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Brilliant. Love love love it! :),
This review is from: Vikings: Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
The main reason I'm writing a review is to put to bed a 1 star review that pretty much give a blow by blow account to of the 1st episode ruining it for those who haven't seen it and potentially putting people off from watching an amazing series.
The review picks apart the opening scene, how boring and theatrical it was while comparing it to Game Of Thrones. Vikings is not GOT nor is it trying to be, Vikings is based on real events where as GOT is fantasy! Back to the opening scene, two brothers are fighting an unnamed bunch of burly men, yes one end up without a weapon and the other chucks an axe but aren't these people (the real Vikings) true warriors? I think catching an axe isn't out the question when your heads on the block, literally! We soon learn that Ragnar can see the God Odin when he comes down from the skies and takes the souls of the dead, rollo his brother hasn't a clue that this is happening or that his brother can see Odin. From this point on we are introduced to each character on an individual basis, Lagetha the shield maiden who is Ragnars wife and their two children. We then meet Floki who is the equivalent of the village idiot/joker and a good friend to Ragnar. It soon becomes clear ragnar is fed up of raising the East and challenges the not so nice Earl Haridson to allow him to go West. This is where the real adventure and journey begins for us the viewer. They head to Northumberland and the fun really does begin. The fight scenes are something else, they don't rely on special effects at all, the camera work isn't the usual jittery, shaky type you tend to see in fight scenes, it makes you feel that you are there with them. The only downside to the series for me is the copious amounts of sex, nudity, threesomes and kinky talk! I like a buff body as much as the next girl, even though the main character is a dish..... I do wonder how in 400AD they had the means to develop 6 packs!
As for the accuracy of the series there is one booboo which history channel and the writers acknowledged after a lecturer at the university of Newcastle wrote an article in the Sunday telegraph pointing out a well known church was in a mountain range when in reality it was on flat land! That's it, the only not so accurate account in the entire series. The rest of the series follows true raids which were taken from accounts found in Scandinavia in which these raids were written about in detail.
I absolutely love this show, I'm not one to watch well known series such as GOT, true blood etc but after watching the first couple of episodes I was gripped on Vikings. They tell the story so well, while not raiding we follow the Vikings as they go about their daily routines in Scandinavia, family life, affairs, sacrifice, plague, love, rivalry, plotting and scheming. So it certainly isn't slow at any point. You really do fall in love with the main chaps while hating the "baddies"
There is a lot of blood and guts and a few sad moments, as well as having to watch innocent people putting themselves forward for sacrifice and watching a blade move across their throat as the blood is collected. But at the end of the day this is how these people lived and giving male believe accounts wouldn't be very respectful to people who actually lived! One thing I have taken from watching this series is a new found love and interest for the Vikings, I have found myself ordering books on them, learning about all of the norse God's, just generally having a new interest to my complete surprise! I can't rave enough about this show, from interviews given my Travis and Clive season 3 takes us to Iceland, Ireland, France and America (turns out the Vikings landed on US soil 200 years before Mr c) so roll on season 3 and all of the raids, fight scenes and ample sexi time!!
A must for any box set collector, I for one will be adding the Vikings DVDs to my collection and long may the series continue. Love love love it!