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The Podcast of Surprise (The Witcher)

The Podcast of Surprise (The Witcher)

By AzizAhai
A deep dive into Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher book series and Netflix's adaptation of it.
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A Shard of Ice (Sword of Destiny)
Geralt is quite literally down in the dumps. He's not in much danger, but he's rarely felt worse. A powerful story that proves witchers have emotions after all, as Yennefer has been saying all along, though Istredd would disagree. Dark kestrels, dark words. 01:30 - Synopsis 12:26 - Reactions 19:00 - Themes 24:15 - What's the Shard of Ice? 37:02 - Interpretations & Analysis 56:20 - Lore 1:00:37 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:09:08
April 28, 2021
The Bounds of Reason (Sword of Destiny)
Also known as "The Limits of the Possible", this one starts off the 2nd book of short stories leading up to the main series. An excellent tail, err, tale full of surprises featuring the largest mix of characters yet, many with conflicting goals. 02:20 - Synopsis 20:02 - Reactions 25:44 - Themes & Analysis 41:04 - Characters 56:25 - Lore & Influences 1:11:54 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:18:40
March 15, 2021
The Voice of Reason (The Last Wish)
A story that ties together The Last Wish while setting the table for the rest of the cycle. Highlights include Mother Nenneke, faith vs. reason, fertility and lots of laughs (of course). 01:14 - Synopsis 13:00 - Reactions 15:30 - Themes/Plot 30:38 - Herblore 35:30 - Lore 47:02 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
53:50
January 4, 2021
The Last Wish
Of the stories in the first book, this one likely has the most important character developments. It is, after all, the title story... and the longest! After our usual synopsis and reactions, Michal, Kyle & Aziz discuss everything from the symbol on the amphora, the history of djinn, consent, magic, you name it. 1:17 - Synopsis 16:39 - Reactions 25:05 - Themes & Craft 41:01 - Influences & Herblore (Lilac & Gooseberries!) 49:05 - Characters 55:48 - Lore 1:09:54 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:17:21
November 5, 2020
The Edge of the World (The Last Wish)
The introduction of Dandelion/Jaskier finds us in a hilarious and seemingly simple situation that quickly becomes anything but... 1:15 - Synopsis 12:18 - Reactions 17:53 - Plot & Craft 36:40 - Influences 44:45 - Characters 57:55 - Lore 1:04:17 - Themes & Symbols 1:16:37 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:24:04
August 20, 2020
Chasing the Elder Blood (Spoilers All Books)
SPOILERS! A short follow up to "Tracing the Elder Blood". A look at all the various people and factions who want to control the Elder Blood, and why... Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
14:27
July 15, 2020
Tracing the Elder Blood (Spoilers All Books)
SPOILERS aplenty in this one. Let us journey deep into, as Sabrina put it, the "jungle of genetic genealogy". With the Tale of Lara Dorren as our guide we follow the path of the Elder Blood through the generations, focusing on the Cintran dynasty, especially the Daughters of Raven.  Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
32:36
July 14, 2020
A Question of Fates (Spoilers All Books)
SPOILERS aplenty in this one. A look at the fates of all the characters seen in A Question of Price, including: Pavetta, Duny, Vissegerd, Windhalm of Attre, and others. Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
38:04
July 1, 2020
A Question of Price (The Last Wish)
A common pick for the best of the short stories, we sure do love this one! Though there's no monster for once, there are some fearsome sounds worthy of one. This one is packed with references and fun influences. 00:00 - Synopsis 10:15 - Reaction 14:47 - Plot & Craft & Themes 32:53 - Influences (Hans My Hedgehog, Cinderella, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight) 46:44 - Characters 50:00 - Lore 1:05:57 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:12:44
June 24, 2020
The Lesser Evil (The Last Wish)
This one goes from Snow White to Black Sun as quick as a sword deflecting a crossbow bolt. It's a story that presents funundrums... questions that are impossible to answer but make for great entertainment and fodder for discussion. But don't forget the kikimora, we surely did not. 00:00 - Synopsis Part 1 8:06 - Reaction 13:35 - Synopsis Part 2 21:02 - Reaction 33:36 - Craft & Themes & Characters 50:45 - Influences (inc. Snow White synopsis) 57:50 - Lore 1:08:15 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3c4Us02
01:14:20
May 26, 2020
A Grain of Truth (The Last Wish)
In this homage to Beauty & the Beast, Roach is the real star. We explore bruxae, Devil's Rings, the Lion-Headed Spider god, responsibility, second chances and of course, blood & love. 00:00 - Synopsis 10:58 - Reactions 18:15 - Craft 32:35 - Themes & Characters 49:15 - Influences (inc. Beauty & the Beast synopsis) 54:45 - Lore 1:05:15 - Funniest Moments Questions, comments or want to support? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com
01:08:42
April 24, 2020
The Witcher (The Last Wish)
In "The Witcher", Geralt is presented as an inversion of Dracula. Instead of a cursed monster biting girls to enslave them, he's a monster trying to free a girl from a curse. Kyle, Michal & Aziz take on the first story from the first novel! 00:00 - Synopsis 09:58 - Reactions 16:09 - Themes 36:08 - Characters 45:21 - Influences 59:57 - Lore 1:09:21 - Funniest Moments 1:15:11 - Outro & Thanks Questions or comments? Twitter: @podsurprise Email: thepodcastofsurprise@gmail.com
01:17:21
March 28, 2020
Introducing: The Podcast of Surprise
Kyle, Michal & Aziz bring you The Podcast of Surprise. Join us as we delve into Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher book series. Themes, influences, lore, worldbuilding and more... We're here to be fully immersed.
06:21
March 24, 2020