Release Date: December 20, 2019 (Netflix)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, et al.
The Witcher is a decent entry into the fold of fantasy TV but, is it the new Game of Thrones? Let’s find out.
Henry Cavill was most certainly a delight to watch as the brooding Witcher with a conscience, but it’s safe to say he isn’t really the star of this show, which was surprising, being that he plays the titular character. That honor arguably goes to Anya Chalotra‘s Yennefer, the true break-out star of this show, all thanks to its writing.
Although the show follows the old monster-of-the-week pattern, it still spent so much time fleshing Yennefer’s arc that, by the final episode, it felt like I really knew her, which is more than I can say for Geralt of Rivia.
The timeline of The Witcher might just be the biggest issue anyone has with this show. It takes some time before the events happening start to make sense and even more time before you correctly deduce same events are taking place in three different time periods. Once you get over this hurdle, the show really picks up and in flows the endless thread of entertainment; from Yennefer’s long-thirst for more power to solve a problem she created for herself to her fate cross-haired with The Witcher’s who, in turn, has his cross-haired with a princess who doesn’t know just how powerful she is, yet, to a dragon. Yes, a freaking dragon. The list is endless.
I do hope for its second season, The Witcher dives deeper into its mythology, we need to understand how stuff really works there. It also needs to fine tune its pacing.
Just how entertianing is The Witcher? That’s something only you can decide. For me, I give it a 3/5, which I think is fair.
🎵 Toss a coin to your Witcher, o valley of plenty. 🎵
This song line might just be what Netflix The Witcher becomes most memorable for, in the future, rather than its amazing set pieces, actors commendable performance, and so often gratuitous nudity.
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5