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Netflix on TheCrib: A Review of The Witcher Series

TheCrib Multi-Device Support is the perfect tool for helping you consume content, and we have some good series to get you started. This post was written by Matthew McDowell.

With the pandemic keeping us all trapped inside for the last few months, I’ve finally had a chance to catch up with my ever-growing Netflix watch list. One show I was very excited to watch finally was The Witcher. It’s based on a series of Polish medieval fantasy novels of the same name written by Andrzej Sapkowski. It follows Geralt of Rivia, a reclusive monster hunter and one of the few remaining witchers, a group of mutants engineered to kill monsters. Despised by most, he continues to move from town to town, looking for work. However, this cannot last as his fate is tied to the young Princess Cirilla, who is fleeing for her life after the invasion of her kingdom, and Yennefer Of Vengerberg, an ambitious and powerful mage.

The series is a dark fantasy somewhere between Game of Thrones and Lord of The Rings, with plenty of bloody fight scenes and gory death. It is also incredibly Tolkienesque, with monsters, magic and elves littering the continent. One downside of its origins as a book series is the lore of the show can be rather confusing or badly explained at times, possibly because the first season tries to compress 2 books worth of events and backstory into 8 episodes.

One of my favourite parts of the show was its casting. I felt Henry Cavill nailed his role as the solitary, husky-voiced witcher Geralt perfectly, showing just enough emotion when he needs to, showing that Geralt isn’t just a two dimensional, unfeeling monster hunter. The two other lead actors, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan, also perform well in their roles, but Cavill really stole the show for me.

The Verdict

To sum it up, while The Witcher may not be the next Game Of Thrones as Netflix hoped it would be, it was still wildly successful, and I think anyone interested in fantasy shows should definitely try it out. As for me, I’ll be waiting patiently for season 2 and will be watching on TheCrib.