***Disclaimer: I am not familiar with the original source material for The Witcher, but I did watch the show in its' entirety.***
"I bow to no law made by men who never bore a child."- Queen Calanthe (The Witcher-2019)
Netflix's new show, The Witcher, based on a slew of books, stories, video games, and more content of the same name, premiered just at the end of 2019 and really ended the streaming services year of shows and original films with a 'bang.' In the new series, we watch as states literally rise and others fall at the hands of those risen states, and we watch as Mages helm the opposing sides into victory. The Witcher is much like many fantasy shows of it's kind, with witches and kings and queens galore, but what I believe this show began, and what I hope it will continue to do, is tell in-depth stories about the characters of its show and also offer ample opportunities for people, especially women, of color.
The country club performance hall is packed of upper-class, suburban whites- all buzzing in the humdrum of bland conversations about what's to come after summer and so on, listening to the Kellerman Anthem being sung on stage. Sitting at a table in the far-left corner of the room is Baby and her family- with her and her father sulking in resentment, distrust, and misunderstanding within each other, much to the ignorance of her mother and sister. You can feel the sadness and utter boredom sending distress signals from Baby's face, as she watches people performing the show they'd spent all summer learning in 9:00AM classes, while she actually walked across the "wrong side of the tracks" and learned about life, passionate love, and of course, dirty dancing. All of that seemed lost to her now, and she couldn’t find her way back into this silent bubble (not like she much wanted to), but she so badly wanted to escape it anyways. And just when all hope of color in her life seems to be slowly fading away, in walks Johnny Castle- the hooded eyed, perfectly quaffed-haired "bad boy" dancer she had fallen madly in love with over the course of this hot and heavy summer. As he stalks towards Baby's table with a fiery determination, all eyes are fixated on what will happen next... When he gets to that table, he looks around at everyone sitting down, with a brand new sense of confidence and urgency, and he says the iconic line, "Nobody puts baby in a corner." And that's it! Baby jumps up like she'd just gotten a shot of adrenaline right through to her heart, and the music gets louder with a new exuberance, and the color is back in her life and the film.
My name is Jacinda, and I am a film lover and student. Check out more of my pieces at Flipscreened!
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