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.
Mar 16, 2014Absolutely breathtaking, beautiful and emotional! This series has the highest production value I have ever seen in television, and most filmsAbsolutely breathtaking, beautiful and emotional! This series has the highest production value I have ever seen in television, and most films for that matter. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect from the story, direction and acting, to the sets, costumes, effects and cinematography. The camera shots are so visually stunning that I am constantly reminded of Rembrandt's paintings. The character development and motivation is exceptional and the pacing of the story reminds me of how movies use to be made. Every week the hour goes by too quick and leaves me and my wife wanting more. I am also predicting that Travis Fimmel will be a huge star! Who cares if this isn't historically accurate? Read a book if you want the real story. I hope this show continues for many years to come. This show entertains...you will not be disappointed!… 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
Mar 18, 2013To complain the characters have no morals, rational thinking nor guilt is kind of silly, is it not?
I think that might possibly describeTo complain the characters have no morals, rational thinking nor guilt is kind of silly, is it not?
I think that might possibly describe your typical Viking…… Expand
Aug 2, 2014Vikings is a show about Vikings. Shocking, I know. It opens up strong in the first half of the season, but I'm not so sure about the lastVikings is a show about Vikings. Shocking, I know. It opens up strong in the first half of the season, but I'm not so sure about the last parts of the first season plot-wise, so I took a point off. Without saying anything specific, they closed out the first season in a slightly clumsy way. Still, the show is very cool for showing the Scandinavian portion of the middle ages in an accurate-enough way. Without being an expert myself, I didn't notice any obvious flubs. They even play out the language barriers between the Norse and English, which shows normally forget to do in things like this. Recommended.… Expand
May 6, 2013Vikings has its moments, and when it does it captivates the brutality and simplicity of the Norsemen which is very well bolstered by someVikings has its moments, and when it does it captivates the brutality and simplicity of the Norsemen which is very well bolstered by some great performances, most notably by Travis Fimmel. Unfortunately, not all of the acting is consistent and some of the characters are underdeveloped or underwritten. The plot is engaging enough to keep you wanting more but is far from intriguing or thrilling enough to want to watch again.… 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