It’s nice to hear that it apparently still holds up.
Imho, so much modern TV is so highly influenced by Buffy, that I wondered if it’d feel a bit generic and predictable these days… in the way that movies or bands that were very influential at the time often feel generic later when their influences have become standardized.
It’s become so common in modern TV for good guys to suddenly go bad that it often loses its impact.
I’m watching a fair number of kids tv shows these days (cos kids!) and even those have similar plot twists. I wonder if the generation of kids that are growing up now would be entirely unimpressed by a lot of things that we found surprising/shocking.
Finished The Witcher. Someone said ‘I agree with everything that everyone has said about The Witcher’ and I agree with them. It’s a massive mish mash and mixed bag, but ends up (mostly) being surprisingly fun. It’s a bit like Spartacus (though I’m not sure its quite as good) in that it seems like it shouldn’t work, but kinda does.
Imho 8(?) episodes is too short. I know everyone always complains about Netflix shows having too much filler or taking too long to get going, but if we keep cutting out more and more then pretty soon there’s not enough left. There’s something to be said for spending time with characters and which builds a connection and sense of familiarity and then you care about them when the important stuff happens.
The final episode in The Witcher is a good example of that. The big battle would make more of an impact if we’d spent more than about 5 minutes with Triss, or any time at all with any of the other Sorceresses.
They did a mostly good job mixing together some of the short stories and the bigger plot line, and running different timelines*.
I actually spent half the final episode expecting them to pull another ‘different time’ switcheroo and have the big final battle be taking place before the attack on Cintra from episode 1. iirc, Sodden takes place in the first Nilfgard invasion in the books, but here they seem to have merged them into one. It would have worked with the mages, as they don’t age. I couldn’t work out how it’d work with Cahir though.
It’s also interesting that Geralt basically did nothing in the final episode, whereas in most shows you’d expect the main character to feature heavily and decisively in the big finale. It’s somewhat fitting for the character though.
I always found a few of the events in the books a bit confusing, so the show has helped mostly clarify what was going on and when. Though it did change a few things.
I’m still a bit undecided on the Yennefer actress, as she sometimes comes across as a bit petulantly childish and young. Then again, in other scenes she was pretty good.
Also undecided on Triss, but didn’t really see enough of her to be sure.
It seems pretty well set up for Season 2.
Now, maybe back to Swamp Thing…
*well, not really different timelines, but different points on the same timeline. I’m not sure how to describe that though.