Battlestar Galactica 's Lucy Lawless finally bares it all for her role as Lucretia, the rapacious wife of John Hannah's Batiatus, in Starz's upcoming Spartacus: Blood and Sandand she's not shy about it. At all. Slavery, different attitudes to sexuality, prostitution, you name it.
Great review Juliette! I had originally left a not so cryptic clue about Crixus fate, but removed it as I didnt want to spoilerise it for you : H. While enjoyable, this and recent seem to have become general, scene by scene recaps of plots, rather than "thoughts on appearances of Greek and Roman stuff in popular culture".
If you've seen the show then you know how, shall we say, "free" the actors are with their bodies. But it also means you're privy to the fact that this tremendous Starz series is much more than the sum of its parts heh. So, yes.
The television show is also set to hit British TV screens this year, and with Scottish actor John Hannah doing most of the stripping off, producers are now hoping to place it with a UK network. The Netherlands, which has a more relaxed attitude to censoring, snapped up the steamy drama, which began airing in America in January. In the horny historical drama, renegade slave Spartacus is purchased by ruthless Batiatus and his wife Lucretia and forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena. In some of the most explicit scenes ever seen on TV, lusty topless Lucretia is shown being washed by two naked babes when Batiatus joins in the fun, and while his missus watches, the kinky husband romps with a slave girl.
The Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand originally starred Andy Whitfield as the eponymous hero who led a famous slave revolt in ancient Rome. With all the sex and naked babes, Spartacus: Blood and Sand will leave you with pud in hand. Nude - as Prostitute.
It is the ninth episode in the Spartacus series overall. Batiatus breaks the news that Spartacus is to service the richest woman in Rome. The episode opens to the gladiators practicing on the training grounds.
It aired for four seasons on Starz from towith each season sporting a different subtitle. The series tells the story of the historical gladiator-turned-rebel leader Spartacus, but drenched in an over-the-top aesthetic lifted directly from Blood, sex and intrigue abound.
Take for instance his Nero in The Sign of The Cross, who only appears in a handful of scenes but is easily the character along with Claudette Colbert's Poppaea you remember best after watching. Friday, May 21, Reeling Backward: "Spartacus" The original screenwriter, director and cinematographer were all fired off the project -- the latter two a week into filming. It was more or less a vanity project for Kirk Douglas, who was angry he didn't get the lead in "Ben-Hur" and ordered up his own sword-and-sandals epic.
I had read that the network executives at STARZ had told series producers that they wanted a production with more sex and violence than any network had ever produced and from the looks of things, they pretty much got what they asked for. In just the first episode, the production team must have had to order fake blood by the tanker truck load as body parts flew in every direction with each violent encounter. At one point, Spartacus finishes off a retiarius, who has had both of his legs hacked off, with his trident while the man pitifully attempts to crawl away.
What is it about Ancient Rome that keeps bringing back film and television makers? Art, plays, film and television have long plundered this time period for inspiration and ideas. Is it the memory of a civilization that appears to be a lot closer to the modern world than say the Middle Ages or the Renaissance? An era that serves as a mirror - and warning - to all great world powers that followed it after?