We finished "The Witcher" today. Quite fast I have to say since it was released yesterday on Netflix. For those who don't know, The Witcher is based — or at least inspired — on books written by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish fantasy author. Funny enough, game series was made by Polish studio called CD Projekt Red. I wish I could go back in time and buy their stock, but who wouldn't?
The series from Netflix is quite good. It's better than the Polish series that was made back in 2002. That Polish one wasn't as entertaining as Netflix edition and also didn't have such good CGI. Back then, they still tried to make special effects without computers, and that didn't look good. The actor that played Geralt back then was pretty good, so I was hoping that he will be dubbing in Netflix version, but he didn't.
What was interesting to me was that there were some similarities between both pictures in term of the script. In Netflix edition, there is way more time given for what was happening to Yennefer when she was young and showed the path she had to go through to become a powerful mage. In Polish one she comes and goes without much of backstory so for people who didn't read the books, it may not make too much sense.
It's was especially exciting for me to watch Yennefer in Netflix edition because she reminds me of another fantasy character I read about called Raistlin. He's one of the heroes in Dragonlance series which was old series of fantasy books. The hunger for power that is shared for both Yennefer and Raistlin is something that enchanted me when I was younger. I guess that mage looking for ultimate power is somewhat a cliche at this point already.