"Vikings" A Good Treason (TV Episode 2016) Poster

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9/10
Good start (No spoilers)
ddiesonne19 February 2016
Quite a few surprising decisions taken by the main characters in this episode, some of them creating dismay, others satisfaction, but in the end, all helping shape up their future paths.

It's a really good season start, even the single fight scene of this episode, seem to be improved considerably.

Overall, the show gets even more captivating as the plot divides into even more parts, focused on different locations and characters. Now besides the old Ragnar's path, there's also a Bjorn's one, Rollo's, Lagertha's, Aslaug's, Floki's... Even the English part, even though it's completely missing from this episode, won't be left aside (as presented by the end-episode teasers). In other words, the show's plot have become a lot more intricate than one could've foreseen two seasons ago. And that's not a bad thing at all.

Furthermmore, there are a couple of scenes that will surely be appreciated by those interested in history and historical accuracies. Some of them will probably create some debates, but in the end, Vikings cares to remind us that it's a historical show after all, and that's perfectly fine by me.
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9/10
Promising Season
claudio_carvalho8 October 2017
Ragnar is near death but the Gates of Valhalla closes to him and he stays sick on his bed. Meanwhile Bjorn arrests Floki for the murder of Athelson. Kalf and Lagherta return to Hedeby and Kalf announces that he intend to share his position with Lagherta. However Einar tells that his family and him are not happy with their alliance. Ragnar awakes and has a private conversation with Bjorn when he tells that he exposed Floki to the public and now he is in a difficult situation. Rollo marries Princess Gisla and moves to Paris. He is informed by a friend that many Vikings are not happy with his recent attitude and he decides to meet them at the camp.

"A Good Treason" is a promising beginning of the Fourth Season of "Vikings", with many surprising moments. Bjorn ordering to arrest his friend Floki is a surprise. The association of Kalf and Lagherta is also unexpected. But what Rollo does in the end of the show is a despicable treachery to his people. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Good Treason"
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7/10
Good start for season four
tenshi_ippikiookami24 June 2016
"Vikings" is back, and it does it in style, with a solid episode that puts the basis for some story lines that will probably be developed throughout the season.

Ragnar is in limbo, after getting hurt at the end of season 3; he may die, he may not, and his wife Aslaug is actually quite interested in the probabilities of a queen inheriting the throne. Bjorn puts Loki in "prison" for the death of Athelstan. Lagertha goes back with Kalf and both decide to rule together. And our friend Rollo tries to get used to the French lifestyle.

All in all, quite a lot of plot development happens in the episode, and quite of interesting moments (even though none are very surprising and it's pretty obvious a couple are put just to bring blood and violence to the screen).

Being in its fourth season, "Vikings" is in danger of falling into repetition. But for now, it is doing a good job of keeping the watcher engaged. And with amazing characters as Ragnar, it is actually easy to make it interesting and entertaining.
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7/10
Top show that undermines its own success. Warning: Season Spoilers
derivativename22 January 2017
Warning: Spoilers
IMDb lets you review 5 seasons or 1 episode, but there is no possibility for reviewing a season, so most people review leave their season reviews on the page of premiere or the finale episodes.

This show is one of the best medieval/period drama shows of all time. It's better than Marco Polo, better than Rome, Reign, Tudors, The White Queen, Borgias (any of them) and even approaches Game of Thrones in quality.

So why 7 stars? I'm not being cheap with stars, but the show undermines its own success.

Everything looks real, there is not one second where you think "studio" "wig" "not real steel" "set" or anything. You never feel that it's cheap, which is something many TV shows and films suffer from, where having a small budget means compromise on one thing or another.

The lack of big name stars makes this show better. I would hate to see Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst on this show. Not knowing who the actors are makes it seem like they're really these people. This is a luxury Canadians have, I'm guessing that Scandinavians recognize the faces (and if not, the names) of these actors.

The music is amazing. Trevor Morris really takes you back to a medieval primitive time while keeping it both dramatic and epic. For those who don't know or haven't paid attention, the soundtrack is not just epic like Hollywood films or Game of Thrones, it swings from epic drama to tribal, from sad violins to war drums, from Nordic lullabies to heavy metal and everything in between. It is not always original score (sometimes they use songs from folk bands) but it is always great.

