poiler warning: we talk about the entire season below, including the ending and some of the plot threads set up for season two.
Phil: The Witcher, then. James likes it. Andy likes it. I had a lot of fun with it. But also the wider critical reception has been… mixed. Leaving aside perhaps narrow expectations from TV critics about what a fantasy series should be, let's dig into what we like, what we don't, and what we'd like to see from the already commissioned second series.
Fraser: I finished up the last couple of episodes when I returned home from Christmas, and it's probably the first time a Netflix series has left me wanting more. The first season probably wouldn't benefit from more episodes, but it would certainly make me happy. I've been itching for more of The Witcher since I finished up Blood and Wine, and this was almost like dipping back into the games again, but now I'm left with even more of a craving. Yes, I have started playing The Wild Hunt all over again.
Robin: I did a bit of a binge this weekend, so I’m all caught up. I think I’m a bit more mixed on it. There’s a lot of really fun moments and very likeable characters, and I really enjoyed the slightly off-kilter tone of it—at its best it feels like a weird slice of Polish mythology rather than your standard fantasy yarn. But at the same time, for a relatively straightforward setting (in terms of what viewers actually need to know moment-to-moment), it’s more often than not really confusingly presented. Even as someone who played the hell out of The Witcher 3, I was often lost, sometimes at big, climactic moments. My partner, who’s never experienced the setting before, just got frustrated and gave up after episode three, and I do wonder how many other people out there have done the same.