Hello my dear watchers, today I am genuinely confused. Not because I am trying to solve some sort of impossible math equation, but because I am shocked that I didn’t do a review of The Witcher already.
For some reason I have the memory of writing a review for The Witcher, and I have memories of looking for pictures and tweeting about it all, but I can’t find anything.
It literally does not exist, so clearly some part of me made up the idea that I did write a review.
Well, it is better late than never I guess, so here it is…a review of the first season of The Witcher.
I haven’t been able to read any of the books yet, but from watching some of the video games and doing a bit of my own research, I knew enough of The Witcher story for the show to make some sense.
I know for some people it was pretty confusing because they didn’t understand the overall story of the world.
I’m glad the show didn’t explain it all though. They could have created an entire season that explains witches and monsters and all the different aspects of the world, but that would have ruined it.
It would have ruined the flow of the story and none of it is hard to understand at its simplest elements.
There are monsters in the world, there are mages, and there are these magical warrior guys called Witchers.
Simple. If you can’t accept that, then maybe you shouldn’t be watching the show.
There are three main points of the show that I focused on when I was watching.
The Overall Story
The Three Timelines
The 3 Main Characters
There is an obvious amount of overlap between the three main points, but they all have their own points of discussion that I wanted to bring them up.
Let’s start with the overall story.
There’s not much to it really, if you pick apart all the extra pieces. The main story focuses on Geralt looking for Ciri, and vice versa.
They each have their reasons to look for each other, but at the end of the day that is the core of it so far. We know the Nilfgaardians are slowly taking over more and more lands, and that’s why Ciri has been running for her life, but we don’t know much else right now.
I like how much story we got in season one. It’s short and sweet, but it is supplemented well by the side stories.
Season one also felt like a video game in a way because we follow Geralt in his different quests and journeys.
They aren’t all focused on finding Ciri, so it sort of feel like we are doing a few different quests to supplement the main quest.
Having three different timelines was a bit confusing at first. It took me a little while to realize that we were following three different stories happening at different times.
Geralt and Yennefer’s begin years before Ciri is even born, and Ciri’s probably over a few weeks or months.
Yennefer’s and Geralt’s stories overlap quite a bit, and even go side by side for some time. They’re both much older than they look, so they have lived a long time.
Yennefer took a bit of a back seat in my opinion to Geralt this season, but that might just be from the sheer skill and screen presence that Henry Cavill has whenever he was shown.
If you can get past the potentially confusing timelines, then I think you get a nice story of the world with just enough backstory to hook you in.
Like I mentioned, Geralt, Jennifer and Ciri are the main characters.
I didn’t really like Ciri in this season because I don’t think she was given much to do. She was sort of just on the run the whole time, and I didn’t like that the way it developed her character.
I didn’t like anything about Yennefer. I didn’t like her story, character development, or her actress honestly. I don’t think she fully embraced Jennifer, the character who desired power above all else, and regretted it right after.
I don’t think we really saw that change. Instead I think she just went from a character that wanted all the power in the world, and wanted to be beautiful while having it, to someone who was even more selfish, and wanted to re-do her whole decision.
Geralt was Geralt. I kind of assumed he would just be the grumpy dad type that was a sweetheart deep down.
I wasn’t a big fan of Henry Cavill before The Witcher, but I think he did a good job of capturing the hardened type that Geralt is.
He didn’t have much of a story when it comes to character development, other than he just wanted to sleep peacefully.
Overall, I thought the first season of The Witcher was great. I think some of the weaknesses of the show were saved by some of the strengths.
Plus if you add in the catchy tune, I think the season was quite a success.