While they are every bit as wild and woolly as the historical figures of Norse sagas, such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.
History's first scripted series is a headlong tumble into an irresistible and surprisingly neglected genre. [18 Mar 2013, p.41]
Vikings is a mini-series about a band of professional pillagers with a disregard for human life and a relentless focus on gratifying material desires. So it is somewhat surprising that it is also a refreshing study in restraint.
May 4, 2014Better than Game of Thrones.
Compelling writing and story telling combined with superb acting shows it is possible to make such an engrossingBetter than Game of Thrones.
Compelling writing and story telling combined with superb acting shows it is possible to make such an engrossing and captivating show without a huge budget.
Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok is mesmerizing and the accompanying characters portrayed by great actors are awesome. Floki played by Gustaf Skarsgård is addictive.
I hope this show carry's on for many seasons to come, as it will remain one of my favorites for as long as it runs.… Expand
Mar 15, 2014Brilliant series, wish the seasons were longer, but they're still interesting to watch. I was shown one and just didn't stop. I hope, being onBrilliant series, wish the seasons were longer, but they're still interesting to watch. I was shown one and just didn't stop. I hope, being on the history channel, there is a good amount of historical accuracy to them too, not an area I have studied to know unfortunately.
I've noticed a few reviews suggest this is not a show for people who have watched all of Spartacus or read and watched Game of Thrones. I disagree having done both and believe it is ultimately personal opinion whether anyone enjoys this show. The storyline may not be exceptionally intricate, but it has its moments and it is not entirely fantasy, which gives it limitations.… Expand
Mar 19, 2013An interesting mix of drama and history, that seems to well illustrate the differences between these ancient pagan warriors beliefs andAn interesting mix of drama and history, that seems to well illustrate the differences between these ancient pagan warriors beliefs and modern day morals. The plot is nothing radical, but its solid, well written and well acted add in some beautiful scenery and a little action and your onto a winner.… Expand
Sep 10, 2013Set in the period we now call the "Dark Ages", the series "Vikings" is FAR more realistic than many other period productions. The Norse wereSet in the period we now call the "Dark Ages", the series "Vikings" is FAR more realistic than many other period productions. The Norse were deeply religious, but in a way which we cannot relate to in the modern western world with our deeply ingrained sense of Judaeo-Christian morality. The Norse practised their religious beliefs by HOPING to die in battle and not of old age, believing this would ensure they were selected for the Hall of Valour, "Valhalla" by Odin. They would feast, drink and fight there until the Day of Ragnarok, at which time they would battle the forces of evil, who would triumph over them. A very grim world view indeed, but one which encouraged personal courage and a desire for honour within the confines of their own world view as the ONLY important accolade to have.
"Vikings" captures this aspect of the Old Norse religion and culture better than I have ever seen before.
Some of the black humour and sparse conversational style of the Icelandic Sagas is reflected in "Vikings" screenplay, and the writer must be congratulated for this level of authenticity. The sets and costumes are also to a high standard. In fact, the shaved back of the head shown in Ragnar Lothbrok's son Bjorn IS accurate to a later period of history, the Vikings direct descendants, the Normans, or "Northmen" who landed in Northern France under the command of Duke Rollo.
Not to be dismissive of CRAZYE2000, but the Norse were highly moral, it was just not a morality that we would wish to relate to 1200 years later.
Acting good, sets great, I love it.… Expand
Nov 30, 2014'Vikings' is one of the better attempts of historical fiction by the History Channel which has never been know for historical accuracy.'Vikings' is one of the better attempts of historical fiction by the History Channel which has never been know for historical accuracy. Although they get a lot of details of vikings wrong, most are forgivable, minor, and excusable. The general portrayal of early viking culture (8th century) is very accurate. Occasionally however, the plot lines mix up early Viking history with later Viking history. For example, referring to 'Russia' before the term was actually used (in the 11th century I think), or having a main character named 'Rollo' (a northman name from when northman controlled 10th and 11th century France). But after all it is fiction, and the basic portrayal of early Scandinavian culture in very accurate. For simplicity sake, the series implies that these Vikings are Norse when in fact this culture was from all of Scandinavia including modern day Sweden and Denmark. But if we wanted that amount of accuracy we wouldn't get those beautiful scenes of Norwegian fjords. The actors are very good and carry the story forward very well. The series suffers somewhat by a limited budget that limits the shooting locales to just 2 areas, but that will probably be remedied when the productions moves to France for the third session. This is a good historical series and worth your attention.… Expand
May 2, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A fictional follow-up of an even more fictional viking called Ragnar, watch him as he goes into high adventure and becomes king by his own head, included are exaggerated characters(99% of the show) with 21st century liberal views of the world, militant feminism(in the sense that even the mythical sagas don't have as many woman warriors that get beaten, bruised and/or killed, as this show) and sexy vikings. Overall interesting to watch and better than most TV series out there.… Expand
Apr 25, 2013I heard of the show a few weeks ago from some friends as they knew i
was really into Scandinavian History.
