At this moment the Strong Viking season would officially start. Because of the home quarantine, we have to think of something else to entertain us through these days. For many people on demand streaming services, like Netflix, are the perfect solution. Our Strong Viking crew also likes to watch a movie or series. In this blog we list our recommendations in topics like sports, mental health and of course Vikings. You can watch all the listed series and documentaries with a Netflix account.
To start with a real Viking recommendation, you can’t miss the series Vikings! Vikings is the successful series of History Channel, about the conquests of Ragnar Lothbrok. The series was so successful that it was brought to Netflix and you can watch all six(!) seasons here, so you can definitely entertain yourself for some time.
It goes without saying that the series take place in the time of the Vikings. The story is about the simple Viking, Ragnar. He leads a number of risky raids in Great Britain, causing him to slowly rise in the respect of the combative Vikings. Ragnar eventually becomes the leader of a great Viking empire, but his sons also plan to establish their names. Entirely in Viking tradition this happens with a lot of bloodshed, conquests, exciting battles and you also can’t miss out on a bit of Viking humor.
The Dawn Wall
This is one for the list 'Viking, don't do this at home'. When Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climbed California's Dawn Wall, the news almost went viral on the Internet. The film, The Dawn Wall, tells this story. It was the climb of the decade that held a global audience in its grip for almost three weeks when two climbers made their way up the world’s toughest wall climb. Through moving interviews, Redbull's documentary explores the inspiration of Caldwell that led to the seven-year project. A depression forms this dark motivation that eventually leads to the greatest achievement of his life.
This is not just a documentary for the 'real climbers'. The Dawn Wall includes interviews with Caldwell's parents, Jorgeson's mother, friends of the climbers and John Branch of the New York Times to provide an external perspective on this phenomenal climb.
The Redeemed and the Dominant - Fittest On Earth
Have you already lost your motivation to work-out? Then curl up in your couch for this documentary. In the next 103 mintues you’ll get an in-depth insight into the lives of famous Cross-fit athletes such as: Tia-Clair Toomey, Matt Fraser, Kara Webb, Katrin Davidsdottir, Sara Sigmundsdóttir and Brent Fikowski. These are not just any Cross-fit athletes, these are the names of the fittest people on earth in 2019! Are you not familiar with CorssFit? These people are the Lionel Messi's, Cristiano Ronaldo's or the Lieke Martens' of the current CrossFit world.
As the makers describe it beautifully: "The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth captures all the drama as top athletes resembling chiseled Grecian god's descend on Madison, Wisconsin, to face a series of trials. Hercules faced 12; they take on 13."
After watching this documentary, you can take it all the way with our Strong Viking home workout!
Ragnarok is a Norwegian fantasy drama by Netflix that premiered on January 31, 2020. The series takes place in the fictional Norwegian town of Edda in western Norway. The city is plagued by climate change and industrial pollution caused by the factories of the local Jutul family, Norway's fifth richest family.
The Jutuls are actually four Jötunn, pretending to be a family. In Norse mythology Jötun are humanlike or beastly entities of unimaginable size and they are gifted with divine power and strenght. The giants are often in a fight with the gods. They are challenged by Magne, a teenage boy who is surprised to learn that he is the embodiment of Thor. Het starts a battle against those who destroy the planet.
Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened
This documentary shows that it is not always fun and games in the event industry. The young and charismatic Billy McFarland plans an over-the-top luxury music festival on a beautiful exotic beach on the Bahamas. His goals is to generate more publicity for the entertainment app he developed together with his business partner, rapper Ja Rule. To promote the spectacular event, Mc Farland enlisted the help of international models and social media influencers to generate buzz and an air of exclusivity around the festival. Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and others posted photos and videos of themselves on the beautiful beach on the private island owned by the drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
The Fyre Festival offered the best destination for rich, hip, young Millennials. With the desire to join this elite, thousands of people bought expensive tickets for the festival. The promotional material suggested that there would be top musical acts, private villas, alcoholic beverages and generous meals. McFarland's great imagination and overpromise, along with his awful management style, hiring inexperienced, naive and gullible staff, turned the festival into a complete disaster. A disaster mainly due to the alleged lies and incompetence of McFarland.
After watching this documentary, at least you know how an event should not be organized!
Pandemic – How to Prevent an Outbreak
The timing couldn’t be better with this documentary. This new, terrifying docuserie was launched at the beginning of March 2020. Around the same thime as the new virus appeared in our lives. While the coronavirus dominates the headlines, Netflix is streaming its six-part series about how prepared (or not) the world is for a new pandemic.
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak begins with a theory: the world is ready for a new, fast-moving deadly virus. It's been 100 years since a deadly flu virus killed 50 to 100 million people, at a time when the world's population was only two billion people.
Now there are nearly eight billion people in the world, as expert Dr. Dennis Carroll, director of USAID's Emerging Threats Unit, warns in Pandemic: "When we talk about a new flu pandemic, it's not a question of if, but when". In addition to the loss of life, the virus has caused widespread disruption to financial markets, workplaces, flight patterns and food production - effects predicted and investigated in a pandemic with great flair, detail and drama.
What the Health
This is a documentary about the global food industry and the involved diseases. This documentary will give you some ‘Really?’ moments. What the Health is the groundbreaking sequel by the makers of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases. Het investigates why leading health organizations withhold this information form people. With cardiovascular disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, this documentary reveals perhaps the biggest health cover-up of our time.
This documentary provides insight into the treacherous roles that pharmaceutical and processed animal food companies have in the global health. It is a surprising research documentary that will be an eye-opener for anyone who worries about our nation's health and how big corporations can affect it.