Barbarians: Season 1 (2020)

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Air date: Oct 23, 2020

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  • Oct 26, 2020
    Run of the mill "historical" drama. Based on amazing true events, the Cliche characters, bad dialogue, and predictable plot reduce this series to soap opera rubbish by the end of the first episode. Nothing spectacular here. Another great idea poorly executed by Netflix. English overdubbed german distracting. Subtitles would have been better.
  • Oct 26, 2020
    One of the best show i've ever seen in this genre. It's not totally 100% authentic but it was made by people passionnate about that time period and it shows in every little details like the Romans speaking latin which is amazing by itself or the Germans being totally clueless about who the Germans are because that's just how the Romans called a bunch of different tribes which didn't initially see themeslves as one. And the story is good too. I won't spoil anything but they based it on the real Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and built the show from there. Definitely a must see!
  • Oct 25, 2020
    Ótima série , bem feita e respeitando a história
  • Oct 25, 2020
    This series is about as good as Vikings or the Last Kingdom and has similar strengths and weaknesses. The show is promoted as "historical", but it is in fact a melodrama with lots of ridiculous dialogue and cliched character arcs. It also mixes thoughtful historical observations with anachronistic cliches, like barbarians beating their chests and rave dancing during celebrations. Dramatically, the series tantalizes but ultimately disappoints. The main characters are complex and dynamic, but they don't approach the complexity or likability of characters in say, HBO's Rome or Deadwood. There are also not less than THREE slow-clap/shieldrattle scenes used to advance the plot in place of better dialogue or character development. The first time this happened, I thought, "Hmmm... Seems a little early in the series for a slow-clap." By the last one, I was thinking, "Really? Another slow clap rally? Didn't we just do this?" In sum, if you're hoping for intrigue or a setting with a life of its own, you'll be disappointed. The series tries, but doesn't quite pull it off. That said, the series has bright spots that make the show bingible for at least a season. The acting is good despite the dialogue. The costumes and set pieces are award worthy. The series is also fast-paced so the cringe parts over quickly. Like Vikings, there are enough cool scenes to make it worth watching for at least a season or two, but seasoned viewers know that the good will eventually be drowned out by the bad if they try to stretch the series out. I would have given the series up to one more star, but the last episode was one of the worst of the series. As a conceit, most of it is narrated by Arminius to the severed head of an enemy. Unfortunately, the dialogue is not good and the conceit ultimately caries little to no symbolic meaning. The writers also made the weird decision to reveal the ambush plan to the viewer twice before it actually happens and then the plan goes off without a hitch. Knowing the plan robs the final battle of tension. Typically, Chekhov's plans don't work while successful plans are revealed as a surprise. Here, it's just about camaraderie and celebrating pan-germanism and anti-imperialism which was not super interesting to this non-European audience member.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    It feels like a low budget knockoff of other recent popular shows. It's worsened due to the fact that it's a German show and uses poorly voice acted English dubbing. It holds up well enough if you're into shows in this genre. If you are looking for something polished, stay away from this show.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    I love the use of latin in this show. I wish more historic series where told in their original language. It really creates an epic atmosphere. In contrast, because the use of latin is so in context, I can't help but be a little disapponted by the use of modern German. I understand it, but still, I think a lot of people would have liked to hear old German dialects.
  • Oct 24, 2020
    Barbarians slips in plenty of unnecessary dramatic liberties to keep its story rife with betrayal and affairs of love, but strip those away and you are left with a mostly faithful and rousing telling of the battle of Teutoburg forest. A strong cast, gorgeous production design, and cinematography also play key roles in building the world of ancient Germania.
  • Oct 24, 2020
    Fantastic show. Love the history, love the acting.... would love to see more!

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