The Last Kingdom

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The Last Kingdom

Postby Altius » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:06 am

Watched the first episode of this show, which is based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories, and I really enjoyed it. For some odd reason, it started here but won't be seen till later this month in the UK even though it's a BBC show. In case anyone's planning to watch it, I won't give any spoilers. But it's got Rutger Hauer in it!

I also thought this intro was pretty cool:

http://youtu.be/qdL0TUodnpU
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Duff » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:45 pm

Why has he got a square shield? :?
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Altius » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:33 pm

Duff wrote:Why has he got a square shield? :?


Eh, don't think too hard on it. There are several other costume sins I spotted, but that's show business. It was still a good story.

Just a guess, but the show runners probably did the square shields to differentiate them from the Danes. To the average viewer, a Dane and a Saxon would look remarkably similar and it could quickly become confusing.
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Bronshtein » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:27 am

Duff wrote:Why has he got a square shield? :?

Maybe he's Pictish twice removed on his mother's side three generations ago or something? ':)
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Hastati » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:40 am

Duff wrote:Why has he got a square shield? :?


They didn't want to cut corners on the show.







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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Mr Ed » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:49 am

I did fear corner cutting on budgets. I thought it was going to be like Sharpe where you've permanently got the feeling the extras are sprinting round behind you to get back in shot each time he walks down a line.

I expect Altius has nailed it on the shield, though perhaps they're also trying to give the Saxons a bit of a civilising link back to the Romans. Overall the costuming was pretty good. You can even begin to forgive them stirrups by this stage, and so far everyone's got down to fight and formed a battle line rather than the usual melee nonsense.
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The Last Kingdom

Postby kawasaki » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:24 pm

Not great so far is it?

When did Anglo-Saxons have square shields?
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Duff » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:17 pm

Did you not read any of the posts on this thread Kawasaki? I thought it was quite good, at least no-one was using a two handed sword and the battle scene had about the right numbers for the period. Certainly a step up from season 3 of Vikings (though Katherine Winnick would be a very welcome addition to the show). I do hope the lead actor gets a fucking haircut though.
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby --- » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:23 pm

Duff wrote:Did you not read any of the posts on this thread Kawasaki?


No, he started anther one so they got merged.

I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would.
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Re: The Last Kingdom

Postby Montgomery Burns Jr » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:28 pm

I thought it was OK and despite the square shields, seems a bit more realistic than Vikings, which is basically Sons of Anarchy with Longships and axes instead of motorbikes and guns, even the lead actor in each look like twins.

* I actually like both those shows for throw away entertainment, but they are not very realistic
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