April 9, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST
And not entirely unexpected for bits of years-old podcast replayed with dumb animations.
April 9, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST
Sucking balls. Supes needs to fly already. I mean all of the other characters Zod, Super Girl. They get their flight status once they get their powers
April 9, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST
Why would anyone want to buy this crap unless it's in 3-D?
April 9, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST
April 9, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST
That show is a cash cow... the ratings are meaningless to them probably.
April 9, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST
Those SGU ratings are painful.<p> Not surprising though. SGU is the worst of the SGs (although the last 2 seasons of SG1 taken in isolation sucked)<p> SGU is merely OK, but you won't mind if you miss it. <p> It is however interesting to watch what ST: Voyager could have been had it taken its premise seriously.
April 9, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST
I kinda wish Smallville would get cancelled though, I have no real interest in it... I watch it out of habit. Spartacus has alot of good boobs and some interesting sequences. SGU is mostly interesting because it's different than normal SG, really want to see where they're going with it all.
April 9, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST
It's the CW that was pushing them to go for a Season 6 after all.
April 9, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST
It is very funny, but if you've heard the podcasts already, it's not going to be compulsive viewing.
April 9, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST
Great job HBO. Hello, you could have brought Little Britain back and done a Brit double bill with Ricky Gervais.
April 9, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST
funniest guy in comedy today they should let him host the oscars next year hed do great i saw his hbo special and it was fuckin hilarious
April 9, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST
Tonight they plummet.
April 9, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST
by JT Kirk
if somehow these graphs or stats magically spelled out "Bad" in response to how their ratings are doing.<p>SGU - ratings are bad. Why? It's on Siffy. It's a downer. It's moderately boring. It's the same thing every week. It's a blatant ripoff of other popular dramas from the past few years. It's a Stargate series that doesn't generally go anywhere. It actually made alien attacks dull. It's not fun. <p>PS - why is The Clone Wars not included? Last Friday was a new episode. Granted, all they do now is riff off movies, last week was The Magnificent Seven meets Seven Samurai (if you don't get why that's silly, why the fuck are you on this site?).
April 9, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST
....because the world doesn't have enough dramas centered around a hospital. Every show on TV should involve a hospital somehow.
April 9, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST
by Kevin Holsinger
Once you get past the "they're just ripping off 300" thinking while watching the first episode, the characters are very watchable and the plot is interesting.
April 9, 2010, 7 a.m. CST
by Darth Sicilian
How can Spartacus get the same ratings as "What not to Wear" and "Merlin"? The storyline so far has been pretty gripping. It's actually on of the few shows I consider "Must See" right now. I thought it would be doing better ratings-wise. Maybe because its on Starz.
April 9, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST
You know, I hope that the showrunners of Smallville have an ending planned out for the final season like LOST. Also, if they really want to boost the ratings, the CW really need to promote next season as the last, during the summer that is all the CW needs to be doing....is pushing Smallville. Off of the subject, I know I will get shit for it, but any future Superman movie should have Tom Welling as Superman. Reason is, he has been the character without the namesake for going on Ten years, and with the movie, you wouldnt't have to set up an origin. Warner Brothers could make a killing in sales on the Smallville seasons...being the origin and all, and plus why keep switching actors for Superman, stick with one and run with it. People don't won't to invest in a character where the actor is different every movie unless that character is James Bond. Plus the main four actors that play the characters Clark, Lois, Lex, and Perry would be cheap for a movie, the rest of the budget could be for the FX and "fight" sceens. That is a win for the WB, and for movie goers. People don't won't to pay eight bucks to see a Superman film where he doesn't throw one punch, and Kumar kicks the shit out of him...WTF?! LOL
April 9, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST
And according to Kryptonsite, Black Canary, Hawkman, Cyborg and Stargirl are returning for the season finale. DCU heroes vs. Zod and the Wall's Suicide Squad perhaps?
April 9, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST
It's really, really funny. And its okay to get a O.O, because it costs literally next to nothing to make. The podcasts have already been recorded a long time ago, they just pay some people to animate it. I've really been enjoying it. Glad to be a part of that 0.0
April 9, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
Please God keep him away from the Superman movie. He's like fucking Zoolander, he has just one fucking look. They have to use music cues and close ups to try and show us how he's feeling because he is incapable of displaying any emotion as an actor. "Clark, You're Mom's Dead And Lois Has Been Raped!!" *Zoom in on Clark's expressionless face, music goe's "DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!"
