duology when it came up. Shadow and Bone was okay, but not as good as Six of Crows, imho.

The Netflix adaptation is different from the books, as it blends Six of Crows and S&B together, and also fleshes out some backstory. I get the impression that the Netflix adaptation is the story Bardugo would tell if she could go back and rewrite S&B. I was skeptical at first, but I really am enjoying the show (haven't quite finished it yet), and while I am usually the type to get frustrated when a screen adaptation of a novel series doesn't "follow the script", in this case, I think it was for the best. S&B wouldn't have stood well on its own had they followed the books, though Six of Crows probably could.

There are characters in the books that haven't been introduced in the show yet, and I am eager to see them appear. And can I just say that Kit Young does an excellent job playing Jesper? I could watch him all day.
 

DrunkonDuty

Adventurer
why would ben barnes character be so powerful and why would anyone want to see his power displayed?
His power is explained in ep 7. Don't understand the second part of your question.

traveling by boat/train-Are they traveling at different points on the continent?
Yes.

the factions/the army etc-is the army fighting the anti-witch faction and the side that wants the light bringer?
Ravka, Alina and Mal's home, is at war with its northern neighbours, Fjerdan (spelling?) The Fjerdans hate grisha and, I guess, are at war with Ravka partly because they are dirty witch lovers. Ravka also keeps some forces next to The Fold, presumably to protect the important sand skiff dock and to provide escorts to the skiffs when they travel the Fold. The army is split into 2 arms - 1st army (the normies) and 2nd army (the grisha.) They are all loyal* Ravkans.

The Fold split Ravka into Old Ravka (where Alina and Mal are from) and West Ravka. West Ravka is considering seceding from Ravka and want the Fold to stay put so they can do so easily. So when word of a Lightbringer reaches them the secessionists decide they want her dead.

*some may not be as loyal as they should.

the light bringer-seems like theres a "holy" history for them. Did they die out and thought lost for good?
There's a prophecy about the Lightbringer. (There's always a prophecy.) There's nothing to suggest that there were lightbringers in the past. I'd say the implication is that Alina is the first. But maybe not.

the stag?
Important magical beastie. Created by a powerful grisha many centuries ago. Explained more in eps 6-8.

the meadow? is the meadow a real place or a magical place they go to?
The meadow where Mal and Alina are seen running as children? It's a real place, next to the orphanage. It's used a metaphor for Alina and Mal's love and their quest for freedom from oppression. But the things we are shown there actually happened in the their shared childhood.
 







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