Superb series which approaches the Spartacus theme in a whole different way than he 1960's Kirk Douglas movie.
Very realistic in both violence and sex, this movie tries to portray how gladiators lived and died, as prelude to the "real" Spartacus story. ” - klontenkoker
This is the prequal of the TV-series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Main themes are the rise of Crixus, how Batiatus Jr. got control over the ludus and the lovestory between Gannicus en Melitta..
The role of Gaia was very well performed by Jaime Murray, one of the most beautiful and intriguing women ever seen on my flat screen.
Stunning special effects (although sometimes visible as animation), verry good acting and catching storylines. Sometimes a little over the edge, as in the final fight in the arena when the Batiatus guys start attacking each other.
A very entertaining series, if you want to go 2000 years back in time and enjoy the fact that living in the 21th has its advantages. ” - klontenkoker
Best ever crime series, no doubt about that. It looks quit realistic the way they live and make their money, although there are some minor flaws.
Gandolfini's great breaktrhrough, forever Mr. Soprano. Nice twitch is the fact the characters grow older at the same pace as the actors do, especially AJ and Meadow (where Jamie-Lynn Sigler cheats a little, being 4 years older in real life). Christopher Moltisanti played by Michael Imperioli is another great character in the series. A few episodes are written and or produced by Imperioli, making him one of the most skilled in the industry afaic.
Series is said to be loosly after the DeCavalcante family, a real New Jersey crime family. Series was shot a few hundred meters from where they owned a real Porkstore. ” - klontenkoker