Netflix were kind enough to give us the opportunity to checkout (the first 5 episodes to be exact) their new and much anticipated TV show The Witcher starring Henry Cavill. Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Officially released today, The Witcher saga, as mentioned, is headlined by Henry Cavill (Mission Impossible – Fallout, Justice League) who assumes the role of Geralt of Rivia, alongside other main cast members, Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands) as Ciri.
It’s interesting to note that even before season 1 aired, Netflix had already decided this one was a winner by immediately renewing it for a second season, talk about confidence and it’s easy to see why. Initial reactions from those who had already seen it much earlier have been very positive with Wired.com calling it “shockingly good,” while those across social media have praised the look of the series. According to qz.com, The Wicher is Netflix’s answer to HBO’s Game of Thrones:
“Ever since Game of Thrones became a global phenomenon shortly after it premiered in 2011, every TV network and streaming service has been searching for their version of the HBO fantasy series. Thrones helped put the genre into the mainstream by combining it with violence, sex, and political intrigue. Those elements, together with some very expensive computer-generated dragons, turned Game of Thrones into arguably the biggest TV series of all time.”
The Witcher does a great job of grabbing you from the very first episode which is probably as good as it can get in terms of an introduction to any new show. And in as much as Cavill is central to it, the show also delves away from the main character by putting in the work and introducing other characters, something we quite liked. The cinematography is fantastic with beautifully shot scenes including the epic choreographed fight scenes which are some of the best you’ll ever see anywhere. In Cavill the show has a more than capable lead with the role no doubt doing his reputation a lot of good, something the Superman persona hasn’t done a lot of, he is in fact a better Geralt than he is Superman.
Considering it’s supposed competition (Game of Thrones, The Kingdom, Vikings etc.), mainly because of its style and tone, The Witcher does a great job of standing out and this is largely thanks to its rich and unique story. It definitely has a place and is yet another great addition to Netflix’s ever growing rich content. The Witcher is yet another perfect example of how a title can start from a comic book to a computer game to console and finally (eventually) television. Arguably, the success of the video game series have been one of the main motivations for the Netflix series. If we had access to every episode before then we would have binge watched the whole thing, luckily we can now with every episode now available for all of us to sink our teeth into right here.