Spartacus : Blood and Sand was a favorite show of mine last year. Coming highly recommended from a trusted friend, it quickly became an addiction. On the surface, it appeared to be a Gladiator wannabe, with some fancy 300-style jump-cuts and slow-motion sequences. It quickly backed off on some of the CGI blood-spatters and became an intense character-driven masterpiece, full of all kinds of spectacular treasons and glorious back-stabbing drama.
That is not to say that the show is easy on the red stuff. At least once each episode, the viewer is treated to a spectacular battle, with glorious gore splashing the lens of the camera and body parts flying. In the later episodes, things gets really serious, and there are so many jaw-dropping “Holy Shit!” moments, that it becomes difficult to stop yourself from watching just one more episode.
Sadly, the actor who played the main character in the first series, Andy Whitfield, died during the production of the 2nd season. His replacement, Laim McIntyre, is impressive taking over the role and continuing the story where season one left off. Although John Hannah as Batitus is sorely missed, all the rest of the characters that weren’t brutally murdered are back for the new season, even one who I was really surprised to see.
If you haven’t checked out this great Starz original series produced by Sam Raimi, then you are truly missing out! Make sure to watch the first season and the prequel mini-series first before enjoying the new season.
Oh yeah, did I mention that you can watch the first episode of the new season right here at Horror Homework?
Yeah, check it out, weirdos :
Faithfully submitted by Darth Biscuits.