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15 October 2013 @ 03:58 pm
Sacred ground, watered with tears of blood.  

Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

The first season was an introduction piece, which is probably why many people preferred the later seasons. Not that it wasn't good, but because it's not until the season finale when the rebellion starts, which is what I'm assuming many were waiting for when starting the show. And that's understandable. Most of the season is kind of slow and it was mostly giving us the story of how Spartacus became to be enslaved and training to become a Gladiator, his methods of survival and motivations for starting the rebellion. But I find that was is necessary to become more emotionally invested with his story, along with the other characters as well. It's purposefully frustrating since you want to see them succeed, but because they're enslaved for most of the season they can't do anything about the situation they're in, and even if they wanted to they risk severe consequences for their actions. And upon seeing what these characters suffer and go through, and there are some pretty heavy and depressing moments midway through the season, it makes the finale all the more fulfilling and satisfying when they finally fight back.

There's a lot of great performances from a number of talented actors, but the one that has to be talked about is Andy Whitfield as Spartacus.

Knowing that he passed away shortly after the first season due to severe health problems is heartbreaking. His performance was brilliant. He really brought the character to life, and he definitely had the charisma and presence of a leader. His life was cut too short, and he is certainly missed. I've already watched some of Vengeance with Liam McIntyre as Spartacus, and I know he's not trying to replace Andy (since it's impossible to replace him), but rather bringing his own thing to the role while still remaining true to the character continuation of the series. Having said that, it's still going to take me a while to get used to it, since I grew emotionally attached to Andy's portrayal of Spartacus.

As for everything else:

** I loved the costumes. Like, I have an unhealthy obsession with these kinds of costumes and I just want to have them for myself.

** The intensely complicated relationship between Lucretia and Illithyia intrigues me. I already know what happens to them, particularly at the end of Vengeance, but it's still fascinating to watch their interactions and how it eventually gets fucked up along the way. Oh, and their costumes are what I want most of all. And their hairstyles.

** Mira and Naevia. ♥ ♥ ♥

** Crixus/Naevia though, just, awww those two kids. Breaking my heart with their love.

** I love the rivalry between Spartacus and Crixus, and I love how they came to a common ground in the end which leads them to begin the rebellion.

** I've already talked about the equal opportunity aspect of nudity and sex scenes, but it bears repeating again. I would also like to mention that, aside from a few scenes that were meant to be seen as disturbing, I don't feel uncomfortable with the sex/nudity as I would in other shows that feel the need to only exploit women for strictly the male audience. And I think that it really says something, not just about this show and how they did things, but how the media in general should reconsider how they're presenting nudity/sex.

** The finale was perfect. I've watched it many times now and it never gets old.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed and loved Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I can't wait to get into the rest of the series.
Current Mood: goodgood
M: SP B+S: Crixus/Naevia - OTPmfirefly10 on October 16th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)

Sorry but I just really love when people give this show a try and like it because it's SO good.

Andy was an AMAZING Spartacus and it did take a little while to adjust to Liam in the role but he also did a fantastic job. He really came into his own in season 3/the final season and delivered some truly amazing performances.

I could quote everything you said in the 'everything else' section because YES!!! L/I is fascinating and disturbing and amazing. Naevia and Mira are MY GIRLS. Crixus/Naevia are one of my all-time favorite ships and only get better as the show goes along. I love the evolution of the Spartacus-Crixus relationship and ITA with everything you said about the sex/nudity in this show. It never felt gratuitous or male-gazy. It was just another part of the show.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on October 17th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
I knew I would like it based on things I saw previously, but to see it all in actuality is even better. It makes me wish I'd gotten into it sooner while it was still airing so I could be part of the fandom squee (story of my life, tbh), but better late than never. :)
no good either: [Spartacus] Spartacus + Agronalanna_zero on October 16th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I only ever saw like the last two eps of the first season (still need to get the DVDs and correct that) but DAMN the last ep is still one of the greatest things ever. Crixus and Spartacus fighting together <333
And now I'm excited for you to watch the second season cause GODDAMN it's probably my favorite season EVER of that show. Season 3 is just as great, but it has that "everything is ending" aka depressing feeling, while in season 2 everything is just like "YEEEEEEAH REBELLION, FREEDOOOOOM, KILL EVERYONE!!!!!" ^^
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 17th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
but DAMN the last ep is still one of the greatest things ever. Crixus and Spartacus fighting together <333

After pretty much the entire season of them being at each other's throats, it was a lovely thing to have them on the same side fighting together. Plus, I liked their little conversation before shit went down were they kind of met on a civil common ground about fulfilling each other's wishes should the other fall. It was a nice little moment between them that I appreciated. :)

And oh yeah, S2 is certainly gonna have all the rebellion and fighting and killing. It will certainly live up to its name of being Vengeance, and I can't wait to see it all. :DDDD