Vikings Series One is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray. I represented I'm With Geek at the release party held at the British Museum.
It was a nicely understated affair, consisting of a screening of the first two episodes and a Q&A with the creator, Michael Hirst and George Blagden, who plays the monk Athelstan.
The first two episodes (shown during the screening) are a visual treat, fascinating camera angles and lighting allow for a unique experience. The contrasts between dark and murky interiors and glaringly bright exteriors, however, can be quite painful on the eyes, especially when watching in a darkened room.
The characters themselves are incredible to watch, especially Floki, the ship builder, who is played by Gustaf Skarsgård, a lighthearted, comic relief character, based on the Trickster God, Loki.
Vikings is an impressive and bold endeavour, and (for the first two episodes at least) pulls it off with style. The first series is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, and definitely well worth a watch.
The Q&A session following the screenings was a fitting way to end the evening. Both Michael Hirst and George Blagden were convivial and happy to answer any questions thrown at them, ranging from the usual (who was your favourite person to work with?) to the more religious (do the characters embody the spirit of specific gods, and how do they bear upon the series?).
The second series of Vikings starts on the 27th of February. To tide me over until then? Well, I’ve got my Viking Duck and the rest of Series One.