EAGAN, Minn. – If you thought the premier was action-packed, get ready for Episode 2 of "The Voyage."
An original series by Vikings Entertainment Network, "The Voyage" is the story of the 2022 Minnesota Vikings as told by the 2022 Minnesota Vikings.
This episode kicks off with the Vikings tough loss at Philadelphia in Week 2, after which quarterback Kirk Cousins said the offense showcased "two extremes" in Minnesota's first two games of the season.
It follows with a look at the Vikings bounce back effort at home in Week 3, the first of 11 one-score games Minnesota claimed.
Fans can catch T.J. Hockenson as a Lion before he joins the Vikings via trade, and Adam Thielen nabs his 50th career receiving touchdown. Third-year safety Josh Metellus gets a chance to shine, making back-to-back defensive plays, including his first career interception, to seal a victory.
Jump across the pond with the team as Eric Kendricks makes his 100th regular-season start and see Minnesota face New Orleans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London – where kicker Greg Joseph goes an impressive 5-for-5 on field goals for the day, including the decisive 47-yarder with 24 seconds remaining.
The trip wasn't without trauma, as rookie safety Lewis Cine suffered a significant leg injury that required him to stay behind in London. VEN cameras, however, captured the uplifting moment when Cine was able to join a team meeting via FaceTime on his birthday.
Episode 2 continues through Weeks 5, 6 and 7, which include a win against Chicago, Dalvin Cook and Patrick Peterson "returning home" when Minnesota defeats Miami on the road, as well as the next week's halftime inducting Jared Allen into the Vikings Ring of Honor. Three words: Coolio the Horse.
Lastly, if you thought Peterson played with a special level of energy? Just wait until he and Jordan Hicks face their former team and help Minnesota defeat Arizona at U.S. Bank Stadium.
"First of all, going into that Saints game, I had no idea that it was my hundredth game – at all. I think that's what the beauty was after the game, when we were in the locker room and I was presented with [a game ball], because I spend so much time with my head down, working hard, and I feel like I'm taking a little bit of time to enjoy myself and really smell the flowers this year – versus other years in the past – so that was a cool moment for me."
Select Vikings Season Ticket Members had the opportunity to screen the first episode of "The Voyage" at the TCO Performance Center prior to it being released to the public.
Stars of the Episode:
QB Kirk Cousins
LB Eric Kendricks
S Josh Metellus
WR K.J. Osborn
CB Patrick Peterson
S Harrison Smith
WR Adam Thielen'Producer's Take' by VEN's Ryan O'Neill:
– This episode featured a few fun locations that we don't often get a chance to visit in London and Miami, which allowed us to have a lot of fun framing those games around the trips. London is such a unique environment, and the team really embraced the trip that finished with another crazy ending. Miami was so visually striking with its bright colors against our Vikings purple, in addition to Dalvin Cook and Patrick Peterson having their "home" games and making big time plays with such emotional reactions.
– By debuting "The Voyage" following the season, we have the ability to weave in storylines we filmed last offseason to their appropriate games. Showing Adam Thielen's summer routine leading up to his milestone 50th touchdown was really rewarding, as well as tying in Jared Allen's speech early in training camp to the game where he was inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.
– A specific part I am excited for the fans to see is when the team sings Lewis Cine "Happy Birthday" while he is still in a hospital in London. To be able to show such an authentic and emotional moment for the team is special.
A four-part miniseries, "The Voyage" is produced by VEN Senior Producer of Original Content Nate Vaughn, Producer Alex Miller, O'Neill and Feature Content Associate Avneet Gill.
The full slate of air dates is below: