I’ve been looking very forward to the Starz original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” And I’m happy to say that if you were looking forward to it, you’re in for a wild ride.
They tell you right in the front of this show that this is meant to be an intense depiction of Rome. And it is to a certain point. There is definitely a ton of blood, language, and sexuality (one of the female characters is fully naked), but it is all there for a reason and it defines the characters, shows you who they are.
Many won’t like this the same way they didn’t like 300. And I can say that no one will be able to watch this without thinking about 300, and that’s the biggest flaw. It has a speed up slow motion and blood flowing everywhere. It is one of the most graphic TV shows I’ve ever seen.
However, if you liked 300 (which I did) and you see the slow motion as a way to rise the intensity and that the graphic violence/sexual content is meant to connect with the characters towards some degree, you will enjoy this show. But it’s not only a story full of blood and gore and sex and nudity; it also has a lot of character to it and a lot of substance.
Andy Whitfield is brilliant as “Spartacus.” He drives the character and makes you feel for him. His acting is perfect. In fact, all the actors are incredible, including Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, and John Hannah.
The battle scenes in this show are outstanding. Again, very bloody, 300 style battles, but still entertaining. The gladiator fights are well shot and very gritty.
I know it’s television and the visuals aren’t always the best, best the visuals in this show are gorgeous. There was one moment where it looked like a video game, but only for a second.
it’s not only a story full of blood and gore and sex and nudity; it also has a lot of character to it and a lot of substance.
So if you like sword and sandal epics and you don’t mind gore and nudity, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the show for you. I personally thought it was a fun, kick ass, macho show, and while it does have a little too much sex and reminds me a lot about 300, it’ll definitely keep my attention for the next episode.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs on Friday at 10 o’ clock on Starz.