Monday 2 January 2023

TV Review: The Witcher: Blood Origin (2022) (Fantasy)

The Witcher: Blood Origin
4 episodes

More than a thousand years before the events of The Witcher, seven outcasts in an Elven world join forces in a quest against an all-powerful empire. (Synopsis)

I should preface this review by saying that while I thought season 1 of The Witcher was okay, season 2 left me yawning. As such, I had no plans to watch this prequel. However, my husband was keen, and since I control 90% of our viewing, I agreed to watch it with him. By the end, though, both of us were glad it was only four episodes. On the plus side, the VFX are fine. But that is really the only positive thing I can think of to say. This series felt so B-grade. The acting was forced and hammy, the actors hindered in part by a script so cheesy and cringe-worthy it made me grind my teeth. The pacing was awful and the characters lacked depth, their relationships unbelievable (two wanted to kill each other in episode one but were deeply in love by episode four). The whole thing felt pointless. Minnie Driver (in her cameo role) summed up the plot in the first five minutes as she explained the story she was about to tell, so you could just watch those first few minutes and save yourself from the rest. I can really only give this one star, and since I've never awarded only one star to anything before, I don't even have a graphic for it!

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