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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    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 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. May 5, 2014
    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.
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love historical series, the story with beautiful cinematography and great accessories! I'm attracted.
    Historic space mentioned that less attention is being very happy
  4. Apr 7, 2014
    Vikings keeps getting better, every main character is compelling and likable for what their role is. My favorite shows have a majority of actors that fit in that category, in Vikings I really like them all. What separates Vikings from something like Game of Thrones; which I also enjoy is its rawness. When I watch Viking's I feel like I am there, in that harsh environment, it feels real, not like a fantasy; which of course it still is. Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2014
    This 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
    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 all the scenarios are from my perspective, the scenario is better than the game of thrones scenarios. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2014
    How sad is it when the "History channel" has a severely limited interest in telling history. I guess in a "post-modern" approach, history doesn't matter near as much as ratings. I'm surprised that they didn't hire Oliver Stone as a historical consultant. Maybe the History channel could consider call itself the neo-history channel.
    Apart from it's stunning lack of history- the series is well cast, costumed, and filmed. Too bad there isn't a character worth caring about.

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