If We Controlled Your Remote… 11/28/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

This Wodensday night promises to be a bloody good TV night, as Vikings season 5B kicks off! The last half season culminated with two pairs of brothers leading armies against each other. Ivar the Boneless & Harald Finehair have gone to war with Bjorn Ironside & Halfdan the Black. Bjorn, eldest son of Ragnar, led his army to a recent victory against his younger brother Ivar’s forces, but now his Uncle Rollo is sending Frankish reinforcements. This second major battle between the armies took up most of the episode, though for a few moments we checked in on Iceland and Floki’s follies there.

The finale utilized a repeating flashback plot mechanism wherein characters at a moment of possible death flashback to other parts of their life. They were able to do this because several main characters died while others merely come face to face with their mortality. Lagertha, Bjorn’s mother and queen of Kattegat, killed her ex-lover Astrid, when Astrid confronted her in the middle of the battle. She confessed that she was carrying Harald’s baby in her womb and that she didn’t want the baby; she wanted death instead, and Lagertha gave it to her. The brothers Halfdan & Harald faced off on the battleground as well, and sadly history told us Halfdan was the one who must die. Harald would go on to become the first King of Norway.

Harald and Ivar won this particular battle, and Bjorn & his mother called for a retreat shortly after the arrival of the reinforcements that Rollo sent. In the aftermath of having to kill her ex-lover and an unborn child, Lagertha’s hair all went stark white. Over in Iceland, Floki’s inability to keep his townspeople from quarreling had escalated to murder and promises of vengeance. To quell this madness, Floki made the slighted family the governor and offered himself as a sacrifice to the gods. He didn’t go through with it yet though, so we have plenty to look forward to tonight. Can’t wait!!!

On tonight’s episode, “The Revelation,” legendary Viking Duke Rollo arrives, causing further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its king; Floki battles the elements in Iceland, and his own settlers’ desire for revenge, to forge a colony.

Don’t miss the exciting midseason premiere tonight on History Channel at 9/8c.

I’ll also be going down to South Park, gonna have myself a time.

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