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Jakob Burrows

Vikings III | The End of the Viking Age (1066)

Oh, you want more Vikings? We’ve got more Vikings. In this third (and final) installment about the History Channel’s drama series Vikings, we’re talking about the main characters and their real-life counterparts… er… if they in fact existed. Join as we discuss the man, the myth, the legend – Ragnar Lodbrok! Was he a simple…

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Vikings II | A Timeline of the Viking Age (794 – 1065)

We’re halfway through season 3 of Reel History! This week we’re taking a deeper look at Vikings, using the TV show as a basis to explore the real history of the Viking age. In this second installment (out of three) we zoom through a rapid fire timeline, dropping in on key events that shaped the…

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Vikings I | Life During the Viking Age (793)

Today we start a trilogy; three episodes tackling the smash-hit historical drama Vikings! The show features historical (?) characters such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Rollo, the first ruler of Normandy, and the easily pronounced Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson. These friendly travellers traipse across the entire Viking age so we thought we might do the same and take a…

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Alexander (2004) | The Great (323 BC)

It seemed so perfect. We had Oliver Stone, the filmmaker behind JFK & Nixon; the auteur director of Wall Street, Platoon and the Doors. We had a monstrous budget, a huge cast and locations from India to Morocco. We had one of history’s most interesting characters. We even had an excellent historical consultant on hand…

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The Last Duel (2021) | The Death of Trial by Combat (1386)

Lances at the ready for episode 2 of season 3 of Reel History! In this week’s journey into the mists of time, Michael struggles with his French pronunciation and hopes no one will notice as we muster our forces to give battle to 2021’s ‘The Last Duel’ (now streaming on Disney +). With Ridley Scott…

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Spellbound – “Lord of the Rings” Meets “Red Pill”

Welcome to Makladun, where a war betwixt warlocks and the peace-loving elves has raged on for centuries. Humans live under the protection of the One True King, he who returned to save us from the Hellish Overlord and his twisted minions. But is all truly as it seems? Is the darkness much closer to home…

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Braveheart (1995) | William Wallace (1297)

Welcome to Season 3 of Reel History! We’ll be releasing 10 new episodes, aiming for a bi-weekly releases on Thursdays. Follow @reel_history on Twitter to find out what historical films/shows we’re covering in advance so that you can watch along with us. We’re back, and it seems that nobody is safe from the inaccurate madness…

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History Top 5 – Schemers

What’s this?! A Reel History spin off? A special feature? Well, whatever we’re calling it, we’re dropping one or two experimental episodes between seasons. We’ve been busy cooking up season 3 and it’s creeping closer by the day, so it’s well past time to start releasing these! First off is a breakdown of the Top…

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Cobra Kai Season 4 Quick Reaction – Jakob

My name is Jakob Burrows and I represent Miyagi-do. Is it because I took my time, digested, meditated, and took a whole week to deliver this “quick” take? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out! Coming up next we’ll be breaking down every episode of season 4! Send us your thoughts to showswhatyouknowshow@gmail.com or…

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Watching The Sopranos (for the first time) after Many Saints of Newark | Season 1

We’re doing something different this week, inviting Jakob’s Girlfriend ™ to the studio to start The Sopranos from the very first episode, with the unique perspective of someone who watched The Many Saints of Newark before ever seeing the show. In this Jimless episode, Jakob gets to take on the all-knowing visage that Jim donned…

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