sunset from behind the wire

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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Women of VIKINGS (Series Review)

Katherin Winnick
In the long anticipated first season of VIKINGS, the upstart - turned Jarl and soon to be King, Ragnar Lothbrok has two wives. The historic Ragnar had three and I expect that the third, Thora Town-Hart, will turn up as the series progresses (bearing Ragnar more sons). This is where the casting people have taken it so far. I'm not posting these actresses/series characters in this order: Jarl Ragnar's wives and Jarl Harlson's wife/widow. They're all singularly beautiful women.

Katherin Winnick plays the role of the shield maiden, Lagertha, who fights along side her husband, Ragnar, in the shield wall (above) and accompanies him on raids. Lagertha is a very strong character who brooks no interference. In Ragnar's absence, she sits as Jarl in his stead. As I watched the first season of Vikings, I can't help but wonder at times whether or not Winnick was "playing herself" in this role.
Katherin Winnick  (Lagertha)
Katherine Winnick - Shield Maiden
Vikings cast two of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the roles of Ragnar's wives. Katherin Winnick is a very talented and aside from acting, is a licensed bodyguard. So it's likely that it is simply the black belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do showing through when she plays the shield maiden/warrior in the series.

Alyssa Sutherland (Warrior Queen Aslaug)
Alyssa Sutherland
We haven't seen much of Alyssa Sutherland  yet since she just entered the scene in the season finale. We don't know what reaction Katherin Winnick's character Lagertha will have when Ragnar brings a new (pregnant) bride home from his visit to Gottland. However, one can anticipate that the shield maiden Lagertha will not be charitable.

Alyssa Sutherland - Warrior Queen
Alyssa Sutherland's career has centered on the fashion industry with forays into the movie industry with roles in The Devil Wears Prada, New Amsterdam, and Law and Order, but I'm sure she will rise to this challenge well.

Jessalyn Gilsig
Stunningly beautiful Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), plays the widow of Jarl Haralson. Ragnar, the central character in the series, defeated her husband (Gabriel Byrne) in single combat. Gilsig a very talented actress who built her career through the theater and in television series work like Prison Break, Glee, NYPD Blue, Nip/Tuck, Imaginary Bitches, etc. As expected, she delivers solid performance after solid performance in this television series. 

As important as Katherin Winnick's role is to the series, Jessalyn Gilsig's contributions to its success can't be over-stated. Her character has a tragic cast to it. Her sons were killed in distant clan skirmishes, her husband, the Jarl, recently met his demise at Ragnar's hands and her daughter dies of the plague. It's a tough role and Gilsig makes it look effortless.

Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy)
Jessalyn Gilsig - The Jarl's Widdow

Ben's New Look

A new style $100 bill will enter circulation on October 8th, 2013. The new note was unveiled in 2010 and includes a number of new security features, including a blue 3D security ribbon and a disappearing Liberty Bell inside an orange inkwell that is more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The Federal Reserve was created with the Federal Reserve Act, passed by Congress on December 23, 1913, immediately before the legislators headed home for Christmas...much the way ObamaCare was. Between then and now, the Federal Reserve expanded significantly. The Federal Reserve backs the currency the the United States Department of the Treasury creates the currency. The Federal Reserve's monetary policies don't have to be approved by Congress or by the President of the United States. Its Board of Governors operates independently of the government.

How strange - a nation that doesn't control it's own money.