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  • #15860

    chaoticmuse
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    So, did anyone else catch History's Vikings effort last night? Thoughts? Heh, not British …but will quickly get British related…Personally, my initial thought was trying to cash in on the GoT vibe, but at least they seem to be making a fair solid effort. The hierarchy seemed to jibe alright, the sun stone thing is accurate, apparently ... so while I wouldn't call it a documdrama by any means, it tends to stay pretty in camp while telling a good story. or seems to be. Glad to see strong female characters ((well, the wife, but I have hope for the daughter too. )) And the acting was fair alright.

  • #19099

    Jamie
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    Which story line are they following?  For example, are they covering the Great Heathen Army?Also: is it sort of like Northlanders, the TV show?

  • #19100

    chaoticmuse
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    I'm going to call the story Psuedo-Summation? Basically you have Nuclear Viking Family lead by Ragnok. Ragnok is a farmer / part time Viking, under a Jarl. Every year the Jarl picks where to send the boats for raiding. Due to navigational tools being damn near nill, he yearly picks Russia and the Balkans. Ragnok there has bigger dreams and has gained access to a crude sunboard that shows due west, and a crystal to magnify and show the sun even on cloudy days to keep it working. partnering with a weird ass boat builder friend named Loki (after the god, not a substitute. ) work to make a bigger, better ship. Ragnok's dream seems to be sail west to the believed to be real lands out there, England. (WHY they didn't use Britainia or Brittany or anything like it is beyond me) and raid the ever loving crap out of it in defiance of the Jarl.

  • #19101

    anonymous
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    We watched it and I think we'll be tuning in more.  I don't know much about Viking history, so for right now, I'm enjoying it as a well done show.  (Especially compared to their other new venture, “The Bible” mini-series.  I shouldn't nit-pick, but c'mon, the accents are killing me.  At least TRY, guys.  Noah sounded like a Scot.)I'm going to have to add some Viking history to my list of books for the year, I think, and see how well they've done.  I hope they're making a solid effort to be realistic for that period. 

  • #19102

    Jamie
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    I just streamed the first episode and immediately became much more interested when I heard the main character's name.  :DThe son seems a bit young, and there should be four of them...  But if they're heading in the direction of Ragnar Lodbrok... it should get fun in a season or two.

  • #19103

    Jamie
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    Alright, I know it's just TV and the History Channel has a reputation for playing it fast and loose…  but I'm going to complain about the obvious problems raised in the first two episodes.So they have Cuthbert leading Lindisfarne about 100 years after his death (but maybe it's a different Cuthbert... ).  They really downplayed the viciousness of Lindisfarne, if the accounts are to be believed.  I mean, I understand why you would want to cut some of that stuff out, it's horrible... but they created some brutal stuff that's entirely fiction, why cut out the full horror of what those vikings did?Lindisfarne gets sacked in 793.  Yet, the show opens up in 793 with Lodbrok in the Eastern Baltic.  They aren't clear on timelines, but did less than a year pass between that scene and his raid on Lindisfarne?  They spoke of summer raids, and he had to build a ship etc in the interim.  It just seems like a cramped timeline.Ragnar Lodbrok dies in Northumbria between 47 and 72 years after Lindisfarne.  And he looks like he's in his 30's in this show.  Which would make him in his 80's or 100's at the time of his death in Northumbria, which is ridiculous.  Also, this is clearly after he acquired his nickname... but it would be nice to get a reference to the whole episode with bear fur pants.Then there's the niggling things, like the fact even the minor characters are an all star cast of famous names outside of their timelines: Rollo, Cnut, Aethelstan.  That's just off the top of my head.  I know it's just TV, but come on.

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