I hope you’re ready for some sword swinging, whip snapping, blood sucking television, because Castlevania has just landed on Netflix. Yes, the show that was teased months ago, has finally snuck up on us and debuted on the streaming service at midnight, and all the episodes are available to binge.
If you’re like me, an “old” school gamer, who remembers playing Castlevania… that’s just Castlevania, with no numbers, roman numerals or subheadings, back in 1986, then this show is a long time coming. While, initially, I thought I would have wanted a live action movie (and I still might), however, after seeing the animation for Castlevania – which appears to be heavily anime inspired, much like Netflix’s other animated show, Voltron – the show looks to have captured the feeling and mood from the games, perfectly.
So it can’t all be good news, right? Well, unlike other Netflix shows – including Voltron – Castlevania is only 4 episodes long. To make it worse, those episodes aren’t even an hour, hell, they aren’t even a full 30 minutes. No, instead, each of the 4 episodes are only 23 mins long. This may be because Netflix was unsure how the show would perform and only wanted to test the waters or perhaps the writers didn’t feel the need to bloat a show’s first season with 10-episodes, when only 92 minutes will work.
Either way, I’m excited to see what they’ve done, I mean, it has the voices of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) from the Hobbit and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) on board, plus a few other notable names too.
There’s really only one way to view this, if you have Netflix already, it’s free and if you’re a gamer, it’s about a video game that is considered classic amongst other gamers and gaming historians. You owe it to yourself, so set aside 92 mins and watch the show. If Netflix sees the show is a hit, we may get more episodes in season two.
Hopefully J has the time to watch an episode or two tonight and we’ll talk about it on the cast, when we record tomorrow night (Saturday). So be on the look out for this weeks new cast, as well talk Castlevania, oh, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.