Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
Good movie but grossly overrated
When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
This is a dark and sometimes deeply uncomfortable drama
Found it like a drug, the scenes, the scenery and everything made it awesome. The plot is very good with some surprises each season
This show starts out a little slow in season one. By season 2, it really picks up and Ragnar Lothbrok has everyone stirred to action. The politics and warfare in England and abroad really gets interesting. You feel invested in the characters, even if some of this is based on mythology and has a few PC cheesy moments for feminism. Season 3 was awesome, and 4 has some interesting parts, but by 5, I am disappointed. It all feels a bit disjointed and out of whack. Also, the way the Saxons are always defeated like children is tantamount to watching The Mystic Knights on Fox kids or Power Rangers. I mean, yes, the vikings kicked ass and did nearly conquer Britain until Alfred the Great's comebacks, but the way they fall for EVERY trap is just silly. They NEVER learn even one thing from previous battles, and never set traps of their own. The way the Saxon troops even swing a sword makes them look lazy or medicated-- just fodder for every viking that has a pulse. Then, they ruined everything by having Ragnar sacrifice himself in a snake pit???? The scene was cool, but would have been better with a sensible plot for this. His reasoning just seemed lousy and contrived, and now we have to watch Ivar drag around on his knees torturing people in season 5, and Bjorn is hanging around in the Mediterranean or something. I am still watching, but I wonder how much life the series has, and if it will make Alfred the Great's character and plot more intriguing than recent stories.
Seasons 1-3 are so good but I have no idea where they went wrong with these last two seasons
In the first few seasons there was a decent amount of character development for the main characters. You really felt like you had a connections with the likes of Ragnar, Rollo and Lagertha. There actions and motives were understandable and generally made sense. As a result there was a degree of weight to the series and i would always greatly anticipate the next episode.In the latest few seasons, I almost reluctantly watch the episodes out of a past loyalty to the seasons. More and more characters have been introduced, but they have only served to dilute the series and make it weightless. I feel like i have very little connection with any of the characters because there are so many. The only one of new Ragnars sons given sufficient character development is Ivar and they managed to make me hate him, despite the fact that he is most likely going on to take the lead role in future seasons. Overall, the last few seasons have been incredibly disappointing. The Battles have become increasingly stupid and unrealistic. The Historical Accuracy has gone out the window. The only character i care out about is Bjorn and even his actions are becoming increasingly unrealistic.