April 9, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
Either live action or CGI, either way it would be nice, just nice.
April 9, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST
Aside from Lost is currently my favorite show. Too bad the season is ending. It started out just an over stylized reason to show blood and boobs, but has really improved with well written dialogue and solid acting and stunning visuals. Great show in my opinion. Cant wait to catch tonights episode!!!
April 9, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
With Lost ending soon, I'm glad I have a new must-see show. Some episodes have some great twists and the acting is really solid. Andy Whitfield is great as Spartacus. I heard he has been diagnosed with cancer and the 2nd season is on hold. Here's hoping he pulls through. All the eps are free to watch online on Netflix if you don't get Starz.
April 9, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST
i ask anyone reading this to give it a chance. (i dont want to see it cancelled.)
April 9, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST
Spartacus ratings by Darth Sicilian Apr 9th, 2010 How can Spartacus get the same ratings as "What not to Wear" and "Merlin"? The storyline so far has been pretty gripping. I thought it would be doing better ratings-wise. Maybe because its on Starz." Remember, STARZ is a pay-channel and Syfy is free. Given that Starz viewership is millions less than SyFy, the fact that SPARTACUS is equal or close to some free/network shows is pretty impressive.
April 9, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST
Well done, Herc. I felt like I was actually there with those statistics, that I could reach out and touch the numbers with my wang.
April 9, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST
I think TPTB know this show got started on the wrong foot and are scrambling to fix it. I netflix everything, but my friends who saw the newest episode loved it (and they were going to stop watching until I told them there were cool aliens coming).
April 9, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST
"Magnificent Seven meets Seven Samurai..." hehehe.
April 9, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST
It has helped as well that it is readily available online and on Netflix. I watch it on Netflix myself. Im curious how long the show is projected to run. The first season was all about him as a gladiator. Im guessing season 2 will be him on the run, but will they drag it out or do they have a 3 or 4 year plan?
April 9, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST
It's turned out to be a great season of TV. It's had 2 or 3 off weeks, especially the premiere (as I keep saying). But the rest of the season has been stellar, with the best weeks being the highlight of my TV watching this season. I almost shed a tear a couple weeks ago, and that's not really my thing. It's basically a hardcore soap opera based around gladiators and roman politics. Love it.
April 9, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST
I had no idea the podcast existed, so it's fresh for me. That show is hilarious. What the hell is wrong with Pilkington?!?!?
April 9, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST
Last week and the week before were pretty tough to watch. Id never seen her before she was on Spartacus, but his wife was friggin gorgeous!!! Oddly enough I prefer the new girl in the picture, Mira. My mouth starts salivating every time shes on screen. Not a bad actress either...
April 9, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST
...but I guess I'll have to give it a shot. It's good to hear some positive reviews of it, I need a new show.<br /><br />Yeah, Clark not flying on Smallville has exceeded the ridiculousness of Lana not knowing his secret for so long. They need to stop trying to save it for a series finale event and do it now, as fuel for new stories. As for Welling in a movie....well, he couldn't be worse than Routh. And I would probably check out a smallville movie. But it would have to be in 3d or I won't watch shit. ;)
April 9, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST
I thought the star of the show had terminal cancer or something.
April 9, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
has Hodgkins Lymphoma. Its not terminal, hes being treated. Of course with cancer you never know...
April 9, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
...Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, the same type of cancer that Michael C. Hall from Dexter is dealing with. Evidently it's very treatable, but production of both shows is being held while they work through their treatment and recovery.
April 9, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST
April 9, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST
1) ratings: spartacus actually got a larger rating than syfy's caprica mid-season finale. <p>2) cancer. Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It's treatable, in early stages, and production on season 2 has been halted while he is in treatment.
April 9, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST
Youll have to sort of trudge through the first couple episodes. They arent bad, but dont reflect the same quality as later episodes. It was just way too stylized. They realized what they were doing and eased up. The show has progressively gotten better from day 1. All 12 Eps are available free online. Definitely worth a look.
