vrijdag 27 februari 2015

Vikings season 3 'The Wanderer' with spoilers

The second episode of Vikings is a bit disturbing when it comes to different areas of myth. The Wanderer is an episode of mysterious things. What I like about this episode is that we see more difference in the Viking and christian world. Funny about the episode is that it is about language barriers and barriers between gods. If we look at what happens between characters it will be easier to explain.

Ragnar wanted to know from princess Kwindreth why she hated her uncle so much. something happened at the age of 6. She doesn't believe that her uncle is finally dead. After this they will try to attack the brother of princess Kwindreth but he and his army are already scared before they are even ashore. They will wait for reinforcement of the army. Aethelwolf will go and find out where they are hiding and I don't know but he can betrayal Ragnar and Kwindreth.

Also we see the first boundaries in the language difference. Rollo and Thorsten with princess Kwindreth. Lagertha, King Eckbert and our interpreter Athelstan. Both old English and old Nordic language. 

Thorsten his arm is hurt by an arrow. He is in a lot of pain. What Rollo is doing in that next scene is trying to tell Thorsten there is a way to get rid of his pain. The leg of the English soldier isn't hurting but despite the leg position is very wrong in a way when Rollo see this he want to find out if it is possible to amputate this leg, because the men don't understand what is happening Rollo decide to kill the men. He shows Thorsten what he could do. it will make the choice easier for Thorsten.

Also there is a complete trust issue going on. why does Ragnar tells Aethelwolf to go and find the army of the brother of princess Kwindreth? does he again knows the betrayal or was it planned again. Also the friendship between Lagertha and King Eckbert is going on in strange mysterious ways. First the land then the necklace where is he up to? Then we have Kalf who claims the title earl he acts like Napoleon. What is his mission in this story I still havent figure that out yet. If the dream of him will come true he will be dinner for Ragnar. what Kalfs seeks is fame.

Athelstan still love both gods. He tells king Eckbert and princess Judith about it that the difference between both gods make him disbelieve in everything he thought he knew.

Then we have The Wanderer at the end of the episode he is kind of mysterious and in a way before we see the face I was thinking it was Floki. Wrong but in a way I could be right also. If Floki was Loki he could change in almost everyone and with that said I wanted to go further with my believe it is the start of the myth Baldr's/Gangerli (Beowulf)/Kvasir/Alvíssmál story or the poem in the poetic/prose Edda. The Wanderer could mean a lot we know different stories in the Nordic mythology. If we think about the Wanderer it could be Odin himself (Alvíssmál, Gangerli) , it could be Loki (Baldr). It could mean that times are changing or an empire that falls. Even though we don't know much about the Wanderer we do know that he maybe attack the seer, he first only appears in the dreams of Helga, Siggy and Auslaug. Auslaug should know what will happen but she doesn't. It is tricky in lot of ways. When he truly arrives he shows up by Helga who seems afraid for him. When he arrives Athelstan his hands bleed also.  

vrijdag 20 februari 2015

Vikings season 3 'Mercenary' with spoilers


watched the première of Vikings season 3  'Mercenaryand I liked it. 
First we see a summary in the mix of season 1 and 2. 
There is a change of character to begin withLagertha goes to the seer to ask him a couple of questions. It is in my opinion not something she wanted to knowThen the seer tells her answers in riddlesOne of the riddle is I see a trickster whose weapon cleaves you. 
By this riddle I needed to watch the full episode to find out what was going on and a couple of possibilities arise. I will name a couple because it is not yet toldSo I take you with me into the thoughts and opinions of myself. 
The first one that came into my mind was Floki as trickster god Loki this was before I saw this episode but he is not the only one who could trick Lagertha. King Eckbert is  the second one he likes her but what is the profit he could cleave out of this. The bond between Ragnar and herself. Or could it be Kalf she want to marry but he thinks it is not a good idea the people of Hedeby could think he would do it for the ambitionAinar could be the one who will because when Lagertha is gone he want to betrayal or murder her, he wants the old dynasty back.  Last but not least The Wanderer not yet been seen in this episode could be one who trick her into something. 
Over to Ragnar and Bjorn where I  first thought they would be raiding Iceland and where there on a top of a mountain. But it was the top nearby Kattegat the one Ragnar fell off in season 1 while escaping Earl HaraldsonWhere you could see the city.  Here are a father and a grown up son talking about Wessex and raids. Power is completely explained by Ragnar to Bjorn because that is what Bjorn sees. 
One thing I don't understand is how Thorsten and Rollo came to the point from dead through back alive a short back story. 
Then we have lots of difficult relationships from the start. Lagertha and Kalf (ambition), Ragnar and Auslaug (Ivar and Auslaug herself), Bjorn and Porunn (Bjorn want to protect PorunnPorunn wants to raid with him), Floki and Helga (too happy family and their child and Helga gives him a trapped feeling), Rollo and Siggi (I don't know but there like a distance away I think because of what she did with King Horik and his son). The relationship between Ragnar and Athelstan explained as equal but where Athelstan goes from Christian to Pagan gods Ragnar reverse the gods. 
On the boats it looks like the opinion Rollo has changed in the benefit of FlokiThey tell a story together.  When they meet each other before the boat set sail to Wessex they  are clearly glad to see each other. 
Could we say after the Wessex battle that someone is becoming King? I am not so sure but we will see what happen.  
like the filming technic used for the battle in WessexThey filmed from the water to the land even a bit under water. What I also like is the new hair, tattoos, clothing and jewelery and the new old languages used. (English, Scandinavian). 
don't know what kind of relationships will become from Lagertha and King EckbertAthelstan and the Princess and Kwindreth and Ragnar. I do hope to see some development on that part. 
Don't you think Brithwolf is looking a lot like King Ealla? 

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