SDCC 2013: History Channel’s Viking Experience
Whoa, what a weekend! It was difficult deciding which aspect of this year’s San Diego Comic Con to describe, but after a bit of self-deliberation and a good nap I decided I’ll start with gushing about The Vikings Experience.
For those of you who aren’t aware of this show I am about to blow your mind. There is a show called Vikings on the History Channel. It’s a dramatic and gritty portrayal of the viking culture that follows the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, a man who starts off as a farmer and ascends to glory through exploration and conquest. Yes, there is lots of pillaging and everything one imagines when the word “vikings” comes to mind. In other words, it’s awesome.
The History Channel decided to promote the show by creating a Vikings area at San Diego Comic Con!
There were women dressed as shield maidens, lots of themed photo opportunities, and vikings boat races!
Shield Maidens Unite!
The main attraction of this experience was the boat races. While waiting in line to participate we got to watch clips of the show on a large screen to get us into proper viking spirit!
The coolest part about this is that these were actual boats. This wasn’t a virtual reality race, we stepped inside viking style boats, two at a time, and raced each other. Considering how hot it can get during Comic Con splashing around in some water sounded pretty great.
Here’s the best part about the boat races: We were encouraged to cheat. Every time I participated the person who helped me into the boat would say, “Now you didn’t hear this from me, but if you guys wanted to cross your boat into their lane and block them from finishing, we won’t stop you.” I can’t think of a better way to get into the viking spirit by not just winning, but foiling your enemy at the same time!
And yes, we totally crossed into the opponent’s lane and blocked their behinds. Valhalla, bitches!
Michelle of IAmChubbyBunny and I enjoy our victory!
There was also a nice area to sit down and relax that included some very pleasant imagery.
My two favorite characters, Floki and Lagertha.
Guess what, my fellow nerds? There is now a Vikings comic book written by the creator of the show, Michael Hirst.
I was so pleased when I found out that Vikings was making an appearance at Comic Con. I honestly don’t think this show gets enough love. It’s a realistic portrayal of a fascinating culture and it is well written and has wonderful performances by its actors. Also, the female characters in this show are strong, capable, but not without their vulnerabilities. It’s nice to see a show with that quality and to be honest that more than anything is what won me over.
Now stop what you’re doing and start watching Vikings. Do you want Odin’s wrath? I didn’t think so.