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  • Andrew Eng
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    History Channel’s first scripted series premieres this Sunday. Will be a hit like Hatfields and McCoys or will it be a bust? We’ll find out soon.


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    March 03, 2013 – 10:00-11:00PM

    In 8th century Scandinavia, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is a warrior and a farmer who dreams of finding riches by bucking the tradition of raiding to the east. Ragnar has been working in secret on a project that will turn the Viking world on its head. But first Ragnar must convince the leader of his community, the powerful Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who is none too happy to share in the renown that this journey could bring to Ragnar if it’s successful.

     

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    Laactingnyc
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    …..I might watch. We’ll see.          🙂

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    Andrew Eng
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    The premiere was a solid introduction into the Viking world. Right now, it seems a bit Game of Thrones-lite, but if you’re looking for a show to emulate, that would be one to follow. As far the actors go, I was impressed by Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), and Gabriel Byrne (the Earl). The production values are pretty impressive and it doesn’t look cheap, which definitely helps to sell this world as credible. Can’t wait for next week, although the 2nd episode is supposed to air early tomorrow on Hulu, so we might not have to wait long.

    Grade: B+
    MVP’s: Fimmel, Winnick, and Byrne 

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    The premiere was a solid introduction into the Viking world. Right now,
    it seems a bit Game of Thrones-lite, but if you’re looking for a show to
    emulate, that would be one to follow.

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    Film Turtle
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    I have to say, I was impressed by Travis Fimmel, too. He seemed to be liberated from having to be the pretty boy/heartthrob (although he’s still easy on the eyes). The production design was solid, save for some rather obvious bluescreen work. But it just didn’t grab me; agreed that it felt like “Game of Thrones” with an alternate cast. But I’ll give it another couple of episodes to get into it.

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    Denis
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    Is Gabriel Byrne any good on it? *_*

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    Andrew Eng
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    The 2nd episode is on Hulu, in case anyone wants to get ahead.

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    Andrew Eng
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    And it looks like we have a hit. According to TVByTheNumbers, Vikings scored 8.3 million total viewers last night (which makes it the #1 cable series premiere of the year), and with a 2.7 18-49 rating (beating all the networks in its timeslot). 

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    Malick
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    This show is getting better and better with every episode. The Lead star (Travis Fimmel) is proving to be a really good actor. I really hope the ratings stay strong like they have been for the past 3 weeks so the show can last  atleast a few years.

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    O man, I LOVE this series! As soon as I heard “Northumbria” I took a look and low and behold, Ragnar, is a real person. We dont know much about him from the scanty to no records but they’ve got the period and culture right!

    Glad it’s been picked up for season two! O no now I have three series I’m watching! 

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    Malick
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    Episode 8 as per usual was fantastic, with striking imagery. Vey strange that more people on the boards aren’t watching it. Theyre really missing out on greatness. Ah well i guess.

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    Andrew Eng
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    This is definitely the most surprising new series of the year. I mean, a show named Vikings? How could this be any good? But it has been surprisingly good, without it being Game of Thrones-lite. It has forged its own path. And I know Rob L mentioned this on the last Emmy chat, that the show is deserving of recognition in the major categories. I certainly agree. Nominations for Fimmel, Byrne, and Winnick would be deserved, although Byrne is the only one who has a shot to get in. And the show should certain get lots of nominations in the technical categories. The production values are amazing (art direction, costumes, hairstyling, sound, visual effects etc.), and all done on a budget smaller than most blockbusters.

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    Malick
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    Great ending to a solid solid 1st season. I dont expect any emmys love but, boy oh boy would it ever be great to see some.

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    babypook
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    Well, I couldnt actually watch all of `Sacrifice`and switched away from it here and there. Even so, this series is just what I love about television. History, culture, action, great characters, beautiful setting and production design, and fabulous writing. I`ll be tuning in next season for certain.
     
      

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    Freddy Almonte
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    Episode 8 as per usual was fantastic, with striking imagery. Vey strange that more people on the boards aren’t watching it. Theyre really missing out on greatness. Ah well i guess.

    The problem is that is not boring enough to get Emmy buzz.

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