My wife and I have become fascinated with these “pre-gunpower” shows as I like to call them. Rome, The Tudors, The Borgias, Marco Polo and now Vikings (of course, these aren’t all technically pre-gunpower, but they do predate the dominance of firearms as the main source of military power among nation states). Vikings represents our latest fling.
I always enjoy the culture clash that many of these shows include. And while this isn’t an “east meets west” scenario like we see in Marco Polo or the book/mini-series Shogun, we do see a clash of religions which in many ways makes this culture clash every bit as dramatic as Blackthorne’s exposure to pre-Edo era Japan culture in Shogun. Continue reading