Vikings

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With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more.
Starring
Travis FimmelKatheryn WinnickClive Standen
Genres
DramaHistoricalAdventureRomanceActionMilitary and War
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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  1. 1. Mercenary
    February 18, 2015
    45min
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    Ragnar and Lagertha's fleets depart Kattegat once more for Wessex and this time they bring a group to colonize there. King Ecbert hosts the Norsemen and proposes a deal. Despite the misgivings of some of the other leaders, Ragnar leads his forces into battle once more, but this time as allies of Wessex.
  2. 2. The Wanderer
    February 25, 2015
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    Lagertha & Athelstan help to establish the Viking settlement in Wessex. Harbard, a mysterious wanderer, arrives in Kattegat, realizing the forewarned dreams of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga.
  3. 3. Warrior's Fate
    March 5, 2015
    44min
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    King Ecbert visits the developing Viking settlement as the first harvest is sown and rebuffs criticism from his leading nobles. The Wessex/Viking forces charge into battle with Mercia.
  4. 4. Scarred
    March 12, 2015
    44min
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    The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancour in the Viking camp - Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and is resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf's invitation.
  5. 5. The Usurper
    March 18, 2015
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    The fleet returns to Kattegat to find tragic circumstances await. Lagertha learns that her Earldom has been usurped and convinces Ragnar to travel to Hederby with her in an effort to reclaim her title. Ragnar causes great surprise when he announces the next raid. The Seer has interesting prophecies for Rollo.
  6. 6. Born Again
    March 25, 2015
    44min
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    Preparations for the Paris raid pick up pace, and Rollo ponders the Seer's prophecy about his destiny. Kalf arrives in Kattegat to join the raid and the Viking fleet sails up the Seine and catches sight of Paris for the first time. Porunn and Judith both deliver children, and with new life there is also death.
  7. 7. Paris
    April 1, 2015
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    The appearance of the Viking fleet causes panic among the population of Paris. The Emperor Charles, urged by his daughter Gisla, announces in Court he will remain in the city.
  8. 8. To the Gates!
    April 8, 2015
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    The Viking army embarks and Paris goes into lockdown as the army prepares the defence, overseen by Odo.
  9. 9. Breaking Point
    April 15, 2015
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    The Vikings go all out for a second assault on Paris. Recognizing the desperate state of affairs for his city, Emperor Charles must make a difficult decision.
  10. 10. The Dead
    April 22, 2015
    44min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English, English [Audio Description]
    With one last chance to take Paris, Ragnar and his Vikings troops take a daring chance.

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Directors
Ciaran DonnellyKen GirottiSteve Saint LegerJeff WoolnoughHelen ShaverDaniel GrouDavid FrazeeJoshua ZimmermanDavid WellingtonJohan Renck
Season year
2015
Network
History
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SteveReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
stick with it, and it will be worth it
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This series is a lot closer to a 5-star series than a 4. Vikings opens a window onto a group of people who culturally view and deal with life in a very different manner from anything I am used to. The primary and most obvious difference is that death (either their own or someone else's) means very little to them.

The window onto Viking culture leaves me kind of mentally sorting through dialogue and action that takes place, marking off the things that I think are similar or different from my own experience of life. I like the way heroes and villains are handled in this series. Even the worst Viking villains are not going to yell for their Mommy when it comes time for their (typically brutal) punishment. And the best heroes (Ragnar) can turn bloodily murderous at the drop of a hat.

There is an unstated evolution taking place in Ragnar where he seems to sense that savagery is not an optimal way of life. He seems to be slowly awakening to the novel idea that human life might have value, and this awakening potentially connects him to you and me and our own lives. Ragnar's most attractive quality is not his faceted, piercing blue eyes, but his intellectual curiosity, which by necessity, always takes second place to his need to maintain dominance by destroying anything blocking his path.

Ragnar is surrounded by interesting Vikings: Floki the Loki-like, artistically crazy, boat-builder/inventor/Norse-god-fanatic. Lagaertha, the ultimate combination of Nordic beauty and female warrior. Rollo, the ultimate male warrior, Ragnar's brother, who can't seem to get out of Ragnar's shadow and find a place for himself that suits his needs and ambitions. And many more.

