I love historical movies and TV shows because they allow me to experience a time period I can only picture in my head. Added bonus if the historical movie/TV show in question is action-packed and bloody! So you can just imagine how thrilled I was when the hit TV show Spartacus: Blood and Sand finally hit Asia. Produced by Sam Raimi (the Evil Dead series, Spiderman), Robert Tapert (The Grudge), Steven DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead), Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the re-imagined story of the historical figure Spartacus.
According to Wikipedia, Spartacus is the “notable leader of the slaves in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable.” The TV show will attempt to bridge the gap between historical records by reimagining Spartacus as a man who was betrayed by the Romans and forced to become a gladiator.
Back in the days of the Roman empire, the only form of entertainment was watching gladiators (essentially, slaves) battle it out to the death on the arena. Today, the audience of Spartacus: Blood and Sand will get to experience what it’s like to be a Roman spectator – except of course, nobody actually dies.
Aside from all the blood and action, I’m also drawn by the fashion of this show. I love the vibrant fall colors and the simple patterns on the women’s gowns! They look like they just came straight off a runway.
The gold accessories are to die for, especially the headpiece to the left.
Even the men are wearing such gorgeous tunics.
Don’t miss out on this awesome TV show! Two new episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand will be airing every Saturday on MAX at 10 pm, beginning July 10, 2010. Oh, and don’t worry too much about the blood, gore, and sex, if you’re concerned by that sort of thing; the show has been appropriately sanitized for Asian audiences. Check out the schedule below.
10 pm: S01E01 – The Red Serpent
11 pm: S01E02 – Sacramentum Gladiatorum
10 pm: S01E03 – Legends
11 pm: S01E04 – The Thing in the Pit
10 pm: S01E05 – Shadow Games
11 pm: S01E06 – Delicate Things
10 pm: S01E07 – Great and Unfortunate Things
11 pm: S01E08 – Mark of the Brotherhood
10 pm: S01E09 – Whore
11 pm: S01E10 – Party Favors
10 pm: S01E11 – Old Woulds
11 pm: S01E12 – Revelations
10 pm: S01E13 – Kill Them All