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Don S 01-29-2018 08:14 PM

Britannia - Amazon
 
I just finished watching Season 1 of Amazon's Britannia. It's a sweeping, epic series shot in just a tremendously beautiful location. The series started in an interesting fashion IMO and season 1 closed impressively. I didn't read any reviews or see any previews before I watched it, but afterwards I immediately thought of GoT comparisons because of the tremendous production values and sweeping plot lines and some seriously incredible scenery - and I mean some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen in any series. Did I mention how good this series looks yet? :-)

It's a period drama set in 43 A.D. with some mystic elements, bad Romans and all kinds of other cool stuff. I was impressed with Season 1 and would highly recommend it.




rdgrimes 01-29-2018 08:24 PM

Gauls, Druids and Romans, what else could you wish for?

Well written characters and stories, breathtaking scenery and period culture, that's what. This show has all that.

Was this filmed in Canada? Hard to imagine any place else looking this good.

Keenan 01-30-2018 12:28 AM

It was filmed in the Czech Republic and Wales.

I really enjoyed it, the scenery and the sets were spectacular and as we saw from the final episode,
Spoiler!
Nice collection of actors as well.

allargon 01-30-2018 07:55 AM

The reviews on this one aren't great. However, I don't find this to be quite as bad as a lot of critics mentioned. No, it's not "Game of Thrones". Little on TV now or even in the past would be. It's not even "The Tudors" or "The Borgias".

It's not as good as "The Last Kingdom". However, it is about the same dramatic quality as "Frontier" and "Medici: Masters of Florence" on Netflix. For linear TV, the quality equivalent would be "Da Vinci's Demons" on Starz.

lobosrul 01-30-2018 08:00 AM

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Originally Posted by allargon (Post 55598728)
The reviews on this one aren't great. However, I don't find this to be quite as bad as a lot of critics mentioned. No, it's not "Game of Thrones". Little on TV now or even in the past would be. It's not even "The Tudors" or "The Borgias".

It's not as good as "The Last Kingdom". However, it is about the same dramatic quality as "Frontier" and "Medici: Masters of Florence" on Netflix. For linear TV, the quality equivalent would be "Da Vinci's Demons" on Starz.

Which season though? I loved the first one... then it went way off the rails.

Don S 01-30-2018 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by allargon (Post 55598728)
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It's not as good as "The Last Kingdom". However, it is about the same dramatic quality as "Frontier" and "Medici: Masters of Florence" on Netflix. For linear TV, the quality equivalent would be "Da Vinci's Demons" on Starz.

I disagree. It's far better IMO than Frontier (by a country mile) and better than Medici. I haven't seen the Last Kingdom. It's definitely not GoT, but it is expansive, it has an epic feel to it and I found Season 1 really engrossing and interesting. As always YMMV, but I've never given much credence to some of the review sites for series like this ..

thehun 01-30-2018 12:42 PM

I watched 3 episodes so far and I'm not all that excited at all. I'll watch the remaining episodes then offer my take. I haven't read any professional reviews just this thread so far and Wiki for the facts. Be back later....

Flambe 02-05-2018 01:42 PM

I watched this show initially only because it was offered in UHD via Amazon Video. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the best thing I've seen, but it's well made and different enough that I had to stick with it.

Lots of great acting in this show. Really all the actors did great, even some of the small bit parts, but I have to give props both Liana Cornell as the daughter and Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Divis. And, once I learned that Mackenzie Crook played Veran the druid, I couldn't unsee him as his character from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Was this the best thing ever? No. Am I hoping there's a Season 2? Yes.

StormCrow 02-18-2018 06:46 PM

I just finished episode 6.

I totally agree that the location is just awesome. Not only that, but it is also filmed in a tasteful way that brings out the beauty, rather than distract from it. I much prefer this type presentation that doesn't get annoying with filtering and blown out contrast, etc. This is just soothing, lush and vibrant. It gives a perfect atmosphere for this type of story.

I can't figure why the IMDB rating is only 6.6! Absentia is 7.4? IMDB what has become of ya!

Yes, as also said....It's not GoT. That is a pretty high bar though and lately, GoT is not always as good as GoT! ;)

I like this cast also. The young Eleanor Worthington-Cox is really perfect for her roll and of course also familiar actors like Zoë Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook (Check out Detectorists!) and was that David Bradley as the old lone Druid when the others had gone to the Citadel?

Anyway, more folks should check this out!

adpayne 02-19-2018 08:53 AM

I also gave this a try due to UHD/HDR, and was pleasantly surprised. I really wish HBO and the other pay channels would delve into 4K like Netflix and Amazon have. GOT in UHD/HDR would be breathtaking.

Don S 05-13-2018 07:33 PM

I just noticed that there will be a season 2 as well it seems. Great news. http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/27183...d-for-season-2

TitusTroy 05-13-2018 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Don S (Post 55596734)
I just finished watching Season 1 of Amazon's Britannia. It's a sweeping, epic series shot in just a tremendously beautiful location. The series started in an interesting fashion IMO and season 1 closed impressively. I didn't read any reviews or see any previews before I watched it, but afterwards I immediately thought of GoT comparisons because of the tremendous production values and sweeping plot lines and some seriously incredible scenery - and I mean some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen in any series. Did I mention how good this series looks yet? :-)

It's a period drama set in 43 A.D. with some mystic elements, bad Romans and all kinds of other cool stuff. I was impressed with Season 1 and would highly recommend it.

