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It really picked up for me in the last episode, I was unsure until that point but it left me looking forward to season 2 much more than I was expecting.



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shikamaru317 said:

Saw the first 2 episodes last night. It's relatively good so far, but it certainly has nothing on the games. People say it's supposed to be an adaptation of the books, rather than the games, but it seems like they're playing it pretty fast and loose if it's supposed to be based on the books. From what I remember reading on the wiki, Yennefer would have been trained as a Sorceress like 70 years before the time period where this first season is supposed to be set, yet they are showing her training now, without any kind of indication that these are flashback sequences, which would make her just a few years older than Ciri. Meanwhile, Ciri was supposed to be 10 or 11 when the slaughter of Cintra happened, yet she is being played by an actress who is over 18, meaning presumably that the character is at least late teens. We have racial changes for Fringilla Vigo and Istredd. The list of changes from the books goes on and on, so if their excuse for not copying the game look of the characters was because they wanted to stay true to the books, the excuse doesn't hold much water. 

Overall though, show seems good so far. Henry is great as Geralt, Freya is great as Ciri, need to see more of Yennefer before I comment on her actress. The action sequences were really well done, both for the battle between Nilfgaard and Cintra, and for the Geralt vs Renfri fight. The locations all look gorgeous. Plot seems good so far. 

Season 1 is based mainly on books 1 and 2, which is basically just a compilation of short stories and world building.  Books 3-7 make up the main plot that lead up to the Witcher games.

This might explain why the pacing seems off at times, and I expect it to smooth out in season 2, which is when I expect book 3 to start.



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John2290 said:

The elves are just black humans costumed as tribes people. Lmao. Oh lord, I hate 2019, why the fuck can't they just stay true to the source material. At least make them green and point the ears, use the same cast just touch them up. 

They really didn't show very many elves, and two of them, including their king, were white so....not sure what you're on about. You talking about the Dryads?



Angelus said:
John2290 said:

The elves are just black humans costumed as tribes people. Lmao. Oh lord, I hate 2019, why the fuck can't they just stay true to the source material. At least make them green and point the ears, use the same cast just touch them up. 

They really didn't show very many elves, and two of them, including their king, were white so....not sure what you're on about. You talking about the Dryads?

Yeah, the dryads in Ciri's story.



 

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John2290 said:
Angelus said:

They really didn't show very many elves, and two of them, including their king, were white so....not sure what you're on about. You talking about the Dryads?

Yeah, the dryads in Ciri's story.

Pretty sure that dryads in the Witcher have many different skin tones, and green isn't even the most common. Really didn't see an issue with how they were depicted at all.



I like how they ordered the stories however it makes for disjointed viewing, just finished episode 6 which followed the last story with Yennifer in the last wish, it was really well done and the best episode yet. About to go into episode 7 and I think I know which one it is. I'd have liked id they cut out the sword of destiny parts because it makes something already disjointed with time jumps and skipping back and forth annoying enough for me i can't imagine this will be watchable for anyone new to the series, some title cards between stories would be ideal or some hints that time has past. Regardless, it's pretty impressive how the ordered them along and made it a natural progression, I didn't even realize they were following the stories so closely until the start of The last Wish.



 

Angelus said:
John2290 said:

Yeah, the dryads in Ciri's story.

Pretty sure that dryads in the Witcher have many different skin tones, and green isn't even the most common. Really didn't see an issue with how they were depicted at all.

Pretty sure they are closer to the children of the first men in game of thrones but adults, Maybe it's my imagination but pretty sure they are wood elves made of trees and, yeah, very green with pointy ears. They just look human here with cloths made from what their flesh should be. Alas, it's not a problem, just jarring to see at first and I audiobooked everything after The last wish so perhaps it is my own passivity.



 

John2290 said:
Angelus said:

Pretty sure that dryads in the Witcher have many different skin tones, and green isn't even the most common. Really didn't see an issue with how they were depicted at all.

Pretty sure they are closer to the children of the first men in game of thrones but adults, Maybe it's my imagination but pretty sure they are wood elves made of trees and, yeah, very green with pointy ears. They just look human here with cloths made from what their flesh should be. Alas, it's not a problem, just jarring to see at first and I audiobooked everything after The last wish so perhaps it is my own passivity.

I haven't actually read the books, so my Witcher knowledge comes mainly from the games, but here's how the Witcher wiki describes the Dryads;

Dryads and hamadryads are generally similar to humans and can be mistaken with them at certain occasions, so is the other way around. The hair is typically chestnut, green or red and is often dreadlocked. Born dryads rarely have blond hair or blue eyes, but these can be inherited from human or elven fathers.
Their skin tones can be described as similar to humans, though often take on forest-like tints of olive, chestnut, red or green. At some occasions however they may appear entirely green. The exact shade is often unclear due to Brokilonian habit of painting skin into camouflage patterns by scouts and sentinels, as well as wearing clothes patched up out of their natural surroundings, like leaves and twigs, which help them to blend into the forest.



Angelus said:
John2290 said:

Pretty sure they are closer to the children of the first men in game of thrones but adults, Maybe it's my imagination but pretty sure they are wood elves made of trees and, yeah, very green with pointy ears. They just look human here with cloths made from what their flesh should be. Alas, it's not a problem, just jarring to see at first and I audiobooked everything after The last wish so perhaps it is my own passivity.

I haven't actually read the books, so my Witcher knowledge comes mainly from the games, but here's how the Witcher wiki describes the Dryads;

Dryads and hamadryads are generally similar to humans and can be mistaken with them at certain occasions, so is the other way around. The hair is typically chestnut, green or red and is often dreadlocked. Born dryads rarely have blond hair or blue eyes, but these can be inherited from human or elven fathers.
Their skin tones can be described as similar to humans, though often take on forest-like tints of olive, chestnut, red or green. At some occasions however they may appear entirely green. The exact shade is often unclear due to Brokilonian habit of painting skin into camouflage patterns by scouts and sentinels, as well as wearing clothes patched up out of their natural surroundings, like leaves and twigs, which help them to blend into the forest.

Ah, my bad. The image in my mind is what is incorrect so. That description is pretty fitting to the shows adaption.