So where does this show go wrong?

Filler episodes, for one. Long torture scenes that add nothing to the story. Gore doesn't bother me, but I start to yawn after a long period of torture. This show also seeks controversy for the sake of controversy at times. Showing difficult topics is one thing, but this show wants to be seen as edgy.

A lot of time is wasted on sex scenes that add nothing to the story. Not happy with regular sex, the show ups the ante with drugged sex. Then threesomes. With brothers. Then lesbianism. Then a Viking having sex with his mom's girlfriend (his mom is the lesbian). It feels contrived and the focus on various affairs starts to feel like a soap.

There are a lot of historical inaccuracies, I don't care about inaccuracy in the name of entertainment, but history has a lot of cool stuff that this show threw out. For example, when the Vikings raided Spain, they were killing unarmed civilians. 1, why was there not a single soldier in the entire city? That makes no sense whatsoever. A market town that has everything from mosques to harems, textile sellers to scorpion salesmen (what?), but not a single person to fight an invader?

We could argue that there weren't any soldiers, fine, but the Vikings were killing unarmed civilians. I'm not saying that was against their code of honor, but the Vikings were slavers and made most of their money from human trafficking. Why would they kill their merchandise? It's like a shepherd burning his flock for no reason. The Vikings take some women as hostages, but leave the men behind, even though men were more valuable as slaves. It's the thief that breaks into your house, sees a 4K TV but steals your microwave oven instead.

Then the Vikings return to the capital. But what about the slaves, you wonder? Well, what about them? They disappeared. We don't see a mention of them anymore. Are they enslaved to work on Danish farms? I don't know. Why would they leave men behind and take sex workers (harems) to work on farms? Agriculture back then was hard work and I'm not sure these girls were cut out for it. Were they used as sex slaves? Were they sold in a Nordic market? Were they traded elsewhere for food? Gold? We don't know.

We spent so much time planning the raid, a detour to France, getting Rolo on board, heading to Spain, then looting Spain, then the very purpose of the mission (loot) is forgotten, as if it was just some road trip for Bjorn to connect with his uncle Rolo.

This show could easily be a 9/10 show, but it shoots its own self in the foot.
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8/10
Those whose fates are bound to stakes and arrows
quincytheodore19 February 2016
Warning: Spoilers
The last time we saw Ragnar, he was in a pretty dark place and it hasn't gotten much better for him between interval of seasons. Strangely enough, he displays more restraint at the new season than most of others seemingly reserved characters. Imperfect truce of Paris has changed many people as they demand blood so early and so viscerally.

Ragnar's ordeals, both psychically and spiritually, continue to vex him. It can be underwhelming to see the main lead suffers, although he still shows his quizzical gestures enigmatically well. Meanwhile, Bjorn takes the mantle of the leader for a short period. His character has grown and he looks surprisingly like Ragnar from younger season. There's a slight jealously shown by him as he slowly tries to break free from Ragnar's shadow, the question of the heir remains unasked.

Lagertha's section is ominously savage, but questionably romantic. She's an epitome of powerful lady role done right, having beauty and prowess in equal measure, and the way she revels in bloody carnage is frighteningly compelling. Floki, on the other hand, has exhausted all his cards. This is a long time coming, and the backdoor scheming should come at a close. However, it's curious to see his fate since Floki does give spiritual touch on the series.

The Paris people change drastically as though the last raid altered something in the water. The king, previously meek on last season, is now completely forcing his daughter Gisla to Rollo in exchange of his loyalty. She's still showing bravado but now with the same amount of awkward pleading and tears, but Rollo is the most bizarre of all. He becomes more courteous, smiling more but incredibly escalates in treachery.

A bit of intriguing addition is the Oriental looking slave, who might add some to the plot or is just there as wallflower. The blood spilled in the first episode is a good fuel for future dispute.
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10/10
Ragnars awakening and the consequences of Ironsides mistake.
Allfader_Oden18 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Greatest episode in a long time,

Watching season four with huge expectations and hope that I will watch slow enough for season five to finish and season six to start.

I think this season will be better than the last season due to the fact of the timeline we're in here. The tables have turned and history is repeating itself once more separating Ragnar and Rollo, which may be the doom of Vikings that we know so far.

Valhalla - "Valar Morghulis"
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