H. P. L., on 21 February 2015 - 01:43 PM, said:
A very good episode, I truly enjoyed it. I love restless Floki, he's probably the best charachter, and I also love the fact that they have Ragnar talking more. During the 2nd season he would just STARE and you'd think he'd gone nuts. But that probably was the point of the authors.
I always find it takes a lot of piss off the English. They are always made to look like amateurs in military things, while the Vikings are these savage Wolverines. Coming from History Channell, I suppose there's some research in that, it's just that I never imagined ancient english rulers would be so clueless from a strategic PoW.
Well, historically, the English were slow to adapt to the new threat of the Vikings. The Vikings were a new force suddenly on the scene, and the Anglo-Saxons were not familiar with the tactics or approach of the Vikings at all. This shouldn't be all that suprising, once understood in the context of the times.
The Viking Longship, by itself, was something the English were not used to dealing with. Remember the scene from earlier in the series when some English guy, (I forget exactly who, one of the kings, I think) comments about the new factor of a ship that can cross the ocean AND handle inland rivers equally well?(the warships of our modern era can do no such thing)
In the scene in the last episode, the Mercians had never encountered the Vikings before. The Vikings had raided Northumbria, and then Wessex, but this was their first raid into the separate Anglo Saxon kingdom of Mercia. The Mercians simply did not know what to expect from the foreigners.
As history shows (actual history spoiler) , however, the Anglo Saxons did indeed eventually adapt to the Viking tactics.
Remember, also, however, that it was never entirely one sided in the Vikings favor even at the beginning of the Viking raids on England. The series reflects this, as in late second season defeat of the Viking force lead by Ragnar, Horrick, and Lagertha by the combined forces of Aelle and Ecbert.
The series is not portraying the English as being incompetent in warfare, just as being unprepared for the style of warfare that the Vikings bring to them.
It is doing so well, imo.
Edited by Closer to the Heart, 25 February 2015 - 10:55 PM.