When hubby decided already during the second season that History Channel’s Vikings isn’t worthy of his audience anymore, his bold and sexy waifu kept on watching. Oh, I knew it was a shitshow, I knew the drama was on cheapest soapie level but the producers upped the budget and the production value basically from show to show, from season to season. And nowadays this formerly ultra barebones show comes up with decently made huge battles and setpieces on almost Hollywood movie level.
The drama part still sucks tho. Blame bad screenwriting or bad directing for it, or both, doesn’t matter. Fact is that Vikings is a disappointing show that stays far below its capabilities. Not even the money infusion helped raising the level of lame Canadian wannabe Vikings.
But now hubby, bless that genius, discovered a newer, fresher, better replacement show for all fans of Scandinavian conquerors and their ice-cool lifestyle:
Set in 790AD, Vikingane features the daily challenges of people living in a small Viking village, from power struggle, brother rivalry, gender equality, to betrayal and friendship. “It’s the story of people from our time, but living during the Viking era. Of course everyday choices have far more dramatic consequences and that makes for great comedy material.
Here are the main differences between Vikings and Norsemen/Vikingane:
– Norsemen isn’t made by some clueless Canucks but by the real deal, original Norwegians, the true successors of vikings.
– Instead of trying to serve earnest but lukewarm drama, the Norsemen makers follow a comedian path quite decidedly. This isn’t a LOL jokefest but we feel very well entertained and always have a mild smile in our faces.
– Instead of Vikings’ often childish intrigues Norsemen shows us how real adult vikings discuss important socio-societal affairs. And how they solve their disputes. Ok, sometimes those discussion don’t end in a vote but in an unanimous killing. Or in an jarl getting his hands hacked off. Our problematic SJW viking hippies are barbarians after all and all that whining and moaning only gets you so far.
– Since Norsemen’s budget is obviously smaller than Vikings’ the whole series is based more on interpersonal communication, so we get a lot of dialogue scenes. Thanks to a great integration this series doesn’t fall apart into a loose chain of Pythonesque skits but follows the main story arc rather tightly.
And for Python moments they have chances galore. You see when they claim “It’s the story of people from our time, but living during the Viking era” it is true. Many of the scenes and dialogues are based on gender politics, traditions, objections to all the rape and murder and plundering, one could think we’re watching a gang of nerve wracking hippies from the 60s and 70s. 😮
We get to see some old geezers refusing to jump off a cliff into their assured deaths. Obviously sitting by Odin’s side in Walhalla isn’t enough incentive for the old men. In another episode we see the chieftain’s wife, supposed to be raped by the conquering warriors. Her face shows serious disappointment when the brave winning warriors experience erectile dysfunctions and bow out one after the other and not even their jarl is able to do what has to be done. 😉
We particularly like how non-PC and lightfooted Norsemen/Vikingane is.
The show’s quality isn’t always top notch but altogether much more rewarding than Vikings. This might partly be caused by the cast which shows, if not great acting talent, so at least a real eagerness and joy of playing their roles. It’s a bit like watching your friends of the soccer club rehearsing for the Xmas fairytale stageplay. Re-discovering some leading actors from the other internationally successful Norge TV show Lilyhammer was fun.
You know with a general population of around 23 people (less in winter) they don’t have that many gifted and successful actors, so logically re-discovering some of our darlings from a few years ago was fun.
So is Norsemen the show of the 21st century? No, fuk no!!! But it’s still more rewarding than a lot of the other shit we get to see daily from other, far bigger production companies and with far more famous actors. Norsemen is just fun to consume.
Sometimes brutal, sometimes brutally honest, sometimes SJW feminist, sometimes really misogynistic. Sometimes on the brink of full emancipation … mostly nonsense, the female norsewomen don’t need such learned terms as they just do whatever they want.
The whole series meanders between gross and politicaly incorrect humour which could already be a bit too strong for the conservative family oriented, churchgoing USAmerican consumer sheeple. So be adviced and be warned to get objected to nerve wracking SJW disputes, even some mild blood and gor … and piss and kak …
What the YouTube movie reviewers had to say:
Nothing. Couldn’t find a single not-cringeworthy review so here, looky a teaser instead:
What’s left to say about this harmless little show: Not much, as it speaks for itself. I will recommend watching Norsemen/Vikingane when it appears in a pirating viking bay near you and you’re nored outta your silly skulltattoo. In comparison to Vikings it’s like what The Orville is compared to Star Trek: Discovery. Cheaper, not really connected but so much besterer! And funnierer!
And good news: They are producing a third season. And why not? Despite not being very high class TV Norsemen is entertaining enough and far besterer than it’s bigger, fatter and more rich competitor from the other side of the Northern Ocean.