Spartacus (2010–2013)
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The Red Serpent 

Spartacus, a free man of Thrace, agrees to join the Romans to battle his tribe's enemies. A betrayal sends his life spinning out of control.


Rick Jacobson

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Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Erin Cummings ... Sura
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Craig Parker ... Claudius Glaber
Kyle Rowling ... Drenis
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
John Rawls ... Byzo
Kevin J. Wilson ... Senator Albinius
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Aron Eastwood ... Tribune
John Way John Way ... Capuan Man


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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Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Gladiator that points his sword at Spartacus during the celebration, is Arkadios; Champion of the House of Solonius and the Gladiator who wields the shield with the Red Serpent. However, the actor that portrays Arkadios in armor is Raicho Vasilev. See more »


When Illithyia surprises Glaber inside his tent, she remarks "What if I'd been an 'Assassin?' I'd be a widow." The story of Spartacus begins around 75 B.C.; two years prior to the beginning of the Third Servile War. The term "assassin" is based on the Arabic name "Hashashin" which was likened to a group of Nizari Ismalis who operated in the Middle East during the Crusades; approximately 1500 years following the events of Spartacus. Therefore the term Assassin was not a common reference for a silent killer during this time period. See more »


Spartacus: Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.
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Potentially and graphically
23 January 2010 | by zaphod_germanSee 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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