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Witcher TV Show [Spoilers]

Discussion in 'Movies, Music and TV shows' started by Sey, May 17, 2017.

  1. Clerith

    Clerith Ahegao Emperor ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    I'm very late to the party, but I finally watched the netflix series. I haven't read anything or been spoiled, so I'll write down my first thoughts. I binge watched the entire season in a row.

    The first episode was meh-meh, the second one was really really bad, third to fifth were all right, while the last three were a little bad.

    The best scene in the entire show was the fight scene at the end of episode one. That was clearly meant as the "hook" for the rest of the series. But I really disliked Renfri (the tavern scene especially), so it was overall meh.

    In general, the scenes went from drama to drama to drama to drama to more drama. It had WAY too much drama. The fight scenes other than one in the first episode were kinda meh. Too many shots of people's faces, and people just staring at each other.

    Geralt was my favorite character by far. His "Hmm" grunts and rare but well-placed "Fuck" moments were really good. But I felt like his character started devolving and spiraling out of control in the later half of the season. The Ciri plotline was horribly dull, boring and pointless. Yen was given too much focus and made too "special". All this new dramatic backstory for her... ugh.

    Cavill surprised me by being an excellent Geralt. Tissaia was my second favorite, I like how she was portrayed and how she acted. But Yen was miscast. She was bitchy, but she didn't have the cold superiority, confidence and even charm I've come to expect from her. Compared to the games, she fell way short. Triss wasn't just miscast, she was an abomination. All the elves were pretty bad. The dwarves were bad, other than Yarpen. And this is probably racist, but all the black people around felt surreal. Dandelion was actually all right, other than the strangely modern songs.

    Way way way too much focus on destiny. Were the books like this? Repeating destiny over and over.

    And man, what did they do to Nilfgaard? What's this religion? What's up with their weird armor? How did they suddenly become a world threatening power from a backwater shithole in a generation or two? Fringilla Vigo wasn't that powerful. And since when was fire magic a forbidden, evil black art?

    The Battle of Sodden Hill was a bit of a joke, as large-scale battles tend to be in tv and movies.

    All in all, I'd give it a 7/10. Some good parts, some bad parts, lots of average parts. The director definitely took a lot of creative liberties.
     
  2. BeastBoy

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    reading that review definitely doesn't seem like a 7/10 lol

    I would have expected you to give it like a 5/10 or worse
     
  3. Clerith

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    That wasn't really a review, more of a stream of consciousness thing after a binge.

    I think I've explained this in the video game review thread before - in my country, we grade things from 4 to 10, all the way through school. So, to me, 7/10 is decidedly average. I always forget that some people consider that a good score. If I was rating from 0 or 1 to 10, then I'd give the show a 5, yeah.

    It's not like The Witcher was unwatchable. The second episode had me take a lot of breaks, yeah, but I did want to finish it after the first few episodes. Geralt was good, and the music was really cool. I personally would have loved more focus on Geralt's witchery adventures (preferrably ones where he doesn't lose his sword or get imprisoned) and less Yennefer's baby drama and Ciri endlessly running away, but you don't always get what you want.
     
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    What? Why? Where did the other numbers go? My mind is blown and I’m curious if you know how or why this originated.
     
  5. Clerith

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    No idea. I've never heard anything about that. It's just been like that since... *checking wikipedia* 1952. From grade school to high school. Thinking back, 4-10 doesn't really make much sense, but you don't really think about it after all those years.
     
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    idk

    The music didn't sound slavic folkmusic-ish enough to do it for me tbh. Awfully poppy, which works if you're Hans Zimmer composing for Interstellar but not for an epic fantasy series.
     
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    There are also continued rumours that Mark Hamill will be vesemir.
     
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