April 9, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST
That would bum me out a bit, seeing as how we don't know when season two will be produced, let alone air. But obviously Whitfield is dealing with more important things right now.
April 9, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST
Oh ha. I left it out because I really think Hodgkins should be credited for it.
April 9, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
Easily the most improved show of the season. Batiatus is just ruthless, and a little bit crazy. And the plotting is finally becoming as dense as ROME was, in it's best days.
April 9, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
I decided to give it a whirl via Netflix and was thoroughly surprised. That show is much better than I ever would have thought. It seems to take bits of ROME, GLADIATOR, and 300 and combines them into a steamy, sensual, bloody mix of awesomeness.<P>It's a shame that they chose to ape the visual flourishes of 300...but everything else is pretty tight. In fact, I've enjoyed the show far more than the final season of LOST.
April 9, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST
That alone should be getting more people to watch it. I'm not sure he was a producer at the beginning of the season, either. Which may explain some of the improvement over the course of the season. I love most of the visual stylizing they use, too. I can't argue against the fact that they've gotten better at knowing when and how much to use it. But mostly the show has gotten better for two reasons. First, you care about the characters - even the "bad guys". Second, the writing all of a sudden got really good around the third of fourth week. Way more twists and turns than I was ever expecting took place this season. More interesting than the entire run of some network programs.
April 9, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST
of the British school system, which can (and does) fail some of the kids that go through it. He left school early, with no qualifications. The fact that he's got a low IQ is only part of his problem. A larger part is that the world is full of misinformation, and Karl has very little critical thinking ability, and so can't deal with sorting out reliable info from bullshit. That's why he could read something from Weekly World News and believe it.
April 9, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST
...I won't get into any Lost arguments (so I'm extending the olive branch right now). But I totally agree about Spartacus being better than Lost this season. I stopped watching after the Richard episode. The wool was finally pulled from my eyes. From what I've been told about the episodes that followed it hasn't gotten any better.
April 9, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST
Haven't watched or listened really. Just heard snippets on interview shows. I assumed he wasn't an actual person.
April 9, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST
No one, not even a comedy genius, could write a character like Pilkington.
April 9, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST
You've chosen now to give up on Lost? With like a handful of episodes left? I understand the concerns over this season, but six years in and the line has only just now been crossed?
April 9, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST
Haha, well Ill leave the Lost flame wars on the Lost talkback, but I agree with you. Every character is very 3 dimensional, and follows his/her personal motivations. Good or bad you root for each one hoping to see them get what they want. Batiatus is the perfect example. The guy is a douche, but hes ambitious and its interesting to see him maneuver his way into power. When the show first started I thought Crixus would be nothing more than the schoolyard bully, but they made him almost as interesting as Spartacus. More is packed into one episode of Spartacus than most shows pack in over 3 episodes. <P> (Yeah yeah, shut up, I know what youre thinking.)
April 9, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST
The answer is yes, and no. I left during season two, but was brought back during season three because of the positive talk in the AICN Lost talkbacks. I LOVED season one, but felt like, a) they dropped the ball storytelling wise in season two, and b) they were jerkin' us around in a most directionless and confusing manner. When the story has some real focus for any length of time I think Lost is great. When it jumps around week after week telling stories that cover over previous plots by making the current plots convoluted and MORE "mysterious" (which is to say, confusing), it pisses me off. However, my biggest issue was the reveal that the show was in any way related to heaven or hell. "The island is a cork, if it gets pulled we all go to hell." No. Fuck that. Too easy. That's the easy way out, writing wise. I was expecting more. I really thought the writers had more imagination going on than that. That the obvious biblical references were there to be twisted around in the end to something else completely new and mind-blowing. I said WAAAAAY back at the end of the first season that I would call bullshit on them and hate the show forever if they took this road. Soooo, *shrug*. Now, as this season has wound down, with the flash-sideways, introduction of new characters, forced connections of relationships in the flash-sideways and totally unbelievable and contrived returns of old characters, man, I've just given up. Plus, and I don't know why more people aren't commenting on it, but the acting has been largely flat and unimpressive this year. Some of it's just been bad. Other than the Ben part of his redemption episode I haven't been impressed with the acting this season at all. And even in that episode there was some of the most wooden line delivery of the entire series by Jack and Hurley. At it's best, Lost was one of the best shows I've ever watched. But in total, taking it all in, I really feel like I got my dick stroked for 6 years by a hot girl until right as I was about to get off she got up and walked out, laughing, without apology or explanation.
