Norse­men

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - – Ken­neth Chaw

IF you love TV shows cen­tred on Vik­ings, chances are you’ll love Norse­men.

In the past few years, au­di­ences have been treated to big-bud­get TV pro­duc­tions cap­tur­ing the life and ex­ploits of the Norse sea­far­ers such as Vik­ings and The Last King­dom.

While I love the well-de­vel­oped char­ac­ters and sto­ry­lines on th­ese shows, es­pe­cially the for­mer, they can feel a bit too heavy at times.

Nor­we­gian com­edy se­ries, Norse­men, serves as the per­fect comic re­lief for the genre. Now in its sec­ond sea­son, the half-hour se­ries par­o­dies the Vik­ing cul­ture to hi­lar­i­ous ef­fect.

Act­ing vil­lage chief Orm looks ev­ery bit the ma­cho, burly Vik­ing, but he’s a scaredy-cat at heart and not a very good fighter.

There’s a scene where Orm is tasked to set the body of a fallen Vik­ing on fire as it floats away on a lake by aim­ing a fiery ar­row at it. It is an im­por­tant tra­di­tion per­formed to en­able the de­ceased to en­ter Val­halla (a ma­jes­tic place in the af­ter­life for he­roes to rest).

Un­for­tu­nately, with Orm’s way-be­low par archery skills, let’s just say that poor Vik­ing never made it there.

Norse­men is one of the few com­edy shows I ac­tu­ally laugh out loud, and you will too, es­pe­cially if you’re a fan of the Vik­ing genre.

Norse­men Sea­sons One and Two are avail­able on Net­flix.

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