Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Netflix’s The Witcher Review

Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly review. This week I’ll be telling all of you why you MUST go watch Netflix’s The Witcher the second you finish reading. This show hasn’t even been out for two weeks yet and I’ve watched it through three times, so you already know Netflix did this show right!

The Witcher Franchise

The franchise itself has been around for roughly 40 years now and was originally written by Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 80’s. Back then it all started Polish short stories but quickly evolved as these Witcher stories grew in popularity. It had grown so much in fact that in 1996 a video game had went into development. Unfortunately, the game flared out and we would need to wait until CD Projekt Red released their rendition of the Witcher series as a video game in 2007. Since then, the series has truly taken off. The Witcher III was released in May of 2015 and is renowned as one of the greatest video games of all time. The success up until that point is ultimately what leads us to current day and Netflix beginning their own rendition of Sapkowski’s stories.

Netflix’s Plot

For the most part, Netflix’s The Witcher takes on the main portions of Sapkowski’s stories. They have, of course, taken their own creative liberties for certain pieces, but all in all we see Geralt and his companions following the same path that had previously been laid out for them. The story so far revolves around our Witcher trying to find a princess he’s destined to protect (Ciri) all while he’s accompanied by a wide array of companions (Jaskier/Dandelion, Yennefer, Triss Merigold, etc. etc.). As a Witcher, Geralt obviously kills a plethora of monsters (including some of human kind) throughout this first season of epic television, but we also get much, much more. The first season jumped around quite a bit and even confused many with its multiple timelines, but it was a perfect setup for what’s to come in season two.

Witcher Cast, Predictions, and Rumors

I do not even know where to begin with how wonderful this cast was for season one of The Witcher. Before the show was released in late December, many people were unsure of how Henry Cavil’s performance of Geralt would pan out. Countless online personalities were saying he should have been played by someone else, ranging from Travis Fimmel (Vikings, Warcraft) to Mads Mikkelson (Death Stranding, King Arthur, Hannibal). Even though seeing either of those two would have been incredible (especially Fimmel, he’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors), it’s hard to imagine anyone but Henry Cavil playing Geralt at this point. For those of you who don’t know, Cavil is a massive fan of The Witcher franchise and loses himself within the series/video games all the time. His performance along with those of Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Eamon Farren as Cahir, and Joey Batey as the wonderful bard Jaskier, this show could not have been cast anymore perfectly.

With out spoiling season one’s ending (WARNING: potential spoilers ahead) I’d like to discuss some predictions for what we should expect to see in season two. With Geralt and Ciri finally finding each other, we have to assume season two revolves around the two of them making their way to Kaer Morhen. I cannot imagine they would jump directly into the two joining Vesemir at the training grounds for the wolf school of Witchers, but that is also a possibility. I think the former will be the case because if they jump directly into Ciri’s training they will need to introduce The Wild Hunt very early on in the show, and I think that is something they will probably want to hold on to until the finale of season two or maybe even season three. Not to mention, Freya Allen is returning as Ciri for season two so we can anticipate the 14 to 15 year old Ciri remaining within the story line rather than the older rendition of Ciri we have seen in some of the books and video games over the years.

As far as rumors go, there are not that many yet for season two. The second season has already been green lit by Netflix after its massive success and is set to begin production in early 2020. With that being said, we should expect new episodes by late 2020 or early 2021, but nothing can be for sure until writing/shooting/etc has been completed at some point in 2020. On top of that, it is spreading that Mark Hamill himself will land the role of Vesemir (come on, how could you not give it to him…), but at this point those “rumors” are pure speculation.


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A Song of Ice and Fire Review

A Song of Ice and Fire Review

Welcome back! It’s so crazy to think were already halfway through our first YEAR of weekly reviews. We’ve covered some awesome subjects over the last 23 weeks, but this week we will dive into one of my favorite authors, George R. R. Martin (AKA G.R.R.M.) and his fantasy series, ASOIAF.

