It seemed well done, don’t get me wrong, but there was like four different stories going on at any given time and one episode – I think it was the fourth or fifth – had me convinced that I’d missed an episode prior. It doesn’t help that everyone in the show looks the same, so if a character appeared I was left wondering whether they had somehow come back to life, this was set in the past, or they just looked an awful lot like someone I saw die previously.
The fight scenes are really good though. It seems odd to say, but you never really consider that when two swords clash, there would be some sort of reactionary force (Newton’s third law and all that), and that’s what you get in The Witcher. The swords bounce off each other in a way that I presume is very realistic and in general, the fights scenes are amazingly choreographed and shot, as well as performed.
The issue for me is that I only really care about Geralt’s story, so when I’m forced to watch that young princess on the run or the witch, I sort of switch off. I know they’ll all converge eventually, but when it comes between watching a monster hunter being dangerously cool, and a teen girl meandering aimlessly through a forest, the monster hunter wins every time.
Regardless of what I think, it looks like I’m in the minority, as the new fantasy has gone down astoundingly well with the general public, who have come together to rate The Witcher as Netflix’s (joint) best show on IMDb.
Henry Cavill’s new show has found itself joint top at 8.8 on IMDb, tied with the likes of Stranger Things and House of Cards. Not too bad at all, is it?
See? I wasn’t lying.
What’s most annoying for me is that the two storylines I’m not into are female-led, so it makes me look like a horrible misogynistic bastard for not liking them. I’m not, I swear; they just don’t compare to someone killing monsters with a f*ck off big sword.
Showrunner Lauren Hissrich is pretty happy with the fan reception, despite the critical reception being somewhat less than pleasing. She took to Twitter, writing:
“Many people have sweetly written me, upset about the #Witcher reviews. Know this:
“Who do I care about? “Professional” critics who watched one episode and skipped ahead? Or REAL fans who watched all eight in one day, and are starting their rewatch?
“I am f*cking THRILLED.“
You can’t say fairer than that, can you?
Happily, a second season of the monster-hunter show has also been confirmed, with Netflix replying to the tweet with the good news.
2021 though. That’s a while away.
Images via Netflix, IMDb
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow