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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 9: DEATH ALL ROUND

Near the end of the previous episode, Ragnar’s men were dragging their boats across country to circumvent Paris. At the beginning of this episode they’re still at it, and they will be at it for the next 55 minutes in … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 8: PORTAGE

This is the episode in which nobody dies in battle, but four characters are murdered; in which Floki works a minor miracle; and in which the gentle Judith turns into Lady Macbeth. I’m going to summarize events quickly because I … Read More

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Vikings 4 Recap, Episode 7: THE PROFIT AND THE LOSS

Ragnar to Rollo: When everyone wanted you dead, I kept you alive! This is how you repay my love? The main theme of this episode is Ragnar’s conflict: with his brother, with the French, with his wife, and especially with … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 6: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

In watching this episode, I was particularly struck by the way children are used to bolster conflict and to convey the theme of betrayal that runs all the way through. It begins right away with Lagertha who gives this advice … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 5: PROMISED

This episode opens with Lagertha’s all-girl war band practicing their sword strokes and chanting: Freyr, we summon you. With the blood of this sacrifice, now is the time. That chant will have enormous significance by the end of the episode. … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 4: JOL

In which: Ragnar swallows a snake Bjorn fights a troll Floki gets his palm licked King Ælla berates Judith Rollo consummates his marriage And Ubba defeats Harald Fairhair That pretty much says it all, but here are a few details. … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 3: MERCY

There was a lot of howling in this episode. Did you notice? Floki howls in pain, despair and grief. Lagertha howls in ecstasy. Bjorn gets howling drunk, but he also howls with triumph, with pain, and with cold. Rollo howls … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 2: KILL THE QUEEN

As I’ve stated before, VIKINGS is not history. It is fiction studded with historical elements, and for me part of the fun is nosing out the history on which this fiction is based. In Ragnar-land this week, near the fictional … Read More

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Vikings 4, Episode 1: A GOOD TREASON

The Vikings are back, with a first episode bearing the somewhat puzzling title of A Good Treason. A better title perhaps would be: Don’t Mess With the Lothbroks. Only Uhtred can do that and succeed, but that’s another show. (See … Read More

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The Last Kingdom, Episode 2

At the beginning of this episode of The Last Kingdom, as scenes from the previous episode flash across the television screen and the voice of Uhtred summarizes his early life, he says, “Destiny is all.” This phrase appears in every … Read More

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