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Any thoughts out there on this so far?

I just finished episode two and while it's not binge worthy it seems fairly decent and better than I had imagined. Episode 1 is absolute burning trash however, a fire of trash with a few shiny trinkets in the flames that push you through the obviousness of trying to capture Game of thrones but failing miserably. Episode 2 looses this wanna be shit and adds the best characters from the books. The comedy weaving in is excellent.

I'm hoping it doesn't loose me but i suspect if they follow the over arching need to be Game of thrones, they will.

Henry Cavil ain't so bad, pretty decent actually but at times I wish they had dubbed the games VA over him. Dandilion is the best representation I've seen of him and Ciri isn't aged enough for me to make a judgement but the actress seems competent.

My biggest complaint so far is not on the shows part but a hope i had that they would follow some of Geralts random adventures first from the last wish before diving and then mid season jump into the whole Destiny arc. That's missing out on the best of the books.

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And fuck yes for the two swords!

Last edited by John2290 - on 21 December 2019

 

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As a huge fan of the games, I was incredibly happy with it, personally. They did far better than I dared to hope, and I ended up really liking all 3 of the leads quite a lot. Henry is especially perfect as Geralt imo. I didn't see it at all when he was first cast, but the role really fits him like a glove, and he got all of the little mannerisms I'm used to from the games down so well. Basically, his love of the IP really shines through on screen.

There's some stuff to nitpick (they could really cut down on their use of the word destiny in the script by about 60%), but overall, I'm just super happy with it. Can't wait for season 2.



Only seen the 1st ep so far and... it's just really confusing. I've not played the games, nor read the books and the show just doesn't explain things very well so I've no idea what's going on. I mean, it seems good, and I'll keep watching but the plot is just a huge ? for me at the moment.



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Ka-pi96 said:
Only seen the 1st ep so far and... it's just really confusing. I've not played the games, nor read the books and the show just doesn't explain things very well so I've no idea what's going on. I mean, it seems good, and I'll keep watching but the plot is just a huge ? for me at the moment.

Yup, this is why I think they should have done a few episodes with Geralt alone from the short stories and ease people in before going straight to the story arc but alas, they need to be Game of Thrones. Keep watching though, they explain a lot more in episode two and do a really good job of introducing the other main characters.



 

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I am 4 episodes in. I have read some of the books and recognize a lot of the story-lines from the book.

Overall, I am really enjoying the show, my biggest issue is I don't like the casting for Geralt and Dandelion. Despite thinking the main character was not well cast I was able to force my self to get past that and I am really enjoying the show. I been fine with how all the other characters been cast other then those 2 so far and just about everything else about the show.



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John2290 said:

Any thoughts out there on this so far?

It starts out slow but just keeps building and building...
They did a amasing job with it, imo, far better than I thought they could.

This is good story telling, and shows they had material to work from (ei. book or lore enough).
I also love that theres a point to each and every episode, and a red thread, that flows throughout, progressing the storyline.

(im not a big fan of tv series, that have random directors for half of it, and story writters that come and write a one off, filler episode ect).



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. 

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5 episodes in. It's good.


Needs more of a proper timeline. It jumps from ciri existing to her mother all of a sudden being a young teen refusing marriage.. To keep it vague.

Casting turned out to be good. Very happy with Henry Cavill as Geralt.

For people who have no book or game knowledge, it would be quite easy to loose track of what's going on.



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. 

The arc where your shown Yennefer, is 60+ years in the past (they jump back in time, to explain stuff).
They explain that lateron, theres no "gaf or fast and lose" there.

Ciri has flashback times, same with Geralt, and Yennifer in the story. Its not told 100% linarly, sometimes it lateron goes back to explain why things ended up as they did in earlier episodes.

To be fair Ciri does look younger than 18,.... maybe they didnt want to cast someone actually that young.



Episode 1 felt barely like a 5/10 but episode 2-3 made it jump to a 7/10-8/10. Enjoying it so far.