The new scripted drama premieres tonight.
From the creator of "The Tudors" and starring former CK underwear model Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne.
I'm going to give it a shot...early reviews are encouraging, and I'm guessing many of the male characters will be hot, in an uncivilized, possibly murderous yet emotionally conflicted way. Kind of like some of the guys I've known from real life.
I want to see wanton pillaging and bedroom intrigue.
There are SOOOOO many ridiculously hot men on this show. I love it! And Travis Fimmel is simply gorgeous; mesmerizing eyes, beautiful face, hot body. If all Vikings had looked like that, I would've nominated myself their pass-around slut slave. Great series!
I LURVE this show
You may want to see pillaging, I just want to see some manly, hairy Viking Nordic ass.
Interesting episode where the slave (a young English monk) is invited by his Viking master to join him and his wife in their lovemaking.
Yes R5, was that historically accurate?
Did it hint at the combination of warrior on monk?
Anybody know Scandinavian pagan Penthouse-type stories?
[quote]Did it hint at the combination of warrior on monk?
No but the Viking seemed quiet eager to share his wife.
I thought that, too, R7 -- but then I wondered if it was a test, just as the same scenario was used by the leader (Gabriel Byrne) in an earlier episode. The man who agreed to have sex with the leader's wife, at the leader's invitation, was killed. In last night's episode, the blond Viking leaves entrusts his children to the monk, saying that he was responsible and trustworthy. I wonder if refusing the offer of sex proved his trustworthiness.
Or Vikings could have just been a horny bunch.
There's very little documented about Vikings and the homosex though it seems they followed the old, "It's okay as long as you are the one penetrating" rule.
You simply can't beat the 1958 film THE VIKINGS with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis in their prime, with Janet Leigh and Ernest Borgnine - great story and supporting characters, its got everything. I have to watch it everytime its on despite having the dvd. Its a childhood movie I still love now. That Welsh castle, the bear pit, the ships, the great photography by Jack Cardiff.
Ragnar and Rollo are two hot brothers in constant conflict. Our hero Ragnar is smart and sly, soft-spoken and wanting to learn English from the "priest." (Loving the English monk "priest," especially if he lets his hair grow out on top)
I really like the crazy genius boatbuilder Floki, with the crazy eyes.
Gabriel Byrne is very good as the bad guy monarch. His overpainted ambitious wife--wasn't she Schuster's wife on GLEE?
Gorgeous location shots from Ireland.
Anyway, it is good stuff... too bad that imported miniseries "The Bible" is grabbing all the attention.
I like the series as well.
I mentioned in the Travis Fimmel thread that he looked more into the threesome than the wife.
Jessylin Gilsig or whatever her name is, completely takes me out of the scenes she is in.
Hated her on Glee and don't like her here either.
Bitch had the man killed.
Like the crazy boat-builder, too.
The crazy boat builder is Gustaf Skarskad from the Skarskard family clan (Stellan is his father and Alexander is his brother) and he plays a gay character in the movie Patrik 1.5.
The earl's pudgy little henchman is the creepiest character on this show. When he killed that boy, it was horrifying.
I get a slashy vibe between Ragnar and the monk. When Raggy talks to him, he puts all his focus on him with this almost hungry look on his face. Ragnar's eyes never leave his face.
The promo for next weeks episode showed Ragnar injured and Athelstan praying -- he says something like "blessed mother, don't let this man die". The monk has Stockholm syndrome or is smitten.
Did I miss something?
Why is Ragnar a criminal all of a sudden? What did he do wrong?
So he killed that rapist, he was just covering up for his wife.
OMG, he's pretty!
THIS SHOW ROCKS. LEAD ACTOR TRAVIS IS SMOKING WHITE HOT. High quality production, 9 episodes... Awesome!
The show doesn't expose Travis's body.
Too bad it's so boring, too. A bunch of drummed-up, nonsensical conflicts that wouldn't have to happen.
The creators don't have any genuine stories to tell or real-world observations to make, nor any rich characters.
SEASON 2 STARTS TOMORROW, 02/27! Will we get to see Ragnar and Athelstan in some hot Viking/ex-monk homosex action?!
