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thread for TV adaptation of bernard cornwell's saxon stories.
Just started in on BBCA last week; starts on BBC2 on October 22.

I recommend it, so far!

BRAAAAAAMETHEUS (El Tomboto), Sunday, 18 October 2015 21:38 (three years ago) Permalink

is there a thread for pictures of ppl who aren't chaki's dad?

sarahell, Sunday, 18 October 2015 23:46 (three years ago) Permalink

OK, Episode 3. I'm not sure what tied all those events together other than the main character being there for all of them.

El Tomboto, Monday, 26 October 2015 16:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Nobody else watching this?

I particularly appreciate their attention to making sure everybody understands that the 860s was a thoroughly crappy time to be alive. Mud and livestock everywhere, all the beer is opaque, and clothes are all wool, furs and hides. You can just about smell the place.

El Tomboto, Monday, 2 November 2015 17:30 (three years ago) Permalink

it's a good show. uhtred himself is kind of the worst thing about it, i find it hard to care what happens to him. watching for everyone else, in partic alfred. not only the most interesting character but the actor is killing it also.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 2 November 2015 18:27 (three years ago) Permalink

the divided situation that uhtred is in is fascinating and the story makes terrific use of it but the buy himself is a tool. i am hoping he grows out of it.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 2 November 2015 18:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Definitely the least plausible thing about the entire story is the fact that Uhtred is still alive. By all rights he should have died somewhere in the first 15 minutes, that he's still alive heading into a fifth episode after all that's happened is completely absurd. I don't have much problem with the portayal though, for somebody who continually gets away with so much nonsense while catching one lucky break after another his whole life he's sort of earned being a petulant ass to everybody.

El Tomboto, Monday, 2 November 2015 19:18 (three years ago) Permalink

This just got much more interesting. I really enjoyed Uhtred's "REALLY?!?" face during the scene where he interrupts the prayer to explain how he etc etc spoilers.

El Tomboto, Sunday, 8 November 2015 18:31 (three years ago) Permalink

The wailing woman on the soundtrack to this is hilarious, me and Chapette always start singing along when she comes on.

Fun show on the whole. Agreed Uhthred is the weak link, he appears to have literally no goals beyond short term circumstantial ones. He just sort of potters around while important historical events unfold in his proximity.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Monday, 9 November 2015 14:32 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So is this going to get a second season? We hope so where I live. I loved the last episode. It's worth it just as a series of setups so we get to watch Uhtred's "REALLY?" face repeatedly.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

"yo priests, hope you got silver, cause we just saved y-"
* it's not a priest it's Alfred The Great *

"Uhtred, what about God's will?"

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

I'll grant there's some English Longbow fanservice in the latest ep because records of said weapon as a regular instrument of English military badassery don't show up until like 250+ odd years after the series takes place, but I was okay with it, because it made me look up earliest records of the English longbow used in war, so I learned something

Also an interesting touch with the heathen medicinal techniques and the perspective of emergent Christendom that all such practices were pagan and therefore to be frowned upon - is there a good historical text that covers the "hollowing out" of medical knowledge during early European Christianity, as local practices (tied as they would be to local animist / pagan spirituality) were snuffed out and purposefully kept out of the written record being developed at the time? The show also goes out of its way to dramatize the change from mostly oral history & practical instruction to written knowledge, and the accompanying trade-offs, since the Church apparently kept a fair monopoly on literacy. I really liked that moments after I asked "where the fuck were the goddamn watchmen?" Uhtred asked the same question, trying to use it as a teachable moment for Alfred, that all his priests and peaceful prayers were distracting his people from basic security principles.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Also we're setting up for an excellent moment of convergence where Alfred is becoming more skeptical, pluralist and pragmatic just as Guthrum is starting to discover the power of the written word and, by association, the Church - I hope they do it justice when it happens.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Also for what is I guess a mostly B-list cast they're pretty excellent all around. And I'm still impressed by the costuming and propmaking - nobody has a shiny blade, everything basically looks uncomfortable and rough-hewn, concessions to clean hair and healthy teeth are disguised as best as possible according to the budget and also presumably a certain audience tolerance for "only so much obvious decrepitude please" - the poor baby who had to get made up to look extra-sickly as Alfred's son was perhaps a bit much, but it worked in context to drive home the point

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:56 (three years ago) Permalink

finally watched last week's episode, thought the sick baby stuff was drawn out a little too much. also wondered if the archers were a nod at english longbowmen but the bows weren't nearly as big as longbows fwiw.

