The Witcher

The Witcher – Betrayer Moon

by Alan Rapp on August 12, 2020

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Witcher – Betrayer Moon
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The Witcher - Betrayer Moon television review

The main storyline of “Betrayer Moon” involving a kingdom haunted by a princess turned into a grizzly creature known as a Striga is supposed to have personal ties to the past of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Unfortunately, the writers of the series have forgotten that they have told us next to nothing about the Witcher’s backstory leaving any deeper meaning impossible to connect to his unknown previous experiences. The episode features plenty of Geralt acting like a first-rate dick (something Cavill excels at) to everyone in the kingdom from the local witch to the king himself. The creature also took down another Wicher (Gudmundur Thorvaldsson) whose entire existence appears to be to allow Geralt to be slightly miffed not at the Witcher’s death but that the kingdom hushed up the his death (making it look like the warrior left with the townspeople’s money).

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  • Title: The Witcher – The End’s Beginning / Four Marks
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The Witcher - The End's Beginning / Four Marks television review

As one who never read the fantasy series on which the series is based or played the various video games inspired by the novels, I found the first episode of The Witcher perplexing. “The End’s Beginning” offers two disconnected tales. The first involves the introduction of the title character, a wandering nomad and monster killer Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who is a Witcher. Just what a Witcher is the episode doesn’t take much effort to explain. The other story involves a princess named Ciri (Freya Allan) and the fall of her kingdom. Both characters are touched by magic, the Witcher being stronger and faster than mortal men and Ciri holding a hidden power only glimpsed at as she flees the burning remains of her home. While touching on both these tales, the second episode introduces an entirely separate thread involving a woman with a twisted spine but hidden gifts for magic as well who is purchased for a meager sum by a witch (MyAnna Buring) with plans for Yennefer (Anya Chalotra).

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