Vikings sets out on its voyage as History's first original series tonight (3/3), and it's quite the spectacle to behold. From filmmaker Michael Hirst of Showtime's The Tudors and the big-screen Elizabeth fame, the drama gives us power struggles, romance, intrigue, encounters with Odin and sailing adventure - along with the requisite gouging and impaling you knew would be part of any story of these brutal raiders of the north. (Especially those hoping to attract a young male audience, as this one is.) The series, made for a reported $40 million, stars Australian actor Travis Fimmel as the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok, a leader-in-the-making. He's a guy with revolutionary newfangled technology (a navigation tool and a boat with visionary design) who is burning to go to the heretofore unexplored West and plunder new lands against the wishes of Viking king Gabriel Byrne. Katheryn Winnick plays Ragnar's wife, a "shield maiden" - yes, women really did go into battle alongside their men - and Jessalyn Gilsig of Boston Public, Nip/Tuck and Glee plays the queen, Siggy.
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