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The Witcher

I have never played The Witcher game and I don't know anything about the book so i can't compare the Netflix adaptation with them, so I came into this show with no expectations or preconceived notions. I started watching this mainly because of Henry Cavill and the fact that it looked interesting. The show flows seamlessly and its setting is so smooth that it can perfectly immerse newcomers with no idea of any other prior material related to the plot. It's a masterfully crafted and acted adaptation. It can be difficult and confusing to follow at times when it jumps around to different points in time without warning. The backdrop of conquest, war, and apocalyptic prophecy was well balanced with Geralt's daily routine of monster hunting, a task his kind was designed to do as a Witcher. I'd add that the magical effects were also perfectly done. They were both subtle and effective. The supporting characters and two other leads all bring this fantasy world to life with very real performances that remind us that they don't have to be saving the world from an apocalyptic danger for their stories to hold true dramatic weight, and that's also a testament to the great writing this series has. Top-notch world and character building. The series definitely has a little something for everyone. Action fans will find plenty to like in the gorgeously choreographed fight sequences, and those who enjoy character-driven drama will be thrilled to know that the characters and their interactions and dialogue are really the series' bread and butter. Masterful job in the writing, direction, and production, as well as incredibly powerful performances from all three leads along with every supporting role. The cinematography was spectacular. The series has elaborate and detailed costumes, armors, weapons and set pieces. The world of the Witcher is permeated with the fantastical, you'll see witches and wizards, monsters, and magic, and just about anything that would satisfy a fantasy lover. This show delivers, the story arcs are coherent and engaging, and most importantly there is a good pace. The Witcher is an engrossing and fun fantasy show. The music is just sublime. The music in the series builds tension, and adds depth to the scenes that it is paired with. All in all I really enjoyed this show.

The Flash

With distinctive visuals and terrific casting, The Flash remains one of the strongest comic book shows on television. Packed with humor, spectacular visuals, and a whole lot of heart. This an interesting show with addictive story lines and great character development. The first season was amazing and enjoyable, and the story was very complex, yet felt smooth and even. Since Arrow was getting darker and darker, The Flash went in the opposite direction. It's the tonal antithesis of Arrow. Lighthearted, quirky, and silly, yet grounded enough to make us care, and the writing is just as sharp and witty as you'd hope.

The acting is great. It's refreshing in a CW show to have a likable good actor as the lead, and Grant Gustin knocks it out of the park. He's usually upbeat and quirky but when he's given the important emotional beats, he pulls them off well enough to tug at your heartstrings. The writing is also excellent. It takes a few episodes to get going but once it starts up it does not slow down. As the story starts to unravel and the plot slowly reveals itself, it's hard to take your eyes off the screen. There are more than a few jaw-dropping episodes and superb looking special effects and CGI monsters.

Like Arrow, there are some soap opera-y moments, but they're placed sparingly enough in the series that they don't take you out of the show. The dialogue is silly sometimes but that's what gives it its charm. It's not supposed to be brooding and gloomy like "Arrow"; it's light and upbeat while still delivering truly awesome comic book moments. And the threatening villains remain threatening - the Reverse-Flash is legitimately menacing, and the tone shifts appropriately for the episodes that he's in. In short, the writing is consistently great while managing to throw a few surprises at you along the way.

Dead Like Me

I really liked this show. It had a great concept. This show introduces us to the fascinating world of the Grim Reaper. Full of workplace rules, guidelines, assignments, and generally horrific deaths, Dead Like Me explores the subject of death in a very unusual, yet original way. It was just edgy enough to hold your attention yet soft enough to make you care. The actors did a great job of just being human in a non- human scenario. This show is a combination of extremely clever plot lines, a unique and unusual musical score, contemporary editing, and outstanding character casting. The chemistry of characters with this cast is more than exceptional. Writing and acting were excellent. It's superbly written and actually make you think about life in a different light. Both touching and grimly funny, which is a thin line to walk. Strong character development and compelling concept of life after death. This program deals more with life and how to live while you're alive than with death. The deaths are always wildly improbable, but then again, if you watch the news people die in weird ways every day. The music is appropriately atmospheric and thoughtful. The story lines are always a mix of sad, inspiring, and philosophical. These characters learn something and grow with each episode. Throughout the two seasons, the viewer follows life through the eyes of George, and also through her quirky narration. We see George grow into a more confident young woman, and also witness the interactions amongst the various characters and their reaps. An excellent show all around. I wish that there had been more seasons. The movie was good/ok. I was not in favor of some of the casting changes that were made in the movie. They messed with the chemistry of the characters that was so good in the show.