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Dark ages blood and thunder,
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This review is from: Vikings: Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)
Fortunately, the creators spent some time creating a background for the Scandinavian characters otherwise you'd want them all to drown on their first voyage, given that on their first trip to England the protoganists savagely plunder a monastery full of defenseless monks. As a Briton, I found myself cheering for the (English) opposition during the battles, but when the plot switched back to the Vikings' homeland, I found I could identify with the main characters.
The series doesn't have the depth of say, Game of Thrones, which I'd watched immediately prior to this, but it is a very good evocation of a savage time.