Spartacus: War of the Damned: Season 1, Episode 1

The Red Serpent (22 Jan. 2010)
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" The Red Serpent (original title)

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In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce ... See full summary »

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In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce warriors and prove to be valiant in battle. They are deceived by the Roman commander, Claudius Glaber, who orders them to fight against the Greeks, something they had not counted on. One of them in particular refuses to fight and rebels against the Romans only to lose the fight and is enslaved along with his wife Sura. The Thracian is transported to Capua where Senator Albinius is sponsoring gladiatorial games. In the arena, the enslaved Thracian manages to defeat four opponents and in allowing the Thracian to live, Senator Albinius decides to name him after a Thracian king from the past: Spartacus. Written by garykmcd

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Each of the four gladiators that Spartacus defeated in the arena, fought in a different gladiatorial style. Arkadios (the "Red Serpent" fighter) was a Murmillo. Among the other three fighters was a Retiarius, a Secutor (Axe-wielding) and a Hoplomachus. See more »

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At the very end when Senator Albinius signals to spare the newly named Spartacus' life he gives the modern thumbs up sign. In ancient Rome the thumbs up sign was to signify the sword being thrust into the heart and therefore death. The closed fist with the thumb against the index finger signified spare the gladiators life. If Senator Albinius had given the thumbs up sign then the gladiator would have been put to death but Spartacus' life was to be spared so the sign was incorrect for the desired result. See more »

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Potentially and graphically
23 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This series - more exactly the pilot - shows a lot of potential in the story department for the series. Wit potential I mean, it's not restricted in any way, yet.

I haven't seen HBO's Rome yet, therefore I might be less tired of this kind of shows than my fore-reviewers. But I'm not new to computer generated imagery and that is what you can get tired of in this episode.

These effects are firstly a bit of a copy of Tarantino's Kill Bill and way to exaggerated and frequent. The everlasting and ever occurring sunsets/sunrises (including a low sun always SEEN on the horizon, kind of blinding the audience) draw the viewers attention away from actors and story as well as the swords or weaponry slashing through flesh and bone in slow motion. Further does the evenly lit foreground fit too well into the overly artificial seeming backdrops.

This much importance laid on graphics (importance not quality) let me fear there's not much of a story to look forward to.

In the age of HD (full or otherwise) the naturally recorded/filmed images do not seem very natural. So as a filmmaker I would rather turn down the amount of CGI in order to let my work convince.

To sum up: It might be a great show, if the plot lines are not too foreseeable and the CGI department goes outside sometime to see what a real world looks like.


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