Vikings Season 2 is in some ways better than Season 1!
In light of a somewhat disturbing panel on military battles in fantasy at ConDor, during which other panel members asserted that female military commanders or just plain warrior females were "extremely rare" in history, I'm l*o*v*i*n*g Vikings. It should go without saying that Lagertha is my favorite.
I just did a mini-marathon of the first six season 2 Vikings shows. Lagertha, who had left Ragnar with their son Bjorn because he took up with Princess Whats-Her-Name who's giving him all these sons, then ended up with a lousy hitter. This jackass hit her in front of her son, who was itching to kill him. Lagertha then showed up with warriors to help Ragnar regain his much-abused feasting hall and seaside town. She fought like a demon. Ragnar and Rollo were still somewhat carrying torches for her, but she left her son, now a 6'4" blonde Viking God kid, with Ragnar and returned to the homely, egotistical hitter.
This creep proceeded to humiliate her and sent his goons to beat her. She got in a number of good whacks before they overwhelmed her and left her broken and bleeding on the floor. Then, in front of everyone, he hadn't done enough to sate his brutality, apparently. He was hellbent on showing the entire group a bruised, beaten Lagertha's breasts ... and she ...
Stuck a knife in his eye!
Ah, Lagertha. Oh gee whillickers. Oh my.
Recognizing her shining excellence, one of the hetmen or whatever one might call him then sliced off the nasty hitter's head while he was roaring in agony with the knife in his eye.
Best. Scene. Ever.
I also have a soft spot in my heart for the treacherous Siggy. I sort of get why she's such a snake. I can't tell whether or not she has actual feelings for Rollo or has just selected him as an alternate to Ragnar, since obviously she can't get Ragnar - especially not now that he has a 6' tall permanently pregnant princess. As to Ragnar, whom I've always liked - can't help it - I can't figure out why the mysterious Seer seems to tell Ragnar whatever, while he's completely cryptic with everyone else.
During the first season, I wasn't even sure if "The Seer" was a real person or was in people's minds. But now, he seems more like an actual person. When beard-boy Jarl Borg conquered the town, he was mighty pissed-off and growling at him. He then informed him he "saw an eagle" in his future. Even I got that one, and of course I cannot wait for the current episode when I believe it will be played out in some bloody, awful manner: a blood eagle.
Men will watch this show and experience what is for them, heroic fantasy. No men today are going to go raiding on Viking ships, despoiling churches and playing sick games with holy relics like Floki (my next-favorite character after Lagertha and Rollo).
But the @!!%#!!! that happened to Lagertha? Like women don't know what it's like to have their husband cheat on them? Beat them? Disrespect, control and abuse them? Even do sick things like "My wife has the most beautiful breasts ..." If I had a buck for every time a man I was with did something that humiliated me, I'd be a wealthy woman. And yes, I wish I had stuck a knife in his eye. As to Siggy's behavior -- nah, women don't do things like that. They never sleep with men to get something they want.
Thanks to my buddy Badass of the Week Ben, who doesn't share the blindness of my fellow panel members and who's NOT a candidate for a knife in the eye - here's just one of them. Thieu Thi Trinh - I'll let Ben take this one: "When Trieu was 19 she killed her evil sister-in-law in a straight-up hardcore backwoods street fight, fled into the wilderness, climbed a mountain, and spent the next several months training herself how to become an even more efficient human killing machine so that she could destroy the Chinese and liberate her people once and for all."
And her further adventures: "In the spring of 248 AD, the last thing the Chinese occupation forces expected to see charging out of the jungle was a pissed-off battle-babe riding a stampeding elephant and leading a swarming army of hardcore swordsmen who’d spent the last six months training on top of a mountain somewhere." Ah, Ben. Bad. Ass.