I do want to raise one caveat, which is the fact that somehow I started watching Vikings at season 2. I didn't realize this until halfway through season 4A, at which point I then went back and watched Season 1. Season 1 took a little time to really get its balance, which didn't bother me at all because I already knew where it was going. But looking at some nasty critiques of the series later on, I realized that many of these critiques were coming from people who had watched a couple of episodes from season 1 and weren't patient enough to keep going with it. So, my advice is if season 1 doesn't grab you right away, stick with it, and it will be worth it.
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Oh My Gosh!Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
They play fine. Vikings (2013- ) is a great show
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The discs come in plastic snap cases. They play fine.

Vikings (2013- ) is a great show, interesting story arc, colorful characters, and wonderful scenery. If you like the series you will probably like The Last Kingdom (2014- ). I like The Last Kingdom more than The Vikings for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons is the doubling of The Vikings disc prices after season three. Instead of releasing the entire fourth season in one plastic snap case they decided to split the season and release a volume one and a volume two so they could make twice as much money, like Outlander (2014- ) did when the season one discs were released. I hate that type of price gouging so I stopped buying The Vikings after season three and refused to buy Outlander. Outlander got smart and released the season two discs as a single season set instead of price gouging by splitting the season, but I’m still boycotting the show because of what they did when they released season one.

If you like getting the best bang for your buck I suggest buying something else instead of encouraging The Vikings and Outlander and other shows to price gouge.

Here are a few of the series I really enjoyed watching more than once: Band of Brothers (2001), Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Black Sails (2014-2017), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Lonesome Dove (1989), Lost (2004-2010), Merlin (2008-2012), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek The Original Series (1966-1969) and Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish, or the hundreds of other fantasy and science fiction shows I’ve watched.

