behind the scenes at Comic-Con while another had him blaming Jean-Claude Van Damme for the collapse of his career in the late 2000's. It seemed like his professional output took off with 2010's Spartacus series on Starz, which I recall creating quite a stir with it's over the top portrayals of sex and violence. A friend was a big fan of the show and let me know how the seasons rolled out as IMDb just has all 4 just lumped together.
Through the season we watch Spartacus become a champion and legend in the arena while Crixus is injured and must fight to reclaim his former glory. There's melodrama galore as Lucretia befriends Llithyia, the wife of the high ranking military commander Spartacus defied and educates her in the primal and taboo ways of a slave/gladiator facility while Llithyia teaches Lucretia how the other half lives. Batiatus has his own plans for Spartacus and manipulates the new champion with promises of finding his wife. By the end of the season, there's been so much betrayal and so many lies, there's only one thing for Spartacus to do: rebel! In the first episode, the use of green screen, digital backgrounds, fake blood and way too much slow motion had me worrying I'd just purchased a dud of a season of TV. I'm not the biggest fan of 300 so if Spartacus was just going to coast by trying to be a weekly version of the film, I would be out. Luckily each episode got better as the relationships between gladiators, slaves and owners grew and the action helped highlight the stories, giving them weight and a sense of urgency.
Gladiator camp that put the actors through physical training to get lean and mean as well as fight choreography. Leading man Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma so a 6 episode prequel, Gods of the Arena, was produced while Whitfield
sought treatment but he was later replaced by Liam McIntyre for seasons 2
and 3, Vengeance and War of the Damned when he died in 2011. During his fight against the disease, documentary Be Here Now was produced to capture his struggle and ultimate defeat.