April 9, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST
Is next week. This is episode 12.
April 9, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
...and maybe this is the place to do it. Because express any opinion that doesn't completely agree with the few people who live in the Lost thread without being told you're a stupid troll. I am neither, and I have a mind of my own. However, I just have no energy left for long arguments about being right or wrong about Lost. I've been watching it long enough to have my own opinion now. I don't care if I'm right or wrong about anything ON the show. So, ya know, discussion - totally cool. Argument - I'll extend the olive branch and walk away.
April 9, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST
has been the producer from day 1 but he doesnt do much storywise I dont think. I cant remember the name of the guy, but I read an article the other day from one of the showrunners, and he basically said "Yeah, we went too far in the first couple episodes." Once they realized what the voice of the show was things obviously changed.
April 9, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST
I agree this season has been frustrating. Id just rather talk about Spartacus because there is no other talkback for it. I will say this, last week was a huge push in the right direction, but feels like too little too late. With 5 eps to go Im in it to the end, and Im hoping it delivers. Thats the last Im saying about it. <P>Sura has yummy taa taas.
April 9, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST
I thought this week's Desmond episode was quite good. I do think a corner has been turned with that episode in regards to the off-island storyline. Besides, as Maltheus said, only six more episodes left. Why not just tough it out for a few more weeks?<p>Spartacus is great. I caught the first 9 episodes two weekends ago and absolutely love it. I did find the first few episodes sort of slow going. Then a moment came at the end of an episode that showed just how cruelly manipulative Batiatus could be. He has revealed himself to be an intriguing character whose plots have no boundaries. I like to think Al Swerengen is a direct descendant of Batiatus. Sure he and his wife have no kids but no doubt he has a few bastards running around.
April 9, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST
Totally agree. Especially about Crixus. Never expected to like that character. In fact, I really EXPECTED them to slowly let him die after he got tore up in the arena. Then, when he returned I realized I was relieved. Like, "wait, I used to hate that character!" I'm still seeing he and Spartacus working together at some point in the future because they choose to, not because they're ordered to. Batiatus on the other hand is so much of a douche that I'm don't always root for him, but I do really enjoy the character. I think his scheming will be his downfall, though. And Lucretia's dealings with Ilithyia may have something to do with that. Doctore and Ashur may be my two favorite characters, though. I'm hoping they write something more for Doctore into next season other than cracking a whip and preaching each week.
April 9, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
But I'm definitely waiting until the show is over. I think I'll be less annoyed by all the things that annoy me so much if I can watch the 8 or 9 hours I haven't seen straight through. I'm still completely annoyed with this season and will never be happy with them taking the easy way out. But your all right that it would be a bit silly to NEVER watch the rest of the series.
April 9, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST
Finally seeing Xena boob. Better than I expected... <P> Castration + Crucifixion. Ouch. <P> Smashing a head into the ground like its a fucking egg. <P> Mars and Venus having sex. Erotic, artful, and beautifully shot scene.
April 9, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST
was a metaphor, for a 18th century guy who never managed to put religion behind him.
April 9, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST
...discussing a show with characters named Batiatus, Lucretia, Crixus and Doctore. Makes me giggle is a happy geek kinda way.
April 9, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST
I took with a grain of salt. The idea of "hell on earth" if the Man in Black leaves I saw as a metaphor. Not actual Hell, but simply chaos, some sort of unbalance that has been kept in check with his imprisonment on the island.<p>I rewatched the series over the few months leading up to the new season and it really does work a lot better on DVD. So maybe watching the last 8 or 9 hours in a lump, without a week in between each to digest and dissect the previous one, is the way to go.
April 9, 2010, noon CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
I'm not sure of the exact historical context but I think Crixus is one of those who will fight alongside Spartacus when he initiates the revolt.<P>And I'm in agreement with those who have come to like his character. At first, he seemed like the typical nemesis; someone that would be in constant conflict with Spartacus. However, they've taken him down a very interesting plot-path and have managed to make him much more realized and sympathetic. Good stuff.
