mistaowen wrote:Finally finished the Witcher and think Cavill is perfect. In hindsight, not a big fan of the shifting timelines but their desire to have Ciri in the first season makes sense to do it this way. I guess they could have given her a single episode near the end but with only 8 episodes they had a ton to cover already. It sounds like they've heard the complaints and plan to make the story much more focused in season 2.
Netflix should have reason to throw more money at it now too with how popular it is. I think it got roughly 10 mil per episode and still looked a bit cheap in some scenes though for a first season they did a pretty solid job.
The original layout was it to be about Ciri, but it would not flow and work so the showrunner had to concede Geralt had to be the center figure and have Yeniffer and Ciri move around him, but they had to back story all three and have the stories tie into each other. You seen how it worked in the end but it would have been confusing to a watcher if you have not read the short stories upcoming to the Novels.
Which I did up though about 3/4s of the Sword of Destiny, The show hit on just about all the short stories. Going forward they did say things will sync up much more and less back story, the Blood of Elves is the next book I am digging into which is the next chronological sequence in the story and the first actual novel from my understanding.
The order books were released is not chronologically time line wise, I had to look up the sequence to be able to follow the show.
I'm only three episodes in, but I'd argue that Gerald is barely the central figure. Yes he's the through story arc as he's rambling from village to village, but dude's barely in the show, at least what I've seen.
What was his screen time in the 2nd episode? Like 10 minutes of the 50 minute episode?
I'm fine with episodic shows, they can be interesting..........but more titties and monster fighting, and less melodramatic stories about characters that we'll never see again acted by bad no name actors.
The production and fantasy elements are good enough to keep me interested, but so far Witcher is kind of a mess and you can certainly tell they didn't really know what they wanted to do with how it's fleshed out episode to episode.
Do we want a big sweeping GOT-esque story? Do we want a comic book episodic style? Serious themes? Fun themes?
IMO can't do all of the above, and again I'm only on episode four so maybe it tightens up and gets more linear. But so far the show is not very compelling, or even interesting other than the production and fantasy elements.