Vikings Season 2
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Muster your courage for a second riveting journey into the savage world of VIKINGS. Season Two follows the ongoing fortunes of Ragnar, the Norse warrior who has now become a respected leader on and off the battleground. But more power brings an onslaught of deadly threats and impossible choices. As he prepares to cross swords with his own brother Rollo, Ragnar is torn between his wife Lagertha and his lover Princess Aslaug...with his son, Bjorn, now a young man and fierce fighter, caught in the middle. All the while, Ragnar boldly invades the kingdom of England, home to vast treasures and a treacherous king who could pose the ultimate threat.
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(I will not mention spoilers) Season two follows the rising stock of central character Ragnar. We already know from season one about the conflict of aspirations between Ragnar and his brother Rollo. We get right into it as Rollo's alliance with Jarl Borg brings him into direct conflict with his brother. Ragnar also pursues his vision of exploiting new areas to the west in Britain, while convincing King Horik of the mutual benefits. Ragnar proves his intellect in pursuing multiple strategies of conquest, negotiation and alliance - rather than just bloodshed. Not everyone is on board though. However, as Ragnar spends extended time abroad, threats arise at home. Multiple fronts are opened and Ragnar's clan is challenged for their very existence. Many characters that we absolutely love (like Lagertha, Athelstan, and Floki) have jaw dropping developments. We also find that Ragnar's successes are beginning to draw concern and envy of those in power.
For those not familiar with this show yet, it is some of the best written and most dramatic offering on TV, full stop! Those who are not even into history or Vikings have been rabidly drawn into this show. It's just that compelling. It is violent, so if that is not for you, it's best to pass on it. However, History Channel has done an amazing job of weaving true events and both legendary and real characters into a masterpiece of historical fiction. This period of Viking history is pretty well represented in the show as well. The character development is some of the strongest you will see, even in cinema. In fact, the production values in general are equal to top notch cinema. The personalities they construct are absolutely fascinating. Lagertha is about as smart, and savage, and beautiful as any one human being can be. Almost every man who watches this show is in love with her! Floki is so eery and mysterious that he draws your attention every time he is on screen. Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok creates such an extraordinary force of personality, I can't even imagine anyone else in that role now. Religious mysticism, political intrigue and deep relationships are just as much of the tale as all the combat.
I like a lot of media, but I have a very high standard for what I consider great. Not everyone will enjoy TV with this much combat. But I can tell you this program has some of the most intricate and well crafted drama to go along with it. It has greatness!
The layers of Ragnars character become more defined, as the thinking man’s Viking, has more than rape, pillage and plunder in mind. Once again, Travis Fimmel does an excellent job in portraying one who, though steeped in the old ways, has much more in mind for the expansion of his people. Undeniably brutal at times, Vikings, with the curious and observant Ragnar as it’s focal point, commands that one think that the Norseman were more than raiders looking for easy pickings.
The further incorporation of the band Wardruna’s music creates an aura which captures a mood, or Hue of mind, that further enhances Vikings. Look for the subliminal, the little,things,that ensue on screen, not just the big stuff, and one can understand while through the first two seasons, Vikings, minute per minute, is the best value viewing on the small screen.