I can't believe Sparty hasn't been done yet as a must watch! When I did a search to be sure, I got so excited. Because a show I began to watch and was just Meh about turned out to be one of my favourite shows of the year!
In the show, Spartacus the Thracian joins forces with the Romans only to be betrayed. When he deserts and returns to his wife, he is caught by Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker, LOTR). Spartacus's wife is taken and sold into slavery and Spartacus finds himself at the House of Batiatus - with a kill or be killed future as a gladiator.
There is something about his eyes that I can't resist. And there were times - before he was "molded" into the brotherhood of gladiators (read: when his hair was still long) - that I thought if they ever made another movie about Jesus, he could play the starring role. So I kept watching.
And it got better.
Spartacus, Crixus and Varro
Drama. Storylines. Sex, betrayal, friendships and swords. More twists and turns and fewer slow motion cheesy effects. Batiatus, played by John Hannah, who you almost respect as head of the ludus except that he is a power hungry liar - and woe to him once Spartacus finds out exactly what he's done! Batiatus's wife, played by Lucy Lawless, is gorgeous and yet just as devious. Then there's the friendship between Spartacus and Varro (and OMG OMG if you've watched you know what I mean) and the competition - even hatred - between Spartacus and Crixus (Manu Bennett). There's a whole storyline with Crixus that is wonderful and the whole lot of them are trained - and contained - by the force that is Doctore.
Lucretia, Ilythia and Sura
And the women! Well, let's not get started on Ilythia and her treachery.
By the last episode - and knowing the basics about Spartacus in history, I knew what SHOULD happen - I was on the edge of my seat. And let me just say...the final epi of season 1 BLEW ME AWAY.
So...now I live in hope for Season 2. And on that note - I wish a speedy and full recovery to Andy Whitfield. Production has halted while he has treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. A shocking development when you see someone so young and healthy. Hopefully he's back to fighting form soon - and we get more Spartacus. Because I can't wait to see what happens next!
If I haven't convinced you, maybe you'd like a peek at the trailer???
Andy Whitfield just HAPPENS to be Donna's casting for her current WIP. In the meantime, HER LONE COWBOY is finishing up its run in Australia and New Zealand and her next release is a reprint of HIRED: THE ITALIAN'S BRIDE in the anthology, Mediterranean Men and Marriage in July. You can check out all her releases at her website at www.donnaalward.com.