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  • Summary: Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) faces new challenges and problems as he continues his desire to travel to other unknown lands in season two.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 28, 2014
    91
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 27, 2014
    83
    Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and the rest of the cast remain, like the show, better than the material probably needs to be a commercial success, and thus strong enough that Vikings remains a genuine pleasure rather than a guilty one.
  3. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    As it did last season, the show thoughtfully explores ideas about how belief systems spread and what people do when confronted with gods--or a God--that makes little sense to them.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Baud
    Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The indomitable Ragnar (played with great intensity by Aussie Travis Fimmel) is now an earl and finds that politics can be more treacherous than hand-to-hand combat.
  5. Reviewed by: Genevieve Valentine
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    Favored storylines get sufficient weight and heft, but balancing its disparate narratives has never been Vikings’ strong suit, and though it feels as though there’s a definite endgame in mind, the middle can occasionally be rough going. Still, with a cast as game as ever and plenty of plot to slash through, this year’s Vikings promises a sometimes-messy season as swiftly entertaining as the last.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Feb 28, 2014
    75
    While the storytelling is generally riveting, Hirst and his team occasionally drop a few stinkers in the dialogue. The exceptional cast—which also includes Katheryn Winnick as Ragner's wife, Lagertha—is able to rise above those bombs. It's their distinctive portrayals that, for me, bring this Dark Ages tale to life.
  7. Reviewed by: Karen Valby
    Mar 19, 2014
    67
    The best of what Vikings has to offer, besides artfully, horrifically staged sequences of warfare, is fierce Lagertha.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    10
    This really is the best show on TV - bar now. Better than The Walking Dead, better than Game of Thrones, better than Helix, better than all ofThis really is the best show on TV - bar now. Better than The Walking Dead, better than Game of Thrones, better than Helix, better than all of them. It transports the viewer like no other show can into another world - with engaging characters and beautiful cinematography. Everything from the quality of the sets and music to the brilliant cast and the excellent writing... I cannot fault it. It's wonderful. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2014
    10
    This season is better than first one because it offers more excitement, plot twists, and it all comes with added value to all going on,This season is better than first one because it offers more excitement, plot twists, and it all comes with added value to all going on, everything has higher stakes and more people are reliant on their outcome. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    Really, what's not to love about this series? The actors are perfection.The breathtaking scenery to the period trappings just add to the wholeReally, what's not to love about this series? The actors are perfection.The breathtaking scenery to the period trappings just add to the whole series week to week. True to history it is one of the most magnificent additions to television today. Violence runs rampant, as violent as that time period and people were. I find I must hide my eyes at some of the hacking and stabbing, but truly, its a blast for me. It is not often we can learn history and say we were not once bored. The casting of this series needs a raise, a masterful job putting these actors together to create a visual and auditory masterpiece. Romance, adultery, death, birth, coniving, egotistical maniacs etc.This show has it all and is continually evolving and shocking us. Kudos to the director and producer. I wait impatiently each week dreading the end of the season, wanting to rail at the chance it might not come back. A glimmer of theatrical brilliance on tv all played by professionals. Thank you Vikings ! Expand
  4. May 5, 2014
    10
    Season 1 was good but Season 2 is on another other level. Prefer this to GOT and this is the best TV since Season 5 of Breaking Bad. Roll on Season 3.
  5. Jun 8, 2014
    9
    This series competes on a level with all other series on all other networks. I really enjoy the intertwined stories of the characters whileThis series competes on a level with all other series on all other networks. I really enjoy the intertwined stories of the characters while not straying far from Ragnar. The History channel is providing some very good entertainment that shouldn't go unnoticed by the real critics. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2014
    8
    Is exciting how you can learn about history and enjoy a good series and good actors, i like how the drama is going deeper and deeper and allIs exciting how you can learn about history and enjoy a good series and good actors, i like how the drama is going deeper and deeper and all the scenarios are from my perspective, the scenario is better than the game of thrones scenarios. Expand
  7. Dec 30, 2014
    1
    Stopped watching this patchetic garbage at the sixth episode of the second season. Travis Fimmel is a poor actor, not to mention most of theStopped watching this patchetic garbage at the sixth episode of the second season. Travis Fimmel is a poor actor, not to mention most of the cast, but I forgave that, since it is a series that is set in an historical era I love. The writers don't have the foggiest idea about the norsemen of that age.
    It was particularly upsetting that they tried to portrait the vikings raiders some sort of "good bad guys" by letting Lagertha kill on of the warriors trying to rape some wench he grabbed back in season one. Cause murdering innocent priests with a battleaxe is ok, but rape is not. Vikings ethics you know. Oh and yes, there is no evidence that there were actually "shieldmaidens" or fighting women amongst viking raiders. It's entierly mithological and they portray it as a fact. Women might have picked up arms with poor efficiency when a village was raided, but thats all.
    Ragnar Lodbrok and the 10 wonder-extras he takes raiding defeats a well prepared english cavalry force with the only tactic they know: shieldwall. Totally believeable if you ask me.
    Everything in the story can be expected. Here's the pattern for every episode of the Vikings: Ragnar gets into trouble-->Ragnar wins. I totally never expect him always winning, may it be a Holmgang, slaughtering an army by himself, or convincing Rollo with his eyes to stop fighting.
    Another thing about Ragnar Fimmel, that he is a total **** to his women. Yes, norsemen treated their women better than in most countries in europe, but this show must be directed by an ultra-feminazi group. Lagertha slaps him around like a little **** quite a few times and he's unable to stand up for himself. Way to humiliate a legendary historical figure. In season two he kills Jarl Borg, like a f*ckin' slimy coward, who comes in good faith to reconcile their differences after raiding Kattegat, in return, because Ragnar broke his word. And what for? Because his b*tch wife said so. Sleeping two nights in a barn is enough reason to kill another chief in such a cowardly manner. It's like they are trying to rip off the unexpected plot twists of Game of Thrones, but they fail poorly every time. After this I was really beginning to think that monkeys with typewriters must be behind this show.
    I really started to like the King of Wessex storyline, and Björn and his girlfriend, but it is not nearly enough for me to continue watching this awful show. This series is neither historically accurate or entertaining. 1/10, because I had a good day.
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