One of the most anticipated TV shows of the year has just landed on Netflix. So, is it any good?. Yes, it is. But it isn’t without its flaws.
The Series follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, who possesses some magical abilities, is handy with a sword, and it’s also a Monster hunter for hire. He travels the land, breaking curses, hunting magical creatures for money, and making some very interesting acquaintances along the way.
One of the main issues with the show is its uneven pace, quick cut editing, and confusing storytelling, mixing past and present with no proper explanation, or set up, and making the story unnecessarily confusing and convoluted. The story is difficult to follow at first, as it constantly cuts between past and present, without ever establishing the timeline properly, it’s got too many characters, and a main plot line that only becomes entirely clear on the last few episodes. On the plus side, we have a competent cast, the stand-outs being Henry Cavill, as the titular character, and Anya Chalotra, as the powerful mage Yennefer, whose story arc is one of the best things about the show. Its production values are somewhat hit and miss; the locations are used to great effect, and some of the production design, and visual effects work is serviceable, while some of the CGI creatures look a bit iffy, giving some of the shots a cheap look.
That being said, it’s a very entertaining and, at times, funny Sword and Sorcery tale, with some very interesting ideas and episodes; the best being the episodes about the cursed princess and the dragon hunt. I had the impression, watching the show, that its target audience are those who are familiar with the source material, as the number of characters and kingdoms, and story threads surrounding said characters, would be better enjoyed by someone familiar with the character, and his world building. All in all, a very interesting, but somehow irregular TV show that, I’m expecting, will get better on its second season.
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