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‘Vikings: Valhalla’

Currently in production, ‘Vikings: Valhalla’ is a spin-off series set in the aftermath of the popular historical-fiction-turned-fantasy drama ‘Vikings’ — now concluded.

August 13, 2021 — One hundred years after the end of his era, the echoes of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons can still be heard from the far reaches of Scandinavia and Finland, as the followers of Odin have not been forgotten. History Channel began its historical fantasy drama Vikings in 2013, which in the modern-day and age can feel like an eon.


‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’ Series Review

Feudal Japan falls into war as several powerful warlords fight to become its absolute ruler; warring states and demon kings deliver entertainment and history.

March 8, 2021Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan covers one of the most violent periods in Japanese history — the Sengoku Jidai. The vicious rivalry, open warfare, and dynastic intrigue that was set in motion lend themselves well to semi-fictionalized drama.


Historical Drama ‘The Dig’ Sets The Record Straight

By intertwining cinema and historical records, Netflix docudrama ‘The Dig’ presents a nuanced and important view on the Sutton Hoo discovery.

March 5, 2021 —  Based on true events and set against a backdrop of a troubled Britain preparing for World War 2, The Dig has all the makings of an Oscar-bait period drama before the first shovel even hits the dirt. FULL STORY »

The Vikings Series: 6 Seasons of Anglo-Nordic History

Part-fantasy, part-historical epic, the ambitious ‘Vikings’ drew a nebulous line between reality and mythology that created a tangible sense of wonder.

March 1, 2021 — When Vikings first aired in 2013 the historical fantasy genre was already well underway with its takeover of popular TV. From The Tudors and Camelot to The Borgias and Spartacus, networks had become invested. Creating big-budget dramas that utilized historical and cultural records to craft compelling viewing. All paled in comparison to the behemoth Vikings would become. FULL STORY »

Barbarians first (and likely only) season impresses

Netflix delivers beyond expectations with German historical-drama.

January 23, 2021 — Historical dramas can often lead to some of the finest cinematic moments in film and television. Leading the charge in the current zeitgeist is the German Original series Barbarians. FULL STORY »

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