The first season of The Witcher from Netflix proved to be quite a hit, generating great interest in a short time. However, popularity does not always equal quality - and that was the case this time as well. Many would agree that despite several successful elements, the series had many aspects that needed improvement.
We have good news for all those who were annoyed by the narrative chaos or visibly lacking budget. The first reviews of the first two episodes of season 2 indicate that on December 17 we will get a production improved in almost every respect.
As reported by leganerd:
"We would like to share with you our impressions after watching the first two episodes [of The Witcher season 2 - ed. note]. It's hard for us to hide our enthusiasm. [...] We guarantee that the first two episodes suggest a significant improvement over the first season. The change from a non-linear narrative to a mostly chronological one will enable the viewers to follow the development of the main storylines more easily, as well as to see more tangible development in each of the characters."
Apart from the linear plot, which will no longer confuse anyone who did not reread the books just before the screening, the series is to present the richness of Sapkowski's world more broadly and mix some elements from the books and other adaptations. Along with the continuation of themes from the first season, we will also see completely new (for the series) characters and places, including Vesemir and Kaer Morhen, as described by multiplayer.it:
"The second episode finally shows the characteristics of one of the more important places in the entire Witcher saga, namely Kaer Morhen, while introducing the character of Vesemir. It seems obvious that Netflix's series is a creation drawing on other media, such as games (e.g. CD Projekt Red works) or other spin-offs. Anyone who has seen the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will be able to spot the similarities. The second episode clearly emphasizes the fact that in addition to presenting elements from previous adaptations, the series will not shy away from adding those completely new."
The technical aspects are also expected to far surpass what we were given to see in the first season:
"[The technical - ed. note] progress has definitely been made, and in some cases it's even better than we thought it would be. [...] Both the clashes, the make-up of the actors, as well as the characters and monsters have been wonderfully done. Both in the first and second episode you will be able to appreciate the progress from the cast and the team responsible for post-production. All of this should give us The Witcher that we deserve when it comes to the technical aspects."
Let's hope that the first two episodes will be a harbinger of high quality of the whole season 2 and the continuation of Netflix's hit will not be just cutting coupons from a well-known brand.
And what is your opinion? Did you like the first season? And if not, do you plan to give the second one a chance?