Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands

Season 1
 (226)
2016X-RayTV-14
This spectacular drama reimagines one of literature's most enduring heroes, the great warrior Beowulf. In a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures, Beowulf begins a journey that sees the mighty and capable man slowly reconnect with the notion of family and home.
Starring
Joanne WhalleyEdward SpeleersWilliam Hurt
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode One
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    January 2 2016
    44min
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    Heroic legend Beowulf (Kieran Bew) gallops through the epic and mythical Shieldlands, to his childhood home of Herot, hoping to set right past wrongs. It's a race against time for Beowulf as he seeks to protect the town from a killer, be it human or beast...
  2. 2. Episode Two
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    January 9 2016
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    Herot is bustling as the town makes preparations for the Gathering at which the next ruler of the Shieldlands will be elected. Koll, the deputy Reeve, joins Beowulf in the hunt for the killer and their enquiries lead them to the Golden Hall. A member of Rheda's riding party fails to return to Herot.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    January 16 2016
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    With Slean and Thane Scorann missing, Beowulf and Rate, Thane of the Varni, charge out into the forest in search of them. But with the Gathering fast approaching and Rheda's bid for leadership depending on the hope of the ever-loyal Scorann's vote, Beowulf questions whether their disappearance might be more than a simple coincidence.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    January 23 2016
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    It's the day of the Gathering. The fate of the Shieldlands is only moments away, but having lost some of her closest allies, Rheda's chances of becoming leader of these great realms and thus preventing civil war looks bleak and her worries escalate.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    January 30 2016
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    Our group continues their perilous journey to Mere to bolster the new treaty, but now without Roth to guide them, the dangers they face look far from over. As they tackle various assaults, the group's situation goes from bad to desperate.
  6. 6. Episode 6
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    February 6 2016
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    Beowulf gets to work rebuilding the town's defenses--a need that becomes even greater when iron miner Greff is attacked by one of the most dangerous Mudborn creatures known to humans--a Troll.
  7. 7. Episode Seven
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    February 13 2016
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    With Slean and his uncle Abrecan failing to warn Herot about the Wulfing Raider attack, the marauders arrive at the peripheries of an unsuspecting Herot and set their Barghest wolves free to terrorise the town.
  8. 8. Episode 8
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    February 20 2016
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    Herot, in the mirth and merriment of preparation, readies itself for Slean and Kela's wedding celebrations.
  9. 9. Episode 9
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    February 27 2016
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    With Rheda's new laws permeating the tribes, it's time for Abrecan to make a choice--whether to step aside and accept his sister's rule, or stand against her in a declaration of war.
  10. 10. Episode 10
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    March 5 2016
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    With danger lurking in every corner threatening the Shieldlands, Herot's Huskarla patrol the forests looking for signs of the enemy.
  11. 11. Episode 11
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    March 12 2016
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    Beowulf grapples with the revelation of Elvina's secret and the fact that he has fallen in love with her.
  12. 12. Episode 12
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    March 19 2016
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    Rheda returns to Herot alone, with news of familial betrayal and that the fearsome Wulfing army are coming for them all.
  13. 13. Episode 13
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    April 15 2016
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    The battle of all battles falls upon the peoples of Herot. Weapons forged, loyal and armed men, women and children brace themselves to wage a brutal attack with Beowulf helming their defense.

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Directors
Julian HolmesJon EastKerric MacDonaldCilla WareColin TeagueStephen WoolfendenMarek Losey
Supporting actors
David AjalaKieran Bew
Producers
Tim HainesKatie NewmanJames DormerStephen Smallwood
Season year
2016
Network
Esquire
Content advisory
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3.7 out of 5 stars

226 global ratings

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  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 19% of reviews have 1 stars
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RobRockReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining
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It's entertaining enough. Giving it five instead of four because the one-star raters or so silly. They want accuracy in a fantasy series. Accusing it of being a GOT knock off. Complaining about black people being so far north. It's a fantasy series. One should know to put brain in back pocket going in.
53 people found this helpful
JosephReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
if these are some of your favorite things, this is the show for you
Social justice crusading, black washing history, literary destruction, anachronism, historical perversion, splaying and forcing modern values upon ancient cultures, destruction of european heritage, appropriations of culture by those who did not even have contact with them in that time period, zulus masquerading as vikings, feminist power claptrap..... if these are some of your favorite things, this is the show for you.
141 people found this helpful
Pulpmaster FlashReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Partly good fun, partly full of anachronistic stupidity...
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Ugh. This started great, and then it quickly went downhill. Someone should tell the writers that events in the original epic took place in the 5th century, and the Moors didn't start showing up in Western Europe until the 8th century. Maybe that's what the whole "a legend reclaimed" thing was all about, but if so I don't get who they were reclaiming it for, unless it was for people who never cracked a history book.

Anyway, beyond the anachronisms and other silliness it's still kind of fun to watch. The special effects are okay in a Grimm sort of way, and the sets aren't half bad either. Unfortunately, some of the fight scenes are really pathetic, and much of the action is reminiscent of "Hercules the Legendary Journeys" and Xena. I kept expecting Kevin Sorbo to jump out and yell, "Disappointed!" after every fight.

Other than the distinct lack of Kevin Sorbo, I think the most disappointing thing about this series is that Keiran Bew's acting chops are wasted on the stilted dialogue and purple prose. And even when they give him decent lines, the rest of the cast is hit or miss as far as their acting ability goes. Too bad they couldn't pay William Hurt enough money to stick around for the entire series. Maybe between Hurt and Bew they might have propped up this mediocre excuse for a Beowulf adaptation.

I grudgingly give it three stars.
46 people found this helpful
Christopher BaskindReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
What a mess. As cringeworthy as Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan ...
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What a mess. As cringeworthy as Arnold Schwarzenegger's Conan, but without the self-effacing charm. Fantasy weapons, costumes, and sets far afield from the historical setting of the original.
20 people found this helpful
James HollandReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this
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Just some good fantasy with excellent graphics considering it's made for TV. I would recommend this series to all those who enjoy good fantasy stories. It's not Game of Thrones, but it's still pretty good.
19 people found this helpful
Shawn RReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Erase the Epic tale from your mind when you watch this series
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An Excellent series. Erase the epic tale from your mind and get set to enjoy a NEW Beowulf! When you do that, you will thoroughly love the fine plots, acting, and performances!
13 people found this helpful
girkerieReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better than the original
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Watched both original and director's cut. If you want the manliest movie of the 2000s to be more manly, here you go.
benjiReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Love this type of series wish they made more
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