THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN SERIES REVIEW
1200 years before the tales of Yennefer, Princess Ciri, and Geralt of Rivia, monsters are unknown in the land, as are humans, and the kingdom of Xin’trea is ruled by high elves. However, not all is as it seems, for a dangerous chess game of political power is being waged behind the scenes. The selfish machinations of the ruling class are leading to a dark cataclysm unlike the world has ever known. Seven unlikely outcasts consisting of fighters, mages, and a delightfully brutal dwarf, join forces in an attempt to destroy the evil magic that threatens the entire world. Thus begins the tale of The Witcher: Blood Origin, Netflix’s latest foray adapting the Andrzej Sapkowski’s highly successful fantasy stories. In the set up to this prequel, our beloved bard, Jackier is tasked by the elf Seanchai (Minnie Driver) to create a song based on the creation of the first witcher, and the events leading up to the Conjunction of the Spheres. But one question remains: Will this song be as big a banger as Toss a Coin to Your Witcher? Our adventurous critics, Mindy, Jena, Matt, and Neil, battle their way through overused tropes, actors who are underutilized (Sorry, Michelle Yeoh), and unexplained lore to discuss whether this witcher story deserves being tossed coins, or if you should pelt it with tomatoes instead. So gather around the mysterious glowing monolith, and check out their review.
CREATED BY: Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
STARRING: Sophia Brown, Minee Mais, Laurence O’Fuarain, Mirren Mack, Lenny Henry, Jacob Collins-Levy, Joey Batey, Zach Wyatt, Lizzie Annis, Huw Novelli, Francesca Mills, Amy Murray, Minnie Driver, Michelle Yeoh, Dylan Moran, Mark Rowley, Hiftu Quasem, Ella Schrey-Yeats, Ozioma Whenu, Kim Adis, Kerri Quinn, Karlina Grace-Paseda, Shanika Ocean, Tomisin Ajani, Samuel Blenkin, Nathaniel Curtis, Aidan O’Callaghan, Zachary Hart, Hebe Beardsall
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
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