Shiny Shelf
By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2011 Comments Off

The first season of ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ starts out as something of a shallow, guilty pleasure, but gains depth and complexity across the thirteen episodes in this season box set.
Based on the first couple of episodes I wrote a review that summed up the initial impact of the show as a cartoonishly violent and [...]

By Mark Clapham on 15 April 2011 Comments Off

Well, at least they’re not watering it down.
‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ sets its stall out in the first scene, an astonishing montage of brutal, gory combat in Capua’s old arena, a crude box of wood and cloth.
Shortly after, we get a scene of two old friends doing their business in both senses of the [...]

By Mark Clapham on 08 June 2010 Comments Off

Introducing John Hannah at this year’s BAFTA awards, Graham Norton described ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ as being like ‘Gladiator’ without Russell Crowe: “Better.”