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Tmon
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on: October 11, 2015, 08:48:08 AM

I watched the first episode last night and it was pretty good.  It's adapted from a series of books by Bernard Cornwall about the Dainsh invasions of England.  The show did a good job of condensing stuff from the books while still staying fairly close to the story.  It's violent but the goriest stuff happens off screen. 

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Reply #1 on: October 11, 2015, 01:55:06 PM

Well, with that exception of the sword through the back of the guy's neck.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #2 on: October 12, 2015, 05:40:20 AM

Really looking forward to this as I just finished the most recent book. I love the Uhtred series - more than I liked his Arthur series but loved the Grail Quest and Agincourt and even Stonehenge. Don't even get me started on the Sharpe series.

I'm hoping it releases in Australia.

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Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 01:38:46 PM

I just started watching this yesterday, getting through the first two episodes. It's pretty damn good. It certainly beats Doctor Who (which precedes it on the schedule) like a drum. Good acting, good costuming, good writing.

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Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 04:13:19 AM

I just finished Ep4 - I really like the way they set Mildreth's character up from the start, the writers aren't scared to move away from the books and I like that,

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Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 09:32:58 AM

The acting and writing has been quite good.  Even though they have made changes to the story to fit it into their budget and the constraints of a TV show they have handled it pretty well.
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Reply #6 on: November 02, 2015, 10:20:55 AM

Through 3 episodes and this thing has put Bastard Executioner to shame on every level.

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Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 10:53:14 AM

Through 3 episodes and this thing has put Bastard Executioner to shame on every level.

My guess would be the difference of Kurt Sutter vs. Bernard Cornwell as writers.  awesome, for real
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Reply #8 on: November 02, 2015, 10:54:51 AM

I don't remember Cornwell's non-battle writing being anything to be that excited about? (His battle stuff however is fantastic, just about my whole knowledge of the Penisular war and Waterloo come's from Sharpe books..:D)

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Reply #9 on: November 02, 2015, 01:34:00 PM

Try the Gallows Thief or Wildtrack or Stonehenge by Cornwall. They are the 3 that come to mind as having minor battle scenes and the best of the 3; Gallow's Thief is a fantastic insight into death penalty without getting on a high horse about it.

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Reply #10 on: November 09, 2015, 05:35:08 AM

So the series is picking up pace beautifully. Uhtred's temper which is so important to the character and his successes was done really well this episode.

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Reply #11 on: November 09, 2015, 09:39:09 AM

So the series is picking up pace beautifully. Uhtred's temper which is so important to the character and his successes was done really well this episode.

For some reason I'm not bothered with his stupid decisions like I would be in many other similar cases, probably because it's at least consistent.
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Reply #12 on: November 09, 2015, 01:39:16 PM

Agreed - they really have nailed the character of Young Uhtred - TBH he tends to make the same decisions as an adult.

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Reply #13 on: November 29, 2015, 03:13:01 PM

This is one of the best things I've seen on TV lately. Haven't yet watched the season ender. I don't want it to end. Hope there's a next season.
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Reply #14 on: November 29, 2015, 06:31:41 PM

The season ender was fucking bananas. This was a solid, solid show.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #15 on: November 30, 2015, 02:09:40 AM

Loved the end to the season, it tied it up really well although in theory Alfred should still be shitting on Uhtred because ... pagan. The only thing I really wanted was Steapa Snotor and Father Pyrlig to be in the series. Steapa tends to be intrinsic to plot elements that the series modified and Pyrlig is just fun and as an ex-warrior, much more believable to stand in a shield wall - more so than Beocca.

But if that's my only niggle with series 1 then that's pretty damn awesome because I really enjoyed the whole thing. Roll on series 2 and hopefully an adaptation of Cornwall's other great series based around Arthur. On the American Civil War for that matter.

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Reply #16 on: November 30, 2015, 03:06:21 AM

I liked the first season as a whole and it managed to wrap up many of the ongoing plot points rather well.
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Reply #17 on: November 30, 2015, 03:26:35 AM

Enjoyed this as well although through most of the season I couldn't help but think that Uhtred has what the Tick would refer to as "Charlie Brown karma".
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Reply #18 on: May 08, 2017, 03:23:59 AM

The 2nd season went up on Netflix a few days ago (after they finished broadcasting it in the U.K. I believe). I'm about halfway through now and it's been pretty good so far.
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Reply #19 on: May 08, 2017, 09:12:23 AM

Second season was put out one episode per week in Australia, so I've just finished it. Really great season. My favourite thing was that every episode had at least one big laugh moment amid the seriousness.

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