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Spartacus 

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (original title)
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.
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2013   2012   2010  
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Series cast summary:
Manu Bennett ...  Crixus 33 episodes, 2010-2013
Daniel Feuerriegel ...  Agron 26 episodes, 2010-2013
Peter Mensah ...  Doctore / ... 24 episodes, 2010-2013
Lucy Lawless ...  Lucretia 23 episodes, 2010-2012
Nick E. Tarabay ...  Ashur 21 episodes, 2010-2012
Viva Bianca ...  Ilithyia 21 episodes, 2010-2012
Liam McIntyre ...  Spartacus 20 episodes, 2012-2013
Pana Hema Taylor ...  Nasir / ... 19 episodes, 2012-2013
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ...  Naevia 18 episodes, 2012-2013
Dustin Clare ...  Gannicus 17 episodes, 2012-2013
Heath Jones ...  Donar 17 episodes, 2012-2013
Katrina Law ...  Mira 15 episodes, 2010-2012
Ellen Hollman ...  Saxa 14 episodes, 2012-2013
Barry Duffield ...  Lugo 14 episodes, 2012-2013
Kelvin Taylor ...  Kraynos 14 episodes, 2012-2013
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The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations... Written by WellardRockard

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There are many actor crossovers between the Spartacus series and the DC Cinematic Universe. Nick Tarabay, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Katrina Law, Manu Bennett, Liam McIntyre and Jai Courtney all went on to play roles based on comic book characters. Courtney (as [Captain] Boomerang) in The Suicide Squad (2016) and the others in The CW's Arrow (2012) and it's spin-off The Flash (2014) (Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller, Nyssa Al-Ghul and Slade [Deathstroke] Wilson and Weather Wizard respectively). In addition, Lesley-Ann Brandt appears in an episode of Gotham (2014). Ironically enough, Arrow's lead actor Stephen Amell was one of a handful of actors to be considered for the role of Spartacus- possibly placing third in choice behind Dustin Claire and the Late Andy Whitfield. See more »

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In several episodes the use of the letter U, for example under the bust that Batiatus made for Spartacus, was seen. The letter U in Latin wasn't used in place of V as consonant until the Middle ages. See more »

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Sibyl: There is no life absent your touch.
Gannicus: You once said to me that the gods had sent me to save you. You were mistaken; you were the one sent and I in need of saving.
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During the series run, each episode has shots from the season as the background while the credits roll. The pictures in the background vary depending on the season. The exception to this being the series finale where a montage of the characters are displayed. See more »

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Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Spartacus S1 (2015) See more »

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A Little Too Much Sex, But a Whole Lot of Fun
23 January 2010 | by shanebeachamSee all my reviews

I've been looking very forward to the Starz original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." And I'm happy to say that if you were looking forward to it, you're in for a wild ride.

They tell you right in the front of this show that this is meant to be an intense depiction of Rome. And it is to a certain point. There is definitely a ton of blood, language, and sexuality (one of the female characters is fully naked), but it is all there for a reason and it defines the characters, shows you who they are.

Many won't like this the same way they didn't like 300. And I can say that no one will be able to watch this without thinking about 300, and that's the biggest flaw. It has a speed up slow motion and blood flowing everywhere. It is one of the most graphic TV shows I've ever seen.

However, if you liked 300 (which I did) and you see the slow motion as a way to rise the intensity and that the graphic violence/sexual content is meant to connect with the characters towards some degree, you will enjoy this show. But it's not only a story full of blood and gore and sex and nudity; it also has a lot of character to it and a lot of substance.

Andy Whitfield is brilliant as "Spartacus." He drives the character and makes you feel for him. His acting is perfect. In fact, all the actors are incredible, including Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, and John Hannah.

The battle scenes in this show are outstanding. Again, very bloody, 300 style battles, but still entertaining. The gladiator fights are well shot and very gritty.

I know it's television and the visuals aren't always the best, best the visuals in this show are gorgeous. There was one moment where it looked like a video game, but only for a second.

it's not only a story full of blood and gore and sex and nudity; it also has a lot of character to it and a lot of substance.

So if you like sword and sandal epics and you don't mind gore and nudity, Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the show for you. I personally thought it was a fun, kick ass, macho show, and while it does have a little too much sex and reminds me a lot about 300, it'll definitely keep my attention for the next episode.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand airs on Friday at 10 o' clock on Starz.


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