On Tuesday, January 23, I got to do something I’ve never done before in my life. I bore witness to an official early screening premiere of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Spartacus as it enters its third and final season, subtitled, War of the Damned.
Spartacus is a New Zealand-based television program on Starz created by producer and writer Steven S. DeKnight. Alongside him as an executive producer to the show is legendary director Sam Raimi (the director of the Evil Dead and Spiderman trilogies as well as the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful). It is an historical retelling of the epic Roman-era legend of Spartacus – the Thracian warrior captured and made gladiator who escaped, assembled an army, and led a rebellion that nearly destroyed the entire Roman Republic in the name of the oppressed and the enslaved.
One look at even the trailer to the series and you can’t help but equate it with Gladiator and 300. From Gladiator, you have the authentically Roman setting in meticulous detail as well as an unparalleled depth to lead character. From 300, you have shamelessly bloody action sequences that sometimes look like live-action panels of a graphic novel.
…and it is AWESOME!!!