Escape Velocity

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Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a fighter of monsters of all shapes and sizes. One day he claims a reward for his services, and unwittingly entwines his fate with that of Princess Cirilla of Cintra. When they eventually meet, Geralt is faced with his destiny: protecting Ciri and with her, the world.

I really enjoyed the Witcher. I binged both seasons as soon as they came out. To be honest, I was pretty ready to dislike Geralt, as I’m not usually a fan of the grumpy troubled man archetype. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Geralt was not just a grumpy bastard, but was instead a slightly grumpy nice dude.

Anya Chalotra’s interpretation of Yennefer charmed me as well. I’m usually a big fan of a Complicated Woman, and boy is she complicated. However, I didn’t like her motivation at all. As someone who cares very little for babies, I definitely struggle to understand wanting to go very far to acquire one. Still, I liked her vibe.

In season two I struggled with her a bit more. For a couple of episodes, I would have sworn she was another character in disguise. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that Yennefer seemed much softer than she was in season one. Perhaps still complicated, but her relationship with Geralt was much more conflicted in season one. In season two, she’s just really into him and it was kind of jarring to me.

What I really like about the Witcher is that it shows that you can do a gritty fantasy show without excessive violence against women (looking at you, Game of Thrones).

Fair warning: the pacing of the first season is a little bit weird. There are two timelines shown simultaneously, and the execution of this could have been a little bit better. However, I think it’s definitely worth pushing through. It’s very satisfying when everything eventually falls into place.

The Witcher definitely has horror vibes, so maybe reconsider watching it if that’s something you’re sensitive to.

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