- Nov 2017
Where? Even its anti-Catholicism is muted as hell (in fact, it portrays a Christian priest, Beocca, as the tutor of Uhtred). At no point does the show portray Christians nearly as violent or as primitive as the Vikings and Welsh, and instead does the opposite. There's no scene of Christians beheading pagan Danes, whereas we're shown the opposite at least twice in the show (in the first episode and in the last), as well as a whole scene of Vikings sadistically killing a Christian priest, whereas we have no equivalent scene of Christians doing that to Vikings. The show also kowtows hard to Alfred the Great.The TV show is based on the books and maintains the themes I talked about.
Based on what? Have many episodes have you seen? How can you make that assessment when, as I pointed out, the show often portrays the English Christians as oppressive and hypocritical? When the main character was raised by and loves the Danes? When many protagonists are Danish and many antagonists are English? This all applies to the show as equally as it does in the books. Historical fiction is any fictional/dramatize portrayal of history - not just books. It seems to me the only one attempting to further their own political agenda is you - projecting your own agenda to make everything political onto the show.
I've seen the entirety of the first season and read reviews of the second. Like I said, no it does not portray the English as hypocrites nearly as much as you think. See my response above. I've seen the entirety of the first season and read reviews of the second and it's obvious that the English Christians are portrayed as the better of the two sides and as the good guys while the Vikings are the clear villains. Yes, Uhtred was raised by Danes, but these same Danes brutally beheaded his father, and the Danes end up as the villains in the end. Alfred the Great is portrayed as a visionary hero while Guthrum as an uncultured invader who surrounds himself with warlike idiots like Ubba. Even the plot starts because the Danes, not the English, kill Uhtred's Dane foster father. Also, the only English antagonists are those that join the Danes and betray Alfred. The last episode makes it extremely clear on which side the writers are, if the prior episodes hadn't hammered their pro-English patriotic bias enough.
Also, why do you get all jelly at the mere mention of politics? I think it's fair to analyse a show, whether historical fiction or not, based on modern politics, especially when it so blatantly portrays almost all non-English people as subhuman scum. Shows are never written in a cultural and political void.
Yes, the show is not about modern politics, but it does infuse modern politics indirectly which is not surprising since it's written by modern people. This is like saying the book series (not the TV show though) is not indirectly touching on modern debates on atheism and Christianity, which you yourself pointed out, because it's not set in the modern world but in the Middle Ages.This show has nothing to do with modern politics, and by trying to make it about that, you're hijacking the thread.