on 4 May 2014
just as great as the first series. with a twist in it that I hoped would not be true. this series is a must watch for anyone. great story, great acting, brilliant cast, fighting scenes are great in the detail. even love the theme tune.
has you wanting to watch the next episode all the time, like the first series, its so engrossing. there is noting at all bad I can say about both of the Viking series. they are both sublime.
one of the best tv series I have seen in a long time.
I didn't mind waiting as we saved watching this series for the weekend so by the time we got through them we had no waiting.
but amazon have ruined lovefilm and their customer services for reporting problems is, in a word, pathetic. which I have told them many a time.
MAIN PLAYERS -
Travis Fimmel 'Ragnar Lothbrok
Clive Standen 'Rollo
Jessalyn Gilsig 'Siggy
Gustav Starisgard 'Floki
Katheryn Winnick 'Lagertha
George Blagden 'Athelsten
Donal Logue 'King Horic
Alyssa Sutherland 'Princess Aslaug
Nathan O'Toole 'Bjorn Lothbrok
Maud Hirst 'Helga
Thorbjorn Horr 'Jarl Borg
John Kavanagh 'The Seer
Linis Roach 'King Ecbert
Ivan Kaye 'King Aelle
Gaia Weiss 'Porunn
A series that blends legend with historical possibility - (Has a brief outline to the series flow )
The once close brothers 'Ragnar' and 'Rollo' find themselves on the other side of the field of battle.
Jealousy had torn them apart, will blood bring them together.
After the battle 'Ragnar' tries to unite the warring tribes to seek the riches in the west.
On his earlier travels 'Ragner' had fallen for 'Princess Aslaug' and will find it difficult to choose between
her and wife 'Lagertha' - ideally he'd keep both.
'Rollo' faces a trial for his role in the battle against his brother and King Horic having made a choice to
fight for 'Jarl Borg'
Will the brothers unite or are the divisions now too great.
Meanwhile 'Lagertha' decides she will not share her man, can 'Ragnar' prevent both her and his young son
'Bjorn' from leaving.
Years pass, plans are now afoot to revisit the lands that the three way alliance had planed to do.
'Rollo' now an outsider had remained in the village, 'Siggy' wants him to try and make peace with his brother.
The time has now arrived for the norsemen to set sail, 'Ragnar' chooses to sail with only one of his allies,
'King Horic' still not trusting 'Jarl Borg'
At sea a storm divides the fleet and sends four off -course, 'Ragnar' and 'King Horic' land in 'King Ecbert's;
Wessex, many miles off the original intended destination.
The norsemen sack Winchester while 'King Ecbert' tries to raise an army to face the raiders from across the sea.
Meanwhile rejected ally 'Jarl Borg' plots his revenge upon 'Ragner' he assembles his men to take 'Ragner's lands,
whilst the 'Earl' and his men are in Wessex, only outcast 'Rollo' is there to try and defend his brothers lands
along with elderly citizens and women, a cause 'Rollo' is forced to abandon to keep 'Ragner's' wife and sons
safe until his brothers return.
In 'Wessex' 'King Ecbert' contemplate's his next move, is it possible to reason with men who seemingly kill without
The King offers an exchange of personal to facilitate talks, offering his son to ensure the safety of 'Ragner' who
comes to the Kings encampment for talks.
When returning to his camp a ship arrives with news of 'Jarl Borg's' take over of 'Ragner's' lands, there is no choice
for 'Ragner' he has to return home to seek out his family and try to reclaim what has been lost.
'Lagertha' and her son 'Bjorn' hear of the attack on 'Ragner's' lands, should they respond to help ex-husband and
father to a now young-man 'Bjorn'
Meanwhile back in Wessex the King gets wind of the reduced personnel in the Viking force and see's his chance to
strike a blow to the invading norsemen.
The once priest of Lindisfarne 'Athelsten' who has stayed with King Horic and his men could now be in danger.
'Ragner' has returned to find his family but soon realizes he hasn't the men to retake what has been lost as he is
heavily outnumbered by 'Jarl Borg's' force.
However a friendly face with reinforcements against the 'will' of her now husband has turned up to help, 'Ragner'
see's his now grown-up son and ex for the first time in many years.
They now contemplate how to gain the advantage in the effort to re-take lost land.
'Ragner' again has both his past and present wife around, however 'Lagertha' knows she has to return to her
unpredictable husband 'Earl Sigvard' while son 'Bjorn' wants to stay with his father now.
Of course because 'Lagertha' went against his wishes in helping her ex, he will now dish out his form of punishment.
'King Horic' and his remaining son had escaped 'Ecbert's' onslaught and now back with 'Ragner' wants his revenge
on the English King.
Because of the depleted force and fleet an alliance with 'Jarl Borg' appears to be back on the table, though in truth
friendship or an alliance isn't really what either 'Ragner' or Rollo' have in mindL
'Ragner' and ''King Horic' still have to avenge the dead but their numbers are seriously diminished, a new alliance
has to be found.
Back in England it seems that 'King Ecbert' has sought to form an alliance of his own Northumberland 'King Aelle' to
defend against further 'Viking' raids, of course 'King Aelle' has had dealings with 'Ragner Lothbrok' in the past so
knows the threat posed, 'King Ecbert' has also got ambitions of his own, since the death of 'King Arthur' the kingdom
of 'Mercia' is tearing itself apart with a power struggle from within.
