TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Burial of the Dead”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) takes over as Earl in VIKINGS "Burial of the Dead" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 7, 2013 “Burial of the Dead” was the episode that has been building since the very first episode of the season on VIKINGS. It was the final confrontation between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the leader of their Nordic tribe Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) and the culmination of nearly everything we have seen on the show up until this point. Given the brutality of “Raid” from last week […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Raid”

The Earl (Gabriel Byrne) in VIKINGS "Raid" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 31, 2013 This was an exceptionally brutal episode of VIKINGS. And when I say that it is actually saying something considering every episode of this show on History has been very brutal. But “Raid” was by all means the fall of the Lothbroks at the hands of the ruthless Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne). Haraldson has pretty much been dead set on eliminating made a move to eliminate Ragnar […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Trial”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) awaits judgement in VIKINGS "Trial" | (c) 2013 Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Building on the theme that was established in the first raid out west in VIKINGS, “Trial” showed that these bearded band of bad asses are definitely not good people. Picking up after the previous episodes were Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his Viking sailors made land once again on England and dispatched the local sheriff and soldiers. They pressed on to the neighboring village and Ragnar, […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Dispossessed”

Priest Athelstan (George Blagden) visits Ragnar's home in VIKINGS "Dispossessed" | (c) Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Hey it isn’t so bad to be a slave among the VIKINGS. Not only are you treated fairly well in terms of getting a house over your head and a warm cot, but as was shown in “Dispossessed” you get the opportunity to share the wife of the man who owns you. And when you are talking about the lovely Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) that’s a pretty […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – SEASON 1 – “Rites of Passage” – Series Premiere

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Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 3, 2013 History (don’t call it the History Channel) has been slowly moving to become the next great cable channel to popularize itself with original programming following in the successful footsteps of FX, AMC, TNT and others – obviously which began with pay-TV network HBO. Proving that just having movies and documentaries are just not enough these days and the more successful original programming is what is drawing viewer interest. […]Read On »

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