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Subject: Vikings on the History Channel
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 7:47 PM ET
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I just watched the first episode, which is available thru the free History Channel app. I'm wondering what people here thought of it. Overall, I'm enjoying it. I did have a jarring moment when they were arguing about going east or west to raid and the king says they'll go east to Russia. Russia wasn't called Russia until several centuries later. Kind of ironic for the HC to get this wrong. What did y'all think?
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 8:22 PM ET
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It doesn't come on my history channel until later this evening ... and now that I know about it, I've set it to record.

Thanks, Genie! 

BTW, what was Russia called in those early times? If you'll tell me, then I can say, "Oh, of course! I knew that!"

Kelly

 



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Date Posted: 3/5/2013 1:34 AM ET
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I have it on the DVR but haven't gotten to it yet. I'll chime in once I've had a chance to watch!

smiley

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 8:13 AM ET
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@Kelly, ha ha! I think the area was referred to as Eastern Slavs at the time of this program (late 8th C). The area around modern-day Ukraine was originally known as Kiev, which I think came into existence around the 5th C. The Vikings could have known about it.

Later, I think sometime around the 10th C, the area became known as Kievan Rus. I think it wasn't until medieval times that the country became known as Russia, but I'm no Russian history expert either. Just studied it a bit in college.

For those with an iPad, you can watch the first 2 (yes, 2!) episodes via the History Channel app, which is free, even though episode 2 hasn't aired yet.

For those interested in biblical history, The Bible also aired on Sunday. This is mini-series set to end on or around Easter. I believe it is also available on the HC app.

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 9:11 AM ET
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we've seen the commericals and just when "I really want to see that" was about to pop out of my mouth, dh says "geez, THAT looks stupid".frown  Ok, so....I've set it to record when it he's not around so I can watch it later.....

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 9:56 AM ET
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Crap!  I missed this.  I assume they will re-air.  Anyone know when it will be on next?  I'd like to set my DVR.  Although I could probably download the app and watch it on my iPad. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 10:00 AM ET
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I missed it too, but I'm sure there will be repeats.

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 1:24 PM ET
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One of the things I LOVE about the History Channel is that they repeat each episode of their original shows many, many times - especially late at night. This works great for our household, because our DVR goes on frequently between 8pm and 11pm on weekdays. We'll set up the History Channel to record on one of the repeat times, like midnight, 1am, etc.  We record a lot of shows, and right now we only have the 2 channel DVR option from Direct TV. We are going to upgrade to the 5 channel record option soon...we have some days of the week where we can't record everything we might be interested in because they're on during the same time slots...

I'm sure if you do a search you'll find a bunch of showings before the next episode airs Sunday night.

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 2:42 PM ET
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@Shelley, It looks like you can view the first 2 episodes right on the Web site. See http://www.history.com/shows/vikings .

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 3:00 PM ET
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Now that we all know when and where we can see it, what did you think of it?  I really liked it.

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 4:02 PM ET
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Thanks, Genie!

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 5:49 PM ET
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My daughter watched Vikings last night and really enjoyed it. I'll watch the first episode tonight.

I watched the first episode of The Bible last night (on Lifetime, I think) ... and really enjoyed that! I thought it was well done and very interesting. I listened to an interview with the couple whose brainchild this is. They were telling a story about trying to get their children to watch The Ten Commandments with them and all the big sighs and eye rolls over the, well, cheesiness of the old move.

They (the parents) realized that it was time for some new movies about the bible using today's technology and advancements. The Bible mini-series is the result. 

And, I can quite agree with all that. It's like watching an old Jimmy Stewart western where the "Indians" wear horrible make-up and literally stick up a hand and say "How!" Makes me almost cringe to watch them ... and I loved them, oh, say 40 years ago when I was just a child.

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 6:38 PM ET
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I can't wait to watch it--have had it in my calendar to remind me to DVR it for months!

Date Posted: 3/5/2013 7:02 PM ET
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"The Bible" is on the History Channel too. I just set up a series recording for both. The first episode of "Vikings" airs again tonight at 9:00.
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 8:32 PM ET
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I liked the first episode a lot. I hope to get to the 2nd episode in the next day or two. Are Travis Fimmel's eyes for real? Sigh.
Date Posted: 3/6/2013 9:44 AM ET
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I was going to watch the first episode last night, but DH informed me that he wants to watch the series too.  So, I'll just let the DVR record the first two episodes, and hopefully on Sunday we can watch them.  I want to get caught up so I can join the discussion here!

Date Posted: 3/6/2013 10:24 AM ET
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I watched the first episode last night...I loved Ragnar's wife.  She is totally cool!

Date Posted: 3/6/2013 1:50 PM ET
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This show is going to mess with me. Everytime I hear "Ragnar," I'm going to think of Uhtred's buddy.  Then I'm going to miss Uhtred and wish BC would hurry up with the next installment.  In fact, I'll probably end up wishing that some network would do a mini series of the Saxon Series. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2013 3:18 PM ET
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Shelley, the very first thing my daughter told me was that our lead Viking was named Ragnar! I didn't get to watch the first episode last night; will definitely get that done tonight!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 3/6/2013 5:29 PM ET
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@Shelley, LOL. u r so lost for Uhtred! ... BTW, I read somewhere that the king's (I forget the character name.) wife is the same woman who plays the germ-phobic guidance counselor on Glee. Did anyone recognize her? I think she's a hoot on Glee.
Date Posted: 3/7/2013 12:56 AM ET
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Well...fired up the DVR tonight when Nashville was a repeat and watched the first episode. Ummmm...I'm on the fence. Some things were cool...Ragnar's wife, especially. She's fierce. But for some reason, both my mom and I weren't completely sold. We're going to give episode two a chance and see if it reaches out and grabs us a bit better. I didn't dislike it, but I wasn't as caught up as I expected to be.

Genie...my mom, who is a huge Glee fan, immediately identified the king's wife, but she said she played Shu's ex-wife. Was she also the guidance counselor? I don't Glee, so I'm not sure...



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Date Posted: 3/7/2013 12:57 PM ET
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@Lauri, I'm wrong and your mom is right. I must have misread whatever I read. I kept looking at the woman in the 2nd episode and thinking she's changed beyond recognition. LOL! Thanks for setting the record straight.
Date Posted: 3/8/2013 10:56 AM ET
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I watched the first episode a few nights ago and I liked it, sorta kinda.  Enough to watch the second, but not in any hurry.  The only thing I can really pin-point on the negative side was that the political corruption was presented a too-modern a feel in terms of its concept and how it was expressed.   I think "Good, just jarl" vs "bad, unfair jarl" would be a lot more appropriate.  Oh ... and "love".  But, yeah, well, that's ALWAYS going to be an issue in any period piece.

Date Posted: 3/10/2013 8:13 PM ET
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DH and I watched the first episode this afternoon. I liked it. It didn't suck me in like "Downton Abbey" did after I watched the first episode, but I will definitely watch the next episode. Hopefully once they go a'raiding,things will get interesting.
Date Posted: 3/16/2013 9:43 PM ET
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Third episode. Ragnar's wife to the priest left in charge of her children when they go raiding: "If anything happens to my children, I will pull the lungs from your body." She's stealing the show, IMO.
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