The TV Series - Spartacus!
After stumbling upon the 3rd and most recent series of ‘spartacus’ i watched the episodes available before seeking out the rest of the series. The show is based in Rome and set around a house of gladiators and the goings on there, the first series made was titled ‘Blood and Sands’ and focussed on the rise and fall of certain Gladiators , mainly ‘spartacus’ . the series tries to give a real honest portrayal of what Rome would of been like , rude, gritty, corrupt and violent. the shows fighting scenes and cunning plots make it so gripping , and you just wanting more. What the Starz team have created with this series is completely believable, apart from some questionable use of language , which is thrown around frequently. this season focus’ on the story of spartacus, and how he lost his wife , new found best friend , and the conspiracy behind it all by his ‘Dominus’ ( owner ). shortly after this season ended, the actor who played spartacus passed away due to cancer.
The creators , actors , and fans all wanted more of the series , specifically to know what happened before this season. how did these people end up there? what where other main characters stories? so the series became a star wars like series , in its order. season 1 becoming season 2 , season 2 becoming season 1 , followed by 3.
thus following ‘Blood and sands’ they created ‘Gods of the Arena’ , which tells the story of the house of Batiatus ( the house for who they fight in the arena ) and how it rose through corrupt plans , murders and blackmail. it also tells the story of the gladiators and their love , loss and sacrifice building up to spartacus’ arrival. this season again is brilliant, you become attached to the characters in the series, and the pain they endure both physical and heartfelt , being under control by their master yet unable to disagree , seeing loved ones tarnished by other men or killed. this season really did answer everybody’s questions with none left out! its amazing how they’ve created such a gripping series only based around one villa and the arena , with a few shots elsewhere . The corruption among the higher romans is more than believable , all constantly trying to ‘honour’ their families name and gain the senates favour for whatever reason. the false trusts , plots , blackmails , and offerings all to gain place among ‘true romans’. This season ends in a GRAND finale , in which spartacus discovers the treachery of his owner , and that he killed his wife. other gladiators apart from him also discovered such things on their own part, lies , murder of brothers , poison.
The final episode of the second season is entitled ‘KILL THEM ALL’ in which the gladiators plot to kill their Dominus at a showing of skill before some of romes greatest citizens ( roman officers , gladiator owners , wifes , politicians ) . The episode is gripping , after watching 12 hours of heartache , brothers bonding , and blood being shed all lead up to this . the gladiators massacre everybody their , women , men , and children before escaping.
The 3rd and most recent season is entitled ’ Spartacus Vengeance ‘. This season is not favoured by as many , only down to the fact that the actor who played the original spartacus passed away and there was a new actor in his place. sort of like dumbledore in harry potter ( original is better ) . This season is about the gladiators creating their own guerilla style unit , and their aim is vengeance against the Roman empire , to free all in slavery and bring Rome too its knees. The Gladiators now free to speak , and kill who they wish makes this season a thriller , even with a knew spartacus he’s done the previous proud.