It’s straightforward to see “The Witcher” asreply to “Recreation of Thrones,” because of its spectacular particular results and its large film star lead (Henry Cavill, beforehand greatest referred to as Superman within the current DC movies) — to not point out its willingness to place blood, guts and bare feminine our bodies on-screen.
However in different methods, “The Witcher” appears like a throwback to an earlier technology of fantasy TV, and to exhibits like “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Whereas longer storylines weave their method by way of the eight-episode season — and people storylines tie collectively fairly cleverly — the present additionally maintains an old school devotion to self-contained storytelling, with Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia battling completely different adversaries in every episode.
And as we clarify on the newest episode of the Unique Content material podcast, we each discovered this to be fairly refreshing. When you get previous its grey floor, “The Witcher” seems to be delightfully unpretentious, reveling in its pulpiness and infrequently poking enjoyable at its stoic hero with preposterously massive muscle groups.
That sense of enjoyable additionally made us extra forgiving of touches like rushed plots and anachronistic dialogue.
And whereas the setting might sound, at first, to resemble a generic copy of George R. R. Martin, we have been each gained over by “The Witcher”’s world-building; although neither of us might maintain monitor of all of the made-up international locations going to struggle with one another, we have been nonetheless impressed by the intricate mythology behind among the present’s monsters.
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