The original Vikings series was something I enjoyed so I was very interested when Netflix announced Vikings: Valhalla. As I write this, season 2 is done and dusted on Netflix and a third season has been announced. I have to say, Vikings: Valhalla is an “ok” show, it was not as exciting as the original, but it also was not a show that I disliked.
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The Movie Review
The setting of Vikings: Valhalla is 100 years after the original series. The show does make references to the great heroes of before, but things in England are very tense as the Vikings and the English are at what feels like a breaking point. One of the more interesting aspects of the show is the dissension in the ranks of the Vikings themselves.
I feel that the cast of characters is interesting with Viking heroes, Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada, and also the King of England, William the Conqueror being a main part of the show! On paper, this sounds like an epic show and something that should be full of bloody battles and lots of excitement. While there are some exciting battles
The show does feature some historical battles that are great to see on TV. However, it almost feels like the show has too many characters. It is like the show wants to dive in deep with our core cast of characters, but it feels like more and more side characters and subplots are added and it just adds more drama that is not bad, but you never really feel all that invested in it.
I felt that the second season was a bit better, taking place after the disastrous events of the first season. Our Viking heroes find themselves on the run in Scandinavia, trying to find a new home and come to terms with what happened as well as build a future. I felt that there was a bit more excitement and focus with season 2.
Even though I liked season 2 a bit better. I personally know at least two people that watched the first season and said that they did not hate it, but had no interest in coming back for a season 2. I am hopeful that season 3 will offer more balls-to-the-wall action and violence than we got with the first two seasons.
While the costumes in Vikings: Valhalla look great, the show has a kind of “cheap” look to it. This is quite surprising for a Netflix-funded show. Like the story, it is not bad, but it just has a rather basic look to everything, even some of the battles lack the wow factor that we got in the first Vikings series.
The more I think about it, the more I have to be honest and say that I was disappointed with Vikings: Valhalla. It is not a bad show, it is just a very average one and I can see why some people did not make it through the first season. You know, I have to say unless the trailer for the third season really does wow me, I am not sure I have it in me to sit through another season of Vikings: Valhalla.
- It does have some iconic historical figures
- They show some of the most epic battles in history
- Some of the battles can be exciting
- The costume design in the game is great
- The whole show is just average in pretty much every way
- I do not really have the desire to watch the third season when it comes