G.R.R.M., as I’ve already mentioned, is one of my favorite authors. His A Song of Ice and Fire series may just end up being my favorite series of all time too. Granted, only five of the seven books have been released, but G.R.R.M. would really need to screw up to taint the series for me. And in all honesty, the way the TV series ended I cant imagine its anywhere but up from there.

Game of Thrones (2012) Episode Title: Blackwater Season 2, Episode 9 Air Date: May 27, 2012 Jerome Flynn as Bronn

These first two books were masterfully crafted yet they didn’t really do much for me. I had already watched the first few seasons of Game of Thrones so everything was already pretty redundant. That is in no way G.R.R.M.’s fault though, as I just didn’t know the books were there until it was too late. Plus HBO essentially copied the books word for word. Book three was where this series really began standing out for me. As little details that had been left out of the show began surfacing in the book, my mind immediately started thinking of all the potential theories arising (ahem, reddit). Little did I know, these books had been out for ages by the time I got to them in 2018, and there was an unimaginable amount of theories for me to sift through.

Books four and five of ASOIAF then began to drastically change. New characters, new places traveled, and new story lines that are so much more interesting than the ones HBO went with (no shade at HBO, just think the mastermind’s story was better lol). These books are also extremely interesting because they were originally one book. G.R.R.M. actually had these two books as one but had to split it due to size. This pushed his six book series to seven, and led to another six years of waiting for his beloved fans. He really descends into the other areas of his realm in these two books as well.

These books will easily go down as some of the greatest fantasy books of all time. They’re even a pretty big piece of the reason I began writing my own book. I wanted to immerse myself in my own Seven Kingdoms, and G.R.R.M. 100% opened that door for me. I don’t think I, or the countless others, could ever thank him enough.

Death Stranding PS4 Review

Death Stranding PS4 Review

Hey everybody, welcome back! On week 23’s recommendation I am briefly going to explain to you why the PlayStation exclusive, Death Stranding, is a must buy.

This all started three years ago when I first saw the trailer for Death Stranding. It only showed some invisible tar creatures attacking a man (played by Norman Reedus) and his crew, but It immediately drew me in. I started researching the game but quickly found out that the release date was years away. Fast forward three years and here we are with what may be one of the most ingeniously creative games of all time.

This game is nothing like any other game you’ve ever played before. Sam, played by Norman Reedus, is a man attempting to save the United Cities of America from an apocalyptic event. You face off against BT’s (Beached Things), and you also come across some genuinely awful humans who can control BT’s and other tar creatures with their DOOM’s/Repatriate/Etc. abilities. Sam, of course, has abilities himself, and can come back from death if need be. His purpose is to connect outposts and cities in hopes of reconnecting the world.

Now I still have not finished Death Stranding, but I know for a fact that it is already one of my favorite games of all time. I’d bet that it goes down in history as one as well. So stop whatever you’re doing if you’re a PS4 owner and go snag a copy of this magnificent Hideo Kojima game!


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A Land Remembered Review

A Land Remembered Review

Welcome back to another DustyPosts weekly rec! This week I’d like to recommend one of my all time favorite books, A Land Remembered. Also, I know I typically don’t talk about books all that often, but prepare yourselves to start seeing a lot more about my must read books.

So I read this book for the first time my senior year of high school. The way my English teacher premised the book at the time made me think I was going to hate it. Not to mention, the book looked like an absolute monster page wise, especially for a high school kid who (at the time) only read when required. Looking back at it and its 403 pages, it’s really nothing compared to the ASOIAF books. But any who, it ended up being shockingly amazing and I will always be thankful that my teacher made us read it at the time.

Without giving too much away, this story is about a family who is trying to survive after they make a move into Florida in the mid-to-late 19th century. The thing that I liked the most about this though is that there was three parts, all a different generation of this family. It begins with a father and his son, who turns into a father and has a son, thus spanning three generations over the course of about 100 years if I’m not mistaken. It is such an interesting read and an even more interesting way to break up a book! A Land Remembered is an all time classic novel, and you be a fool if you didn’t give it a read soon.


