Now Geek This: Vikings

cooltext1205573672In this edition, I will be discussing the show Vikings, which is beginning the second season this week.  Vikings airs on the History channel Thursdays at 10:00PM Eastern time.  The show centers around a group of Viking warriors and their families, led by a legendary Viking hero named Ragnar Lothbrok, played by actor Travis Fimmel.

Initially, when I heard about this show last year, I thought it would just be a documentary about the Vikings because it airs on the history channel.  I do like Vikings, so I decided to give the “documentary” a shot because I would at least learn about a culture that I was interested in.  I discovered immediately that Vikings is not a documentary, but rather a scripted show with a storyline revolving around Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking warrior, and his tales.

The show, as it turns out, is an entertaining way to learn about the Vikings and their heritage.  In the process of witnessing Ragnar’s rise to power, we also learn about how the Vikings lived and how they explored and raided other cultures.  The show is the perfect blend of story and history.  It is entertaining enough to keep me interested, yet I also find it interesting watching how the Vikings lived, fought, worshiped, and even celebrated their victories.  I find it just as interesting watching what is going on in the background of the show to learn about Viking life as I do watching the story or Ragnar Lothbrok and his family and clan.

The show is very well written, and the characters are all interesting and easy to care about.  The actors are all exceptional, and the cast was very well chosen.  Travis Fimmel plays the flawed hero Ragnar very well, and I easily found myself routing for Ragnar Lothbrok.  I also enjoyed Ragnar’s wife, Lagertha, a strong woman played exceptionally well by actress Katheryn Winnick.  Lagertha is a loving wife who is the backbone of her family, and is also a strong enough woman to hold her own in a fight   My favorite character by far though is that of Floki, a boat builder and friend to Ragnar played with a wonderful touch of hysteria by Gustaf Skararsgard.

If you enjoy watching a fictionalized story based on real life people, events, and cultures, then you certainly can’t go wrong with Vikings.  It is obvious that everyone involved with this show cares about the subject material behind the show, and that care makes the show highly entertaining and fun to watch.  I was hooked immediately, and I have been waiting anxiously for season two to begin.  I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys the Viking culture, the “sword and sandals” type of storytelling, or great stories pulled straight from history.  Vikings is a truly excellent show.

The premiere of the second season of Vikings airs on the History Channel on Thursday, February 27th at 10:00PM.

That’s it for this edition of Now Geek This.  Thanks for reading and tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.