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The Witcher Season 1 series review | good Fantasy?

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The Witcher is an American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter; who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than monsters and beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a special gift, the three must learn to independently navigate the increasingly volatile continent.

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Quick states

  • Rating: 8.2
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anna Shaffer, Anya Chalotra
  • Director: Lauren Schmidt
  • Writer:
  • Certificate: R
  • Country: Poland, United States, Hungary
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: 2019
  • AKA: The Witcher
  • Runtime: 60 min
  • Filming Location: England, UK – Budapest, Hungary – Canary Islands – Slaskie, Poland

The Witcher Season 1 series review

the witcher series review

The first season of any work that resembles a good; such as cloth, where the seller shows you its features and details, or whether to buy or not. The writer of the series ” The Witcher ” succeeded in presenting a large part of the world, despite the lack of episodes of the first season, as compared to the enormity of the world, highlighting its special features, its special rules, and its various creations.

Lauren chose to use an unstructured chronology to tell the story by following the three main characters – Geralt, Jennifer, Siri. The advantage of this method is that it adds a state of mystery to the events of The Witcher and an aura for the characters, as a result, establishing a bond with the characters and not focusing entirely on Geralt, which makes the viewer tightened to the events.

It also creates a type of connection between the viewer and the main characters; because it moves between their trips all the time. But at the same time, this method needs a high level of fidelity in writing in order not to create large gaps in events.

Lauren failed miserably in that it dispersed viewers because there was no way to distinguish the times, which is the oldest, which is the most modern, and so on, which only the viewer will realize after a few episodes. In addition to the movements between the times; The trips did not add any big dimensions to the characters. We find Geralt all the time taking separate adventures and fighting one monster after another without any additions so that we can understand the purpose of his journey.

The Witcher Season 1 series trailer

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The role of the character was limited to the scenes of action, which honestly were absolutely impeccable, at the level of execution, we know that the actors put the time to perfect the execution of the action scenes; and directing and as a means of presenting the different creatures of the world, whose design was good. If it were not for the charisma that actor Henry Cavill added to the character; the viewer would have lost interest in it, which would have been a disaster for The Witcher.

Unlike Geralt’s, Ynefer was lucky with an excellent structure and character background, as we learned of her origin, past, and suffering as a result of her moral flaws, so we became able to understand her motives and justifications, as a result, we were able to feel a depth of the character.

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Actress Anya Chalotra presented a great embodiment for her character in all its phases. She succeeded in showing the personal suffering and making the viewer empathize with it. As for Siri, she was soon on the screen and the mystery surrounding her is still hovering. We do not know the nature of her power yet. Big problems created by the series for themselves could have been avoided.

So let’s answer the question, can Netflix present a new fantasy in the world of series? .. The Witch certainly has the power to do that. A huge fantasy world full of different creatures, beasts, conflicts, and wars, in addition to providing Netflix with a huge budget so that he can get there.

In Conclusion

I have some fears that I hope will disappear in the coming seasons. At the beginning of the review, I said that we saw a large part of the world of The Witcher in the first season, but we did not see everything. The series focused greatly on the individual battles that were the point of the series’s power, along with photographic music.

But the group battles were very small and short, as well as the confrontations with short beasts, and most of them are in the dark, which makes me doubt that The Witcher is capable of presenting epic group battles and the design of the creatures better is close to the level of great fantasy works.

The first season was generally good and certainly entertaining, however, it is still too early to judge the work. I hope that the crow will benefit from the mistakes they made and return to a second, stronger, and promising season because I do not want this work to be a wasted opportunity to make a new fantasy masterpiece.

Ayoub
Writer and film critic for Filmiland website, movies enthusiast, and a college student in the Film and Audiovisual Production Management. "Everything I know I know from movies!"

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