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'The Witcher: Bloodborne' Review: Ho-Hum Michelle Yeoh in Netflix Prequel

What does Jaskier (Joey Batey) defy in the frame set of Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin It would turn out to be the plot of The Witcher: Blood Origin. “Let me guess, a group of warriors joined forces to overcome all opinions?” He laughed. “It’s dead.”

Of course, Jaskier quickly changed his mind when Seanchaí (Minnie Driver), the mysterious elf who entertained him with this story, clarified that this version of it Caused the spheres to coalesce (ie explaining why the Witcher universe is such a metaphysical event). But I think he got it right the first time. This premise is already dead. While some satisfaction can still be found in this tried-and-true formula, Blood Origin‘s jerky pacing and thin character work keep it from evolving into something truly special.

The Witcher: Bloodborne

Bottom line To quote one of the characters, “It’s dead.”

Air date:
Sunday, December 25(Netflix) Cast: Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Michelle Yeoh , Mirren Mack, Lenny Henry, Francesca Mills, Zach Wyatt, Liz Annis, Hugh Novi Leigh, Minnie Driver

Declander Barra, Lauren Schmidt Heathrich

Set 1, in The Witcher, Blood Origin years before the events of a continent untouched by monsters and humans, about to unify for the first time into a single kingdom ruled by elves . But the elite, including the naive Princess Merwin (Mirren Mack) and the ambitious Chief Saint Balor (Lenny Henry), soon discover that the citizens are not actually receptive to regime change very well, which will only lead to more Much bloodshed, famine and conquest.

It was during this turmoil that the Seven, as Seanchaí called this unlikely group of heroes, came together. It begins with Éile (Sophia Brown) and Fjall (Laurence O’Fuarain), strangers from rival clans who meet by chance, and then decide to stick together once new forces set their sights on both of them. On their way to rescue their people from the Xin’trean Empire, they attract a motley group of allies who seek revenge, atonement, or simply a cause worth fighting for.

As a side quest from OriginalWitcher, Blood Origins (created by Witcher ) Producers Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich) is available. There are a couple of neat monsters, including one that looks like a large school of anglerfish huddled together, and some interesting swordplay. The characters look cool, too—Scían, played by Michelle Yeoh, has a series of elegant face tattoos, while Merwyn loves gowns that could be ripped from an Iris van Herpen runway. (Lucinda Wright as costume designer and Deb Watson as makeup and hairstylist.)

Most importantly, the group chemistry is promising. Brown is likable as Éile’s protagonist, a bard who realizes that her music, not her gift for violence, may be her real legacy. Seeing Yeoh wielding a sword and spitting out lines like “Every time I think I’ve put up with the last fool, another one lands in front of me” makes Yeoh feel absolutely nothing, even though Scían actually doesn’t have that much else to do. It’s unsurprisingly fun to watch. Francesca Mills totally steals the show in the role of Meldof, a slightly unhinged, hammer-wielding dwarf who also happens to be The only non-elven trait in Blood Origin. When the seven finally have time to relax together in the cave, the jokes and eye contact between them hint at budding rivalries, potential romance and shared history throughout the season.

Alas, what they (and us) got was four hour episodes paced as if its writers only realized how much narrative ground they still had to cover. In rushing to get to the direction Seanchaí has ​​already told us, Blood Origin skimped so badly on character development that half of the seven seemed to exist only because of the “four” Doesn’t sound as cool as a team name. And characters who do get arcs are required to sprint through them. For example, it makes sense that Éile and Fjall’s friendship might evolve into something more, but it’s not that they seem to have become star-crossed soulmates overnight.

Neotria politics similar to real history, from the country’s arrogant ideas about “civilized” exotic lands, the elves’ long history of treating dwarves as second-class citizens The order name can be seen in the custom as well as in the savage violence carried out by the “protectors”. Many of these disturbing thoughts are reflected in Merwyn, a medieval fantasy boss lady who responds to her own oppression by turning around and putting more pressure on others. But Blood Origin doesn’t have the patience to explain what this means to these people, or to those of us who watch; the show seems primarily interested in these questions as a way of letting Give yourself a deep shine as you run to the next battle, the next creature, the next Easter egg for the Witcher fan.

Over and over again, Blood Origin emphasizes the importance of the story as much as it is spinning: they Can inspire people or offer hope to the hopeless, change the course of history or help us better understand our own hearts. The idea of ​​the story is so important that when confronted by a villain about her inappropriate behavior, she protests, “I’m going to be a footnote in someone else’s story”—as if it could excuse her cruelty. On some level, maybe our hero will be happy to hear that her gamble didn’t pay off. Blood Origin itself is nothing more than a weird addendum to The Witcher, not a lofty epic on its own merits .



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