Critic Consensus: Vikings makes up for its lack of historical accuracy with a heaping helping of violence, romance, and striking visuals.
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It's rare that a work of fiction has us hoping that barbarians will resume robbing and killing innocent people, but our motivation isn't sympathy with the series' heroes. It's boredom.
The series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn't try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.
Vikings is yet another epic example of what the shrinking Big Four broadcast networks just aren't doing anymore. It's now left to others to mount captivating, money-on-the-screen trips to other times and places.
Vikings is great to look at, shot gorgeously in Ireland with a reported $40 million budget and a cast with many familiar faces.
Audience Reviews for Vikings: Season 1
Despite some decent production values and beautiful vistas, Vikings is held back by a very basic script with not very smart dialogue that are as obvious as it can get. There's no double meaning, no deep recollections to what is happening or bound to happen, it's just poor and too direct. Worse, is that many of the characters are not well polished and don't have any decent arc to write home about. Hell, even Ragnar barely evolves from episode 1 until the end of Season 2 and that is a problem. Still, it's fairly entertaining and you can learn a thing or two from it, so it might be worth a look by those with interest in the subject.
Moderately rocky to start off with, but will certainly engage you before the end of the season's brief 9 episode run.
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