So i started watching and i gotI heard of the show a few weeks ago from some friends as they knew i
was really into Scandinavian History.
So i started watching and i got annoying right from the very first
scene. There they are a bunch of people fighting each other and the
obvious protagonists wear no helmets.Later on the show ,only the guys
who have absolutely no idea whatsoever of fighting wear helmets(aka
Northumbrians),it seems the Vikings have heads of steel and are able to
deflect whatever comes against them with their bare skull.
5 minutes later i am shown a gorgeous woman doing some karate-ninja
moves and kills 2 men.Yeah i know ,she is supposed to be a shield
maiden or whatever but there goes an absolute realism
killer.Pretty/slim/2013 top model style women and killing machines
doesn't really go together.
I am not going to get into the subject of the eyeliner of the kings
wife(apparently the shield maiden also has some when fighting-what
for???) nor the fact that vikings were supposed to not know how to
sail to the west before Ragnar, as i am covered by previous reviews.
Then there is the worst anachronistic stuff that we see in almost every
single movie/series,the whole story of a pretty young girl marrying an
ugly,dumb,annoying etc etc (they REALLY try to make you hate this
guy,like a voice behind your ear he is bad,oh poor poor girl that
tries to force you to think something). Women were married to ugly men
because of political reasons and guess what it was OK.No annoying
queen talking back to the king -eeew our daughter should marry out of
love- its just the way it was.
What really pissed me off though is the insane absence of ANY sense
concerning battle tactics.Northumbrians are depicted as
blind,deaf,legless and armless sacks of meat ready to be butchered by
the protagonists who are SO super cool,i mean what the hell, my cat
would put more of a fight then those poor soldiers.
On their first contact they see a bunch of hulking giants with axes and
shields and grim looks(still no helmets) on their faces and the
director thought it would be cool if Northumbrians thought they were
Oh and also,what is your first reaction when u see a band of armed
giants?Get close to them and dismount.Yeah.
The band of Northumbrians that waited at the ship Ragnar to attack him
had archers with them.Did they fire arrows at them or lay ed an
ambush?Hah but of course they did not,they waited for the vikings to
make a shield-wall and THEN they fired(they were at least 2 times more
then the vikings and they made absolutely no trying to encircle them).
Last but not least,the sense of obviousness is killing me. Is Ragnar going to die on the raid to his village or on the fight with the Earl?Of course not he is the hero and as we all know,children and Ragnar kind of characters are immortals. Did the deceitful king of Northumbria (you guys could add serpent eyes to him,that would make him look even more deceitful) honor his deal with the honorable monk slayer Ragnar?Of course not,he is laying a wicked ambush an ambush which consists of some horsemen running against a spiked fence -. Is the guy that cries all the time bout not getting to Valhalla,getting killed in the first battle he takes part?Of course he is,he leaves his last breath while on his dried lips a last word is whispered..Valhalla..Yeah okay what is next, the bad guy standing on a hill cackling like a maniac(having his hands,well you know how)during a rainy night while thunderbolts strike the ground behind him?Every episode was full of those Clichés. I could go on and on but i am going to stop here. This is a really bad attempt to make something that will just sell.No idea what the History CH is doing there ,i guess its involved to sell the -this is based on a true story- stuff. It is however a great thing to watch while you eat in front of your computer and you just want to watch something without caring what is happening.. Thanks for reading!… Expand
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