I can't get enough of Travis Fimmel's sexy-as-fuck body and gorgeous blue eyes! And he's still not married. Yay!
In case you need to catch up...
I DVRed the show, I watched last season, I agree, Travis is HOT, hots of HOT men in this show! Loki is crazy cool.
Any gossip on the Aussie, Travis ?
Didn't he say something homophobic at one point?
I discovered this show last year flipping around, and then locked on it and started fapping off.
I liked the show originally but the 2nd season is slow and repetitive: Vikings raid a village, beat the people there to death, take their treasures. Ragnar makes a soft-spoken speech to someone, with eyes blazing.
Second plot is boring: various people back at the village are scheming, like Rollo, Ragnar's new wife and Rollo's woman. Also, that blond guy with the braided beard still holds a grudge and is planning something.
Lagetha has a new man and her son is grown up, but it's not that compelling. Sonny is pissed at step-daddy and you know he's gonna go back to real Dad.
I liked the show in the first season and I like this season so far too. I thought last night's episode was great so I have to disagree with you, R26. I think Ragnar will have finally met his match in the Saxon King Ecbert. Will be interesting to see how that develops.
I'm not sure about that Fimmel guy as a viking, he looks as though he sparkles. Please don't tell me that they are sparkly vikings.
ALEXANDER LUDWIG is Bjorn this season! Holy fuck, he's gorgeous!
And I like the fact that they're still exploring the homoeroticism in Ragnar's and Athelstan's relationship (Athelstan is shown softly caressing the golden bracelet than Ragnar gave him). I think that Athelstan gave up him religion because of his love for Ragnar, but obviously he remains conflicted.
Travis Fimmel is incredible in this. His subtle facial and body movements that he uses to emphasize his lines are hypnotic.
Clive Standen is beautiful too. That one-punch knockout while seated of [the blond guy with the braided beard] was hilarious, and disturbingly sexy.
I can't believe that Gustaf and Alexander Skarsgard are brothers!
Katheryn Winnick is hot as Lagertha. Someone should get her into a superhero blockbuster stat.
I still say that Travis and George Blagden are fucking IRL.
AWESOME season so far!
Agree with you, R29. I love everything about this show. I never thought anything about VIkings could be this entertaining.
And Floki (Gustav Skarsgard) is both scary and sexy.
He looks like Stephanie March.
Does the viking go up into the viking in this show?
I have this recurring fantasy about being Rollo's cum bucket.
Gustaf Skarsgard is awesome in this. He's a great actor.
I loved the scene where Ragnar's first wife told him she wanted a divorce. Was there really such a thing as divorce during that time period?? Just poor writing sometimes.
Fimmel is ok as an actor. He lucked out with this role.
There is a Jimmy Kimmel interview where Fimmel comes across as a real idiot. Youtube it.
I want to love this show, but there are too many shortcomings to it. It could be much better.
Okay, can some regular viewers answer this: Does this show have a pro-Christian bias?
Not much of one, to be sure, but I watched a couple of episodes last night to see what it was like, and it seemed like the filmmakers did not share my enthusiasm for watching pagans slaughter Christians.
37 it most certainly does not.
Last night's episode showed them torturing a priest. The characters show much disdain for Christianity in general.
A few episodes ago, the guy with the nasty pigtail beard was fighting alongside Ragnar and Donal Logue against Rollo. After the fight, he was offered a percentage of the spoils of their future raids and he refused, if I remember correctly. Wasn't the offer made by DL's character? Why is he still harping on Ragnar? I must have missed why he still has a grudge, pouting and terrorizing Ragnar's village.
What's the dealio?.
I think Jarl Borg refused the land deal offered by Donal Logue's character (King Horik). All three men did agree to go raiding together but then King Horik told Ragnar that he changed his mind about it. So Borg is all ticked off at both of them and decided to start his plan of revenge by raiding Ragnar's village.
Forgot to add that Jarl Borg was actually fighting on the same side as Rollo, against Ragnar and King Horik.
So what happened to King Horik in this last episode? I like Ragnar's old wife. His young wife gets on my last nerve. I feel sorry for Brother Athelston.
