Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 10:55:
- It really failed at being epic.
Meh. S1 of GoT failed at being epic too.
- And the timeline was an absolute disaster. It tried to go with the "trust your audience" tactic, but the hints of what was happening when were a mix of too subtle or too poorly timed. You had to be paying close attention, or know it was happening ahead of time. I knew it was happening, so I caught the clues, but they were occasionally doled out in the end of a story, which feels like attempts to be clever in an area that you shouldn't be clever. Either give the clues up front, or be more obvious. Don't trust people to even attempt remembering weird names of characters they don't expect to be seeing very long.
I was unfamiliar with the lore and had no problem with either the timeline or the names. I admit I didn't understand the timeline until E4.
- Tying into that, my single biggest complaint was that Jaskier didn't age. At a minimum, 15 or so years went by. It seemed like maybe 20-30. And he still looks like a guy in his late 20s? What's the continuity here?
Yeah, this could have been done better, and would have communicated the timeline better.
- Ciri had nothing to do. I'm not even sure why she was in this season. Her entire storyline was pointless. She ran through the woods. She met some guy, but then he got angry at her and stormed off when it felt kind of out of character. That's when you lose your patience? She left you to die like 2 episodes earlier! Cut his entire character out and you lose nothing. Her entire trip to the woods? They'd maybe argue it was world building, but it built nothing. Her scenes were all a waste of time. I'm also unconvinced that actress will be able to match the Ciri of the games. She seems too passive. But maybe that's good acting
I expect the actress will age with the series and grow into her role. She seemed a fine actress to me, for someone so young.
- SPOILER: Geralt spends the entire final episode deliriously wounded on the back of a cart.
I kind of like that the big strong man isn't the one to save the day. I also feel that The Witcher S1 is really Yenna's arc anyway.
- The most successful episode, to me, was the incest ghost one. It was monster-of-the-week, but it felt like gothic horror done pretty well. Had I been overseeing the show, I think the first three episodes would have been monster-of-the-week with just Geralt, introducing him and the world. Then fold in Yen. Then, maybe final episode, introduce Ciri. Then, in Season 2, put her entire back story in one episode.
Although a lot of people hate it, I think E4 is my fav. I love Yenna's battle with the assassin, and the porcupine story.
- Yeah, Henry Cavill's growl was odd, but I really enjoyed him. I thought Yen did a good job, as well, with what little she had to work with. Was largely unconvinced about anyone else
- Speaking of Yen: The final episode was supposed to be about her power, but felt very blah. The battle felt small, and the rules felt weird. Some people were sacrificing themselves to become fireballs (which also seemed wasteful - your most powerful units are your mages, why have a second one commit suicide to do something that literally just failed 20 seconds earlier?) Did Yen sacrifice anything to make her more powerful seeming fire? Maybe she did and I was looking at my phone when it happened, but shouldn't her hand have withered or something?
Ah, so you admit you were dual screening! Bad Beamer! I was less bothered by the Nilfgaardians throwing their lives away than I was the defenders. Why die there? It didn't make sense. As for Yenna, the feeling I got was that she tapped into a deeper well than the other sorcerers, and was doing so for the first time.
My girlfriend hated it and thought it was dumb.
You just agreed with her so you could get laid.
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