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Rhythm + Flow Netflix Review

Rhythm + Flow Netflix Review

I can’t believe I’m already at my 20th week of recommendations for you all! I have an absolute banger for you guys this week too. If you haven’t heard, Netflix released its own music competition show in early October. The twist to many however is the fact that its actually a musical competition based around the Hip-Hop/Rap genre (which, admittedly, is my favorite genre of music). So sit back and relax, turn on with Rhythm + Flow, and get to enjoying a masterfully curated competition by T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper.

For starters, I’ve never been a massive fan of musical competition shows even though I am a huge music fan. I can’t tell you what it is, but after week two when things get serious and the comedic aspect of the show is gone, I am typically out on these types of shows. But Rhythm + Flow is different. The stories of some of these artists are beyond inspiring. The seriousness of the show mixed with the intense competition and camaraderie of the contestants is stunning. I haven’t seen the final three episodes yet, but I already know I will be eagerly awaiting season two the entire next year.

Whether you listen to Hip-Hop/Rap on the reg or absolutely despise it, you should still be giving this show a chance. Not all of the artists are for everybody, but the ones who are there for the right reasons will truly leave you touched and inspired. Thank you to Netflix, T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper for making such an amazing show!


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My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

Welcome back! I know its been awhile since I’ve posted one of my weekly reviews (you can thank the difficulties of home-ownership for that), but we will be getting back to our regularly scheduled posting now. This week, I wanted to discuss one of my absolute favorite things that I discovered on a mini vacation to Tennessee a few weeks back, and that is cooking on a griddle (Big shouts to Zac and Becca!).

A griddle is, essentially, a flat top stove. However, what makes the griddle special is that the “stove top” area is made of cold rolled steel (or at least mine is), which helps retain heat throughout the entire grilling surface. Most people associate griddles with breakfast foods such as pancakes, french toast, or bacon and eggs, but it can actually make so much more. I actually whipped up a heaping portion of hibachi for myself the first night I got mine going! Other than that, its great for cooking burgers, quesadillas, or insanely cheesy grilled cheeses.

So, 10 out of 10 recommend you dabbling in the art of griddling if you have the means to do so. They come in all shapes, sizes, and prices as well. I’d prefer the outdoor griddle just to keep all the smells from oils outdoors, but a tabletop griddle can do just as good of a job as an outdoor standalone. If you already knew about griddling, leave your favorite recipes/things to cook in the comments!


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My Weekly Review (#18) – Succession

My Weekly Review (#18) – Succession

Welcome back! This week I’ll be recommending that all of you go binge the first 17 episodes of HBO’s Succession in order to be caught up for what should be an insane penultimate episode this weekend.

General Info

Succession has rather quickly become one of my favorite shows since it aired last summer, and for a plethora of reasons. The cast is absolutely phenomenal, the writing is hilariously spectacular, and the plot is perfection. The entire show is based around a family struggling to win the CEO rights to the family business from their father. Many of you may think, oh its business related I wont like it, but I beg to differ. I know countless people who aren’t in a corporate/business, field such as myself, and thoroughly enjoy Succession. Granted, even with a solid corporate background, some of these concepts fly right over my head too. But HBO does a swell job at keeping it very understandable and broken down for all of the non-business experts out there.

The Cast

This cast is to die for as well and I applaud HBO for putting such a stacked team together for the first two seasons. The entire Roy family could not have been cast any more perfectly. Kendall, played by Jeremy Strong, has such an incredible arc and its going to be extremely interesting to see where he ends up at the end of season two. Roman, played by Kieran Culkan, is hands down the most clever on the show and he constantly has me laughing. Sarah Snook portrays Siobhan “Shiv” Roy, and I do not think I have ever seen an actress with greater facial acting skills in my life. There are too many great actors and actresses (looking at you Tom, Greg, and Rhea) in this show for you not to at least give it a chance!

