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Barbarians [Netflix]

  • 12-10-2020 4:14pm
    Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 33,594 CMod ✭✭✭✭

    New German language show centring around conflict between the Roman Empire and Germanic tribes of the time; trailer makes it look very splashy so not sure what kind of tone the final series will take...


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,589 ✭✭✭Tristram

    Will check it out

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,208 ✭✭✭Homelander

    Looks great, will be eagerly awaiting this one.

    Been awhile since I've seen anything worth mentioning about the Roman Empire.

    In fact only Rome and Spartacus come to mind in the past 10-15 odd years.

    Been a slew of crap Hollywood movies and low-budget features though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    1: Oh that was good! Glad to see they're not making the Romans look small and weak or anything. Also like the Latin and German being included. Don't know if the German is proper for it's time. The ending really clinched it,
    he looks like a ranking officer and that he can speak Latin. He'll have some good intel.

    Also, lol at one point where I was like.. ah I see the traditional German Beer Fueled Techno Rave goes back to ancient times :D

    Gonna be a lot of blood in this show I reckon.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    2: Alright, looks to me like there's
    no avoiding the big battle at this stage. Folkwin is falling into a leadership position even if he's not ready for one. Arminius I thought was going to turn but the show feels like it's trying to make it unclear. I'm still guessing he'll turn on the Romans.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    3: Oh ****! That moment when
    the spear came flying through yer mans neck! I wasn't expecting that. Something but not so sudden. I mean, there were other disturbing moments like Thusneldas cliff scene but this just hit hard with the shock!
    Well at least now there's kinda an explanation on how this turned around..
    Slydice wrote: »
    Arminius I thought was going to turn but the show feels like it's trying to make it unclear. I'm still guessing he'll turn on the Romans.

    Next episode has got to have
    an epic scene with a reunion of the children with the wolfteeth Arminius, Thusnelda and Folkwin.

    Really kinda cool, how the wolf symbology is being done in this show.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    4: I kinda
    let out a roar of a laugh there at the end. I mean, yeah they'll probably have a real serious fight in the next episode but just the combo of all Thusnelda and Folkwin have been through already and then this.

    Anyway, this looks like
    the path to the big tribes unifying but also to the Romans being blind to it from having no intel from their mercenaries.

    Plan seems solid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    5: Honestly thought
    that was actually Folkwin who burned to death. Bit of a jaw dropper!
    But then the episode ending,
    I was like.. Segestes.. WTF is with this guy?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    Finished! Solid well wrapped story. Felt like a decent intro to the crossover of Roman/German history.

    Decent enough show production. I could spot some places where they didn't have enough budget for bigger battles but they covered over them well enough.

    6: I'd kinda guessed that the show must
    have been about them winning the battle. I think the most shocking moment here was Thusnelda going at her own eye like that. That followed by just how the battle was won by ambush and then just Varus throwing in the towel.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian

    Pretty good all round, if you like that sort of thing. In the face of the bravery needed for violent and bloody struggles, there was a palpable sense of potential for treachery, and how trust was so important. The set-up was clever and interesting enough, and the characterizations were strong enough to be consistently interesting in the overall story. Mostly though, the trajectory of the story and finale was believable, with mounting tension which was effective. It felt like it could have done with an episode or two towards the end, but they probably wanted it tight enough for a rousing finale, which is what they delivered.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian

    Season 2 trailer.

    Effectively a super-quick recap of season 1. Who needs spoilers for the 2nd season, when a reminder of how good the first season was is all that's needed. Wait a minute.. spoiler for season 1 ahead if you haven't already seen it!

    A not-so-recappy trailer for season 2:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian

    First two episodes of season 2 down. Power and loyalty dynamics continue apace, with good set-up in episode 1. Episode 2 let down a little with some of the rather unbelievable

    escape scenes from the Roman garrison.

    Still though, pretty good drama, and through the historical fiction aspect, a really good account of the workings of the empire's outposts and tribal confederate organizations.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,850 ✭✭✭cdgalwegian

    Seriously good show. Despite its local feel, epic in barbarian vs Roman Empire stakes. Another excellent finale, set up for another great season. Only 6 episodes per season, hungry for more by the finale.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭Jarhead_Tendler

    This is right up my street. I wish there were more episodes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,807 ✭✭✭De Bhál

    really enjoying season 2, three episodes watched.

    like season 1, the storyline moves along at some pace. There's a fair few shows these days that should look at how this is produced. Very little if any filler, all about progressing the story.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,052 ✭✭✭Spon Farmer


    i watched the episode where Ari and Thusnelda marry in order to recruit allies against Rome and I’m confused that they are doing it openly in front of her father.

    They know he is Rome’s boot licker so I thought the uprising would be planned in secret.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,052 ✭✭✭Spon Farmer

    Also does the two seasons tell the whole story or is there going to be a third season?