The Last Kingdom Seasons 1-2
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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred (David Dawson, Peaky Blinders). Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon, American Horror Story). Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands. Included are all the episodes from seasons 1-2 as well as special features.
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The production value is even higher than Season 1 (e.g. the Lunden set).
This is some of the best historical fiction on TV.
The fight sequences are awesome and visceral.
The acting is fantastic.
You get to see Uhtred as a friggin' galley slave.
Yeah, 95% of it is completely made up. Who cares?
Bring on Season 3!
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The Last Kingdom (2014- ) is a great show, interesting story arc, colorful characters, and wonderful scenery. If you like The Vikings (2013- ) series you will probably like The Last Kingdom more. I like The Last Kingdom more than The Vikings for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons is the doubling of The Vikings disc prices after season three. Instead of releasing the entire fourth season in one plastic snap case they decided to split the season and release a volume one and a volume two so they could make twice as much money, like Outlander (2014- ) did when the season one discs were released. I hate that type of price gouging so I stopped buying The Vikings after season three and refused to buy Outlander. Outlander got smart and released the season two discs as a single season set instead of price gouging by splitting the season, but I’m still boycotting the show because of what they did when they released season one.
If you like getting the best bang for your buck I suggest buying something else instead of encouraging The Vikings and Outlander and other shows to price gouge.
Here are a few of the series I really enjoyed watching more than once: Band of Brothers (2001), Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Black Sails (2014-2017), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Lonesome Dove (1989), Lost (2004-2010), Merlin (2008-2012), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek The Original Series (1966-1969) and Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish, or the hundreds of other fantasy and science fiction shows I’ve watched.
If you like reading try some of my favorite authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
I've read all of Cornwell's "Uhtred" books, and I've loved them all. That said, my sympathies go out to anyone who would try to put all of that into any kind of TV "series". To say the least, it is an immense story! But in Season Two, even with some necessary 'compressions' and a few omissions, the integrity of the overall story is rock-solid, believable, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was very surprised, and thoroughly delighted!
Now, I despair at the thought that we may have to wait two long, dreadful years before there's a Season Three, but I certainly do hope there is one -- now, more than ever. I'll be eagerly awaiting it!