This week is one of the most fantastic series ever to hit television from HISTORY and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with “Vikings: Season Four, Volume One” on Bluray!
Ragnar’s (Travis Fimmel) raid of Paris has left him wounded as he and the Vikings return to Kattegat. Dealing with the pain, a slave named Yidu helps so what she can. That is when the two become closer than the others would like. It is when Ragnar finds Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) does he find a way to hold him responsible for the death of Athelstan.
Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) decides it is time for him to go out on his own and discover what he is made. While the Vikings deal with their inner struggles, King Ecbert (Linus Roache) takes his military to rescue Princess Kwenthrith (Amy Bailey) but it is Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) who fights to force the rescue.
Now Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and Ragnar’s oldest son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) need to bring the group together to prepare for what will happen next. That’s not stopping Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) for solidifying her position as a woman to be feared among men.
The biggest shock is that Rollo (Clive Standen) has begun a transformation by marrying Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski), becoming a Duke and learning the ways of the Franks. He learns the language and helps his wife’s father prepare a defense upon Ragnar’s return.
That might take time as Yidu (Dianne Doan) has been giving Ragnar medicine that causes him to hallucinate and become addicted. When Bjorn arrives back to the village, he and Ragnar talk as they should have done much earlier. So when he announces that there will be another raid on Paris, Ubbe (Jordan Smith) and Hvitserk (Marco Ilso) is told they will travel as well.
Lagertha and Harald (Peter Franzen) meet up with Ragnar sailing up the river toward France. Getting closer it becomes quickly clear that Rollo is leading the French against them! In quick order Lagertha’s group is attacked in the marsh and chains hit Harald’s ship. As Ragnar and Rollo look into each other’s eyes, it is clear that this is far from over.
Ragnar forms another plan but in Paris, Odo (Owen Roe) and Emperor Charles (Lothaire Bluteau) do not trust Rollo and in trying to get rid of him ends up dead. Given the Iron Hand of Frankia, he is now trusted with the welfare of Paris.
Back in Kattegat, Harbard (Kevin Durand) returns to the village and Aslaug is pleased to see him that is until she realizes he is helping himself to other village women. She isn’t the only woman who’s had enough in the Viking realm as Kwenthrith and Judith finally have their own meeting.
Ragnar’s new plan has the ships going over land to come around to the river once again. That is met with the battle that the French ships can not handle but not before Halfdan, Floki and Lagertha are wounded. It what should be a battle between brothers to the finish is stopped and Rollo is seen as the hero of Paris and Ragnar disappears.
It is what happens in the years that follow that will decide Ragnar’s fate!
Fimmel as Ragnar is the most stellar character ever and he is totally going to get my praise for that. From the moment fans laid eyes on Fimmel, it was clear we were looking at someone and something spectacular. Each and ever episode Fimmel has left his mark and even when he goes a little nuts, we root for him to get back up and be the Viking we cheer.
Winnick as Lagertha will always be considered the real queen of the Vikings. I know this to be true because every fan that I have spoken to about the series believes that she is strong, powerful and intelligent – very queen-like to their way of thinking. Winnick has thrown a few curves here and there but always ready to grab her armor and sword and take on a fight.
Standen as Rollo continues to push fans to their limits! Turning on Ragnar wouldn’t be considered a smart thing but then again Rollo hasn’t exactly followed the usual Viking route right? Skarsgard as Floki also has a stressful season coming face to face with Ragnar and a secret he’s been keeping.
Ludwig as Bjorn has grown into this role and absolutely made it his own. In season four there finally came a moment where going off to discover what he is made of, Ludwig changes his stance and attitude returning as a strong Viking. Fans of Ludwig are thrilled with the growth of this character.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Vikings: Season Four, Volume One” five tubs of popcorn out of five. There is absolutely everything about this series that falls into the awesome category of television watching. From the very first season it became clear quickly that a fan base was created and easily sustained every season up until now.
“Vikings” character Ragnar Lothbrok is a mythological Norse hero and what the stories are based on. Considered responsible for raids on England, Ragnar began as a farmer. Also part of the stories are wife Lagertha and brother Rollo.
The series for HISTORY is created and written by Michael Hirst who is also responsible for the film “Elizabeth” and the series “The Tudors” (another fantastic show you can catch up on!).
The special features on the “Vikings” Bluray include The Transformation of Rollo, The Viking Seafaring Prowess, The Sons of Ragnar Interactive Piece and Extended Episodes. This 3 disc set has over 800+ minutes of story that has made this series one of the hottest to hit television.
This is a series that you can watch over and over again never tiring of the intense storytelling, the amazing set design and character driven acting. This past summer at San Diego Comic Con International I was please to head over to the exhibit prepared for fans of the show and, of course, I didn’t forget to bring my Viking horn!
“Vikings” is a series that requires a gathering of your own army, serious food and grog and a weekend of cheering for the side you choose.
In the end — whose side will you join?