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    I admit I am interested in this show solely because Lucy Lawless is in it - but I probably won't watch it right off the bat.

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    I am liking this series, the story is interesting but am already getting tired of the overuse of the "300" type special effects. I have seen this type of slow motion effect before but I think the pacing of it is off and I am getting bored with them. Still this show has gotten overwhelming reviews from critics and has already been renewed for the second season so there must be more depth to this series then I am currently seeing. Maybe the critics just get off on the scenes showing Lucy Lawless and her husband get self gratified by their slaves.
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    I finally sat down and watched this on OnDemand and I have to say, I really hated it. I should qualify this by saying that I didn't like 300 either, which I felt was all style and no substance and I feel the same way about this show. I thought the special effects were distracting. I'm cool with sex and violence, but the violence was too comic book-ish and the sex scenes felt like soft core porn. The actresses were all too model thin and plucked. There was tons of sex and violence on Rome, but none of it felt salacious to me - it felt like real life. I guess I just felt like it was very much Hollywood's interpretation of ancient Rome.

    If they're trying to compare the show to Rome, I'd say they missed the mark. The first season of Rome is, IMO, one of the best ever on TV. This show feels more like 300 + Xena (I saw one critic compare it to that show) + SkinaMax. It's cool if that's what you're into, but I'm just not. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. It just didn't feel authentic to me and it's just so over-stylized that it took focus away from the story, imo.

    So yeah, didn't mean to offend any fans of the show. Just not my cup of tea and I don't see why the critics are so gaga over it. I'm going to go watch my Rome DVDs now
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    Re: Spartacus on Starz

    Netflix is also streaming the show on Instant Watch.

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    Well, I have seen 3 episodes of this series and I am wondering a bit, what wowed the critics so much so that the show was renewed for a second season before the premiere ever aired???
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    There is so much that is offensive about this show, and I wish they had just said they were doing a 300-like, graphic novel-ish, bordering on freaky porn show instead of trying to claim it was "authentic." The last episode in "the pit" was more Mad Max meets fetish club with Leather Face than anything to do with Rome.

    I was getting impatient with all the awkward writing, such as telegraphing every new couple by having the woman stare down from the balcony at a gladiator, or the equally repetitive way Spartacus kept getting hit in the back during every fight and making the same pose. The writers obviously weren't experienced enough to come up with some variety. As for the fighting, in every fight the combatants leave themselves wide open at one time or another, which just seems implausible. They don't seem to have the best fight choreographers, even though that is a main part of the show.

    However, I have grown to like the lutus (sp?) owner couple, both because of their relationship and because of the acting skills. I think Lucy Lawless is doing a great job, and the man has that Shakespearean cadence to his longer speeches that is just such a totally unexpected pleasure in the midst of all the over the top violence and other desperately perverted elements in the show. And Critus reminds me of Puck on Glee, seeming a jerk but with a sympathetic edge when they wrote in the star-crossed lovers plot with him and the slave girl. It is shaping up to be one of those series where the main character (Spartacus) is not as strong as the supporting players.

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    Re: Spartacus on Starz

    Quote Originally Posted by Harvest;3830540;
    There is so much that is offensive about this show, and I wish they had just said they were doing a 300-like, graphic novel-ish, bordering on freaky porn show instead of trying to claim it was "authentic." The last episode in "the pit" was more Mad Max meets fetish club with Leather Face than anything to do with Rome.

    I was getting impatient with all the awkward writing, such as telegraphing every new couple by having the woman stare down from the balcony at a gladiator, or the equally repetitive way Spartacus kept getting hit in the back during every fight and making the same pose. The writers obviously weren't experienced enough to come up with some variety. As for the fighting, in every fight the combatants leave themselves wide open at one time or another, which just seems implausible. They don't seem to have the best fight choreographers, even though that is a main part of the show.

    However, I have grown to like the lutus (sp?) owner couple, both because of their relationship and because of the acting skills. I think Lucy Lawless is doing a great job, and the man has that Shakespearean cadence to his longer speeches that is just such a totally unexpected pleasure in the midst of all the over the top violence and other desperately perverted elements in the show. And Critus reminds me of Puck on Glee, seeming a jerk but with a sympathetic edge when they wrote in the star-crossed lovers plot with him and the slave girl. It is shaping up to be one of those series where the main character (Spartacus) is not as strong as the supporting players.
    I am getting the same feeling. I think if they flesh out the other couples and story arcs the show will get better.
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    I just caught the first episode on Netflix. I'll probably watch the other episodes just for cheesy fun, because while it is clearly nowhere near as great as Rome, there is hardly a thing on for non-Olympics viewers this month. But honestly, I spent most of the time watching it wondering if the guy playing Spartacus was Seann William Scott's twin (and buff) brother and not really caring about the plot.

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    So Crixus and Spartacus have to work together what an interesting concept. Poor Crixus, he has 3 women drooling over him. I never knew that gladiators were hairless. Absolutely no body hair anywhere and yes we saw...I think my eyes have melted shut. (The promised full frontal male nudity).

    I think one of the more fun scenes were Crixus and Spartacus fully nude rolling over each other trying to pound each other. How do the the actors manage to do that without their dangly parts being mashed. Seriously, with all that rolling on the ground, manpart must be touching manpart. How so the actors manage to stay so professional doing a scene like that. Questions, questions, hope someone can answer them.

    I am really starting to have real feelings for Crixus and his story arc with slavegirl Naevia. I find him a better actor and his storyline more compelling that Spartacus's.

    I didn't like that kiss between Barta and his boytoy, That could have been done better, Didn't feel the love or romance in it. Just didn't sing.

    John Hannah's role as the owner of the gladiator school, is brilliant in his part but I am not sure what to make of his character. Seems a touch unhinged. Senselessly brutal but at time a loving husband and a honorable man. Chilling scene of him killing a slaver and a someone's entire family, including wife and child. At least when he ordered that 3 or 4 yr old boy killed they did it off screen.
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    Re: Spartacus on Starz

    From what I've read here, I think I'll stick with the Kirk Douglas movie if I want to watch a Spartacus story. I'll probably stream an episode of this on Netflix just to add to my opinion on remakes of classics.
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