Vikings returns for a gripping fourth season. Season 3 culminated with the extraordinary battle in Paris, where Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) seized victory from the jaws of defeat–but still returns to Kattegat dangerously ill. Thoughts of his death galvanize the forces who seek to succeed him as king, including his wife Queen Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and his oldest son, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig). Meanwhile, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) continues power struggles with her calculating, former second in command, Kalf (Ben Robson); Rollo (Clive Standen) betrays his Vikings heritage by remaining in Frankia and Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) is seized for his brutal actions to the Christian priest Athelstan.
Joining the stellar cast this season is Peter Franzén as King Harold Finehair, a complex character who seeks to be King of Norway and a potential threat to Ragnar; Jasper Pääkkönen as Halfdan The Black, King Harold’s violent younger brother; and Dianne Doan as Yidu a completely different character within the world of the Vikings who fascinates Ragnar.
What We Thought:
To me, Vikings continues to be one of the most underrated shows on TV. I love the show and even got my dad watching it!
Season 4 Volume 1 sees the Norsemen return from Paris. Rollo remains in Paris betraying his friends and family. He assimilates into the French culture and takes a leadership role. King Ragnar is hurt badly and others try to seize his power. Bjorn continues to grow into one of my favorite characters and he has a fantastic episode in this volume.
Ragnar gets better and leads a charge at Paris once again. He battles his brother Rollo who has taught the French some of his Viking ways. Then there’s the end of this volume. Wow. I won’t say much, but it time jumps a little and now I’m amped for Volume 2.
What I love about the show is its production value. They don’t skimp on the show. It’s on The History Channel, but could easily rival anything on HBO, Showtime or the like. It shoots in Ireland and the show looks amazing. The set design, the weapons, the wardrobe and costuming are fantastic. It easily compares to Game of Thrones minus the nudity (on TV). It’s not as over the top dramatic as GoT, but I think I like that. It’s more action oriented than dialogue driven, but don’t think it’s poorly written or story-less.
The show looks fantastic on Blu-ray. This is actually the first time I’ve seen it on Blu-ray and now I want to buy the other seasons I’ve already seen. The coloring of the show is amazing. The blue sky and water, the greens of the land, the red of the blood all pop in HD. Audio is top-notch with easy to hear dialogue and action. Bonus features include featurettes, commentaries and extended episodes.
I love the show Vikings. Season 4 Volume 1 leaves on such a great place I can’t wait for the next episodes. If you are a fan like me, pick this up immediately and watch (or re-watch) these episodes to get you ready for the next season.
- The Transformation of Rollo
- The Viking Seafaring Prowess
- The Sons Of Ragnar Interactive Piece
- Extended Episodes
- Audio Commentaries
Cast & Crew:
- Travis Fimmel
- Alyssa Sutherland
- Katheryn Winnick
- Clive Standen
- Alexander Ludwig
Recommended If You Like:
- Game of Thrones
- Viking History