BARBARIANS Season 1 Review
Plot: Over 100 tribes across Germania run their course of surrendering to every whim and fancy of the Roman army. While Reiks (chiefs of a tribe) have given up their little sons to the Romans in exchange for peace, it is only a matter of time before the army is back to demanding unreasonable tributes and taxes. Now, do the Barbarians comply or is it time for one of the biggest rebellion attack that history has seen.
Review: The Romans empire is on a mission, to ensure every tribe across Germania is under their control. To do this, they demand tributes, and if there is an alliance of peace – it comes at a very heavy price – in exchange for the sons of the chief of the tribe. The setting and plot of this 6-episode series lead to the main story – which is of the historical fact of the Battle of Teutoburg wherein a Germanic alliance led to the defeat of 3 legions of the Roman army that was on its way to Rome. To get there, this show has in place its fictionalized back stories, with heroes and heroines who are sometimes callous and most times vengeful.
Thusnelda and Folkwin Wolfspeer are the young lovers who cannot proclaim their love for each in public other due to complicated class issues. The two young blooded individuals are also witness to the Romans forcing their chief to kneel and kiss their prized emblem – the golden eagle on their staff. To avenge the embarrassment caused, the two, along with two of their friends plot to steal this prized emblem from the Roman camp. They succeed in doing so, but this action declares an open war, and it is up to Arminius – a representative of the Roman force, who was born Ari, a Barbarian who was given up by his father (a Reik) in exchange for peace.
While most of the back story is set in place only to lead into the main event – which is the ambush in the forest, a lot of it is scripted to cater to the current psyche of the series watching audience. There is enough action, sex, sacrifice over love, trust and betrayal. If one can overlook the irrationality in the actions that lead to the final event, this limited series could make for a rather entertaining binge. The makers have also allowed enough and more story plots that could extend into a season 2, so watch this one to prepare for more of the drama too.
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Original language(s)||German, Latin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||41–51 minutes|
|Original release||October 23, 2020|
BARBARIANS Season 1 Cast
- Laurence Rupp as Arminius
- Jeanne Goursaud as Thusnelda
- David Schütter as Folkwin Wolfspeer
- Gaetano Aronica as Varus
- Bernhard Schütz as Segestes
- Nicki von Tempelhoff as Segimer
- Ronald Zehrfeld as Berulf
- Eva Verena Müller as Irmina
- Nikolai Kinski as Pelagios
- Urs Rechn as Kunolf the Brukteer
- Mathis Landwehr as Eigil
- Jeremy Miliker as Ansgar
- Sergej Onopko as Hadgan
- Matthias Weidenhöfer as Golmad
- Florian Schmidtke as Talio
- Denis Schmidt as Rurik
- Sophie Rois as Seeress Runa