I guess by now he realizes he should have gone with Ragnar instead of staying behind to help. One more thing. Linus Roache. Damn he is hot.
As for Travis Fimmel yes, he got lucky. I don't think he's a very good actor at all. He looks good all dressed up, and he fakes it well enough, but I think assessing him as an idiot based on his talk show appearance with Kimmel is pretty accurate.
He's Australian, and his glory days were modeling underwear for Calvin Klein. never married. Never associated with a woman. He's 35.
No one even gives a crap. Even though it appears Travis might be gay. Fuck it. I'm bumping this thread.
Here is an interview with Travis Fimmel where he is almost hanging on the guy who plays the monk.
Hope I posted the link correctly.
My hot little monk
I can't keep my hands off you
Oh now you're blushing
Datalounge stopped updating about a half hour ago. Is this going to be another weekend of limited use?
Everybody on the couch would get it R44
Thanks for the you tube clip, R44. Definitely something going on there with Travis and the monk. You can tell there's tension between the two of them,and the other two guys. Skarsgaard looks a lot different in real life, but it's still hard to believe he's Alexander's brother. Maybe two different mothers?
Damn, that little monk is hot. I think Travis Fimmel was just teasing him though. I don't think there's really anything going on there. Skargard's character is my favorite.
Especially since Fimmel is straight R50.
Wow. Thanks SO much, R51. I'm SO GLAD you told us. I mean, you'd know if anyone would, right?
I'd hate to mistake him for gay.
Horik really fucked Ragnar over, didn't he. By pushing the other guy out, he set the stage for him to invade Ragnar's lands. Then Ragnar has to rush home and abandon the field to rescue his family and leaves Horik in charge. But Horik likes to party too much. Lots of raping and not enough pillaging.
I'm Norwegian. I should probably watch this, but I just don't think it's something that I would like. Hmm..
Sounds like they were aiming for the Game of Thrones audience here.
I agree, R53. I don't think that King Horik is the leader that Ragnar is. Will be interesting to see how he handles things in England now that he is in charge.
I'm also not sure what King Ecbert has in store for Athelstan. At least he saved the little monk's life though, so there's that. I will be pissed if Athelstan is killed off.
I really don't know how the monk could have trusted Ragnar again after Ragnar brought him along on that trip to the sacred place with the intent of having him become a human sacrifice. Ragnar said if the monk hadn't consented to making the trip, he would have forced him to come along. I mean, what's a little ritual murder between friends?
Ragner knew the monk wouldn't be sacrificed bc Athelstan was not a true believer of viking gods. That was revealed in the end when the monk survived bc he held a rosary, ie he was a Christian. Only true pagan worshipers are good enough for sacrifice and Ragnar knew that one of his brave men would volunteer to be the sacrifice when athelstan deemed not good enough. It protected Ragnar from having to choose the sacrifice.
I think King Ecbert wants Athelstan to talk about everything he knows about Ragnar and the Vikings. Athelstan will probably talk to him. But I also believe Athelstan 's heart is still with Ragnar's family.
Once Horik is out of the way, maybe Ecbert & Ragnar will reach an accommodation where Ragnar gets land to colonize and settle, and Ecbert gets his sword to help consolidate his power over more of England. Right now there are several kings and the land is divided. The question is, will Ragnar ever trust Athelstan again? I think not.
Travis can not be gay. He went barefoot to a premiere. He was barefoot in that interview. Obviously not gay.
In the same interview, Travis is teasing the monk about his on set romance with the actress who plays Siggy's daughter. While Travis may be gay, little George is not.
R59, I'm not sure if Athelstan will betray anything about Ragnar to King Ecbert. I do actually think the former monk is quite loyal to his new Viking family. He did kill more than a few of the English when they invaded Westminster and even if he took pity on the bishop who was being tortured and was not able to be a human sacrifice, I still don't see him giving anything vital up to Ecbert. I also think that Ragnar really trusts and likes Athelstan too and is going to be upset when he finds out that he was captured by the English and almost killed.
As to whether or not either Travis Fimmel or George Blagden is gay, who really cares? Neither of them strikes me as gay but I could easily be wrong. And it's not as if any of us will be able to find out for ourselves, unfortunately!
