Witcher (TV Series; Netflix)

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#31
I loved the Witcher game series by CD Projekt Red, especially the last installment Witcher 3, which is still a better game in all respects than anything else presently on the market, and is a classic imo.

The book series is fun. I only became interested in the books after completing the first Witcher game after buying it in the bargain bin at my game store back in the day. The various stories did weave a compelling narrative and world, with many interesting and well written characters with very earthy dialogue. No doubt it is even more compelling in Polish.

Finally to the TV series. The brief wasn't hard. The game has a worldwide following and is a brilliant evocation of the solid groundwork provided by the books. So, bring that world to life for a larger audience, and the newbies won't know any better, and the fanbase will be appeased. This, they did not do. Casting is a mess and is very immersion breaking. There are a couple of bad examples of costuming too. The worst thing about the series is the completely disjointed and broken timeline. It isn't hard to tell a story sequentially so it makes sense, rather than making unannounced leaps into the past so that the audience will have no hope of following what is going on unless they have read the books. In short, the writing is pretty bad, and obvious devices such as the use of Jaskier (aka Dandelion) the bard as a narrator to explain the continuity are not used, despite the comic potential. The upsides are that Cavill is surprisingly good in the role of Geralt, and the special effects budget has produced some good looking spells and monsters. In summary, I don't hate the series, but I am not in love with it either, and I'm far more interested with the next interpretation CD Projekt Red do of the Witcher universe than I am of the Netflix offering, which I give a C+ to.
 

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#32
I loved the Witcher game series by CD Projekt Red, especially the last installment Witcher 3, which is still a better game in all respects than anything else presently on the market, and is a classic imo.

The book series is fun. I only became interested in the books after completing the first Witcher game after buying it in the bargain bin at my game store back in the day. The various stories did weave a compelling narrative and world, with many interesting and well written characters with very earthy dialogue. No doubt it is even more compelling in Polish.

Finally to the TV series. The brief wasn't hard. The game has a worldwide following and is a brilliant evocation of the solid groundwork provided by the books. So, bring that world to life for a larger audience, and the newbies won't know any better, and the fanbase will be appeased. This, they did not do. Casting is a mess and is very immersion breaking. There are a couple of bad examples of costuming too. The worst thing about the series is the completely disjointed and broken timeline. It isn't hard to tell a story sequentially so it makes sense, rather than making unannounced leaps into the past so that the audience will have no hope of following what is going on unless they have read the books. In short, the writing is pretty bad, and obvious devices such as the use of Jaskier (aka Dandelion) the bard as a narrator to explain the continuity are not used, despite the comic potential. The upsides are that Cavill is surprisingly good in the role of Geralt, and the special effects budget has produced some good looking spells and monsters. In summary, I don't hate the series, but I am not in love with it either, and I'm far more interested with the next interpretation CD Projekt Red do of the Witcher universe than I am of the Netflix offering, which I give a C+ to.
Spot-on review. The disjointed chronology is what's bugging me the most. I even had to check whether episode 7 had been broadcast in the wrong order, as it made little sense.
I have no problems with Cavill, whose semi-detached emotions and occasional grumpiness seems just like the Witcher 3 game.
 
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#34
Aargh the plank walk never never ever would be that mad :omg:
If you watch closely, the young woman in the pink coat at 4:30 removes BOTH of her safety ropes to get past him. There is a scream but I'm sure she didn't fall, but just realised how dangerous a situation she was in.
 
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