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Friday, October 30, 2015

The Last Kingdom (TV Series Review)

The television series is based on The Saxon Chronicles (book series) by Bernard Cornwell. They are highly recommended as is the new television series on BBC America (cable tv). Some of the episodes are also available on YouTube.

The Plot: The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

It's on every Saturday night at either 9 or 10 pm depending on your time zone. 

If you enjoy authentic Viking vs the English films, you will enjoy this one. Highly recommended.


16 comments:

  1. Being of Viking descent, it will be nice for a change to see my ancestors kick some Saxon butt, instead of being the butt of Minnesotan jokes.

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    1. As the series points out (again and again), Vikings had much more fun than the English. Nowhere is it more evident than the difference between the Catholic view of heaven and the Norse view of Valhalla.

      The Norse view of Valhalla isn't all that different than Navy liberty in Olangapo, PI. Drinking, sex, and fighting. Sort of like Oktoberfest in Bavaria, except that you don't wake up with a headache or in custody in Valhalla.

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  2. I'm going to love this, aren't I.

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    1. Yes. There are berserkers throughout.

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  3. Didn't see it. I'm very unwatched.

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    1. Because you haven't so far does not mean that you are unable to do it. You might like it.

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    2. Once upon a time in a land far away . . .

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    3. A long time ago in a far-away galaxy...

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  4. I just never got into the whole Viking thing.......

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    1. I read the historical fiction series from Bernard Cornwell upon which the series is based as did Old NFO (below). The TV series follows that and I think that it's well done. Make of it what you will.

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  5. Read the books, and liked them, I'll add it to the watch list!

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    1. Yes, I think that the books were first rate. Let me know if you enjoy the series.

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  6. I can't see the video it's not allowed in MY country! Ha! I'll take your recommendation, of course.

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    1. WHAT - You can't watch England being born in England? That's somehow wrong.

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  7. I like a good Viking flick from time to time. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. It's history come to life on the screen.

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