HOT DAMN! We'll be seeing more of Travis Fimmel, George Blagden, Clive Standen, Alexander Ludwig, and Katheryn Winnick (I'm gay, and I get tingly feelings in my nethers whenever she's on the screen). Vikings has been renewed for a third season. WOOT!
Nice to know and thanks, r63.
Watching ep 5 from this week now, and I'm kind of amazed the series hasn't generated more buzz -- this is some good stuff, and way more subtle than I expected.
The promise of hot guys has been well delivered, as well
The guy playing the teenage Bjorn is hot as fuck
Oooooooooh Travis Fimmel. Now he was hot, and there are few men I find attractive.
Travis is as lucky as a pig in slop. He has limited talent, his looks aren't what they were ten years ago. He peaked when he modeled underwear for Calvin Klein. But I'm thoroughly enjoying the show, and I think he's perfect as Ragnar.
The guy who plays his treacherous brother Rollo, Clive Standen is a much better actor, and his ex wife is pretty cool. Yes, Bjorn has grown up nicely.
You can see there is a rivalry between father and son. And don't get me started on the priest, Athelstan. I love him. Linus Roach is a hot older daddy, too.
Very successful series.
I like things that seem authentic, and this one is sort of historically accurate even if the details suffer in service to the story.
Fimmel's acting has improved since the first season, but he's still the weak link among the leads. However I do enjoy the undercurrent of affection/lust between him and Athelstan.
Travis is excellent. His portrayal is a perfect balance of dangerous thug, sweet and sexy lover, and psychotic seducer. Turns me the fuck ON.
I've always loved Lagertha as a character, but never more than when she stabbed her drunk, abusive husband in the eye.
That scene with Lagertha was excellent, R70. I also liked when that other guy took the abusive husband's head clean off.
What's up with Athelstein and powerful men, thoughtful men?
Ragnar is pining for his slave boy.
They all want in his sweet monk pants
Lagertha stabbing her husband in the eye was one of the best scenes of the show. Now, she has to find the three men who came to her room the night before and beat the tar out of her.
Lagertha doesn't seem to be the kind of woman who would let those men get away without exacting her revenge.
Did Ragnar and Rollo hatch the plot to capture Jarl Borg and keep it a secret until it actually happened? If King Horik hadn't brought up the idea of taking Jarl Borg on their raids, I wonder if they would have found some other way to lure him back.
It pisses me off--and makes me giggle at the same time--that Ragnar's new husband-stealing housewhore keeps referring to wife #1 as "Slagertha." Bitch.
After the ass-beatings she handed out during the last two episodes, they should call her Lagerthor.
Thanks to King Ecbert, Athelstan can't escape the allure of the pagan world, even in pious England.
I wonder if Bjorn will be forced into marriage with the second Mrs. Jarl Borg.
Is there a reason why Siggy and Rollo haven't married? Is she barred from remarrying because she the wife of a defeated earl?
R79, I've wondered why Siggy and Rollo haven't ever gotten married either. I don't think a reason has ever been given. I want to know what Siggy is up to with King Horik also. Is she sleeping with him for her own personal gain? It would seem so after her conversation with the Seer. I think Rollo is going to find out about it sooner or later.
King Ecbert is an interesting character. I like the relationship he has with Athelstan. He seems to want to know all about the Vikings via Athelstan; kind of a "knowledge is power" thing.
I don't like King Horik. He is pure slime. And I don't see what he can gain from getting with Siggy.I think Rollo and Siggy need to be together, and someone needs to kill Horik. Ragnar can't be ignorant of the fact that Horik brought on all his current troubles. Who gets to run Jarl's stronghold now?
As for Athelstan, there's a Christian saint named Athelstan but he lived at a different time. Although maybe they're using dramatic license. King Ecbert was an interesting historical figure. Smart too.
Really want to know what becomes of Laegurtha now. After all, she was beaten by several men. I didn't recognize the guy who offed her husband. Is he important?
[quote]Oooooooooh Travis Fimmel. Now he was hot, and there are few men I find attractive.