April 9, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST
Could be it was yet another Lost red herring. But the season was disappointing me so much up to that point that it pushed me over the edge. The strangest thing to me is that, other than that episode, they still haven't done a damn thing about explaining what the island is, how it came to be, what it's purpose is, why Smokey IS smokey, instead of just a person, why it's taken so long to find replacement candidates, what Widmore actually wants, etc. etc. etc. I could list about 100 more things, really. Like I said, the wool was finally pulled for me. The continuing mysteries aren't enough to hold my attention in relation to what they've revealed. Like, the lighthouse was cool, but that's it? No further use or explanation? Bah. I don't want to get all pissy about it. I'm stoked that people love the show. I really am. But the holes are just too many and too large for me to be a true believer at this point.
April 9, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST
And I definitely like my Lost in larger pieces. However, I still think large parts of the first three seasons were meandering and pointless. I know they followed up on a lot of that stuff, but they certainly could have had some tighter storytelling along the way. <br><br>Regarding the "hell on earth" thing, I don't know. The whole clue about the island being a one vowel word, then the speech about it being a cork holding in evil and all of them going to hell if Smokey escapes, that's pretty straight forward. I suppose you could interpret it in different ways. But if they just went completely against that statement holding any kind of truth... well... why did they say it at all then? That DEFINITELY would not be what I consider good writing. Spartacus is good writing. Where they lead you to believe one thing is happening based on the events you're actually seeing, but then the events you just saw actually turn out to be causing a different affect than what you were lead to believe was taking place. On Lost, shit just happens to be confusing and misleading for no reason. It doesn't all tie together and make sense. At least not to me. So maybe I am just a dumb ass. lol Whatever.
April 9, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST
Shit. I forgot that Ashur saw him with Naivea. That could be a serious problem. But this is Spartacus, so it's as likely it becomes a serious problem for Ashur as Crixus. I'm interested to see where that goes.
April 9, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
I thought it was a neat touch that they never revealed his real name. As far as I know, so far, despite the fantastic nature of the show, it has been fairly historically accurate, more so than the original movie.
April 9, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
You think you're seeing one thing and it turns out to be something else; then while you're still assimilating that they throw something else at you.
April 9, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST
Yes, Crixus does end up helping him lead the rebellion. Im guessing Naivea is going to die or Crixus will help Spartacus in order to save her and be with her. According to Wikipedia there was a third guy Oenomaus. Have we seen him yet?
April 9, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST
I also wasn't sure how historically accurate they were staying with the series. I may have to study up on this part of Roman history.
April 9, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
Cool, that's what I thought. And I have a feeling his motivation will center around Naivea. It could very well be that he will find himself in the same situation as Spartacus was with his wife. As such, they will have something very much in common.
April 9, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST
I don't know if it's that or if he's perfected the Stallone stare.
April 9, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...how fucking hot are the women on this show?!?<P>FTW!
April 9, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST
Pretty good actually. The details are filled in quite a bit, but so far, its been pretty damn close. Check out the wiki on it. I did a study on Spartacus for my Western Civ class last semester before the show came out, so its fresh in my mind. The only thing so far that may be kind of off is his wife dying and not being enslaved with him, but history is a bit vague on it. It does however say she was a prophetess and that before being enslaved Spartacus was a Thracian soldier, was held captive in the area close to Capua by Batiatus, and that Crixus was his right hand man. Im looking forward to finding out who Oenomaus is. It would be cool to see a trinity of characters fighting together.
April 9, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
April 9, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST
Uh, yeah. Seriously this show is a dream. Great action, great characters, great righting, and smoking hot women every goddamned week. How can you not love it. Im a mess every week. I alternate between laughing, crying, fistpumping, and getting a boner every scene change.
April 9, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST
Katrina Law who plays Mira, drool.
April 9, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST
I've been looking for something new on the history front to read. May make a trip to the used book stores this weekend to do some hunting (I'll definitely check the wiki, too). My knowledge of Roman history revolves around Caesars, politics, conquering and falling. And that was all learned nearly twenty years ago. Be good to try and file something new in the ol' melon.
