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An important context tip...
I love history. Not for the dates and names, but for the stories.
I love historical dramas, comedies, etc.
One of my all time favorite series is "Rome".
When I saw the previews for Spartacus, I was very excited.
Another drama about ancient Rome, this time from a gladiator's perspective.
Gladiators, the sports heroes of their time, slaves yet not despised.
And the story of Spartacus before the slave revolt, one of the pivotal movers and shakers in Roman history...
What a brilliant idea!

Well, not so much.
I can almost see the pitch the writer/creator made to the studio, "Okay, okay, okay, it's like 300 meets Xena:Warrior Princess meets Rome" (All of these shows I liked, BTW, but together they are a disaster)
I tried to like it. I truly did.
I ignored the guys walking around in the barest of clothing during a snow storm.
I ignored the Roman commander wearing armor with nothing on underneath it.
I ignored the truly stupid 300 slow-mo moments that made the action seem like I was watching it through a strobe light.
I ignored the Barca of Carthage, a huge muscle bound guy that didn't look any more Carthaginian than I do.
But the straw that broke my suspension of disbelief was Crixus the Gaul. Asterix is more of a Gaul.
It was just downhill from there.

And to add insult to injury, the show actually has this disclaimer...

"Spartacus depicts extreme sensuality, brutality and language that some viewers might find objectionable"
(Actually, those parts are the most interesting and believable parts of the whole show)

"The show is a historical portrayal of ancient Roman society and the intensity of the content is to suggest an authentic representation of that period"

Well, "suggest" is right.
If you want to see a great show about ancient Rome, watch "Rome".

Viewing suggestions: Don't. If you must(you lost a bet or it's the only soft-core porn you can find), drink lots of wine. Then you won't care the story sucks.

Date: 2010-03-12 12:54 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] floetcist.livejournal.com
How many episodes of Spartacus did you watch? Just the premiere or the first 7 episodes?

The only thing this show has in common with Xena though is Lucy Lawless though.

How many did I watch?

Date: 2010-03-12 02:00 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] swallow-9.livejournal.com
I watched the first 5 episodes.
And there's a lot more in common with Xena than just Lucy Lawless. Michael Hurst directed the fifth episode, the lack of historical background is all Xena, which jumped around from ancient Greece to Julius Caesar's Rome(This did not bother me about Xena, BTW, because Xena was very much "This is not real"). And, of course, the producer Tapert is Xena also.

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