Fantasy The Witcher (Netflix)

Kevin

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True confession time: I've never seen Game of Thrones, not even a single episode. Nor I have read any of the books. :eek: Why confess that? Because when somebody said that The Witcher is Netflix's answer to HBO's Game of Thrones, the reference was lost on me. Then they said that it's "You know, The Witcher like from the X-Box games." Um, nope, haven't played any of them.. "What about The Witcher books?" Um.... no. 😳

So it was with absolutely no prenotion of what to expect that I binge watched season 1 of The Witcher on Netflix. In short, I liked it. :D

Played by Henry Cavill (Superman), Geralt of Rivia is a "Witcher", a human male who was transformed and trained as a child into a warrior of monsters and is able to wield minor magic, who finds himself begrudgingly part of a battle to fight off the invading Nilfgaard who are quickly conquering all of the kingdoms. Along the way he finds out that perhaps travelling the world alone isn't what he really wants.

S1 is comprised of 8 episodes, each about an hour (plus or minus a few minutes), and is presented through a series of time jumps that ultimately have all of the characters converging together. The time jumps can be a bit confusing at time as there are no clear indicators that what you're watching is the present or the past. It also does not help that nearly all of the main characters are infused with magic that apparently imbues them with slow aging so these characters look exactly the same in the past and in the present even though, in some cases, several decades have passed. One scene a main character is witnessing the death of a secondary character and, lo & behold, a few scene cuts later the same main character looks exactly the same while interacting with the same secondary character who is very much alive.

The imagery is dark, expansive, and well done with seamless special effects for the creatures; no guys in rubber suits with the Netflix budget. :LOL: My only complaint would be that the topless scenes are totally gratuitous. They don't really add anything to the scenes and so between them & some of the story line elements it ends up being a series that Mrs. Kevin wouldn't want to watch which is a shame because it's an immersive fantasy series that otherwise she'd likely watch with me.

 
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