Roberto Spiralli, Saturday, 28 November 2015 02:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Well I enjoyed that a lot. I hope they get a second season.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 1 December 2015 04:36 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Watching Vikings now, it's fun lining up who's who even though these are totally different shows etc. "Hey, that's Alfred's granddad!"

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:25 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

ok ok I'll try it again

i do really need viking shows in my life so i should stop pouting about missing Ragnar lol

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 13 March 2017 03:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Timely as I think Season 2 is out later this week

groovypanda, Monday, 13 March 2017 10:19 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


El Tomboto, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

So this show has always really been about the ridiculous coincidences of history, i.e. nobody has ever bothered to write down all the times when reinforcements showed up too late, but season 2 is a little heavy on that front, just saying.

That said, I love Hild, the-nun-with-skills, and I look forward to the body count Uhtred's going to pile up before he's done. I wish for more Danesploitation set in this place called Wessex. Make it happen.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I love me some Ragnar to bits

El Tomboto, Friday, 28 July 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

It is bullshit that nobody else on this board cares about this show. Season 2 is epic. So many good lines. Easily as good as GoT without the distractions of dragons and zombie armies and all that shit

El Tomboto, Monday, 31 July 2017 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

i try but i just miss Vikings too much to care about this dude

he's no Trav

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 31 July 2017 03:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm stand with you tombot - one ep to go in s1 here. I wasn't sure until about halfway in but when it got good (and gave us a proper villain) it got real good

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Monday, 31 July 2017 04:39 (one year ago) Permalink

then maybe that's my problem. i'm only like 3 or 4 eps in

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 31 July 2017 04:41 (one year ago) Permalink

hold out until episode 5

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Monday, 31 July 2017 05:21 (one year ago) Permalink

thought S2 was wonderful.
just hope there is a budget for another season.

mark e, Monday, 31 July 2017 13:11 (one year ago) Permalink

we're on S2 ep 7 and there had BETTER be a season 3 after all this craziness

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 02:46 (one year ago) Permalink

finally finished the last ep

this show is fucking amazing

I love all of it

I miss the blonde nun though

and his poor wife from S1 (not the one who got beheaded, the other one)

(why because she look intersting)

El Tomboto, Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:04 (one year ago) Permalink

also is it just me or do Uhtred's dreads get more dreadlocky as the show goes on? I suppose this is sort of realistic. But man just dive in the river a couple of times a year

It was very emotional watching that one dude bite it in the Dane camp, even though anybody who has ever seen a Seven Samurai homage knows the big dude always goes down hard

El Tomboto, Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:07 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Bothersome that Uhtred teaches the Wessex boys how to form a shield wall when that was pretty much their standard move (unlike... the Danes he came from and presumably learned from).

louise ck (milo z), Monday, 26 February 2018 05:41 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

i've only just started S1 but wow pretty fuckin good. great actors in this. the mud and the blood and the beer. yes uhtred is the luckiest son of a bitch alive.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 2 June 2018 23:51 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Season 3 out tomorrow and now on Netflix so hopefully some budgetary improvements

groovypanda, Sunday, 18 November 2018 20:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ive been watching this. on season 2 ep 2 and enjoying mostly.

marcos smart (Spottie), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Latest Saxon Tales novel came out last month, Cornwell is really phoning it in at this point.

louise ck (milo z), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:35 (five months ago) Permalink

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