"Spartacus: Blood and Sand"
Episodes 1 and 2
Do you like movies about Gladiators, Billy?
The story of Spartacus is about a man fighting for honor and the things he
loves, and that story has inspired men for generations. Set in ancient Rome
about 70 years before the time of Jesus, at the tail end of the Republic, when
Julius Caesar was in his twenties, it incorporates a backdrop of scheming,
violence, and all possible variations of bawdy conduct. The style is pretty cool
as well, although it is a blatant copy of the film 300.
I have a feeling this show might get huge. If it were on HBO I would be
certain, but I just don't know if Starz has the muscle to create hit original
programming from their marketing base. But they did great with the content. It
is big, lurid fun. I think you guys are gonna like what we see in this series. I
enjoyed it a lot.
And if it does not become a hit for Starz, it will nonetheless become a hit
on this page (and Dudes as well), since it features plenty of sex and nudity,
including full frontals from both sexes. (And, it is rumored, a gay gladiator
who betrays his sexual preferences with an erection at an embarrassing time.)
In terms if sex and nudity, this will be "Rome" squared. Look for this show to
dominate the best nude scene voting next year. (Lucy Lawless already placed high
this year from the screener alone. Wait until we start seeing this in HD!)
In Episode 1, the Spartmeister defies the order of a glory-hungry Roman
soldier so that he can go home to defend his village. Needless to say, this does
not play well in Rome. Spart is hunted down. His wife is sold into slavery and
he is sent to the arena to die, which he stubbornly refuses to do. When he
knocks off a bunch of armed gladiators with his bare hands, his life is spared
and he gets a full scholarship to gladiator school. Episode 2 shows his
school days, right up until his graduation, which he earns by not being dead.
(In those days you could easily identify the valedictorian. He was the guy
Here is the complete catalog of nudity (female variety) from the screeners
for the first two episodes. (The quality is not so good. But imagine the HD
stuff we will see in about two weeks!))
Here's the HD trailer, which
includes a quick open blouse from Lawless and some miscellaneous hanky-panky.