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Blood, gore and sex - Just another day in Ancient Rome
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
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Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Advantages: Equality between male and female actors
Disadvantages: Bit too gruesome at time
I got to watch Spartacus Blood and Sand while I was living in the U.S. and safe to say it's a shocker! Never have I seen a programme where there's so much graphic violence and sex. This is definitely not for under eighteens and something you may want to consider watching by yourself if you're uncomfortable watching this type of programme with others.
Basically though, this show is about the rise of the Roman warrior Spartacus and how he went from a prisoner to a rebel. It's set in ancient Rome and has a Gladiator type feel to it as that's essentially what they're training to be.
I think the plot line is interesting and would work well in other mediums, such as a fantasy series maybe or video game but for TV something just feels off about it. Maybe it's because it's so explicit that it's a little hard to take at first.
There's a stellar cast though who all give great performances from Lucy Lawless to John Hannah. A number of the actors/actresses even go completely nude and show all their glory in front of the camera which I think has to be commended as not every actor would be comfortable with it. After all, how many male actors can say they've displayed everything they have to offer to the viewing public? For that reason I think the show is credible as normally in the past if ever there's been nudity it's always been the female who's been shown topless, now male actors are having to expose themselves as well and it's putting both sexes on a equal level.
Aside from the nudity though the violence is also very graphic, there are some scenes where I was hiding behind a pillow as I couldn't watch it (but I'm squeemish like that anyway).
Some of the acting can be a little over the top but not to the point where it stops being believable.
The show works well and will appeal to a more mature audience. I believe the show has already won a couple of awards but I'm not so sure how successful it'll be in the UK as it's had mixed reaction.
Run time: approx 50-60mins
TV Channel: Sky1
- John Hannah
- Lucy Lawless
- Andy Whitfield
- Erin Cummings
One problem I found with the characters was following who each one was as they all have names that were more common to the times of Ancient Rome so you have to be okay to remember these types of names I think to really follow the story but there's plenty of twists and turns to keep you gripped. Just be sure to have a pillow handy in case you want to hide behind it!
Summary: Good, but watch by yourself