Altered Carbon Season 2.
It's not so great. I really enjoyed S1. I thought it was a world that made sense within it's own rules. Obviously, and sci-fi or fantasy you have to take with a pinch of acceptance for whatever the premise is. I've not read the books so I don't know how much was written like it was versus liberties the show has taken. It might be faithful to the books, or it might not, but I didn't much care for it. I do not think I'd watch S2 again but I'll watch S1 again for sure at some point. However, I'm only through 6 of 8 episodes but it's been a slog. S1 I felt was a slow start, it took an episode or two to really establish the world but got really good.
I'll spoiler my more specific points as beyond this.
If the finale changes my opinion significantly I will update.
I just recently played Witcher 2 (Xbox 360) and Witcher 3 (Xbox One). I've not read the book but I was on a Witcher kick so thought it was a good time.
It's a fun enough series. I like Cavill as Geralt, and felt most of the cast was pretty good. A few odd choices. Triss in the show does not look like Triss from the games. Admittedly, her appearance isn't vital to anything plot but to me, it wasn't Triss feeling. Plus, as a fan of busty redheads...
Plot... Well, they tried something with it. I think it was a poor choice to some degree as I think it could put people off as it's slightly more complex than just watching the thing as it goes on and everything is what it seems. More under the spoiler tags.
Battle scenes. Right, a review I read said that the big fights were of the same quality as something like Game of Thrones (Ya know, the good battles - not S8). The fights are decent, but that reviewer is not one I see many agreeing with. Even the climactic battle wasn't worthy of comparison to something like the Battle of the Bastards (although that is one of the all-time battles in any form of visual media so an unfair comparison).
World - I think they did an AWFUL job setting up the world. You don't get told where anything is. Aerdin, Cintra, Nilfgaard etc are not explained at all where they are relative to each other or how strong they really are. If not for just playing the games, I think this might actually have broken me away from the show. They don't explain Geralt or Witchers very much. They don't explain the signs etc. I just feel like this was written by someone who knew and loved the book and should have considered more that The Witcher isn't Harry Potter where 90% of folk know the broad strokes of the world.
Specific comments, with a minor spoiler of the Witcher 3 game
The Witcher now sits in that odd place of shows I like but would only recommend with trepidation due to what I perceive as it's flaws and shortcomings. I haven't checked what the general consensus has been about it though, so maybe my idea of the flaws isn't shared widely. All in all, I did enjoy it.
And Toss a Coin to Your Witcher is a bad donkey song.