Feb. 5th, 2011

ahkna: ([sbs] naevia)
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena aims to rip my heart out every episode even more so than the first season.

I just...oh god. Every episode just KILLS me. Metaphorically, of course.

I can't even be upset when the pretty gayboys die because EVERYONE DIES. And if they don't die in the prequel, or the first season, they're going to die soon. The slave rebellion only lasted two years so even the show's namesake isn't long for the world. I'm watching thinking "Oh, you're so happy you're winning now but you're going over a cliff in the first season."

But seriously: how is a show about men hacking each other to death the show with the best mainstream portrayal of loving, sexual gay men; the most diverse minorities I've seen on any show; strong, intelligent women with healthy sexual appetites; and stunning gender reversals (ie, several of the female characters ordering the gladiators to their beds and they are quite without choice in the matter). And most importantly, more naked hot men and women than you can imagine. And, of course, Flawless Lawless gets it on with ladies.

Right now what I love most about the show is not that we're getting to see Crixus' origin story, nor Lucretia or Batiatus' because I feel like where we started with them was good enough (and in the case of Crixus, him falling in love with Naevia was his origin story) but the story of Oenomaus. Peter Mensah showed us a great character in his Doctore of Season 1, his stoicism, his loyalty, and his fierce training of gladiators under his whip. But I am even more impressed by him in this prequel. The Oenomaus we're seeing is open, friendly, already on his way to being the character we saw in season one but he smiles so much and emotes so much I just adore him. I really feel that while we're getting a fairly evenly split story of Lucretia/Batiatus, Oenomaus, Crixus and Gannicus, it's Oenomaus that is the heart of the story.

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