After seeing a Netflix show take off and be talked about around the world, I decided to watch it. “The Witcher” is a Netflix action/adventure drama and it fits this genre perfectly. It dropped in December with 8 episodes.
Lauren Schmidt is the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the television series “The Witcher.” The show was a highly anticipated with lots of buzz social media.
“The Witcher” is the story of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, who struggles to find his place in the world. But, when a sorceress, princess, and he all come together, they try to navigate the "Continent." They try to travel a world of monsters, but then love and drama goes into the mix.
A Witcher, by definition from Vulture, is once-normal humans who got mutated by a combination of medieval science and magic, which made them superhuman. The show hit me with a couple of different feelings. Sometimes it was full of action, but other times it was a stereotypical drama show, and its drama doesn't interest me very much. I found it annoying early on in the storytelling. Although during the second episode, it was full of action and full of valuable information.
The second episode stood out to me as a critical episode because Geralt of Rivia makes a lot of important decisions that will impact his life and it introduced the crucial character of Yennefer. After being told he was going to be stoned to death if he didn't leave town, he reluctantly leaves and tries to search for more jobs to survive. He is told to find "the girl in the woods" after being told that his destiny.
A funny thing I noticed was the phrase and song “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher".
I remember seeing this phrase all over Twitter in early January but never understood it until now, which I think is interesting. The dialogue throughout the show is hard to understand, and t don't like it. This show got a lot of good reviews, but to me, it just didn't live up to the hype surrounding it. The show, to me, was hard to understand and very hard to keep up with going into the second episode.
The series star is Henry Cavill, and he plays Geralt of Rivia. His acting was excellent, and the acting is what kept me watching over and over again. Without good acting, this show would've been a lot worse than I already think it is. To me, the acting kept the show afloat and made the character believable.
Other reviews on this series offered up high praise for it, and I'm not sure if it had too much hype surrounding it, and I was expecting too much or if I honestly didn't like the show. The bottom line for this season is that if you want drama and action, this show is for you. It has an in-depth story with lots of tiny details that need to be followed and so, this show is NOT for the casual viewer.
If you don't want to get caught in a world or want to watch TV, this show will not be the one. Although I didn't enjoy the show as much as I wished, I think it was worth watching and opened my eyes to why people enjoy presentations similar to “Game of Thrones” I think the second season is well worth it because of the unanswered questions and continuing drama on the continent.
I think it is worth the binge but takes forever to watch as they are a full one-hour episode with 8 in season 1. I think the background info is where it struggled the most and where it needs to improve. I got lost at some points and was very confused, partially because I was watching casually and was not very interested. I have never really been interested in shows like “Game of Thrones” or this, but surprisingly I kept myself watching, and I am still not sure whether I enjoyed it or not. I might have to wait until season 2 to figure that out.