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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The Gladiator that points his sword at Spartacus during the celebration, is Arkadios; Champion of the House of Solonuis and the Gladiator who wields the shield with the Red Serpent. However, the actor that portrays Arkadios in armor is Raicho Vasilev. 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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Don't waste your time.
22 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title of the show says it all: BLOOD and SAND.

This show is most likely geared towards males who love watching nothing but blood, sex, and fighting. If you're into exaggerated blood spatter effects, gratuitous sex scenes (bad ones, at that), or random modern profanity in historical shows, this might be the best show for you to watch.

All others, don't waste your time watching. Unless you're desperate. In that case, I'd suggest watching some other mindless reality show instead.

Despite all that, you might be curious as to why I've given 3 stars to this show. You see, it's because of my partiality to John Hannah. Yes, I love John Hannah. But, sorry, I don't love him enough to continue watching this terrible show.

Thank you, Starz, for coming up with a bad copycat of Rome, and for inspiring me to submit my very first review.


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