Critic Consensus: Vikings makes up for its lack of historical accuracy with a heaping helping of violence, romance, and striking visuals.
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Series 1 begins with a Viking named Ragnar Lothbrok trying to pursuade those around him to invade England. Ragnar's desire for more wealth and power grow and along the way he makes a powerful enemy in the form of Earl Haraldson.
|Premiere Date:||Mar 3, 2013|
|Executive Producers:||Michael Hirst, John Weber, Morgan O'Sullivan, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, James Flynn, James Flynn, Sheila Hockin|
|Producers:||Steve Wakefield, Michael Hirst, John Weber, Ken Girotti, Morgan O'Sullivan, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, James Flynn, Sheila Hockin|
as Earl Haraldson
as Ragnar Lothbrok
as King Aelle
as King Ecbert
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Vikings is a woad-streaked tale of scheming, slaughter and recreational pillaging that puts drama before historical pedantry. Carnage, with plaited beards to spare.
In a way, it's all just another iteration of Tony Soprano, as Vikings emphasizes a core pride and nobility in this tribe of thugs and galoots.
Such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.
Vikings have always lent themselves to a certain kind of "B" entertainment and this latest iteration proves no exception.
If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel.
Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1
Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem.
Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.
Moderately rocky to start off with, but will certainly engage you before the end of the season's brief 9 episode run.
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