Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment sent me season one of Vikings for review on my movie blog. The Vikings is a new series on the History channel. We don’t have cable so I wasn’t sure if the new series is any good. After watching it, I can tell you Vikings is awesome. It’s a good drama with action. It’s bloody at times, but not bloody gory like Spartacus. I can’t wait for season two! Vikings: Season One is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
The Vikings Story
As the title suggest, the series is about Vikings. In this series, the Vikings have attacked many places to their east. They have not ventured west because the Viking chieftain has forbidden his people from traveling to the west. This is mainly because their boats can’t handle the rough seas to the west. In addition, they have no way of navigating to the new lands of the west. But then a boat builder discovers a new way to navigate (compass) and then builds a fast ship that can handle the journey to the west. Some of the Vikings head west and pillage an English montersary. The Nordic chieftain doesn’t like this so there is tension between his followers and the Vikings who went on the raid.
The Vikings Characters
The main character of The Viking series is Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel). He is the one that leads a group of Vikings on a raid to the west. He’s smart, very daring, and a good fighter. I like his character, but I thought he smiled way too often. Other main characters include Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) and Rollo (Clive Standen). Lagertha is Ragnar’s wife. She’s loyal and knows how to fight well. I love her character. She’s tough, stands up for her family, and can defend herself from the unwanted advances of other Vikings. On the other hand, there is Rollo. He is Ragnar’s brother. He’s also very ambitious and at times doesn’t like all the attention his brother receives.
Gods of the Vikings
One of the things I like about the Viking series is the references to the Nordic gods. Through out the episodes the Vikings mention Oden, Thor and Loki. I’m a fan of Thor, the superhero god of thunder, so the references made the show more interesting. Oden, Thor and Loki are not actually in the series, but it was still fun to hear about them.
Vikings: Season One Blu-ray Features
Vikings Season 1 Blu-ray includes all nine episodes of season one. It has has over nine hours of content — including extended and alternate scenes of the episodes. One feature I really love is that the Blu-ray resumes where it was last stopped. You don’t have to fast forward to where you left off. Nice, right? Here is another nice thing about the Blu-ray if you like to collect movies: The Vikings comes in a fancy box. Here is what is included in the Vikings: Season One Blu-ray:
- Nine episodes
Includes extended and alternate scenes of the episodes
- The Armory Of Vikings
An interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the history and legacy of Vikings armory and weapons
- Conquest and Discover: The Journey Of The Vikings
An interactive feature that allows viewers to learn more about the locations and places Ragnar traveled to in his journey through Season 1
- Warrior Society: Viking Culture and Law
Featurette that takes a closer look inside the fascinating system of laws, practices and rules employed by Vikings
- Birth Of The Vikings
Featurette that provides an all-access look at the creation of Vikings
- Forging The Viking Army: Warfare And Tactics
Featurette that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of casting and creating the epic battle scenes of Vikings
- Deleted Scenes
- Commentary from Michael Hirst
More info: Vikings: Season One