R66, that remark is truly amazing to me, as I rather enjoy watching any scenes with Ragnar's wife Lagertha, and I am a gay man! It helps a lot that she has more balls than some of the male characters, but the actress herself (Katheryn Winnick) is both physically beautiful and quite talented as an actress. She is really mesmerizing to me. Can I get a "MARY!"? :-)
I love how "handsy" Ragnar is with males. He hugs and pets his three sons like a very loving father and he showed great affection for Athelstan. He gets up in dudes faces and get touchy with them, like running his hands over Jarl Borg last night before he executed him. Funnilly enough, he doesn't get so affectionate with brother Rollo.
Yes, Ragnar is all kinds of sexy (and we got to see his bare feets!). Jarl Borg probably was hard as a rock when Ragnar was gently stroking him. --That is, right before Ragnar slit his back open with a hunting knife, hacked his ribcage open with a hatchet, and flopped his lungs over his shoulders. EEK! That was an EXCELLENTLY filmed scene. The looks on the other characters' faces made it even more realistic. Amazing.
And Lagertha as the new earl was so hot. She is a goddess.
AND ROLLO WALKING AROUND HALF NAKED! Those big nips, softly hair pecs that jut way out, insanely tapered torso and cut abs. I almost passed out into the popcorn bowl. Yummm!
So there was a homophobic scene last night. That's what you're saying. One that ends in brutal violence. And we like his here, why exactly??
What the fuck are you talking about, R86? What homophobic scene?! Go watch the fucking episode and/or show and then come back and comment. Else, just pipe down.
Of all executions I have seen, that is truly the most intimate. It was strangely brutal and loving at the same time.
It was horrible.
I looked it up, and Ragnar becomes King according to history as written on Wiki. He also invades Paris at some point. Yes.
But here's the thing. Horik also remains a king, and ironically, if this is the right Horik, and I could only find one, it looks like he outlives Ragnar. He was a treacherous bastard who rose to power by killing off one of his brothers. So yeah, Horik is slimy.
All I want to say is Siggie better watch herself. Ragnar is on to her. He saw her whispering with Horik. The fact that Rollo knows she's having sex with Horik makes him culpable even if he does nothing. Rollo needs to stop talking to her about stuff, and then Rollo wonders why Ragnar doesn't trust him.
Whenever they show the Vikings rowing out on one of their raids, there is something that takes me out of the program: I find myself pondering the ships they travel in.
The show is vague on how long it takes to get from Norway to England; they seem to get there in a day, which I know is TV magic. It must take several days and I find myself thinking: those ships look small - just two rows for the oarsmen to sit and some standing room. Their boats don't appear to have a lower deck, so I have no idea where those guys sleep, where they store the food/fresh water, where they cook, etc. Do they take turns crapping over the side - the women too?
Guess I better hit Wikipedia for some "real" Viking history.
I hate the plot line of "lovesick Bjorn chases hot slave girl". It seems they want Bjorn to be viewed as a regular guy who is not following his station/lot in life and that "twu love is blind". He don't need no stinking princess.
Don't turn this show into the CW where they have to have a cheesy storyline for the teen/female demographic. Or worse, the History Channel is hoping to keep the male watchers happy with a hot blond female piece of eye candy who might show some skin.
R86, are you marginally mentally retarded? Just curious.
The only way to have equality and keep everyone happy is to require that every character gets naked on screen.
I agree! Seeing Travis, Clive, George, Alexander, Katheryn, Jessalyn, Linus, and the rest of these ridiculously hot actors walking around in all their glory would shoot the ratings through the roof!
This historical soft porn thing was tiresome when it began.
I wondered that too R90 on one of the episodes from the 1st season when they bring back the monks & one of them dies on board. You just think about how that boat must of just stunk to high heaven!
These are people who are used to living with very few creature comforts. They have goats roaming in and out of their homes, for god's sake. It's not like they needed something like the QEII to cross over to England.
That execution scene was filmed so well. I kept wondering how on earth they were going to show something that brutal. Very well done. Ragnar in that ceremonial white robe was like some kind of avenging angel or something.
One thing I'm not clear on. Originally King Horik had told Jarl Borg that he had decided to help him escape. Did they ever address what made him change his mind?