O.k. - this is a TV show so we can't expect Gladiator-like settings. I can accept that. But painted skies, continuous spurts of red (meant to be blood), a stretched storyline to make it to another season, a lot of bad lighting, too much cheap CGI, cheap props, bad acting, hmm.
If this is supposed to be a series about the life of Spartacus they will need to keep going for at least 7 more seasons before they get to the end. Bear in mind that the actual uprising in 73BC took only about two years. Sex sells - and they sure try their best here. But can't we expect more than red paint and skin form a TV show?
TV can be good - as we've seen on The Wire, NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, The X-Files, Twin Peaks etc. This is mediocre at best. Which doesn't mean there is no quality here. Andy Whitfield does a good job portraying the Thracian warrior turned gladiator Spartacus. Also Peter Mensah as Doctore - the trainer is very convincing. Most of the arena fights are extremely well staged. The costumes and uniforms are very good as are a lot of the people in the background.
The problem to me is that this is just not enough to carry a show. Many of the so called Romans are just not convincing. If they'd at least look "Roman"... To name a few: John Hannah is a Scottish actor. Here he is supposed to be a Roman nobleman. Well, maybe in another life but not in this one. He tries his best but he never gets there. Also Craig Parker as the ever returning evil Roman officer messing with Spartacus' wife. Wow. Sounds a lot like Dallas set in 73BC don't you think?
So - if you like good looking men (and women), good fights mixed with intrigue, sex and a lot of red, you're in for a treat. If you expect more go look for something else.
Ancient Rome is one of my favourite periods of history, and I love books, movies and tv shows set in this period. Even if I didn't already have an affinity for this period in history I'd still love this series. Watching the first episode it starts off relatively simply and the gratuitous amounts of action and sex draws you in. A few episodes later and more layers of the story are revealed, the gratuitous amounts of action and sex continue, but you also realise just … more
I've always enjoyed books about ancient Rome and of course, movies as well. I watched this the first time and was hooked. It shows how hard the life of slaves were in ancient Rome and how cruel they could be. As you get to know the Gladiators, you learn about them, their background and the lives they were leading before becoming slaves. The show lets you get to know the character and to feel for them, well most of them! If you don't like a lot of blood, this is not for you but if you truly … more
I love stories in all form. Painting, film, comics, books, music - anything. Also sculpture, more the classic kind from ROman, Greek onward until I need to read so I might understand what I am supposed … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.