Vikings: Season 1
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Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors...VIKINGS. Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him. Faced with shocking betrayals and the temptations of a mysterious seductress, Ragnar must wage war on the battlefield -- and within himself -- to protect his freedom, family and life.
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During the first millenium, there was lively trade between Scandanavia and Germany, Spain, what is now Russia, and even North Africa. Norsemen were justifiably famous for their craftsmanship in building homes, barns, and other dwellings, for painting and needlework, and in fashioning arts from silver and pewter. They were a spiritual people, as this show depicts, and although their pantheon of gods may seem childish and naive to those of us reared in Judeo-Christian traditions, the Norsemen lived by a spiritual code, believed in an afterlife, and called upon God as they understood Him/Her to protect them and guide them in this life.
Not only does the plot of The Vikings keep us engaged from week to week, the casting is just superb. Travis Fimell dominates the screen as Ragnar, one of the most revered Norse heroes of history. He is perfectly cast and his is a breakout performance. His wife, a Shield Maiden, Lagertha, is played by Kathryn Winnick, again a stroke of casting genius. She manages to combine the nurturing Earth Mother presence with a fierce warrior spirit [much admired in Norse legends] and genuine sexual heat with her husband. Other characters, including Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard etc are equally adept.
I have become a huge fan of this well-plotted and well-acted series and hope that the History Channel powers that be will continue the saga into future seasons.
Travis Fimmel is the perfect leading man for this series. His acting has improved so much over the years. I am so sad to see the TV show "The Beast" with Fimmel and Patrick Swayze come to an end in the spring of 2009. After battling cancer, Swayze died later that year (September) ... in my opinion the show would NOT be the same without Patrick. The two men did an excellent job kicking "bad guy" butt in the 13 episodes in S1. So glad to see Fimmel get another shot at a multiple season show in order to show us, the audience, how much range he is able to do as an actor. Long Live the Vikings!
The Vikings have always been more complex than they were portrayed in movies. They traded as much as they raided, and on trading missions reached as far as the southern Mediterranean. This series seems to accurately reflect the history (I'm no expert but have read just a few books, and have visited Iceland and the other Scandinavian countries), portraying the Vikings as intelligent and capable innovators in shipbuilding, navigation, and they were ahead of their time in the the higher status of women compared to most Medieval societies, besides their formidable fighting skills.
The first season sets the stage and develops the main themes and characters who will dominate the rest of the series. The script is intelligent, the acting good, and the cinematography spectacular as it was filmed in Ireland. The first season is off to a strong start and I'll be eager to see if the second season is as strong as the first.
and the characters you end up liking don't always do likeable things,
but the story, drama and character acting is well worth the time investment as they set the table for the show in season one.
I watched it a second time through when a family member got started watching it,
and there's so much put into play in this season, watching it a second time was helpful.
The History part is not always spot on (known History is spotty in parts, but obvious changes have been made compared to what we think we know about the times),
but it's a great telling of the story, even if not 100% accurate.
Research the real history,
but beware you could spoil some of the show for yourself.
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