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My Weekly Review (#17) – Borderlands 3

My Weekly Review (#17) – Borderlands 3

Welcome back to another weekly rec! This most recent weekend was a very important one as Borderlands 3 came out on Friday. I used to play Borderlands wayyyy back in the day, so I had to buy the third installment of the main franchise when it dropped. It was a pretty busy weekend so I didn’t get to dive to deep into the story, but what I’ve played so far has been incredible. Playing Borderlands 3 immediately threw me back to sophomore year of high school the second the intro sequence began. 

Within minutes, I was out roaming in the canyons of Pandora as Fl4k the Beastmaster. It was tough deciding which character to choose too, as there are four very unique options to choose from. I was between Fl4k and Zane (the operative), but Amara the Siren and Moze the Gunner looked as if they would be fun characters to play as well. I’m sue I will at some point end up doing a play through of each character, but for now Fl4k has been making this re-entrance back into Borderlands so much fun. The upgraded skill trees are so dope too, and I love all of the little sub-branches/offsets that each has. And when they said we would find a bazillion guns in the game… they actually meant there would be a bazillion guns in the game. I have not seen a single duplicate yet and every gun has been insanely unique. Whether it’s the scope attached to the guns or the paint jobs they’re all covered in, everything is perfectly handcrafted for each weapon. I absolutely love it!

Now, it probably doesn’t make sense to rate a game that I have barely scratched the surface of, but as of right now I would give it a 10/10. I have not found a single thing I don’t like about the game yet and if I’m being honest, I really don’t think I will. So for any gamers out there looking for a new game to get into, I urge you to go grab this game. Be prepared to get hooked! 

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My Weekly Review (#16) – Carnival Row

My Weekly Review (#16) – Carnival Row

Welcome back! After a long, hectic week, I am finally back with recommendation #16, Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row.

I’m only halfway through season one, but so far it is one of the best shows I have binged over the last few months. The premise of Carnival Row revolves around inspector Philo (Orlando Bloom), who is trying to save the lives of the Critches and non-humans of Carnival Row itself. Vignette (Cara Delevingne), is Philo’s long lost lover and looking to start a new life in The Burge. IMDb’s synopsis of the show is “A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster,” and they have it rated at an 8.1/10.

It is so refreshing to see Orlando Bloom back on the screen, and he is nailing this role as a rugged detective searching for monstrous murderers. Not to mention, he and Cara are a splendid on screen duo and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this season has in store. All in all, through five episodes I would rate this show an 8.5/10, with my only critique being some of the concept designs behind the monsters in this show. Thanks again for reading this weeks recommendation. As always, please leave some feedback and give my page a follow so you can experience all of my content. I’d love to hear from all of my wonderful readers, so be sure to rate/comment often!

My Weekly Review (#15) – Brightburn

My Weekly Review (#15) – Brightburn

Welcome to another DustyPosts weekly Recommendation! My recommendation for this week is the movie Brightburn. It is a horror/sci-fi that is essentially based on Superman, but what it would have been like if became a villain and used his powers to “take the world.” While it didn’t really feel like a horror movie, it was still very solid in my opinion. It could have used a little more plot (or maybe even just 10-15 more minutes of movie) to really get things going, but It starts getting really good right at the end. And even though it felt more like a thriller than a horror, there were still some horror elements to the movie that were done quite well. There is one scene about halfway through the movie that almost made me lose my dinner. Brandon (evil Superman if you will) chases after his uncle who is attempting to escape in his truck. I don’t want to give too much detail here, but it is quite the injury his uncle sustains. Overall, I would rate this movie a 7/10. It had loads of room for improvement, and I could easily see the producers adding in more of a horror element into a second or third movie. I mean, this was an origin story after all so it makes sense why there was more detail/dialogue than fighting/death. Even if you don’t like superhero movies, I would still suggest watching this unique adaptation of the Superman story. 

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