Reviews, Television, What to Watch
Dec 4, 2019

Netflix Unleashes First Episode of The Witcher For Industry and Fans!

The Witcher starring Henry Cavill is one of the most highly anticipated fantasy shows to wrap up 2019.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Henry Cavill attends Netflix The Witcher LA Fan Experience at the Egyptian Theatre on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Witcher, based on the book series (most likely following “The Last Wish”), stars Henry Cavill and takes us through another world, with new magical rules to learn, fights to be seen, and political intrigue for miles. The pilot episode debuts with alot of potential, but we felt Netflix would do well to use another editor. Alot of the shots take us out of feeling the moment with our characters as we’re pulled back into master shots or two character shots, when close ups would help draw us in. The Royal family has little to no chemistry, and we walked out confused as to who they exactly were to one another. At one point a fourth member sits at the Royal table, but is never heard or seen from again. The scenes with The Witcher are strong, and more time was invested in his journey and uncovering his character. There is a female character death in the pilot which left us in mourning. The actress was one of the best cast to grace the screen during the pilot, calling to mind a grown up “Arya” a la Game of Thrones. Perhaps that is where her ship sailed her (not possible but let us muse).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 03: Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra attend Netflix The Witcher LA Fan Experience at the Egyptian Theatre on December 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

Overall it is a strong story and we hope the editing choices are less choppy as the series moves forward. The costumes and style are fantastic, and again we re-state the potential we see. We hope the series delivers the high quality storytelling and character connections which could be had. The night was a blast, with activations outside of the actual screening for lucky fans, and select industry guests. The activations were a blast, with opportunities to have your own personal ballad composed, tell “Roach” all your problems, and even experience a life like set with actors walking you through the story.

The Witcher premieres December 20th on Netflix.