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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Vikings 5.18: Demented Ivar

Ivar continues to go from bad to worse in Vikings 5.18, burning women, leaving his newborn son to die in the wilderness, because the son is born deformed, just like his father.  Ivar's story this season has become a textbook tale of how and why an insane dictator comes to be that way.

In contrast, Ubbe is the soul of reason in England, talking two of the three Danish leaders into accepting his and King Alfred's offer of peace and land.   Of course the third wants to attack - the course of war vs. negotiation never did run smooth.

Over in Iceland, Floki was never exactly 100% sane in the first place.   From our 21st century perspective, his beginning to doubt the gods - actually, pretty much giving up on them - is a step in the right direction.  Of the sundry stories being told this season, Floki's has the least connection to actual, recorded history.  I'm therefore especially interested in how this will all turn out - at least, in the near future of this series.

Hvitserk, in contrast, has become more religious, though with an unexpected godly figure, the Buddha. In real history, the Vikings did get around to most of the world, and undoubtedly encountered followers of the Buddha in central Asia.   What role this played in convincing King Olaf to join him against Ivar is not clear, but was good to see anyway.

And while we're on the subject of good to see, Judith and Lagertha make a nice pair of sincere conversationists, though it's uncertain how much longer either will continue as characters in this quickening series.

See you here next week.

See also Vikings 5.1-2: Floki in Iceland ... Vikings 5.3: Laughing Ivar ...Vikings 5.4: Four of More Good Stories ... Vikings 5.5: Meet Lawrence of Arabia ... Vikings 5.6: Meanwhile, Back Home ... Vikings 5.7: A Looming Trojan-War Battle, Vikings Style, and Two Beautiful Stories ...Vikings 5.8: Only Heahmund? ... Vikings 5.9: Rollo ... Vikings 5.10: New and Old Worlds ... Vikings 5.11: Rollo's Son ... Vikings 5.12: "The Beast with Two Backs" ... Vikings 5.13: The Sacrifice ... Vikings 5.14: Fake News in Kattegat ... Vikings 5.15: Battle ... Vikings 5.16: Peace and War ... Vikings 5.17: No Harmony in Iceland

And see also Vikings 4.1: I'll Still Take Paris ... Vikings 4.2: Sacred Texts ...Vikings 4.4: Speaking the Language ... Vikings 4.5: Knives ... Vikings 4.8: Ships Up Cliff ... Vikings 4.10: "God Bless Paris" ... Vikings 4.11: Ragnar's Sons ... Vikings 4.12: Two Expeditions ... Vikings 4.13: Family ... Vikings 4.14: Penultimate Ragnar? ... Vikings 4.15: Close of an Era ... Vikings 1.16: Musselman ... Vikings 1.17: Ivar's Wheels ...Vikings 1.18: The Beginning of Revenge ... Vikings 4.19: On the Verge of History ... Vikings 4.20: Ends and Starts

And see also Vikings 3.1. Fighting and Farming ... Vikings 3.2: Leonard Nimoy ...Vikings 3.3: We'll Always Have Paris ... Vikings 3.4: They Call Me the Wanderer ... Vikings 3.5: Massacre ... Vikings 3.6: Athelstan and Floki ...Vikings 3.7: At the Gates ... Vikings 3.8: Battle for Paris ... Vikings 3.9: The Conquered ... Vikings Season 3 Finale: Normandy

And see also Vikings 2.1-2: Upping the Ante of Conquest ... Vikings 2.4: Wise King ... Vikings 2.5: Caught in the Middle ... Vikings 2.6: The Guardians ...Vikings 2.7: Volatile Mix ... Vikings 2.8: Great Post-Apocalyptic Narrative ... Vikings Season 2 Finale: Satisfying, Surprising, Superb

And see also Vikings ... Vikings 1.2: Lindisfarne ... Vikings 1.3: The Priest ... Vikings 1.4:  Twist and Testudo ... Vikings 1.5: Freud and Family ... Vikings 1.7: Religion and Battle ... Vikings 1.8: Sacrifice
... Vikings Season 1 Finale: Below the Ash

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