Witcher (Netflix)

Mustrum_Ridcully

Adventurer
The Witcher series is coming out soon. I've read the books and played the game, so I am eager to see what Netflix delivers.

They just posted some Character Introductions.



 

Mustrum_Ridcully

Adventurer
The first season is out on Netflix. Watched the first episode, and so far I like it. It's been a long time since I read the books, but some memories are coming back watching it, and I found it nailed some of the atmosphere and feeling (particularly the whole reception of the Witcher in the public eye) quite well.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
There.

Are.

Too.

Many.

Shows.


(Seriously, I just got around to watching the most recent season of Stranger Things, and I STILL haven't seen the last season of the Magicians .... how can someone watch all of this stuff and still have a life? I swear, I want to die and be reborn as a TV critic so at least I'd have the excuse that it's my job.)
 

Nebulous

Hero
There.

Are.

Too.

Many.

Shows.


(Seriously, I just got around to watching the most recent season of Stranger Things, and I STILL haven't seen the last season of the Magicians .... how can someone watch all of this stuff and still have a life? I swear, I want to die and be reborn as a TV critic so at least I'd have the excuse that it's my job.)
I think ST3 might have been my favorite season. I didn't like 2 but 3 was pretty damn awesome.


anyway, I didn't know Witcher was out, I'll have to take a look. I do hope it's good.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
I think ST3 might have been my favorite season. I didn't like 2 but 3 was pretty damn awesome.
Interesting! Having just finished ST3, I have to say that it was good, but while I thought that 2 lagged at times (esp. the 11 subplot), it was overall better than 3. ST3 was never as fully compelling to me.

I'll wait to see what people have to say about the Witcher; too little time to waste on bad TV.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Interesting! Having just finished ST3, I have to say that it was good, but while I thought that 2 lagged at times (esp. the 11 subplot), it was overall better than 3. ST3 was never as fully compelling to me.

I'll wait to see what people have to say about the Witcher; too little time to waste on bad TV.
Yeah, the 11 subplot was so bad and poorly done they pretended it never happened in Season 3. I wonder if they'll pick it up again in 4?

I read a few great reviews on Witcher, but they say it's complex without having read the books.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Yeah, the 11 subplot was so bad and poorly done they pretended it never happened in Season 3. I wonder if they'll pick it up again in 4?

I read a few great reviews on Witcher, but they say it's complex without having read the books.
Yeah, they really did drop that subplot, didn't they! Can't say I mind. I think we can all agree that it didn't happen- at least, I can.

Re: reading Witcher books- I am NOT going to do homework to watch a TV show.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
If you think there are too many shows now:

The Witcher is just one of the many big-budget, ambitious fantasy series you’ll be able to watch on TV in the coming years. Amazon is investing billions of dollars in a show based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. (The company is also developing shows based on Conan the Barbarian and The Wheel of Time, a popular series of novels by Robert Jordan.) Showtime is making a TV show based on the fantasy book series The Kingkiller Chronicle. And HBO, for its part, isn’t quite ready to let Westeros go: It has already ordered a Game of Thrones prequel, titled House of the Dragon, straight to series.

However, if I were a betting man, I bet the Showtime show never gets finished...
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I'll wait to see what people have to say about the Witcher; too little time to waste on bad TV.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: "The world of The Witcher still only feels half-formed as it gallops onto screens, but Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor. "
 

Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
I’m three episodes in and I like it. I think, without any preknowledge of the Witcher world, it might be a bit complex for average viewer, but it shouldn’t be too hard to figure things out. I’ve not read the books, but am a fan of the games. As far as I know, the series follows plot from the books.

Th fight scenes are visually impressive and brutal, and special effects are stunning. The plot is so far coherent and interesting enough to make me binge three episodes in one sitting. The visuals are believable for a fantasy series, and I really like Cavill as Geralt. The other actors have also pulled very good performances so far.
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
up to episode 5 and I'm liking it. especially the three converging storylines and the heavy 'destiny' theme I havent read the books nor played the game but can generally work things out. I did get a bit confused about timeframes in the 4th episode but soon worked out that it was a non-linear flashback and as a folklore fan I especially liked the strong fairytale theme in the story too. . It also gave a satisfying "Oh I get it" explanation for the story arc.

It has more overt magic than I expected and I'm still working out what the races are (eg are the short miners dwarfs or just short people, are the people in the forest elfs?)

oh and is the bard and his songs in the books? just his songs and dialogue sound a bit modern to me, he's nice for comic relief though
 
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Blackrat

He Who Lurks Beyond The Veil
Ay, the short miners are dwarves, and the elves have pointy ears. The bard is also in the books and in the games, and is sort of a major character. Of his songs I don’t know, but he is sort of a comic relief in the games too.
 
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: "The world of The Witcher still only feels half-formed as it gallops onto screens, but Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor. "
Just what we need: more subversive elements and dark humor. At this point, "grimdark" has become more cliche than vanilla fantasy.
 
I didnt find it particularly subversive or all that dark, grim maybe, but 'realistically' so. less so than GoT for instance
OK, good to know. I don't totally hate grimdark stuff, I just dislike the fact that it has become a kind of new baseline, and takes up an enormous amount of real estate in the fantasy ouevre.
 

Hussar

Legend
Just watched the first episode. I have no knowledge of the books or the video game. Never saw either. ((I always thought Geralt of Rivea was from Castlevania)). I have to say that I don't think I'm missing anything. Seems fairly straight forward so far. You've got Geralt, you've got angry woman who used to be a princess and really wants to kill the wizard and angry princess that just ran away. Nothing too complicated so far.
 

Mallus

Hero
I’m two episodes in. Short review: if I think of The Witcher as the next Game of Thrones, it’s pretty bad, but if I think of it as the next grimdark Xena/Hercules, it’s quite good.

And Cavill’s doing a great job as Geralt.
 

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