A Discovery of Witches is a British television program based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness, named after the first book in the trilogy of the same name. It is produced by Bad Wolf and Sky Productions, and stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel, Louise Brealey, Malin Buska, Aiysha Hart, Owen Teale, Alex Kingston, Valarie Pettiford. The first series of A Discovery of Witches premiered in the UK on Sky One on 14 September 2018, and consisted of eight episodes. In November 2018, Sky One renewed A Discovery of Witches for a second and third series.
So here is a rundown of the storyline for the series:
In a world where Witches, Vampires and Daemons live discreetly among humans, Diana Bishop is the last in one long line of distinguished witches. Unwilling to embrace her heritage she has immersed herself in her career as a historian. Her particular interest is alchemy and she visits Oxford to research some of Elias Ashmole’s papers. She requests Ashmole 782 and as soon as she receives it she knows there is something uncanny about it; when she opens it she is shocked. She learns that 782 has been presumed lost for a very long time and that each species of Creature desires it. She is besieged and threatened and knows that, to protect herself, she must uncover all the mysteries of 782. She is offered help by mysterious geneticist and vampire, Matthew Clairmont. Despite a long-held mistrust between witches and vampires they form an alliance and set out to protect the book and solve the mysteries hidden within while dodging threats from the creature world.
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Throughout the first season Diana is faced with danger from vampires and witches alike as Peter Knox surfaces along with a secret order that will stop at nothing to get their hands on Diana and Ashmole 782 (The Book Of Life). Knowing she is the only one in centuries that has been able to retrieve it and absorb some of its secrets. Matthew Clairmont makes it his business to protect Diana at all costs from Peter Knox and the Congregation. While Matthew battles his own internal demons of wanting to feed on her.
As the season progresses Diana’s abilities as a witch unlock and develop the more she is around Matthew, she develops a bond to him. Her abilities the season thus far range from Witch Wind, Witch Fire, Witch Water, Time hopping and Teleportation which makes her more desirable to certain members of the order. Satu Jarvinen who is a witch from a darker path also part of the order works for a time in league with Gerbert a vampire who has in his possession an interesting trinket box for lack of a better word. Satu seeks Diana wanting to know the secret to her powers and hunts her down to try to obtain her answers subjecting Diana to some hellish torture.Which ends up backfiring on Satu. I wont go into detail better if you see it for yourself. Diana is retrieved from Satu’s and Gerbert’s clutches. During the first season you see certain Vampires, Daemons and Witches coming together to help Diana as her and Matthew face the ongoing onslaught of the order of the Congregation and you see Diana embracing her powers. to protect herself and those shes loves.
Overall I was pleased with the first season of The Discovery Of Witches even though I usually like more gore. I did enjoy the effects like how they chose to portray each magical ability for witches, vampires and Daemons, the use of blood and death scenes with the practical effects. I think the use of CGI is used well and not overused. The storyline so far for the first season was actually quite good and how they chose to end the first season I was like…. “dammit” lol. If you wanna check it out the first season it’s Streaming on Shudder. So I’m looking forward to see what season two of The Discovery of Witches brings.