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« on: March 02, 2013, 09:02:05 PM »

just heard about this new series on The History Channel called Vikings:

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The HISTORY original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
 
But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.
 
Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).

it starts Sunday night at 10pm.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 11:43:45 PM »

Just saw the commercial for this, looks like it might be very interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2013, 09:33:14 PM »

I watched this last night and wasn’t terribly impressed.  I wasn’t only able to give it half my attention during the first few minutes, so I wasn’t sure what that battle was about where the two brothers seemed to be the only survivors.  What was going on there? 

Gabriel Byrne’s character’s introduction as the bad guy could have been done with a bit more subtlety.  As a matter of fact, everything about this episode didn’t have to be so obvious.  It’s as though they didn’t want to risk turning off viewers with things like development.  They just threw it all out there at once.

The attempted rape scene had me scratching my head.  These two guys try to rape the badass main character’s wife as soon as he leaves.  She scars them both and sends them on their way and then all is forgotten.  She doesn’t tell anybody, including her husband.  Is she going to encounter these guys again?  Are they going to have to explain their hideous scars, including a nasty burn to the face, to the rest of the village? 

I’ll keep watching, but I’d give the first episode a C. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 08:40:19 PM »

well, watched the first whole season.  it was interesting but kinda predictable.  Donal Logue made an unexpected appearance though in the last 2 episodes.
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 05:10:29 PM »

I watched the whole season. To me this is a show that would have been much better on a network like HBO or Showtime. Let them really go for the brutality. Still it was worth watching. I'll watch season 2 for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 06:45:32 PM »

I think it was brutal enough.  The only thing HBO would have added was nudity every episode, whether it needed it or not. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2013, 09:41:33 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on May 02, 2013, 05:10:29 PM

I watched the whole season. To me this is a show that would have been much better on a network like HBO or Showtime. Let them really go for the brutality. Still it was worth watching. I'll watch season 2 for sure.

Seriously though?  2014?!   I want it NOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW.   seriously, I liked the show. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 09:41:23 PM »

Anyone watching Season 2?

Forgot all about it and am finally getting caught up. So far so good.

Season 3 also just got the green light from History Channel.
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2014, 05:46:56 PM »

This show is great for what it's worth.
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2014, 05:56:10 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on May 02, 2013, 05:10:29 PM

I watched the whole season. To me this is a show that would have been much better on a network like HBO or Showtime. Let them really go for the brutality. Still it was worth watching. I'll watch season 2 for sure.

I missed this thread the first time around but find this comment a bit disturbing.  The show is plenty freaking graphic and is made all the better by the fact it's not on HBO.  Don't get me wrong I like GOT better, but only because I like the story better.  Not because the T&A HBO insists on shoving down our throat.  I find it hard to believe one that isn't disturbed in the head wants to see more brutality.   

Brutality in TV or movies doesn't bother me, but I don't seek it out and by all means don't think Vikings is less of a show by showing what they show (For those that haven't watched it, it pushes the limit for cable, which is why I'm all the more perplexed).

Just saying.
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2014, 06:36:21 PM »

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 08, 2014, 05:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 02, 2013, 05:10:29 PM

I watched the whole season. To me this is a show that would have been much better on a network like HBO or Showtime. Let them really go for the brutality. Still it was worth watching. I'll watch season 2 for sure.

I missed this thread the first time around but find this comment a bit disturbing.  The show is plenty freaking graphic and is made all the better by the fact it's not on HBO.  Don't get me wrong I like GOT better, but only because I like the story better.  Not because the T&A HBO insists on shoving down our throat.  I find it hard to believe one that isn't disturbed in the head wants to see more brutality.   

Brutality in TV or movies doesn't bother me, but I don't seek it out and by all means don't think Vikings is less of a show by showing what they show (For those that haven't watched it, it pushes the limit for cable, which is why I'm all the more perplexed).

Just saying.

My comment was based on season 1, season 2 was much more graphic. It's not that I want violence and gore for the sake of it. I want it to properly portray the brutality of the characters. Imagine how much less of an impact the flaying scene would have had if they cut away when he first start slicing in. It was really disturbing but IMO it had to be.

If you're going to show Vikings, show them how they really would have acted, don't give me the Disney version. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2014, 07:51:20 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on September 08, 2014, 06:36:21 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 08, 2014, 05:56:10 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 02, 2013, 05:10:29 PM

I watched the whole season. To me this is a show that would have been much better on a network like HBO or Showtime. Let them really go for the brutality. Still it was worth watching. I'll watch season 2 for sure.

I missed this thread the first time around but find this comment a bit disturbing.  The show is plenty freaking graphic and is made all the better by the fact it's not on HBO.  Don't get me wrong I like GOT better, but only because I like the story better.  Not because the T&A HBO insists on shoving down our throat.  I find it hard to believe one that isn't disturbed in the head wants to see more brutality.   

Brutality in TV or movies doesn't bother me, but I don't seek it out and by all means don't think Vikings is less of a show by showing what they show (For those that haven't watched it, it pushes the limit for cable, which is why I'm all the more perplexed).

Just saying.

My comment was based on season 1, season 2 was much more graphic. It's not that I want violence and gore for the sake of it. I want it to properly portray the brutality of the characters. Imagine how much less of an impact the flaying scene would have had if they cut away when he first start slicing in. It was really disturbing but IMO it had to be.

If you're going to show Vikings, show them how they really would have acted, don't give me the Disney version. 

Point taken and I agree to a point.  I personally think Vikings is a great example of a show on cable done right, pushing the boundaries just enough to get the subject across. 

I wasn't trying to be argumentative, but when a show I want to watch is on HBO I don't cheer, because I know they'll go overboard with things just because they can.

Vikings is refreshing and I really hope the history channel does more shows with such high production standards and great acting.
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