The Witcher – Only For Dorks

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: Don’t expect this to be your next “Game of Thrones”. More like your second “Badlands”. Decent fights scenes, enough plot development to keep you interested. I would recommend this to all those who like Science Fiction shows and gaming. The episodes tend to be 10 to 15 minutes too long. But heck, I am interested enough to watch season 2 which is a win.

Plot: Follows an emotionless Witcher, named Geralt (Henry Cavill) who hunts monsters for a living. Geralt, Ciri (Freya Allan) the young princess, and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) the magician’s destinies are on a path to collide.

Detail: The first season starts off with a bang. I enjoyed the whole relationship between Geralt and Renfri (Emma Appleton). The first episode does set the background for Geralt’s motivations and drivers. Henry Cavill was a great choice as Geralt. His dry acting style works well for this character and helped sustain the emotionlessness of the character.

Yennifer’s story is a bit protracted. You wonder why we are concentrating on the magician. Two episodes later, I understood why but I mustered all my patience to wade through those episodes. Yennifer isn’t the most likable character in the world. I didn’t have oodles of empathy for her but then in the last episode, they were capable to swing the character full circle.

The tale of how Geralt and Ciri’s destinies are intertwined was fun. The back story was told well. There were also other episodes and aspects enjoyed. The bard Jaskier (Joey Batey) as Geralt’s sidekick added a bit of humor was needed to offset the seriousness of all the other characters. The episodes when we focused on Geralt’s hunting were the most enjoyable. The hunt for the dragon and then battling the Striga were entertaining.

All in all, a decent show. Not an award winner, but watchable.