Produced by those folks behind Hercules, Xena and Legend of the Seeker, otherwise known as Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi is Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
I know it got a bit of a critical panning when the first two episodes got previewed, but I for one am really enjoying it. I think one reviewer referred that it might be the guilty pleasure of the year and that is my feeling.
Yes the plot to violence and sex ratio is pretty low, but you know, sometimes that is what I want. Hercules, Xena and based on the few episode of the Seeker Iíve managed to sit though always had to shy away from the violence so the fight scenes always lacked something visceral. Not so much here, we see everything and I mean everything.
Yes sometimes the amount of CGI blood boarders on the ridiculous and their always seems to be one of two token sex scenes which donít serve any plot purpose. The fight scenes are pretty brutal and the most recent episode with Spartacus being using as a fighter in the underground scene was the most violent yet. They also push the story on, but then I suppose the life of a Gladiator pretty much rotated around the arena fights.
I doubt it is historically correct in any sense, but then I doubt it is supposed to be. Although I do wonder if the way slaves are used is historically accurate as they do serve some interesting functions...
The press releases referred to it as a live action comic book, and it certainly use 300ís style, but on a much lower budget. Much like a mainstream comic book, it is great fun and you donít have to read anything else into it.
Anyone had a chance to watch it yet?