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The Witcher -- Season 01 Review

Now that Game of Thrones is over, Fantasy lovers are looking for another show to give fans their fantasy itch some relief. The Witcher is not that show… yet. But it has the potential to become that show in the future. The Witcher has some intriguing characters, good action, and several fun moments, but it struggles with poor writing and direction making the show confusing and often boring.

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher

The show consists of three main storylines, taking place at 3 different times, similar to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. This is where a majority of The Witcher’s problems come from. The writers and directors of the show were unable to coherently put these timelines together and the story gets muddled in confusion. Another issue with The Witcher is the flat nature of the show. It primarily consists of Ciri running in the woods, extremely dark action sequences, and confusing dialogue. I often found myself bored while watching because of “Witcher” lingo from the books or games that is never explained, or unable to see scenes due to dark filters and poor lighting. And without somebody competent to write engaging dialogue the characters (especially the side characters) come across as flat.

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in Netflix's The Witcher

There are two characters in the show that kept bringing me back. Yennefer, played by Anya Chalotra, and Henry Cavill’s Geralt are the best part of the show. Both of them deliver performances that raise the writing they were given, and when those characters start to interact, it is very fun to watch. Season 02 will offer a great chance to continue these character’s arcs, and improve the less impactful characters. Especially with where these character’s storylines bring them at the end of Season 01.


Positives

  • Yennefer

  • Geralt

  • Action sequences/ Renfri fight scene

Negatives

  • Multiple timeline storytelling

  • Bad writing

  • Lighting and Filters

  • Side Characters

  • SPOILERS: (Highlight text for Spoilers)

  • Barely any Geralt in final episode

  • Yennefer disappearing. Cause we all know she'll be back

While I didn't think Season 01 of The Witcher was great, it was filled with moments and characters that I enjoyed. After seeing where these characters end up, I am curious how Season 02 will be improved. I will continue to watch, but if Netflix wants this show to grab more viewers they will need better writing and directing to keep the characters engaging and the story coherent.

Recommendation: Matthew McConaughey because it’s Alright, Alright, Alright

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I think most fantasy fans will be able to find some enjoyment in The Witcher, but because of its messy story and confusing narrative I'm not sure who to recommend this show too. Maybe fans of the books and games will like this show, but lackluster writing bring The Witcher down.




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