Have you been watching…Vikings

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Peeps, have you seen Vikings? It’s pretty fricking nifty.

Vikings_logoI first started watching it after seeing all the chatter on the facebooks and the twitterers. People seemed to think this Vikings show was a pretty decent watch, and what’s more it was a production of the History Channel. Well, I thought to myself, self, that is weirdness. Let us watch and determine for ourselves. And so, we did. I did. Whatevs.

It was really good.

Because I can’t come up with a better description, here’s how The History Channel describes it: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

It reminds me of Spartacus for some reason, even though it doesn’t have the high melodrama of that beloved show. Maybe it’s because Vikings is clearly not filmed in the US, has an Australian actor as the lead, and the actors do a (mostly) admirable job of speaking with a vaguely Norse accent, though I did catch Travis Fimmel’s Oz accent on one word in the latest ep – brought joy to my heart, it did 🙂

The visuals are stunning. Filmed in Ireland, there’s a real sense of otherworldness brought to the shebang by the outstanding locations. The costumes, make up and hair is phenom, and the props and set design seems amazingly authentic.

The writing is also pretty nifty. While there are some stock characters (Ragnar’s brother Rollo has yet to evolve beyond the ‘oh my, I am jealous of my more successful brother and seek to undermine him in a myriad of ways’), Ragnar himself, his battlemaid wife Lagertha, the manic and unpredictable Floki and to a certain extent English monk-turned-prisoner-turned-Viking convert Athelstan are extremely well-drawn characters. Time is compressed in an awesomely no-nonsense way, with months passing with an ad break. The story moves at a fast clip, and it’s truly unpredictable. Also, the action scenes are outstanding.

BTW, peeps Travis Fimmel? Yeah. He’s this guy:

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Crazy, no? I actually prefer how he looks in Vikings. Am I weird for saying that??

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You can check out Vikings at:
the Website ~ Amazon.com ~ IMDb

 
 
 

Have you been watching…The Guild

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The Guild is the very first web series I watched regularly. It has a lot to answer for, hey? 😉 The Guild follows the adventures of Codex, an introverted violinist who deals with her social awkwardness by spending most of her time deep in a multi-player online game (much like World of Warcraft). guild5~logoWe are quickly introduced to her ‘guild’ The Knights of Good, other online gamers who form a brotherhood of sorts as they traverse the game world. At the beginning of the series, they only know each other through the game, but that changes when they meet up in real life. Shenanigans ensue.

The Guild is a fantastic comedic web series, introducing stellar characters who I easily recognise my own geeky self in. It’s also notable because it launched the online juggernaut that is Felicia Day. I first noticed Felicia’s work as an actor on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, that little TV show I love with a passion. She had a small recurring part in the final season, playing a potential slayer. Then, when she wrote her own show about a girl gamer and her adventures in the real world, she couldn’t find a studio who was interested. Deciding to produce it herself, she teamed up with her co-producer Kim Ivey and The Guild was born. Six series later, The Guild is an online phenomenan and Felicia Day now has a small You Tube empire on the channel she created, Geek and Sundry.

Anyhoo, back to The Guild. It’s evolved so much over the six series, fleshing out the characters and forming a surprisingly touching and funny ha ha journey for each. I think my favourite is season three, with the introduction of the Axis of Anarchy and Wil Wheaton as Codex’s opposite and nemesis, Fawkes. Hijinks ensue.

It looks like The Guild is all over red rover, but it was ever so much fun. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

 
 

“The Avengers” retains the awesome!

Oh my god, you guys, I saw The Avengers again today and it was just as good as the first time!!! This time, I thought I would take notes on why it was so awesome (and also to learn a bit at the movie knee of Joss) but that kind of stopped about twenty minutes into the movie. Because I got distracted. BY THE AWESOME.

So, I’m going to detail my twenty minutes worth of notes below the jump. Potential spoilers, peeps. Click away ONLY if you’ve ALREADY SUCCUMBED TO THE AWESOME

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Joss Whedon, you are totally my hero*

How can you not HEART Joss Whedon? This was his response when asked about what he’d do in the inevitable (please, God!) The Avengers sequel:

By not trying to [top it]. By being smaller. More personal, more painful. By being the next thing that should happen to these characters, and not just a rehash of what seemed to work the first time. By having a theme that is completely fresh and organic to itself. I want to know what makes them tick, what makes them flawed, what makes them fight — and ultimately, what makes them awesome. I go to these movies for those moments when the heroes define themselves, either through action or deliciously overwritten speeches.

Does this guy know his stuff or what?? I WOULD GO SEE THIS MOVIE IN A HEARTBEAT.


But then, I’d go see anything by Joss. So, really, not much of a recommendation ;p

xx

(source: io9)

* Joss being my hero comes as a surprise to absolutely no one.