I am Spartacus! No I am Spartacus… ok I think you get where this is going. I recently picked up a copy of Spartacus Season 1 on Bluray and have managed to fight, maim and cripple my way through about half of it and I am happy to report that it is absolutely fantastic. I loved Zach Snyder’s 300 and one of my favourite TV Show’s was HBO’s ROME and Spartacus is a perfect blend of both. With visuals reminiscent of 300 and a feel just like ROME, Spartacus Season 1 delivers one hell of a fun ride.
Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Roman Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.
Spartacus is exactly what you might expect, swords, debauchery and carnage as Spartacus becomes the mighty warrior of legend and fights his way through hordes of bloody mercenaries and dastardly killers to become the greatest Gladiator of all time and in time a powerful rebel leader.
Spartacus has a great cast including Andy Whitfield, John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Lucy Lawless and Peter Mensah. Action packed Spartacus is well written, sexy and brutal. I guess a fair comparison might be it is the True Blood of Gladiator TV shows. Lots of blood and carnage and a whole lot of groping and near pornographic content mixed in with a dramatic story of power and survival. Spartacus is much more then just blood, sex and death its filled with complex characters that drive the story line and keep us tuning in. Great visuals and action work fine for an episode or two but its Spartacus’s depth that make it work.
Probably the biggest surprise for me in the entire series is Lucy Lawless. I am not a Xena fan and was never a fan of her work not even her role in Battlestar Gallactica but I must admit she delivers in a big kind of way in this tv show. Easily the highlight is Lucy and I give her mad props for throwing herself literally into this role. The last thing I ever wanted to see was a nude Lucy Lawless but I give her credit for being willing to bare all for her art and I am sure Xena fans everywhere thank her.
Although I am not quite through the first half of Spartacus Blood and Sand I think its well worth checking out if you are a fan of 300 or Rome which are the two closest comparisons I have. I am not sure where the story will take me as I finish Season 1 of Spartacus but I am pretty sure it will continue to entertain and enthral me with its fantastic script, great direction, outstanding cast and its sheer brutality and sexuality. Spartacus Blood and Sand is a bloody good time!