Not too long ago, a new fantasy series hit our small screen. The Witcher, based on the work of Andrzej Sapkowski, is now part of the Netflix family! From an obsessive fantasy fan, here are my thoughts.
Now, Netflix‘s The Witcher invades small screens!
The Witcher is a fantasy series of novels and short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series revolves around the titular “witcher”, Geralt of Rivia.
In Sapkowski’s works, “witchers” are beast hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle wild beasts and monsters.
The Witcher Invades Small Screens
The book series saw the light of day in 1993 with The Last Witch. The novel series ended in 2013, but spin-offs are available.
While the first novel came out in 1993, it was in 1986 that short stories from The Witcher written by Sapkowski became available to the public.
The series itself inspired movies, series, graphic novels, and of course, many books. Throughout decades, the adventures of Geralt of Rivia grew to the point where Warner Bros made a video game franchise, which became a success.
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I had no idea until researching that series and movies existed. A while ago read the novels, maybe a little too young if you ask me.
I fell for the philosophy, the character of Geralt, and his mental battles, as well as his constant fights. He wasn’t a saint, but he wasn’t a villain, either.
With that said, I waited to see the one actor to portray Geralt of Rivia. My first reaction, “Fuck me.”
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The face of Henry Cavill as Geralt was everywhere. Fans from everywhere divided on the choice I debated for a long time in my head if the series was worth watching.
Henry Cavill is not much of an actor. Limited in his capabilities of reflecting the depth and selling a character, time, and time again, I gave his movies a shot and ended disappointed. Cavill is one good looking Englishman, and that’s all she wrote…wrong.
I am wrong and I have no problem admitting it . When I finally decided to sit and watch The Witcher, again hoping Cavill magically turned to a good actor, I was speechless.
The first episode was like pulling teeth when he was on screen, but the scenery and the other actors were terrific.
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When watching the second episode, Cavill finally found his place. He owned Geralt of Rivia, and there was no stopping him. Cavill found the perfect character for his skills.
The fight scenes are marvelous and deserve watching over and over again. Cavill’s sword fighting skills are impressive and of excellent caliber.
Geralt and Cavill are one in this series where a monster killer is debating; instead, his destiny is an exact thing or complete bullshit. Geralt is a jaded witcher, and Cavill plays it quite well.
Maybe his experience as Man of Steel helped him understand the role of the Witcher better. Someone who has a lot of power but has one line he can’t cross for his sake.
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The quality of special effects in technical aspects and makeup is incredible and believable.
The Witcher‘s team was ready, I believe. The budget permitted them to venture certain places I thought they would stay away from with meeting armies and battle, and dragons.
Netflix’s The Witcher invades small screens in a way that is big screen worthy!
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The world of The Witcher is quite different than Tolkien’s or Martin’s. Sapkowski’s journey mainly happens on one continent. Creatures such as Elves, Humans, Witches—mages, sorcerers, dragons, and druids among monsters are at play.
Just like in most fantasy stories, dragons are rare, and the ones we see are unique. Without giving away spoilers, HBO’s Game of Thrones‘ dragons and Smaug set the bar high in terms of looks and personality.
The Witcher had to meet the bar as well as making the dragons unique. They did. They succeeded by going down the dinosaur path, and it worked quite well in their favor.
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Converting a novel series into a television show is hard work. Sometimes what we read is not visually as easy to translate as we think. One must decide what is necessary and what is better left behind. It is sometimes a masterpiece and sometimes a heck of a miss.
However, Netflix was capable of achieving a good result with the first season of The Witcher. Yes, it can be confusing at times to understand the timeline but stick with it because it is worth it.
The castles, the battles, the mystery, and creatures encountered in the first season of The Witcher are incredible. The script and delivery perfect for people who read the novels or are fans of Sapkowski.
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The music is quite enchanting. It is reminiscent of Brunuhville‘s amazing Celtic and fantasy music. The entire team working behind the series’ first season is impressive.
Rated 8.4 on IMDB, the series is, of course, a hit. The second season was, in fact, under approval a month before its release on Netflix. After all, the series ended on a cliffhanger and had viewers wonder where Geralt would go from that moment.
I highly recommend the series. Because now, Netflix’s The Witcher invades small screens and it’s worth watching! I give it a solid 8/10.