The Witcher Netflix TV series is currently aired on Netflix and available for all types of audiences around the world. Whether you played the game series, read the books or just trying to watch a good fantasy - there is something for you.
In this review, we will categorise the series into different subtitles, which will make browsing easier for you. In short, we can say that The Witcher Netflix TV series is a great adaptation, done by excellent care. If you just want to know is it good enough or not, do not worry, it is great. Now, we can go into more details and discuss the series.
The Witcher Netflix TV series scenario
The Witcher is the TV adaptation of the book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski. We know that Sapkowski assisted the series in the production state, and we now see that it pays off. The scenario and narrative of the series is very engaging and keeps audience on alert. You do not want to skip a moment or look away for a second, because there is a line or something happening each second. The series is not empty action, while it presents one of the best, if not the best, action since years.
How the narrative works turns out a little bit complicated, but in the good way. The audience gets to learn more about the events as the series progresses, instead of learning how and what things are. It is clear that this is a good idea for a complex narrative for something like The Witcher's. If you only played the games and did not read the books, you will still get the events and understand what is going on.
Let us be clear, you will not be spoiled if you played the games or read the books. The series provides the audience with an interesting scenario supported by an interesting progression. Also, we were satisfied from the fact that scenario and scenes were all in-line.
Main characters we often see on screen are Geralt, Yennefer, Jaskier (Dandelion) and Ciri. Although there are many characters that we often see, these are the by far most obvious ones. The series handles the story of Geralt of Rivia and Jaskier getting together very well, and makes it the beginning of an adventure. Characters are in-depth and mostly parallel to how they are portrayed in the books.
The TV series handles the character development very well, considering the short season. Even though 8 episodes seems fairly long, you will soon realize that episodes could be longer. One-hour long episodes seem to fall short from time to time, making some scenes look like they are cut in a rush. On the other hand, if we leave the exceptions out, scenes are well-planned and story is exciting.
Because of the before-mentioned reason, some characters don't get enough attention. But, the overall character development in the TV series is great. The audience sees Geralt evolving through the choices he makes, how Ciri slowly shapes her path and how Yennefer pushes her limits. Well, we will not get into details because of possible spoilers, but characters are clearly well-developed. Especially, the main characters of the series are not lacking depth and portrayed as interesting figures.
Battles and Fight Scenes
One of the things which we need to underline is how good battle and fight scenes are. Since this is a spoiler-free review, we will retrain from going into too much detail about them. The fight scenes impressive with one word. In nearly each and every one of them, Geralt follows a well reflected line of his contradicting cold character and moral thoughts. On this basis, it is possible to say that fight scenes do not seem like empty action that you skip.
On the other hand, the swordplay is also breathtaking. In each fight, you feel that you are watching a Witcher. For example, when Geralt fights a monster, the fast-paced action distances itself from man-on-man fights. Fight scenes between humans are generally more brutal, while containing as much gore as you would see in a monster fight. In short, if you played the game before, you will see a similar fast-paced swordplay in the series. It is fairly safe to say that fights are not rare, in fact, you will see a lot of fights. You can be sure that you will not watch a full-on drama for hours.
Continuing, the battle scenes are also one of the best things The Witcher series did. Fear not, you will see the Nilfgaardian black knights with their massive army in full scale. Let's put things into this way, rumours are true. If we are getting a second season, we will keep seeing better battle scenes than Game of Thrones'.
The Witcher Netflix TV series Overall
The genre of the series is fantasy and drama, so expecting laughter any minute would not be suitable. Although The Witcher includes humor here and there, do not expect it to be a comedy show. Lines usually contain strong moral messages, which direct the audience to create some empathy between the characters and themselves.
The series achieves the cinematic quality with its one hour long eight episodes. Even though the episodes felt short from time to time, the Scenario flows through without a disturbance. Actors and actresses are well-suited for their roles and Henry Cavill really made a great Geralt of Rivia.
The cast seems suitable to all characters, reflecting characters' values and characteristics. The visuals of The Witcher world perfectly resemblances the fantasy series with addition of lore and action. Scenes are usually grey and dark, which is in line with The Witcher universe.
Overall, the series provide audience with great fantasy, an in-depth The Witcher universe scenario, well-developed characters and breathtaking battles. What would a fantasy lover want more than all of these combined? A the season 2 of The Witcher, which already got approved.
The Witcher Netflix TV series is one of the best TV action-fantasy dramas we have ever seen in the last few years. With everything mentioned above, The Witcher definitely deserves a place in the legendary shows shelf. Our one minute judgement for the series? It is excellent.
The Witcher Netflix TV series cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chaltora, Freya Allan, Jodhi May, MyAnna Buring, Joey Batey, Eamon Farren, Mimi Ndiweni, Björn Hylnur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, Lars Mikkelsen, Royce Pierreson, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, Anna Shaffer.
Creator: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Genre: Fantasy, Drama.