I updated my Theme. Went with Franklin not Fruitshake. Not sure whether the theme is really any better than the last? Fiddled with widgets. Bletch?
I know it’s productive but it doesn’t give the same thrill as once it did.
Hands up, all those who watch Netflix? I see a few hands in the back row there. I do and i’m firmly seated in the front row. I was watching a blood and thunder production of Marco Polo. Yeah I know … Marco … reply Polo, etc. I cannot remember, how long Neflix has pushed it. It’s a Netflix original production. They scream. So, okay! About a month ago I finally tuned in. Then the other day, yesterday if you want to be precise? I reached the end of the first series. Yes, that’s right. The good folks at Neflix want to give us more.
That’s not really the thrust of this tale.
So, perusing the Netflix titles almost immediately. Up pops this next series. The Last Kingdom. Based on a historical novel. By somebody or other? Another Blood and Thunder production. What is it with these productions? That they have to give us their take on the horrors of war and genocide. With decapitation, rape, bondage and more. Man’s inhumanity to man. They want to give work to the model makers? The prosthesis makers and wardrobe artists. Apparently it’s no good to just hint at the carnage. Like the Roman amphitheatres, they’re going at it full tilt boogie.
With the inevitable soundtrack of a female voice going oohing and ahhing . Ephemeral, in the background. String section going wild …!
So, maybe it’s my heritage? Yet, you know? The plot’s not half bad. I am more entertained than the Italian or Latin, as the Mongols called him. The costuming is quite good. Lot’s of wool and sheepskins. Ohl yeah, the Danes look really bad-ass dudes. Hard to believe they were part of a Saxon renaissance just 200 hundred years later? More to the point, it seems that the production team has also got the costumes, scenery and context of a 6- 7th century Britain quite nicely. Apart from the boots. Yet now I’m picking nits.
Oh and the widgets? They speak for themselves.