The most recent installment in Netflix’s rising Witcher franchise, The Witcher: Blood Origin, was not too long ago launched to a convincing “meh” from critics. However the fan response is even worse, with the four-episode restricted sequence sporting a dismal eight p.c score on Rotten Tomatoes. The low scores are the results of a number of various factors associated to the present, the unique books, and former Superman actor, Henry Cavill.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is a restricted sequence set inside the identical universe as Netflix’s foremost Witcher present, and each are based mostly on the unique sequence of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Nevertheless, Blood Origin is about a thousand years earlier than the occasions of the unique tv sequence, and “depicts the creation of the primary Witcher, in addition to the occasions resulting in the Conjunction of the Spheres.” It additionally stars Michelle Yeoh, who undoubtedly deserves higher than this poorly reviewed, low-rated fantasy prequel.
Over on film evaluate aggregation web site Rotten Tomatoes, Blood Origin sports activities a 36 p.c approval score amongst critics and a fair worse eight p.c approval score from followers (h/t Forbes). Whereas the critic rating is dangerous and locations it amongst a number of the worst-rated unique exhibits on Netflix, it’s the traditionally low eight p.c viewers score that’s actually wild.
In fact, it must be famous that some followers are review-bombing the sequence for a number of totally different causes. Some are offended Henry Cavill supporters nonetheless fuming about his late October exit from the principle present. Others are Witcher followers who proceed to be annoyed with Netflix’s dealing with of the unique supply materials in its Witcher initiatives. Viewers being upset about how a sequence handles the supply materials has grow to be a scorching matter amongst many online game followers, with complaints that Netflix’s short-lived Resident Evil sequence and Paramount’s Halo present are each straying too removed from the unique works they’re supposedly based mostly on. That is doubtless why Amazon not too long ago made an enormous deal about how its upcoming God of Battle TV present will probably be “staying true” to the video games.
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But, it’s laborious to disregard that very low eight p.c viewer score on Rotten Tomatoes. Even Netflix’s supposedly despised Resident Evil present has a 26 p.c approval score from followers. (Halo sits at a comparatively wonderful 52 p.c.) Blood Origin’s score, no less than from what I can inform, appears to be the bottom viewer rating from any Netflix unique present. It’s even decrease than another infamously review-bombed movies and exhibits, like Disney and Marvel’s She-Hulk (33 p.c) or Star Wars: The Final Jedi (42 p.c).
With all that in thoughts, my learn is that this isn’t simply one other case of a property getting review-bombed by chuds, however as a substitute only a actually dangerous present that even diehard Witcher followers don’t take pleasure in. Studying fan evaluations, many complain in regards to the shoddy CGI, boring tempo, bland writing, and a common lack of course. This echoes comparable complaints from critics, too. For Netflix, this may’t be a great factor, and doesn’t bode nicely for the way forward for its monster-slaying franchise in a post-Henry Cavill Witcher-verse.