Medieval

I have a feeling this will be a b rated film by the trailers quality. That hasn’t stopped me before mentioning an upcoming historical warrior film, so I’m not going to let that stop me now. I’m intrigued that they are telling a story of the historical figure Jan Zizka that I know so little about, even though he’s a Czech national hero. So if anything this film will at least peak my interest to look into this historical figure and the time period he was living. And what else are these exaggerations of history supposed to do other than get us excited to find out what “really” happened.

The Last Kingdom Season 5

All good things must come to an end but it has been a great run watching this adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories. I hope that this show garnished enough good ratings to encourage fellow production houses that making this kind of period piece is worth it. That there are enough historical fiction nerds out there that will be dedicated fans even when the show dances along the edge of cheesiness. Because there are plenty of other book series out there waiting to be adapted to the screen like Conn Iggulden’s Genghis Series and Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome as just a few examples. Fingers crossed that this last season is epic and that there are more shows like this being produced.

Historical Doc Series Part VI

Knowledgia presents some good docs and this one covers a subject that is close to my heart, The Silk Road. I find it fascinating that even thousands of years ago when transportation and communication weren’t as they are today these extensive trade routes still dominated much of the historical story. So many cultures and empires flocked to these networks of trade and road ways that connected large almost unrelated areas of the globe together. Even when it could take months and years to cross these geographic areas, people still strove to learn and interact with each other. There is something powerful in knowing that this tradition still dominates today. I look forward to watching more of what Knowledgia produce.

Britannia Season 3

While this show boarders on the cheesy remakes of King Arthur films, and strays from my desired dark gritty realism when capturing historical periods, I can’t help but enjoy the time period it portrays and the comical fantasy in which it portrays it. Definitely doesn’t fall into the Vikings category of quality, but I still enjoy the little twists and turns this story has presented. Look forward to seeing where it takes us.

The Northman

I just stumbled upon this trailer and got really excited. This film looks packed with amazing cinematography and actors that flesh out this historical warriors drama. While the story seems simple, many of the best hero journeys are. I’m interested to see what Robert Eggers has in store for us this spring in the lands of Iceland.

Update: Unfortunately this film didn’t live up to its potential. It took a very Shakespearean approach in my opinion to a genre that most expected to follow in more of the The Vikings series style. The first forty five minutes of the film had potential, even though it was mostly extreme violence, but then the story got lost in mythological prose. I always find it strange when the people who construct the trailer understand what the viewers want to see, and thus highlighted the assaulting of the Rus town, but the film makers seem to ignore such understanding when developing the entire plot. With this genre all the acts of the film should center around major conflicts of arms and wit, concluding with heart wrenching victory or loss, if it’s going to truly captivate the historical warrior nerds.

Vikings: Valhalla

I am so happy that they have decided to continue this legendary series with a whole new time period and a different cast of characters. Since they had a good thing going I’m interested to see where and what stories they choose to cover this time. There are so many historical branches of the Scandinavian migration, exploration, settlement, and conquerings that they should have plenty of content to fill our medieval minds with visual wonder. As they say in the industry “Bring it on!”

Historical Doc Series Part V

This documentary, done by Voices of the Past,was filled with so many ancient historical insights that I had been longing to understand about The Silk Road and sea navigation between the East and the West . While it took me several sittings to watch it, due to its extensive length, every minute of research was well worth it. I took to writing down the source material that was quoted and was blown away to find that much of the East and West had written material from that era that showed how closely connected they were at this time. I won’t detract from the viewing by elaborating on their findings, but the excitement of some of the connections they made was amazing. If you are fascinated with this time period and how these great distances and diverse cultures were connected I highly recommend watching this video. Thanks to the creators for all their work in producing this needed tale.

The Last Duel

The premise of this film seems simple, trial by combat, so I’m intrigued to know how they will flesh out the story and if there will be any other historical battle events. By the trailer it looks like we will get at least one engagement, but of course I hope they really draw us into the tumultuous environment of 14th century France. Taking place during the reign of Charles VI, the Hundred Years’ War, and thirty five years after the Bubonic plague this time period is filled with massive dramas of the human experience. Bring on the historical fiction Ripley Scott!!!

Kingdom: Ashin of the North

So if you haven’t already watched the first two seasons of this mix genre Korean show I highly recommend you dive in before watching this special edition prequel. I’m really hoping this means they are planning on producing the third season of this show soon. I’m not going to provide any spoilers, but I really enjoy when a historical fiction makes me pause so that I can look up certain historical references. In this film it had me ponder the ethnic groups and medieval relationship between people in north Korea and the old Manchuria region of China. Definitely an important crossroads that have implications to current geopolitics.

Britannia Season 2 Trailer

I’m not sure how this slipped past my attention, but I’m going to chop it up to the vortex reality of 2020. I can’t say this show is very historically accurate, yet it still captivates my attention for historical adventures. They do include historical figures and general terms in historical Roman Britain, beyond that it all seems rather fanciful. Its most redeeming characteristic is tackling the concepts around ancient belief structures and how they impacted everyone in society. For us modern societies its hard to understand how ingrained godly magic was to every day life. Moments could be changed by the entrails of a lamb. Awe was found in the flight of a bird or runes engraved in stones. They make these moments kind of slap stick, which can seem to undermine it’s importance, but instead lightens the mood that otherwise would be dark and gruesome. I look forward to seeing where they’ll take us in season three.