Vikings is definitely in the top 10 of best shows on TV. Just as a season starts and you are drawn into this "work of art show" the season is over as there are only 10 episodes in each season. The best way for a storyline to play out completely with the most detail and coverage of all angles to each situation we need either 65 minute episodes or 16 to 20 episodes per season. Without more episodes/longer episodes the show doesn't get enough of the story told. If they cut out some of the scenes so the story line can progress faster then the story suffers as we lose to much vital information and then we have a half ass poorly told story. As it stands right now, the story is great, with tons of plots and unexpected twists. The fans are not getting enough as you give us a taste of something so epic, but deny us from having anything close to enough of it to satisfy the craving from one season to the next. We need more, and if it's a money thing then some people are not doing their job correctly, as this show has so much to offer and needs to be marketed in a different way to cover the cost of more episodes each season. VIKINGS will sell itself. So it can't be a lack of money to order more episodes. If that is the case then bring some more people to the table to get behind this dynamic series called VIKINGS!
Coming from Norwegian descent, and majoring in History in college, trust me, the historical aspect of the show is true. Storylines that are more in depth? This was a simple time. The History Channel has a real winner here. Knowing my history of this era of my true ancestors, and how things play out down the road, this show is right on the money. It is not over the top. Given many future episodes, characters and plots will get deeper with the overall audience acceptance. Awesome show for me. Vikings impacted the world tremendously. They were not afraid to venture anywhere. If you think Columbus got here first, go back and really read and watch History.
With a fabulous cast, wonderful scenery and an era that had never been covered on non-pay tv as far as I remember. I'm not even disturbed by the simplicity of the stories. But the lack of dialogue and character development is annoying. This could have been a series that stole some Emmy's from HBO.
I'm afraid I can't remember my history classes on The Vikings very well, so whether this program is accurate, I cannot attest to. What I can verity is the scenery is breath-taking, the combat-furious and violent and the story lines are compelling.. I am looking forward to at least one more season, but more would be even better, as long as the quality of photography and writing remains the same. It is always fascinating to learn about other cultures especially with their myths and legends , so different from ours. The sooner, the better-bring it on.
We really wanted to like Vikings. The first episode had a very good atmosphere, an eerie Scandinavian ambience with the introduction of promising characters like Ragnar and Floki. However, instead of developping these characters the series went quickly downhill from the 3d episode on towards a mess of linear black and white characters, low budget effects, weak scripts that just do not hold up anymore these days against the dozens of strong told series out there (from Homeland to Game Of Thrones and Carnivale, you name it).
Clich after clich combined with sometimes plain weak directing and uninspired stories that one just does not buy, with all the goodwill in the world. I could not rate this any higher than a 4 in this day and age. Honestly it looks like a more violent Hercules or Xena the warrior princess. And that's not a good thing...
This is a great show overall. Its not suppose to be a documentary. Vikings were real men which this show depicts instead of these neurotic "girly" men that are usually depicted on prime time TV shows. What else can a man ask for in a TV show, hot women, sex, violence and real men acting like a real man. Its the only show that I actually look forward to watching each week.. I only wish that they had made more episodes.
I absolutely love this series in fact I just reordered cable to watch this series, since house is no longer on tv I had really no use for until now. And as far as being harsh, yes I love historical and period pieces and accuracy is definitely a strong point when your watching a documentary by this isn't, this is loosely based on a myth/ legend from the Viking period. I think if that's what your looking for in this series you've missed the point, and point being to entertain and give a depiction of the Viking demeanor and their possible exploits. It's just good entertainment, with terrific actors and Travis fimmel(Ragnar) is just completely confidently sexy. Wish I was playing Lagertha. Uh huh
The series many hits and many misses. As a Norwegian and a student of history the misses outweigh the rather historical misses. I understand that the designers of the costumes, sets and locations, have to, at times, use some LICENCE about what is true and AVAILABLE.
That having been said, there are so many such as the Stave Church used as the Uppsala location! This was a MUCH later CHRISTIAN Norwegian Church Style, and did not exist in Upsalla or during the time of Ragnar! this church was NOT a Norse Pagan center!
The Royals in the series were often shown wearing or sitting on Brocaded or complex fabrics, that were from a much later Ages. The majority of the costumes were fanciful at the best and had little to do with the real cloths and fabrics worn in the Viking age... but, were the over imaginative creations of the Costume designers!
Much of the jewelry and set accessories were made and are available in Asia (Thailand) . The Scandinavian cultures of that time period had fabrics, jewellery and interior furnishings that were very obviously NOT glamorous enough for the series, set dressers and/or costume designers.
As for human sacrifices at a Christian Stav church is outrageously wrong and comes from the need for a little more confused action and satisfy the need for blood, repeated killings and super action.... required of the modern day Computer game playing generation!
If you are going to make an expensive series like this, based on history, such as the history of the well studied Viking Age .... at least be accurate on the big and important stuff!
In the first episode, they sail to Britannia in one ship, but there are two ships waiting at the shore after they are finished raiding the Lidesfarn monastery! Where did the other ship come from?
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