April 9, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
No doubt, she is a turbo-hottie. The shot of her lying nude in Spartacus's bed illustrates a temptation that I could not have resisted.
April 9, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST
...was a prophetess. That lends some strength to the writers use of flashback and visions with Spartacus. Pretty cool. <br><br>And damn straight Mira is hot. All the women on the show are attractive, but Mira is like... gjdejeoeojopp*drool*
April 9, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST
I haven't watched the show yet, but the conversation here has definitely gotten me interested. I recently read a non-fiction book on Spartacus called "The Spartacus War" by Barry Strauss. Historically, I think the writers of the series are lucky, since they have a ton of leeway to work with. Very little concrete information is actually known about this guy, most of it coming from biased sources centuries after his death. The book suffers from this, with much of the action starting with sentences like, "Now, if we accept that Spartacus attacked in March", or "Theoretically, Crixus could have been a long time companion of Spartacus." The read is a pretty decent historical primer for anyone wanting some backstory. I'll be checking the series out On Demand tonight.
April 9, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
April 9, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST
I think I read that... A story like Spartacus is perfect to adapt. We know enough to create a basic story structure, but there is enough not known to fill in the blanks without shitting on history.
April 9, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST
Graphic sex & violence, who doesn't love that? But it's really surprised me how much the story and characters have evolved. It's pretty damned good now
April 9, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST
...like your ass cavity.
April 9, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST
Kind of a throwback to those shows like "The Hitchiker" on HBO or "Red Shoe Diaries", but with better writing and fight scenes. Nice soft core skin tv entertainment.
April 9, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST
But yeah, it turned into a surprisingly good show.
April 9, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST
Episode 12 is available OnDemand already. Holy shit I can't wait to see how the season ends. And Bartiatus is one scheming mofo. Wait until you see "the gift". Brilliant.
April 9, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
..OnDemand. Watching the Masters, though. Spartacus will have to wait until 4:30.
April 9, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST
Really hoping to see her for a while. Another good example of someone I didnt expect much from just another boob to look at at first, but now another character I look forward to seeing where she goes. It was great to see Spartacus ram that one dudes head into the torch. Its obvious she is falling for him, and it seems her character is mirroring Varinia from the Kubrick movie. <P>Manu Bennett has been surprising as Crixus. Struck me early on as just another bodybuilding extra but the guy really brings it to the table. <P>Hope to see the actor playing Varro again in something else.
April 9, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
doesn't count. time to go watch my matlock reruns!
April 9, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
But to restate what has already been said, for people who didn't give it a chance past the pilot or lost interest early, get through the first 3 episodes and you will be rewarded. I didn't think much of the pilot either. Not to spoil anything, but you will eventually get to an episode where the ending gets you hooked, and it just gets better from there. As has been said, they've taken Rome and mixed it with 300+Gladiator and created a delicious treat.
April 9, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST
extra scenes or special features or 3-D. really annoying! (insert crotchety old man voice here.)
April 9, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST
Just read something interesting. Apparently the name Doctore is a title. Someone mentioned maybe he is Oenomaus?
April 9, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST
Spoiler: I thought there was another name mentioned for him during the episode where they told the back story of the gladiator who whooped his ass (the one Spartacus took out to become champion of Capua), but I can't remember for sure.
April 9, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST
I dont recall that but I plan on rewatching the series after the finale. You may be right.
April 9, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST
But the name you're asking about sounds really familiar. I'm definitely going to do a marathon re-watch when the season is over as well. ......heh.
April 9, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST
April 9, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST
I'm loving the show now, for what it is.
April 9, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST
The worst episode of SPARTACUS was the pilot - and even then it wasn't terrible, just nowhere near as rich and naked and dramatic and naked as the rest of the episodes. Glad to see it's catching on so well.<p>Somewhere around the fourth or fifth episode it went from guilty pleasure to great show. Well. Maybe still a bit guilty, but also great. If anyone remembers, I was griping about lack of queerness in modern depictions of ancient Rome and THEN THEY HAD MAN-ON-MAN BUTTSECKS AND DIDN'T EVEN TREAT IT LIKE A JOKE OR A RAPE. This show is an equal opportunity titilater - my sis just started watching it and she can't get over the generous amount of hot guy nudity.<p>And then there's a genuinely interesting and surprising story with engaging characters that show range and depth. SPARTACUS is my favourite show on right now.
