Toss a Coin to Your Witcher is Taking Over My Life! - Elle May

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher is Taking Over My Life!


Ok, it's not really but it grabbed your attention and I'm sure you can guess what this post is about! That's right The Witcher series on Netflix, as someone who doesn't know too much about the witcher I'm looking at the series with brand new eyes without even reading the books, I had to add that because I have been reminded so many times (when I didn't need to be) that it's based on the books, not the games. Anyways, as a huge fan of Henry Cavil, I knew I had to watch this show, there was no if buts or maybes when it came to this, I needed to see him in full gear as The Witcher in this series whether it was good or not. Henry grew on me after I watched The Man From U.N.C.L.E if you haven't watched this movie please do, it's very good and it will mean we have something else to talk about.

The backlash Netflix and Henry received when they announced that Henry would play Geralt was ridiculous, people needed to chill the hell out and just see where Netflix would go with it and it helped that Henry is fucking beautiful and a great actor. So when the show was finally released on Netflix I wanted to binge the shit out of it but James was like "WHOA slow down let's watch it slowly to take it all in" and of course 4 episodes in bratty me got her own way so we could binge-watch the rest of the episodes. I have a lot of friends who are massive fans of The Witcher, I need to play more of TW3 as I forgot about it and moved on to another game (SHAME) I know a vast amount about Geralt thanks to them and the bath scene is forever etched in my memory thanks to the screencaps I get sent, they messaged me to say they give Henry the thumbs up of his portrayal of Geralt who also goes by the name White Wolf.


I was a tad confused at first as the timeline in the series seemed off and then I realised pretty quickly its because the two main characters hadn't met yet and it was the background stories to the build-up of them meeting which some say is basically Geralt completing side quests. So here is a little explanation, Geralt and Yennefer tell their story from their point of view, these first take place decades before a young girl named Cirilla is born, she is one of the 3 main characters within the show along with Geralt and Yennefer (who I wasn't a fan of at first). It's clear from the get-go that Yennefer and Geralt are going to be important to one another so being able to understand Yennefer's backstory and how she became the mage she is now was important.


I did feel as if the story wasn't as smooth as it could be because of this though, they should have dedicated an episode to each character at the start and then build-up to the main story but I think because Geralt is the main character they wanted to add a mix of what he is capable in between episodes. The great thing about the show is the characters we are eventually introduced to, some dull but some are hilariously weird much like Jaskier who makes up songs about The Witcher, you know exactly what song I'm talking about! I have fallen in love with it so much and it's been stuck in my head for so long that I'm now listening to the metal version of it which you can listen to below:


Some parts of the show are a hit and miss and yes some graphics look a bit iffy, but this didn't bother me as much as it bothered others, I was too busy trying to concentrate on the timeline and main characters and see how the story would fit together. I've seen some saying this is the new Game of Thrones but it's far from it, the goal of this show has a small number of characters and seems a lot faster paced than GOT and sets a completely different tone. There is a big aspect of humour though which I was hoping for, Jaskier helps with this with the way he and Geralt interact, they have the kind of friendship where one won't admit they like the other (you can probably guess who I mean).


The wardrobe department did an amazing job with bringing the characters to life and showing off their personalities, Yennefer's style reminded me a lot of the show Reign, they had modern/medieval gowns mixed which made the show stand out for me. Henry works well as Geralt as his outfit doesn't look out of place and is able to pull of the long silver wig which doesn't actually look like a wig on him. I'm thinking about getting the books seeing as I have enjoyed the first season so much, I know that sounds like I'm jumping on the bandwagon when in fact I want to do it to learn more about Geralt.


Season 2 is a long way off but I think in that time they do have some work to do on the show, it has all the right elements and settings to be a huge hit (even though it already is). There is a huge positive to the show which is a lot of people I know have now started playing The Witcher games and immersing themselves in Geralt's world and story because they need more Geralt in their life. I didn't want this post to be a review as I don't feel I can review it very well as I don't know anything about the books, but instead it's more of an observation, I would love to hear my readers thoughts on the show!


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