In which Geralt and Ciri go home
The second episode of Witcher, season two, was not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. There are some moments of fun, though. And a nod to one of my favorite stories. So, let’s get into it.
Geralt and Ciri have reached Kaer Morhen, the home of the witchers. All of the remaining witchers are there for some R&R. Geralt, who seems eternally anti-fun, is there mainly to keep Ciri safe. He’s lost no time in turning into an overprotective father. And he’s brought Ciri to meet his father figure, a man named Vesemir.
The witchers treat Ciri like a little sister right away. Which is to say some of them are wonderful and some are dicks.
Only one seems too distracted to notice her, a man named Eskel. He’s just barely survived an encounter with a monster called a leshy. As it turns out, his survival is short-lived. The leshy infected him, turning him into a creature like itself. There is a great chilling moment when all of the witcher’s pendants start to vibrate at the same time, indicating that a monster is near.
This story was, um, fine. It was fine. The leshy was well done, creepy and eerie. There were some funny moments, like when a prostitute who’s visiting goes all maternal over Ciri. But it was a long walk to get to the payoff. There was an awful lot of nothing happening in a dark cave. So when you watch this episode, don’t expect it to be riveting right away.
The other side of this episode follows Yennefer. Last season left her damaged. She was taken prisoner in the first episode by her old buddy/adversary Fringilla. In this one, they’re both taken prisoner by an army of vengeful elves.
The elves take them to a mystic hut in the forest that is perched on chicken legs. I hope that sounds familiar to you because it’s the house of Baba Yaga. The Deathless Mother is also a dead ringer for Baba Yaga. Right up to being a trickster goddess, and not always a nice one.
Yennifer is about as impressed by all this as she ever is about anything. Which is to say not at all. She’s more than happy to portal herself out of there. But finds that she can’t. Whether because she burned herself out last season, or because the Deathless Mother cursed her, her magic is gone.
This episode drug a bit for me. While there was a lot to like, there was a lot of traveling to get to it. While I admire the story so far, it could certainly tighten its belt.
Hopefully, this improves in the rest of the season. There are only eight episodes. They don’t have a lot of time to waste.(3 / 5)