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    History Channel's "Vikings"

    To go along with that thread about the movie with Thor taking of the world, did anybody else watch the series vikings?

    If so, what did you think?

    Personally I'm not sure I liked it very much. I felt that it put a somewhat negative spin on the viking culture, particularly after that episode with all the sacrificing. I felt that history focused to much on creating a story that would boost their ratings, and not nearly enough on facts and important details. Only the most basic or "shocking" aspects of the Heathen faith were shown. While I appreciated the attempt to bring Heathens and our ancient culture to national attention, I feel like it did more harm than good.

    But outside of that it was kinda a cool show.

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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    We've been meaning to watch it, it has pretty great ratings.
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    No one would watch a show about plowing and milking and sheep shearing and fishing and weaving and cooking.

    OK, I would, but such a show wouldn't win it's time slot in ratings, even on PBS, much less on a cable channel. Yeah, I yelled at the TV at least a couple times each episode, but I still liked it.
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    No one would watch a show about plowing and milking and sheep shearing and fishing and weaving and cooking.

    OK, I would, but such a show wouldn't win it's time slot in ratings, even on PBS, much less on a cable channel. Yeah, I yelled at the TV at least a couple times each episode, but I still liked it.
    But looook!!!
    This is exactly what Norwegians like to watch on TV:
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/med...tathon-slow-tv

    You'd really enjoy the one about building a fire....
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    But looook!!!
    This is exactly what Norwegians like to watch on TV:
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/med...tathon-slow-tv

    You'd really enjoy the one about building a fire....
    What can I say, I find the processes of history fascinating. As to the show about building a fire, I'm firmly in the 'bark down' camp...
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    It was a classic, wasn't it? Mind you, I would probably get on better with the knitting. And as for Mr Penry.... well, his idea of a bonfire is something that takes out the entire mountainside!
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    It was a classic, wasn't it? Mind you, I would probably get on better with the knitting. And as for Mr Penry.... well, his idea of a bonfire is something that takes out the entire mountainside!
    If you can't see it from space, it ain't a bonfire...
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    No one would watch a show about plowing and milking and sheep shearing and fishing and weaving and cooking.
    Actually they will, at least in Denmark We've got a show called "Bonderøven" (translation "Hill Billy") which is about just that. It's a guy who is trying to get back to the "old way", here defined as 700-1800 yes it's a big timespan but what can I say some methods are older than others, of doing all these things. It has some of the best ratings, ranking about shows in the X-Factor and Idol category. So I'll beg to differ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    But looook!!!
    This is exactly what Norwegians like to watch on TV:
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/med...tathon-slow-tv

    You'd really enjoy the one about building a fire....
    Aaaand apparently we Danes are not alone. Thanks Tyllua

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonRaven View Post
    Actually they will, at least in Denmark We've got a show called "Bonderøven" (translation "Hill Billy") which is about just that. It's a guy who is trying to get back to the "old way", here defined as 700-1800 yes it's a big timespan but what can I say some methods are older than others, of doing all these things. It has some of the best ratings, ranking about shows in the X-Factor and Idol category. So I'll beg to differ.
    In the USA, there's a similar cable program called Mountain Men, which is successful by cable standards, but the most watched show on the planet is still NCIS, which has shoot-outs, car chases and explosions. I like historical how-to shows, but I like explosions, too...
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    Re: History Channel's "Vikings"

    I watched a few of the shows but I for whatever reason stopped watching.

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