Thanks to frequent commenter Krystal for requesting this review.
Spartacus is Starz! gladiator epic. It’s also one of the (if not the) most graphic shows on television. To the point where it’s actually funny.
The show’s not inherently terrible. The acting is pretty good, the action is well directed, and the story is pretty gripping. It could be a damn good show based on all of this.
It worked out alright for some others
The problem is, despite all this potential, the show is just damn silly. I can’t take a character seriously when he talks about “Jupiter’s cock”. And I especially can’t feel the drama of a serious conversation when one of the characters is in the middle of receiving a blow job.
Oh yes, this show is filled to the brim with sex. Silly, terrible, and incredibly naked sex. I don’t really know what that has to do with gladiators, but here we are.
Of course, all the sex and nudity is nothing compared to the violence. It is a show about gladiators, afterall. The direction is heavily inspired by 300 with dramatic slows and zooms and fountains of blood. Every blow, no matter how minor, results in blood bursting forth. It’s like the characters are balloons, overfilled with blood, ready to burst at the slightest provocation.
A lot like this actually
The show is extremely watchable despite, or maybe because of, the silliness. I keep watching just because I want to see how far the show will go. And it doesn’t take long to see something AMAZING. In the 4th episode, a gladiator cuts another’s face off. That’s graphic enough, but then he yells out “Who wants to FACE me?” Puns in a historical epic? Brilliant!
Final Verdict: It’s so full of violence and sex that it’s as silly as an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. (Note: Please do not let kids watch Spartacus. Spongebob is probably still alright)