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There are lots of moments that delighted me... under a lot of odd tonal choices. Still, the charm of the cast and the script's playful aspirations were enough to keep pushing through choppy editing and storytelling.
The Watch is a mostly newbie-friendly initiation into the Discworld universe, but other than its supernatural larks, it fails to convey the magic that's kept audiences coming back for decades.
The performances give body and warmth to characters that can be broadly drawn.
The Watch is always watchable, but it's not quite as radical as it wants, and perhaps needs, to be.
The new series likely won't create many more fans of mythical storytelling. In fact, the show's generic worldbuilding, one-dimensional characterizations and lack of consistent wit will disappoint the kind of niche audience it's trying to attract.
There are flashes of a better series hiding within this show if the production wanted to find it. And perhaps it will. But right now, Discworld continues to wait for someone to figure out how to adapt it properly.
With werewolf human hybrids, disgruntled grim reapers and primate librarians thrown in this Discworld is definitely on point.
Either way, there's something going on here, something that'll inevitably displease long-time Pratchett hardcores but that just might scratch a very peculiar itch for everyone else.
The diversity and inclusion make Ankh-Morpork feel as cosmopolitan as I'd expect from a big city, and it counters the criticisms many viewers rightly have over fantasy shows that are too white.
What I've seen through five episodes of The Watch is a funny, exciting, heartfelt fantasy action-comedy that features plenty of mystery, lots of laughs, and a fantastic cast.
Audience Reviews for The Watch: Season 1
1d agoA disgraceful and shameful rape of Terry Pratchett's legacy.
4d agoI actually enjoyed The Watch it's definitely different than most shows but worth my time
5d agoThey just missed the mark on this one. If I hadn't read any of the books the show wouldn't have been decent. The entire show had a post apocalyptical feel instead of a medieval fantasy feel. It kind of felt like a spoof of Shannara. The city just didn't feel like Ankh-Morpork. I really wish that they would have gone back and watched The Colour of Magic, Going Postal and Hogfather. Those were great adaptations. I liked the portrayal if Sam and I feel like Richard Dormer is truly a Terry Pratchett fan.
6d agoI loved this show. I've read every book by Pratchett. The point is that this is entertaining and imaginative, and presented with excellent detail. Every actor is fabulous and talented, giving great performances. It feels like a few characters are missing and need to return, but it is still so wonderful to be in a version of Discworld that the punk interpretation doesn't bother me. Plus, it's well explained by the plot of the Overseers and multiverse. So, perhaps there is a punk version of Discworld- and it looks and sounds like this one. I certainly hope there will be more.
6d agoLove the book series. Had a very hard time watching the first episode. Oof that was bad. Who approved this? Why ruin something beloved by so many people. I'm disappointed. Don't see a future for the show, doubt it will get a second season.
Feb 22, 2021I've thoroughly enjoyed the episodes and the ensemble cast has great synergy.
Feb 20, 2021What did they do to these amazing stories. This is awful. Why was the license fee payed by Brittany used to buy the rights to the book for the show not to even be available in the uk "legally".
Feb 19, 2021What the hell was anyone thinking? Everything is wrong. Casting, scripting, directing, set design, it's a genius. They managed to get everything wrong. Spoiler. Halfway through there's a bit where Vimes and Carcer are made to dance together whilst a Wham! song plays.... Wake me up before you go. A character in the background says exactly what I was saying myself at the time. What is going on?? We all wanted a Discworld adaptation. This is not it. Please, everyone, avoid it.
Feb 18, 2021One of the worst adaptations I've ever seen. After 10 years trapped in development hell, I expected it to be quite distant from the source work, but it looks like the writers didn't even bother to read the books. Completely devoided of anything Pratchett. Worst thing is that it will surely bury any other Discworld-related project in the works.
Feb 18, 2021Yeah there's a lot of talk about how it has moved away from the original source, but heck its fun, quirky and I absolutely loved it.