sounds impressive...added to my watch list

TitusTroy 10-01-2018 03:34 PM

I finally got around to watching this...watched all 9 episodes over 2 days...I enjoyed it...good story, great characters, excellent cast...it's no Game of Thrones but it makes a worthy copycat...more like HBO's Carnivale in a way as it deals with prophecies and destiny...once you understand who everyone is and all the various allegiances the show continues to get better...it's a historical fantasy about the Romans 2nd attempt at conquering Britannia which leans more towards the fantasy end of the spectrum...lots of in-fighting among the various clans of Britannia and a big mystical element courtesy of the Druids...plenty of gory violence, betrayals, nudity...some gorgeous cinematography as well

the comedic elements felt out of place at times along with some of the cursing in this fantasy world...some familiar faces such as Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious from the Star Wars movies), David Bradley (Walder Frey Game of Thrones), David Morrissey (Governor Walking Dead)...Mackenize Crook does an excellent job playing Veran, the head of the Druids...very fun show and definitely worth a binge watch...it's been renewed for Season 2 which is set to debut in early 2019...I'll definitely continue to watch as the story seems to be only in the beginning stages

the show is in 4K but no HDR...it looked great in UHD but it really could have benefited from the extra pop of HDR/Dolby Vision...there were a lot of bright colors and scenery which would have been a perfect showcase for HDR...hopefully Season 2 has HDR support

shivaji 12-01-2019 06:36 PM

This show has returned for a second season and is an enjoyable romp amidst Romans, Druids and Witches.

Keenan 12-01-2019 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by shivaji (Post 58900138)
This show has returned for a second season and is an enjoyable romp amidst Romans, Druids and Witches.

Is that a quote from a review as I don’t see it being available yet on Amazon Prime?

rdgrimes 12-01-2019 08:08 PM

^^^
Pretty sure its available on Sky network. Amazon will probably be a couple months behind.

shivaji 12-01-2019 08:24 PM

Er, Please disregard that. its not up yet on Amazon.

Don S 12-02-2019 06:29 AM

I've been looking for the last few weeks for it. I actually re-watched season 1 as well in preparation. I'm ready :-)

TitusTroy 12-02-2019 06:30 AM

S1 was fun...looking forward to the new season

WilliamR 12-03-2019 01:06 PM

I started watching this based solely on Don's recommendation and I am really enjoying it so far. Looks freaking stunning on my TV, like this is what I have been waiting for to show off these locations.


I have a soft spot for anything medieval so it grabbed me right away. Love this period of history, the story, visuals, characters, actors, etc. Going to get caught up soon so I can be ready for season 2 when it drops.

WilliamR 01-15-2020 08:51 AM

Amazon has exited this series and will not air season 2 or 3. Sky looking for a new U.S. partner.

‘Britannia’ Renewed For Third Season By Sky Atlantic As Amazon Exits Fantasy Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Sky has renewed epic fantasy drama Britannia for a third season.

The third season of the big-budget historical drama, which was written by playwright Jez Butterworth, is set to shoot later this year. It stars David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey and Eleanor Worthington-Cox and was created by Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson.

UPDATE: Amazon is no longer involved in the show and will not air seasons two or seasons three. Sky sources told Deadline that it was in “active conversations with a number of U.S. partners” about finding a new U.S. home for the drama.

The first season, which included nine episodes, ran from January to March 2018, while the ten-part second season launched in November 2019.

In the first season of Britannia, the show followed the story of the Roman invasion led by General Aulus (David Morrissey), who sought to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids. In season two, the drama moved on two years following General Aulus invasion of Britannia, romanizing willing Celt tribes with the help of Celtic Queen Amena (Annabel Scholey), and crushing those who tried to resist. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts was Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But an epic battle of wills divided the druids in the form of two Druid brothers – Veran and Harka (Mackenzie Crook) putting the prophecy in jeopardy.

Season three follows Cait’s journey as the Chosen One with a decision that will tie her to the future of her war-torn people and their ravaged land. Aulus comes under pressure from a new and dark force – otherwise known as his wife, whilst Amena finds herself in a lethal Ménage à trois with both of them. Divis gets a new job which he despises, and Veran goes to the underworld and sees the future.

Produced by Neal Street Productions and Vertigo Films, the show has travelled around the world. Distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution, it has aired on HBO in a number of European territories, Starz in the Middle East and SVOD service iFlix across Africa. Amazon streamed the first season in the U.S., but was not involved in the second season and is unlikely to partner with Sky on season three.

The third season was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Sky’s Director of Drama. Gabriel Silver is the executive producer for the series for Sky. Season three is written by Jez and Tom Butterworth. Produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges and executive produced by Vertigo Films’ James Richardson and Neal Street Production’s Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown with Jez and Tom Butterworth.

Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios said, “We are incredibly proud to be able to continue to grow the Britannia franchise bringing ‘Jez and the team’s unique and distinctive vision to life for a third series.”

Jez Butterworth added, “We’re very excited to be continuing our mythic journey through Ancient Britain. This year was a particularly good vintage for mushrooms here in the West Country, so we strongly suggest you hold on to your hats.”

https://deadline.com/2020/01/britann...ee-1202829226/

Don S 01-15-2020 09:21 AM

Drats. I was really looking forward to seeing Season 2 soon. Hopefully they find a partner soon :-/

Keenan 01-15-2020 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Don S (Post 59102850)
Drats. I was really looking forward to seeing Season 2 soon. Hopefully they find a partner soon :-/

As Comcast owns Sky maybe it will show up on their upcoming NBC/Universal streaming service.


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