Release: Nov 07, 2015 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
After the History Channel stopped doing real history documentaries and started focussing pseudo-scientific studies (UFOs and the like) as well as pseudo documentaries (Pawn Stars) which they achieve great successes with, they also tried out (mini) series. The Drama series Vikings is one of them and throughout the first two seasons entirely satisfied its audience. In early 2016, audiences will be able to enjoy the forth season.
Just as in the previous season, all episodes were aired in a censored version on American TV. Besides numerous cuts to the plot, there are also several scenes that had to be censored. All sex and nudity was either removed or replaced by alternate, more harmless footage. Regarding violence, there are no differences. At least not in the first 5 episodes.
This is a comparison between the American TV Version aired on the History Channel and the Extended Version.
Both Versions differ in 22 scenes:
6 additional scenes in the Extended Version
4 additional scene in the TV Version
12 scenes with alternative/extended footage
Overall, the Extended Version is 187.52 seconds (3:08 minutes) longer than the TV Version.
2:20 Minutes / 2:20 Minutes
Harbard asks for the names of Aslauf, Siggy and Helga whereupon the first introduces all of them. Harbard then explains he had heard of King Ragnar because he was famous. Aslaug smiles and Harbard tells her not to do that because he (Harbard) knew who she (Aslaug) really was: daughter of Sigurd who had killed lindworm Fafnir. Aslaug tells Harbard not to worry because she enjoyed doing that.
The TV Version shows Helga at first. The shot of Siggy starts earlier as well.
34.66 sec / 3.67 sec
9:24 Minutes / 8:54 Minutes
Additional and alternate footage in the Extended Version when King Ecbert is being welcomed. Lagertha and Athelstan point out that their friends from Wessex had helped them.
13.85 sec / 2.29 sec
19:42 Minutes / 19:05 Minutes
The scene at the Roman bath house is much longer in the Extended Version. Ecbert lights the candles, Lagertha follows him and is overwhelmed by the bath house.
29.32 sec / 4.55 sec
The conversation between the wanderer and the women starts earlier. The audio track is slightly displaced.
21:10 Minutes / 20:00 Minutes
The TV Version contains more footage of Helga. In the Extended Version, Harbard's tale is longer.
13.97 sec / 0.83 sec
21:37 Minutes / 20:14 Minutes
And again, the tale is longer. The TV Version contains more footage of Siggy.
8.68 sec / 3.42 sec
Same here: Harbard's tale is longer.
Harbard appears much more talkative in the Extended Version.
23:14 Minutes / 21:31 Minutes
The TV Version shows Siggy, the Extended Version allows Harbard to keep talking.
8.50 sec / 1.92 sec
Harbard makes a few more gestures in the TV Version when he reenacts the fight.
Harbard drinks some beer before he continues.
24:40 Minutes / 22:43 Minutes
Admittedly: the new footage is not exactly breathtaking. The TV Version containss a few more frames of Siggy, the Extended Cut contains more footage of Harbard's tale.
6.92 sec / 0.75 sec
26:56 Minutes / 24:55 Minutes
TV Version: Lagertha passes by Athelstan.
Extended Version: The distance shot of the bath house starts earlier.
2.67 sec / 3.04 sec
27:05 Minutes / 25:04 Minutes
Judith tells Lagertha a few things about the Roman bath house. Of course, there is alternate footage as well when King Ecbert chimes in and suggests to get in the water.
28.61 sec / 14.6 sec
27:59 Minutes / 25:44 Minutes
The scene in the bath house is longer in the Extended Version.
16.93 sec / 2.23 sec
Finally, Judith flashes some flesh.
TV Version: Extended shot of Judith walking.
TV Version: The shot of Athelstand starts earlier.
Therefore, there is more footage of Athelstan here. He puts the cup aside and leaves. At the same time, Lagertha and Ecbert are fooling around.
Judith sits on the bench, Athelstan comes in.
31:02 Minutes / 28:21 Minutes
Athelstan is on his way back. Then he watches Ecbert and Lagertha having sex. The TV Version only contains the sex scene.
18.81 sec / 3.42 sec
43:43 Minutes / 40:51 Minutes
Alternate footage of Siggy with the seer.
4.59 sec / 1.88 sec