Spartacus: Blood & Sand

Andy Whitfield as Spartacus
Spartacus: Blood & Sand is the incredible true story of the Thracian Spartacus who started a slave revolt against the Roman Empire. He was the most notable leader in the Third Servile War. S:B&S premiered on the Starz network, with mixed reviews on its
pilot episode. It is however agreed by almost everyone that the quality of the shows improved dramatically over the course of the first season. The first season was focused on structuring the events of Spartacus’ obscure early life leading to the records of history.

This series has had a lot of religious backlash, particularly because it is ‘the boldest show on television’. It has everything that a religious person would hate: blood, sex, homosexuality, swearing every other sentence, full frontal nudity on girls/guys and literally abortion. Oh, and did I mention blood?

This show is not for the faint of heart, I wouldn’t recommend anyone under 16 watching it. I watched the first episode with my entire family. It was essentially a soft core porn with decent acting(all the bad actors are killed off in the first episode), and a shit load of CGI.  My mom did not like it, and neither did anyone else. I didn’t even really enjoy it that much, but I decided to give the series another shot and I’m glad I did. If you can make it past the horrible pilot I guarantee you’ll be hooked by the sixth episode. I consider it the ultimate atheist series.

On December 22, 2009, a month before it premiered, it was announced that the show was renewed by Starz for a second season. However, on March 9, 2010, IGN.com reported that production of Season 2 had been delayed due to star Whitfield being diagnosed with early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Due to the delay, Starz announced on May 11, 2010, that it is developing a six-episode prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The prequel will feature new and returning stars, headlining the roles of John Hannah as Batiatus, and Lucy Lawless as Lucretia. Star Andy Whitfield will also briefly appear. Production begins in New Zealand in the summer of 2010 and the prequel will air beginning January 2011.

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