Noob Reviews: Norsemen (Season 02)
Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included to help explain certain points.
Season 02 is currently available to view on Netflix.
What is Norsemen?
Although we have already reviewed season one on the blog before (available here), let’s do a quick recap shall we?
Norsemen is an action comedy television series in which we follow the adventures of the Viking raiders and village folk of the fictional village Norheim. Based in Norway circa 790 AD, the Vikings will turn their hand to anything, from raiding, raping (this is never actually seen, though, just discussed) and pillaging to exploration and even the odd touch of diplomacy.
Season two of Norsemen is a direct continuation on from the end of season one, with many of the characters we loved and adored making a return. And even one character that I was quite surprised to see, or at least his ‘identical’ twin brother.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Season 02 | Official Trailer -
Embed is from the What's On Netflix YouTube channel. Check them out if you get a chance.
When did it come out?
Season two of Norsemen was released in November 2017.
Have you heard anything about season three yet?
I would just like to mention at this stage it has not been confirmed officially, but there are listings on IMDb for season three of Norsemen to begin on the 20th January 2020. I am not sure how accurate this is but I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more details!
Screenshot from IMDb when currently looking at the Norsemen section.
If IMDb is to be believed, season three will be six episodes long again and run between 20th January 2020 and 21st February 2020 with an episode been released weekly.
How many episodes are there?
There are six episodes in season two, averaging about thirty minutes each.
Can you give us an example of some story lines?
Season one was filled with many twists, turns and locations. Whether it be the assassination of Olav and subsequent rise to power of Orm. Or the romance between Arvid and Frøya, there was a lot going on. Season two is no different!
In season two there is more of a focus around two parts of the show; the first been what happened to Liv, Rufus and Orm after the end of season one and their eventual return to Norheim with the ‘help’ of Jarl Varg. This story runs through the entirety of season two right up to the bloody and sad loss of one of the main characters. I’m not going to lie, but I am really not happy with who died.
The second is the rise to power of Arvid who at the end of season one managed to take control from Orm, fend off Jarl Varg from taking over Norheim and then within the last few moments as he was pouring out his heart to Frøya - Arvid was told that Hildur was ‘with child.’ His child to be more specific. Arvid’s story arc this time around and his character development is fantastic (but also sad). Not only is he balancing his new role as chieftain, but he has to balance Liv, Hildur and Frøya as they all fight for his attention (and affections). All with their own motives and end goals.
What's missing here?
With regard to the ‘Who was behind Norsemen?’ and ‘Who are some actors and actresses in the series?’ not much has changed in that aspect from season one, so I thought it best to skim over these parts and direct you back to the season one review (available here) as not to duplicate details. Just in case you have read it all before in the previous review.
How did you like the second season?
Season two I thought was really well thought out, laid out and played quite well; as with season one it came in perfect bite sized pieces that left me wanting more at the end of each episode. There was a lot more attention paid to the social classes of Norheim and the surrounding area this time with a lot more in-depth insight into how and why things run in the village the way they do.
Some of my favourite parts of this season were a peasant revolt led by the brother of the land owner Arvid quite literally cleaved in two in season one. Just as a recap, when Arvid did duel and defeat the land owner in season one, he acquired not only Liv as his wife but all the land owner's land too. There is also the lengths of which Jarl Varg will go to get that mysterious map to the west, the one that speaks of untold wealth, fertile lands and adventure. I’m going to drop a bit of a spoiler here and say he does eventually end up with the map but the how and why I will not spoil for you. Just know that it is a very well-thought-out plot and his reaction is priceless. At the same time though, it is this very plot that gets one of the main characters killed so it is sort of a love hate or bittersweet story line.
Overall season two picks up where season one left of, it does not slow the pace, falter or drop in ambition and drive. It keeps coming episode after episode with quality content and yet again I found myself binge watching the episodes. Personally, I take this as the sign of a great series and can not wait to see what season three has to offer.
What overall rating would you give season two of Norsemen?
As with season one, I will give season two of Norsemen a solid 5 out of 5 bananas. But I do so begrudgingly.
Now don’t get me wrong, the story continued to be engaging and interesting. Character development, fight scenes and schemes were a plenty (and very well implemented), but there was a character that died that I was not happy about. I may have mentioned that above (several times). Either way I had a lot of fun yet again and did not think it was right to drop the ranking because of my personal views on whom they kill off.
Thank you very much for checking out the review and if you are interested in Norsemen and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.