Three years ago, we were wowed by the bloody visual spectacle that was Frank Miller’s 300. [firstpara]
The pseudo-historic film presented a highly stylized rendition of the epic battles between King Leonidas and his Spartans. The way it showcased the massive army of the Persian “God-king” Xerxes was both glorious and glory.
It was an action film like we’ve never seen before, and was extremely popular that it became the subject of a spoof by a bunch of really funny Illongos.
Following the tradition of half-naked muscular men battling with swords and spears, comes Spartacus: Blood and Sand—an action-packed TV series that is equal parts 300 and Gladiator.
The series looks to be a winner with its gritty 300-inspired atmosphere, fierce fight scenes (complete with slow-mo sequences), and the tension and political intrigue reminiscent of the movie Gladiator.
It’s definitely one of the goriest series we’ve seen on TV. Coupled with some very sexy Roman women in cleavage-revealing togas, we’re more than ready to jump in its arena.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand focuses on the exploits of Spartacus, the Thracian warrior, who tries to survive the decidedly unfriendly environment of the Roman gladiatorial universe. Once a proud soldier of an army in alliance with the Roman empire, Spartacus is betrayed by who he thought were worthy allies, and thus, is forced into slavery.
Spartacus soon finds himself in a ludus (a sort of Gladiator training school), and now must fight not just for his life, but to free himself from the bounds of this bloody arena, and seek his lost wife, Sura.
This gladiator’s hope for freedom and survival won’t be as simple as winning all his battles in the arena though; he also must survive the treachery, the corruption, and the whims and machinations of the powers-that-be.
Sound like unconquerable odds? Well, the 300 Spartan warriors faced a million-man army, but did they ever flinch? Yeah, they did die in the end, but they didn’t ever cower. Spartacus hopes to do the same, and hopefully, to not die in the end. Catch the show's Asian premiere, on Saturday, July 10 at 10pm on MAX.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand comes from award-winning producers Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Rob Tapert (The Grudge), Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead) and Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) The show stars Australian actor Andy Whitfield (McLeod's Daughters) as Spartacus, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Lucretia, John Hannah (The Mummy) as Batiatus and Peter Mensah (300) as Doctore.
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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
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