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'Norsemen': The Netflix Viking Comedy You’ve Never Heard Of

Brett Nichols

Posted on September 24, 2020 18:23

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Norsemen is a hilarious show, and if you enjoyed "The Office," you will probably have no problem sinking hours into this wacky and weird parody.

So during the COVID lockdown, much like everyone else, I have been watching plenty of Netflix shows. Some of them have been winners, others ... not so much, but one that was particularly interesting is a little show called "Norsemen." This series would would have you believe at first glance that it is a historical retelling (or at least an attempted reconstruction) of Norse history. But unlike the airs the show and its intro put on, its mission is far from focusing on any dramatic retelling. "Norsemen" instead shines at parodying the life of the Norse people, presenting weird, dark, and plain dumb humor to captivate its audience, and I must say that it works.

It's absurdist humor and fourth wall breaks are hilarious to watch. For instance, there are numerous instances where the characters use idioms that would be used solely within the 21st century and the characters just throw them out and explain their usage by nonchalantly saying, "Oh, yeah its a new phrase they're working on" or "That's a fancy word they use in (x,y,z)." One of my personal favorite lines comes from an episode in season three, where one of the characters states in light of ravens knowing where to deliver a message: "we've come so far technologically that we no longer know how anything works" and the other character says with a contemplative demeanor: "it's so true." This type of dialogue is at the heart of the ridiculousness within the series.

The characters constantly break cultural norms and just act like it's not much of a problem and it's ridiculously funny. The characters focus on their feelings, whether they should pillage all the time, the emotional power of acting, if that armor makes the chief's rear-end look big, and so much more.

Although I am not Netflix's recommendation tab, I think that those who enjoy "The Office" (myself being a mega-fan as well) would absolutely enjoy this show. It's dumb, characters overthink what they do all the time, smart people are assumed as dumb where the actual dumb people are in leadership, and the salespeople have to deal with the ridiculous antics of the regional manager of their paper company. All of these things you will find if you watch "Norsemen" ... well, except for maybe that last one, I think that might be the plot for "The Office," actually. 

Overall, I would recommend "Norsemen" if you are looking for a show you don't have to think too hard about. So, once you get done binging "Black Mirror," try taking a visit to the age of Vikings. That is unless you haven't seen "The Office." If you haven't seen "The Office," you've got bigger problems. I would recommend watching both at the same time, or if multi-tasking isn't your thing, switch back and forth between commercial breaks on Netflix ... you'll thank me later.

Brett Nichols

Posted on September 24, 2020 18:23

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Source: Comedy News

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