I’m completely hooked on the new show Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Based loosely on actual events and people, it revolves around the story of a Thracian, who after being let down by a Roman general in their joint battle against the Getae, forms a mutiny against the general and as punishment, is forced to become a gladiator, while his wife is sold into prostitution. His talent in combat soon becomes apparent and he becomes known as Spartacus, Champion of Capua.
This show is filled with ultra-violence, sexuality (gay and straight) and swearing.The sets are convincing and the people toned and beautiful, in essence, it really captures the decadence and brutality of Ancient Rome. (Though obviously in a more romantic way) The fight scenes are cheesy at times, with continous nods to the movie 300, but the blood shed on this show makes True Blood look like a Disney program. Its pretty intense, which I like. My philosphy is: If you’re going to show violence, show it in all its horrible glory and that goes double for sex. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had it up to here with seeing the same corny Hollywood sex scenes with heavy breathing, bad music and heavy petting over underwear over and over again. Are penises and vaginas bad things? Hell no, they’re natural and part of us. Nothing whatsoever to be ashamed of, despite what uptight, ignorant people tell you. Anyways, the show also contains great characters and interesting plots, with lots of intrigue, greed, desperation and backstabbing. Check it out! After the show takes a break, I think I’m going try and rent the series “Rome“, which hubby loved while it was still on the air, but has since been cancelled. It is similar, but with, I’m assuming, less arena combat scenes.
In other news, tomorrow is Earth Hour. I’ll have to think up some exciting activities for that hour of darkness, all I’ve got so far is poker and board games. How will you be spending your hour without electricity?