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Vikings - S01E02

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The stage is set for the first journey west by Ragnar Lothbrok as he gathers a crew willing to risk their lives to travel into the unknown. Earl Haraldson's paranoia reaches new heights as it becomes apparent that trust is hard to come by in this dark era.

 
Episode Title: Wrath of the Northmen
Airs: 2013-03-10 at 22:00
  • Ed Bark

    Vikings enthrallingly captures the world of Norsemen and oarsmen, circa 793 in the Eastern Baltic but soon heading West to England.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    As original series debuts go, it’s no “Oz” or “The Shield,” but it does the job it sets out to do in entertaining fashion.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    While they are every bit as wild and woolly as the historical figures of Norse sagas, such is the power of Vikings that we come to know and even root for them, so enthralling are they and almost everything else here.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, Vikings, delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    History's first scripted series is a headlong tumble into an irresistible and surprisingly neglected genre. [18 Mar 2013, p.41]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Fimmel has an odd charisma as a barbarian who sees nothing wrong with butchering a group of unarmed, cowering men. But much of the supporting cast is problematic--either­ the actors just aren’t up to the work or the characters are underwritten.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    The good news is Vikings improves with each episode, slowly building its fascinating characters and discovering its ultimately absorbing tale.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If you're not too picky about historical accuracy, and not too put off by cheap-looking computer effects, you'll find much to enjoy in this entertaining adventure, built on a solid hero's-quest structure and bolstered by a terrifically engaging performance from Travis Fimmel as the hero-at-hand.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Vikings quickly settles into a fairly routine sword-and-sandal epic narrative that revolves around a sociopath overlord and the subjects who dare to challenge his authority. But it gets better.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Hirst cleverly weaves a mystical element into the plot, which pays off with each episode. And he throws in plenty of battle scenes to please bloodthirsty fans.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Vikings is a mini-series about a band of professional pillagers with a disregard for human life and a relentless focus on gratifying material desires. So it is somewhat surprising that it is also a refreshing study in restraint.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Though the first episodes of the season don’t find a lot of complexities in its characters (the rebel captain, the wicked chieftain, the feisty warrior-woman), it is animated by historical ideas.

    Time Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    While it’s clear that Vikings isn’t going to be Game of Thrones, it’s a series that increases its entertainment value and interest level as it goes along.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s flawed, with the kinds of cheesy trappings and historical freedoms that turn off some viewers.... But the series is nonetheless transporting in its way, largely because it doesn’t try too hard to soften or civilize the characters.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    What those two shows [The Tudors and The Game of Thrones] have, and Vikings dearly lacks, is real intrigue.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Vikings is full of fighting, impaling, beheading and all that fun stuff. The hope is clearly to draw "Game of Thrones" fans, but it's not that good.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    If you will miss Spartacus when it ends--and you like your history with a big dose of campy fun--this one’s for you, Shield Maiden.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    If it's not high art, the moody exercise achieves a level of atmosphere and momentum that makes it work as a mild diversion, and the plot and pacing pick up in subsequent hours.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Vikings is at least fun to watch, in a sword-swinging, head-chopping, maiden-despoiling sort of way.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Mostly, though, Vikings is disappointing because so much of the component parts are good but are ill served by flabby direction and a gassy script.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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