The Witcher, Season 1, Ep. 5 – Bottled Appetites & Ep. 6 – Rare Species

The romance seemed rushed. But then we find out Yen and Geralt have a longer history, that’s she’s been creeping into his bed for awhile, and leaving him with her fading scent as a dream-like memory. Henry Cavill and Anya Chalotra give these two a palpable, powerhouse chemistry.

We love the twists in each episode. Each one surprises. Unlike other Netflix original series like “The [Terrible] I-sland”, the dialogue is well-written.

The enigmatic bad guy, Cahir (Eamon Farren), gets fleshed out. We learn there’s a purpose driving his murderous march. The best villains are always the ones with a purpose, who believe they are fulfilling something that is right.

Let’s hope we get some Witcher Pops soon. These would make great McFarlane Toys action figures, too.

Altered Carbon, Season 2, Ep. 3 – Nightmare Alley

Season 2 is really strong, but it’s hard to pinpoint the why. The plot is coalescing into a conflict between Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie) and an old friend now foe, Yaeger (Torben Liebrecht). The conflict between the two, though, is weak. We’re supposed to believe that, basically, daddy never got over Kovacs leaving the Protectorate and joining up with Quellcrist Falconer (Renne Elise Goldsberry). For that, he wants to capture him and torture him for a few centuries.

The action is still first-rate. Simone Messick (playing bounty hunter Trepp) is single-handedly holding up the weak and uneven plotting. She’s the Samuel Jackson of the show. The political intrigue is falling flat. The Governer, Danica Harlan (Lela Loren), doesn’t like Harlan’s World’s co-founder. Who cares?