If you like reading try some of my favorite authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
All hail King Ragnar
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Ragnar was on top of the world. What would he do with his new power? That’s the theme of season 3 of the amazing series Vikings. At its heart however each one of these seasons just built upon the same topics to see where they could go. Those were the Vikings going to England and what kind of life they could build there. There’s the competition between the Norse gods and Christianity. There’s the politics between Ragnar’s family, friends and opponents. Finally, there are the big and bloody battles which are always a joy to watch. Even more important is the great ensemble cast. Each one is of interest.
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JoeyReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great entertainment with a touch of education.
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Notwithstanding I have/had only the vaguest idea of how the Norsemen lived, what they did, how they dressed, spoke, related to each other, etc., when I watched this series I felt I was seeing how they lived, what they did, how they dressed, spoke related to each other, etc. Well done. The acting, the dialogue, even the manner of speech was spot on. The cast was pitch perfect, as were their costumes. Whoever selected the (largely unknown here is U.S.) cast did a marvelous job. The scenery and sets gave the feeling you were there in the 9th century, not only in Norway, but also in England and France. That the story was based on historical events, mythical or real, and the characters historical figures, added to the sense of authenticity. It's the kind of production you can watch again and again. Some music magic moments required a leap of logic. Like the old Westerns where a 6-shooter can fire dozens of shots without reloading, the Viking army would land with a couple hundred men, go into battle, have a thousand killed and have a thousand more in reserve. And crossing the North Sea quickly, repeatedly and safely reminded me of why the Star Trek producers created the Transporter - to move the story along. I understand and I forgive; there are always compromises involved in making a movie, especially when the story it tells is based, however loosely, on history. I've watched all four seasons at least twice and am anxiously awaiting season 5.
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SchulzReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vikings real historical damage in Wessex was on vowel pronunciations and lack of verb conjugations - So- Excellent & Accurate
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This historical drama has all the elements of a great show, a formula to follow for any genre piece set in any time or location like well-developed characters, flawed heroes, charming villains, surprise plot twists, and that tried and true method of ending an episode on a cliff hanger to break down any small amount of self-control that IP based television viewers may still have so that binge watching thirty in a row is a guilty fun indulgence. However, there is one component that is distinct to Vikings which is not always present in other period pieces; something of a relief to a viewer not to have to exercise in great quantity or here on this show, rarely if at all. One only has to revisit your course on The Study of Theatre mandatory fine arts elective to recall what a stumbling block a show producers could create by relying too much on the practice of calling for the suspension of disbelief in their viewers. As an expert study even if I do say so myself on combative cultures spanning all of world history, I truly have not yet been made aware of an awkward byproduct of either script or scene that has called on me to employ the former method; so in addition to enjoying watching well rounded, likeable characters interact with one another in interesting plots while hacking each other to death along the latest faction lines, I recommend it as a family show too for the historical accuracy and insight it offers into that elusive post Roman post Norman period of English resolve to end incursions on to their beloved island home like those on the Norwegian Coast as I recall it was referred to, thus setting a precedent which the British would adhere to with such resolve that whether from the Armada, Napoleonic continental system of blockade while seeing invasion opportunities to Luftwaffe steel raining bombs to prep for Operation Sea Lion. But all were repelled by that resolve largely stirred up by Vikings, who in the end, inflicted the greatest damage on the King's Speech as well as the one their Yankee cousins mangle with the great vowel shift and redundant, non-conjugated verbs for different subject pronouns by number or familiarity. These shortcuts linguistic researchers reason are the imposed by a conquering army, adults past prime second language learning years, who try sincerely to learn but end up taking linguistic shortcuts for the sake of expediency during transactions with the native people.. So for example and in summary:Vikings,3: I liked it, you presumably will have liked it, my wife liked it, the neighbor liked it, the whole family - we all liked it, I heard in Norway they liked it,...
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Guitarlvr53Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vikings is one of the best TV programs on the History Channel.
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I happened across this series by chance and was hooked from the beginning. The characters like Ragnar, Bjorn, Floki, Rollo and Lagatha come alive. The producers did a fine job of casting. The stories are fairly well thought out and show the forward thinking of Ragnar as he sails to England to explore. The culture of the Vikings is very interesting and makes me want to learn more about their history. Season 3 has Ragnar wanting to take Paris. He finds that he is thwarted by his own brother. Many other side events are also happening that adds to the stories of the other characters. The dynamics of the political events happening both in the Viking camps and the courts of the Saxons and French are intriguing. This series has everything, sex, action, history, political intrigue, betrayal and very good photography. I could go on, but I have binge watched through season 4 and now have my DVR set for season 5. I highly recommend this program.
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John A. LindquistReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
But I'd also like to consider the possibility that "Vikings" is more truly ...
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Early in the third season of "Vikings," the writers have the Seer mention that the "Sons of Ragnar" would forever be held in renown, and there was no mention whether such would be the case for Ragnar himself. That kind of goes along with the fact that the "Sons of Ragnar" are known today as participants in actual historical events. Such not being the case for Ragnar, he is relegated to a "mythos" that has been treated a variety of ways in the stories (movies, books, etc.) that have evolved since.

For whatever quibbles there may be about the historical accuracy of "Vikings," at least it puts individuals and events from perhaps a very wide time period together, interacting in a setting and plot that goes along with that general time. I would expect that the adventures of Bjorn and his half-brothers would become more credible as the series continues into the 5th season. But I'd also like to consider the possibility that "Vikings" is more truly realistic than we realize.
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TrackleadReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Complexity of characters creates palpable tension and suspense - Even though one knows the story
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I had to watch parts of Season 2 again to be ready for Season 3. The story builds well and glides treacherously into vicious outcomes that are very well-played by the lead characters. The imagery and sets look fearful, as they are meant to be. Dark corners, dark forests and dark minds scheme one after another to unravel Medieval Europe.

I am a bit partial to Rollo, the man who can not be king, all the while serving his brother loyally, fighting fearfully. The shield maidens must have come as a real shock to fancy-dressed English and French ladies, who I don't think lacked in bravery but cannot bring about the carnage that the North(wo)men can do.

I have read books on Vikings, quite a few of them, so I have a slight bias towards understanding what they did and why, despite the holistic wreckage they piled on anyone who stood their looting ways.

The series tries to earn some viewer sympathy towards the raiders by making them look like hard working farmers who preferred farming land to raiding. I have my doubts on that. But then the series creators have not pushed the "farming" side of Vikings too hard, thankfully, as Europe trembled under them for a lot longer, beyond the time horizon of this series.Their brutality is quite a bit subdued in the series, given this is a History Channel show. For a celebration of blood and gore, visit Spartacus on Starz.

For any serious history TV buff - a very serious, entertaining and mind-numbing watch.
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