Fast Five Review: Vikings Season 1 (2013)

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1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

I have been meaning to get into Vikings because I'd heard it was a great show.  The first couple of episodes were a bit disappointing, but by the third I was hooked.  It follows the exploits of Ragnar Lodbrok, a viking who dares to lead raiders to the west against the wishes of the leader of his clan, Earl Haraldson.  I loved getting to know the characters, particularly the women who actually had some depth fleshed out - which is uncommon in these kinds of stories.  It was also interesting to learn, bit by bit, about the priest as he learns about the foreign gods of the vikings, all the while trying to hold to his own faith.

3. You would enjoy this TV Series if…

...you like action and political intrigue!  The costumes are great, the scenery had me pining for the Fjords, and the actor who plays the main character, Ragnar Lodbrok is Aussie Travis Fimmel.  The Vikings seem largely ignored in recent movies and pop culture, so it's nice to see this immersive story.

4. This TV Series made me think…

...that shieldmaidens were cool.  It also prompted me to look up how much of the series is historically correct - my inner history nerd.

5. Stars out of five?

A solid 4.

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