Back in the nordic village rumblings of discontent are brewing 'King Horic' is bending the ear of 'Ragner's' friend
'Floki' 'Ragner' will have to be on his guard.
'Ragner's son 'Bjorn' has an eye for slave 'Porunn' a fact that is not missed by step-mum 'Princess Athelsten'
A familiar face now 'Earl' in her own right following the killing of her husband offers an alliance with 'Ragner'
with her force, thoughts of a return and revenge in Wessex come bak into play, though for 'Ragner' treachery
is still close at hand.
Back in England Arthur's daughter 'Princess Kwenthrith' seeks the help of her neighbour 'King Ecbert' to take
control of Mercia herself.
The norsemen are finally on their way to Wessex, with the alliance of 'Ragner' 'Horic' and Lagertha'
'King Horic' has his own agenda for the trip whist 'Ragner' seeks fertile land in which to perhaps build a new
beginning for his people, but will his logic prevail.
The invaders have no idea of the Wessex/ Northumberland alliance that has taken place, seeing a force moving
toward them, 'King Horic' and his men charge into battle, 'Ragner' and 'Lagertha' have little choice but to follow.
After the battle, knowing that the Vikings will just keep on coming, 'King Ecbert' sends the once prisoner then
friend to 'Ragner' 'Athelsten' who now works for the King interpreting and re-writing scrolls the former 'Roman'
rulers had left behind, to talk to his friend in the hope an understanding can be reached.
The 'Mercia' princess needs help to reunite her kingdom and seeks the help of Viking volunteers.
The offer made by King Ecbert to resolve hostility between them is generous though 'King Horic' still wants his
'Athelsten' has a choice to make also, does he stay and work for the English King or does he return to the place
he considers home with 'Ragner' and his son who he has considered to be his family now.
Conspiracy continues to bubble beneath the surface, 'King Horic' still believing that while 'Ragnar' lives he will
never be considered an equall in their ventures.
The eccentric 'Floki' still very much a part of the intended betrayal, has he really forgotten the esteem 'Ragner'
has for him ?
To prove his loyalty to 'King Horic's' cause, 'Floki' has to kill someone of importance to 'Ragna'
'King Horic' doesn't share 'Ragnar's' faith in 'King Ecbert's' word that the Earl seems to have confidence in, besides
which revenge is still top of 'King Horic's' agenda.
Will 'Floki' really betray 'Ragner' and allow 'King Horic' to kill 'Ragner' and all those bearing his name.
Meanwhile brother 'Rollo' is still suffering from the injuries sustained in the Wessex battle, and young 'Bjorn' is
still trying to convince former slave 'Porunn' of his feelings for her.
Darkness has fallen, 'King Horic's' forces land to carry out his bidding, who's side will 'Lagertha' be on, and 'Floki' ?
What a brilliant second season, another great TV series, trouble is, as with all great series's, we have to wait for
several months to see the story progress.....can't wait.
Special Features -
* My family - My enemy
* A warrior society - Rites of passage
* Imagining and executing climatic Battles
* Audio commentary on Blood Eagle and The Lords Prayer
* The Viking saga's - an interactive Archival Exploration.
(I agree that it would be great if a wider audience had access to programmes such as this on free to view TV when first aired)
on 29 March 2014
Love the Vikings series, dislike the fact of having to watch one episode at a time but I guess that is showbizness for you, and why oh why must these big fishes in a small pond swallow up everything in site? Not content with buying up the little guys of Lovefilms, they had to totally obliterate them from existence and impose Amazon Instance on the unsuspecting public. Whats that about? I also dislike being forced to create or in my case merge an existing account to a new one, just to watch my favorite shows. Guess that is marketing for you. Bring back the Lovefilms name, sounds much better. Amazon Instance? Sounds like a disinfectant.
on 28 February 2014
Excellent start to Series 2 and looking forward to watching the rest of the series. I stream directly to my Sony TV through its Amazon (formerly LoveFilm) App and it ran without any interruptions in HD.
Vikings has everything, drama, love, action, grit, intrigue ..... and the characters are generally well acted. Of course we still get the 'Hollywood' hairstyling and way-to-clean looks but hey, it's TV, just enjoy it.
I'm with most people in hating the new Amazon Instant / Prime layout - I also still rent DVDs and the new Amazon online makeover just does not work as well as the old LoveFilm site. I can understand re-branding but beyond that, why change something that worked (almost) perfectly.
Vikings is worth 5 stars, but the service cost it one!
on 28 February 2014
Thanks to all the clever folk that knew this was bound to happen I episode at a time but the rest of us obviously weren't aware of this. The fact is, it was clearly advertised as 'the second series' being released on the 28th Feb NOT the 1st episode of the second series so why wouldn't we complain??? Wouldn't it be fabulous if lovefilm/amazon (no, I'm not loving the merge either) had informed it's paying customers correctly? I live in hope that this merge will mean that you will also be cleaning up your act, from these reviews you must see that your customers aren't happy. I am, however, looking forward to the rest of this series as I really enjoyed the first series and the first episode of the second series. My 5 stars go to the Vikings not the service