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  • R. M. Fisher 1 year ago
    191 of 201 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Let No Man Mock Another Over What Touches Many Men…”, February 27, 2015
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    R. M. Fisher (New Zealand = Middle Earth!) –
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    This review is from: Vikings Season 3 (DVD)
    As a television series goes on, it can run the risk of stagnation, of jumping the shark, or of repetitiveness. Thankfully Michael Hirst and his fellow writers know the secret to sustaining a good show: with each new season you must deepen the characters, enlarge the world, and raise the stakes.

    “Vikings” continues in this strain, which builds on the developments of the first two seasons whilst also forging into brand new territory. Having discovered lands to the west, Ragnar Lothbrok and his people are eager to explore and raid, but also settle in the country they soon learn is England. Naturally it’s easier said than done.

    Yet when we first see Ragnar at the start of season three, he’s higher than he’s ever been – figuratively and literally. Having defeated the kings and jarls that would have betrayed him and killed his family, Ragnar now sits with his eldest son on a clifftop overlooking his home. There they make plans to return to England – not on a raid, as has previously been the case, but to claim the land promised them by King Ecbert and start a new life as farmers.

    England, of course, has other plans. In exchange for his help, Ecbert wants Ragnar and his warriors to assist his ally Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia to defeat her uncle and brother and reclaim her throne. Life as a mercenary is not what Ragnar wants, but most of his men – including his son Bjorn – are eager for the battlefield.

    The appeal of “Vikings” is encapsulated in the complexity of its lead character: Ragnar Lothbrok as played by Travis Fimmel. Though he’s a fierce warrior, he’s also a family man; though he’s a great king, he’s also a farmer at heart. He’s not driven by bloodlust or greed or ambition, but by potent curiosity of the world around him.

    In this he has a kindred spirit in King Ecbert, though when it comes to their cunning Ragnar may have finally met his match. Already there is a subtle tug-of-war between the two men for the loyalties of Lagertha and Athelstan, the two people most dear to Ragnor: his ex-wife and the young monk who now serves as Ragnar’s friend and translator.

    Lagertha is sent with the other settlers to claim their new farmland, and Athelstan goes with her, still struggling with his crisis of faith. That leaves Ragnar and his men – his brother Rollo, wild Floki, loyal Torstein – to accompany Princess Kwenthrith into battle.

    It’s shaping up to be a great season, and the first episode alone features two of this show’s trademark strengths: first, a fight sequence that’s worthy of the big screen in its scope, and a few surprises that reveal characters to be more than just one-dimensional good guys or bad guys: Princess Kwenthrith, so far characterized as bloodthirsty and ruthless, has an unexpected reaction to battle, while King Ecbert, always so totally in control of himself, is now besotted with Lagertha.

    Political intrigue, historical accuracy (or as accurate an attempt as we’re ever likely to get) and great performances from a fantastic cast – this is why I tune in to “Vikings”, and I’m happy to report the show is still on an upward trajectory.

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  • EMBLA 1 year ago
    226 of 242 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    MY VIKINGS ARE BACK, YAY?, March 10, 2015
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    This review is from: Vikings Season 3 (Amazon Video)
    I am watching the VIKINGS again on history channel. This show is one of the greatest on TV right now. HISTORY CHANNEL has done a great job, I know that because I’m from Iceland and since we are just a little nation at the edge of the world, with not much to boast about, our history and heritage is what we claim to fame. We are tought everything from an early age. Some things are a fable, some are real and some are fiction in these series. Because so much was word of mouth at this time we don’t always know reality from fiction. But that doesn’t really matter, what matters is that the show captures the reality of these times and the people.

    I have to say that I was astonished to hear the actors speak in modern Icelandic in the first episode, which is the oldest form of the Scandinavian languages today. Katheryn Winnick did the best job. Her dictation and pronounciation was so good that I could understand every word she said. Considering that Icelandic is the third hardest languages to learn in this world (after Mandarin and Finnish) I was stunned with admiration. Other actors did a pretty decent job, except Travis Fimmel. I could not understand one word that was supposed to be Icelandic coming out of his mouth ? þú þarft greinilega að lappa upp á íslenskuna þína. ? LOL It is obvious that Travis does not have a knack for languages.

    So far it’s holding my attention. I love this show because it’s the first time a show is done about “my folks” (mitt fólk) that is not stereotyped in a ridiculous way. Way to go Vikings.

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  • J. Alvarado 1 year ago
    127 of 134 people found the following review helpful
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    The Best Show going anywhere, February 21, 2015
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    This review is from: Vikings Season 3 (Amazon Video)
    I thought the whole spirit of this show was encapsulated last season during the episode in which Ragnar is staring behind a door at every character on this show during a feast and wondering who is on his side and who is plotting against him. Even though the show has a historical underpinning to it, I think what makes it so amazing is in the fact that the producers made each and every major character someone that you are interested in seeing what their motives/struggles are. You just don’t quite know who lies on which side. Think about it, pretty much every epic show out there like Game of Thrones have some dominant storylines AND some storylines that follow characters that you really have NO vested interest in. Not Vikings. Vikings is really the only show out there which the show can fork about 12 different ways with each character spotlight AND you can’t wait to see how each one of them will fit into the bigger scheme.

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