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Sunday, September 22, 2013

VIKINGS' conquest starts on Sep. 29 in History Channel


With my innate love for history, anthropology and audio-visual media, epic series on television became a love at first sight to me.  After Spartacus, Camelot and Game of Thrones (plus other Korean and Philippine hit epic series) I still crave for more!

Good thing that one of my favorite cable stations History Channel came up with another majestic TV series which I am really excited about - VIKINGS!

Vikings' world is brutal and mysterious, and HISTORY™ is about to take viewers right into it with its most ambitious series yet—a US$40 million production that features an immersive view of one of history’s most gripping tales.

Coming to television screens starting September 29, 10 pm, and airing every Sunday at the same time thereafter, Vikings is HISTORY’s most anticipated series this year. Revisiting the extraordinary tales and adventures of this distinct group of Norse people, the show tells the story of family and brotherhood through the journey of Viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel), the first of his kind to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history.

Not just a warrior, but also a farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean, Ragnar’s ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Heraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who is bent on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west.

Conflict forms when Ragnar joins forces with boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to build a new line of intrepid ships designed to take on the rough northern seas—and thus begins this adventurous warrior’s thrilling tale.

Award-winning director Michael Hirst is the creator of this 9-part series. Hirst is known for his feats as head writer, creator, and executive producer of drama series The Tudors and co-producer of hit series Camelot, among others.

Despite themes of warfare and bloodshed, Vikings also highlights the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. And fluidly woven into the breathtaking plot are the stories of his brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce yet jealous fighter; Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), the dutiful beauty with questionable loyalty; and monk Athelstan (George Blagden), who finds that his Christian morals do not have a place in the Vikings’ pagan society.

History Channel arranged an exclusive premiere of the first two episodes and Tatak Digitista was one of the social media channels invited.  It was held in Prohibition in Greenbelt; monitors were set on the walls, and the area was set-up as a casual viewing hall.  It's just the perfect set-up for the event.  There was a photo wall were we were able to pose and accessorize like Vikings!

My verdict on the 1st two episodes: it's pretty interesting and it's right up TaDi's alley.  It doesn't have the shock factor of Game of Thrones and Spartacus but the mystery, and historical backdrop, will keep you curious and glued to the series.  Please allow me a little spoiler.  I for one am intrigued on how the Vikings have encountered this group of people.  As far as I know, they are the first Europeans to set foot in the Americas.  Well, that's one thing I want to see in the upcoming episodes!  :)

A historical eye-opener that shows how ambition and innovation can rattle a civilization, Vikings depicts how each character is put to the test—and how, because of this, their way of life will never be the same again.

HISTORY is available on SKYCable Ch 67; Cable Link Ch. 43; Dream Satellite Ch 30; Destiny Cable Ch 57.

That has been the TaDi way!  
Have a Happy Viewing Day!  :)

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