Originally Posted by gwsat
I watched the first episode of Vikings
and mostly liked it. I thought it looked and sounded very good and, as always, Gabriel Byrne and Jessalyn Gilsig did a great job. I am a little less sure of the actor who plays Our Hero, Lothar. He is an Aussie named Travis Fimmel. His default expression seems to range between a smirk and a sneer, something a more cynical observer might call a s**t eating grin. It bothered me. I thought both the actor who plays Ragnar's brother, Clive Standen, and the actress who played Lothar's wife, Katheryn Winnick, were excellent. I liked the plot but do wish the show had found a stronger leading man. I'll see what happens next, maybe better direction will improve Fimmel's performances. I hope so because Vikings
shows a lot of promise.
I noticed Flimmel too, but am not critical of it. I think it's perfectly in character with the literary Viking leaders I've read about. Viking leaders I've read about, have some shared characteristics. They might be humorous, glum, talkative, etc. but most are smart, ambitious and would rather gain respect by dissing an opponent, than show it to a rival. Ragnar doesn't like the Earl. He doesn't respect him. He's not afraid of him. In short, he's everything the Earl fears. Ragnar needs supporters, Vikings are drawn to adventurous, confident and lucky leaders. The actor, Fimmel, is channeling that, IMO. I expect him to get even more sly and cocky as the series progresses. To be fair, he's not one dimensional with his wife, son or brother...just for the establishment.