Steve T Power wrote:Caught the first two episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand - and while the first episode was a stylish bit of fun that didn't do much beyond entertaining me for 53 minutes, the 2nd episode really, genuinely impressed the hell out of me. Quite a pleasant surprise, and the violence and boobs certainly didn't hurt its chances. I hear the 3rd episode is actually quite well written as well, i look forward to taking this trip. Never would have said it's from the same bunch behind the woefully wretched Legend of the Seeker adaptation.
IF episode 3 is supposed to be better, i will try it again. what was it about episode 2 you liked? aside from the blood and boobs?
I actually found the characters had some depth starting to show - Peter Mensah, John Hannah, and Andy Whitfield are turning in some fine enough performances, and the Gladiator School setting is working for me at the moment. It's like all of the good stuff between Russell Crowe and Oliver Reed in Gladiator on a TV scale. The first episode DEFINITELY felt like it was filmed as a pilot before the characters and such were fully fleshed out - and if they continue to show the same degree of growth, then i can't really condemn the series. I also have to say that i really enjoy the visual style of the show, and in general the acting has been quite impressive considering the Renaissance Pictures roots of the show.
If it follows the traditional curve of the Spartacus story, it'll be interesting to see how they handle Spartacus' transition from Gladiator, to rebel, to leader.
In the spirit of full disclosure, i'm a huge fan of both Gladiator
, and these two seem to be the largest pieces of influence for Spartacus: Blood and Sand
. After checking out episode 3, again a pretty sizable improvement on Episode 2, i'm definitely on board.