First aired: 2002
The first thing to state is that the illustrative DVD case is not directly related to this episode of the Polish TV show Wiedźmin. The Hexer film, which I have on DVD, is built as a cut and paste from the series, but does not include footage from the vampire aspect of this episode. To catch this episode you will have to have access to Polish TV or come across someone who does. It seems a shame to me that we, outside Poland, have not had proper opportunity to get the full show as, what it lacks in budget, it makes up for in story.
This is based on the stories of Geralt of Rivia, witcher (killer of monsters), and based on the stories of Andrzej Sapkowski. We looked at the first book here and the subsequent PC game here. This episode is called Crossroads (in English) and was a crossroads in the series’ story. The aspect (taken from the Last Wish) regarding a vampire is over the first half of the episode.
Geralt (Michal Zebrowski) enters a tavern, orders a beer and asks for a room. When asked about money he produces a coin that the bartender does not recognise. A local comes over and accuses him of taking it. Geralt kills the locals. When guards come in and try to disarm him he agrees to go with them but casts a spell on them to prevent them taking his weapon.
|an authority figure|
|Michal Zebrowski as Geralt|
|giving a bestial roar|
A visitation from Foltest, in secret, tells Geralt that if he were to accept the offer to kill his daughter, and pretend that he had no choice, the king would not look kindly on the act. Geralt makes it clear that he wishes to save her but will defend himself. The king actually asks him then to kill her if she cannot be saved or, if saved, if she cannot be normal. Geralt has warned him that she would be a fourteen year old physically but likely have a mental age of around three.
|a kind of magic|
Part of my enjoyment came from knowing the story already – both from the book and from the fact that a sequel to this tale makes up a part of the game’s plot. One wonders how someone who didn’t know the story would fare. That said it is a nice use of unusual vampire type.
So, quality wise a mixed bag. All in all 5 out of 10 seems fair for the vampire part of the episode, I actually rate the series higher and wish it were more readily available as a series, rather than the butchered film DVD. The series’ imdb page is here.
The Hexer Film: