- Nov 2017
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.