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Old 12-03-2015, 02:52 PM   #131
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:55 AM   #132
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Guys, I just watched "Rogue One: a Star Wars story" and as a big Star Wars fan I must say I was impressed.
Great action sequences, fresh new characters and awesome special effects.
I was having doubts regarding watching it since it isn't really a part of the Star Wars franchise but a spin-off, was afraid that it will ruin my impressions of this epic saga but I was really blown off my feet.
Now (spoiler alert), there aren't any Jedi or those legendary light saber fights that are the trademark of the franchise, but it's a 2-hour action-packed entertainment I strongly recommend for the holidays.
And the CGI cameos of Grand Moff Tarkin and Leia were just the icing on the cake.
Well done Lucasfilms,you really brought the smile on my face for New Years!
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Old 12-27-2016, 07:51 PM   #133
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Good to know. This is the time of year to take in this kind of stuff.

I am about to start watching the Penny Dreadful TV show. Hope it numbs the brain in a good way.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:42 PM   #134
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I enjoyed watching the 2 seasons of "Vikings" recently.
Great to see an Aussie in Travis Fimmel as the lead actor/plunderer/bossman. He has a big future in my opinion.

It is fun watching the clash of cultures and religions. The fight scenes are really gritty and I am sharpening my axe as we speak.

Definitely worth a watch.
Vikings is a great series, just started watching the latest season. Too bad Ragnar has to die, but that's the way it went down historically. His son Ivar is the one to look out for, destined to become a ruthless leader. One of my favourite scenes is this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXHTcAJstuo

Perhaps because i'm a bit of a history buff, I have always found that scene interesting. Historically, both the Vikings and the Saxons came from northern Europe and both spoke Germanic languages. However, when something like the above scene did happen in real life (as it surely did centuries ago), even though both sides would have noticed some similarities it is doubtful that either side would have immediately realised that they had so many commonalities from a historical perspective. One of the main reasons for this is that the Saxons had progressively become Christians starting from a couple of centuries prior to their first contact with the Vikings, and therefore lived in a somewhat more orderly society, whereas the Vikings were still pagans who were more accustomed to pillage and warfare. Some parallels could be drawn with the 6th century Balkans, where pagan people north of the Roman frontier on the Danube moved south and were confronted with historically related groups that had earlier become Christian and more civilised.
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Old 01-17-2017, 02:19 AM   #135
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Great great show
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Vikings spread into Russia as well and there is evidence that they married into the local Slav aristocracy population as well. Therefore the ancestors of the Rus people were a mixture of Vikings and Slavic people.
The famous Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors were initially made up of Vikings.
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:27 PM   #136
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Vikings is a great series, just started watching the latest season. Too bad Ragnar has to die, but that's the way it went down historically. His son Ivar is the one to look out for
I don't think the show is historically accurate, but it makes for good viewing. I don't think they were always the thugs that they seem to be portrayed as.

What I particularly like about the new season is how everyone seems to have genuinely aged. It's becoming quite epic.
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I don't think the show is historically accurate, but it makes for good viewing.
Some of it is accurate, some of it isn't. For example, the death of Ragnar is relatively on the mark but their timeline is somewhat off as it relates to certain events. There are also instances where there is no historical record so they take some creative liberty to fill in the blanks. That said, I like the fact that they use the Old Norse, Old English and Old French languages in the series from time to time, it lends it more authenticity.
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I would like to see the one episode again where there is a conversation about the farming tools that the Vikings had brought with them. I think it was the first Viking settlement in Northumbria, the peasants there, were discussing the style of tool and how their elders had used the same or similar style of tool, I think it was Anglo Saxons that had this discussion. I would like to know what episode it was, so I may see it again.
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What I particularly like about the new season is how everyone seems to have genuinely aged. It's becoming quite epic.
Everyone except Lagertha.
Katheryn Winnick is not only a badass but also smoking hot, she's still the same great looking fox from the beginning of the series.
It's odd when I see her with Bjorn Ironside now, her son is all grown up and has kids of his own, and she hasn't aged a bit...
I'd like to believe it's her popularity with the male audience that no aging makeup is used on her currently.
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Yes, I did think of her when I said that. But who cares, she's hot. Haha
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