April 9, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST
The pilot really turned me off. Nothing in it made any sense and every action scene had slow-mo 300 style cgi in it every 2 seconds. That being said, im hooked on the show now. Love the action, the politics and the ladies.
April 9, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST
I miss him, poor bastard. He was like the Ying to Spartacus Yang, always trying to cheer him up and talk him out of bad ideas. And I think I actually like Crixis more than Spartacus which is odd because at the start I disliked him. But getting to know his mindset has been great.
April 9, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST
You really can't get too much funnier than the Life and Times of Tim. I don't give a fuck what the ratings say. Spartacus, minus the cheesey 300 violence, is an excellent character driven show with a deep and compelling story. Starz is going to hurt its ratings, but it deserves viewership.
April 9, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST
the guy has cancer, that should make people curious. Don't get me wrong, I love half-naked oily muscular men as much as the next guy, but I was surprised the public at large was tunning in. <p> Also, keep in mind that Sam Raimi and Bob Tapert were creators of Xena: warrior princess, so they're expert at this kind of shit; their names have been written all over it since the first episode (if only they were allowed to show boobs on Xena, that would have been epic).
April 9, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST
"Doctore" is a latin word that means "teacher", and is the root of the modern word "Doctor" (shocking, eh?). Same with a lot of the words used, like "medicus", "ludis" (means "game" as far as I know, as in "the place where they train for the gladiator games", or something along those lines). There was a scene where Xena was trying to convince her husband to put the ex-champion guy to teach the other gladiators instead of selling him, and he said "we already have a doctore!".
April 9, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST
Now this is a Man's Soap Opera; Intrige,Blood and Boobs! But seriously, I never thought this show would catch on agter seeing the pilot which was nothing more than a 300 ripoff, but the damn thing grew on me during the following eps. and what's cpp; i s that i can watch the episodes via netflix before it airs on the starz channel.<p>Sorry to hear about whitfield here's hoping for a speedy recovery. I would recommend his Gabriel (also available on netflix) way over Legion anyday as both movies have a very familiar concept.
April 9, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST
by Nemesis Enforcer
Must watch TV!! Do not judge the quality of the series on the first episode, i have never seen a show get so good so fast after the first episode. You do not even meet most of the key players till episode two. Man i hope they stay in the ludus for another season, last nights episode was so good, i just hope they don't shoot their load too quickly...
April 9, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST
....until WAY after the series was airing, I'm not really sure that's why people or watching it. I don't like trainwrecks and I hate rubbernecking, so maybe I'm wrong about that. I forgot that those guys worked on Xena, though. Never watched it regularly. I think I would have if it was on Starz, though. Heh.
April 9, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST
Damn good show. Anyone else watching?
April 9, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST
Much better pace, story, action, writing, well basically everything than Absolute Justice. Red Team, Martha Kent's super club, Max Lord's Justice League International, Bruce (major doubts there), the RED sons of Krypton led by Zod, Lex, Alan Scott's leftover JSA crew, the sole survivor of the Red Planet John Jones, Red Tornado and the Metal Men???? Very exciting.
April 9, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST
My name is Tim tho, so it's weird. "What kind of name is Tim anyway?"
April 9, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST
Really, truly fun. Campy, over-acted to a T, but with some better than it should be action and dialogue right out of a comic, yet somehow translated into something not cringe-worthy. Smallville is improving again. Loved the "loose lips sink ships" poster, Tess Mercer's probably meth-induced, far-too-loose-for-her-age chinskin flopping about in slo-mo fight scene, Pam Grier lookin' mighty fine for her age.. again, and maybe the coolest escape from a moving vehicle I've ever seen.<br><br> A Spartacus is for wrestling, fake tit and Nickleback fans. IS THIS FUCKING ROME OR WHAT MUTHAFUCKAH??!! I'm surprised I haven't seen a Kevin Sorbo or Pamela Anderson cameo yet.
April 9, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST
I think we're going to Rome next season. I'm calling it now.
April 9, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST
Clark has a slow-mo fight scene, which coincides with lights flicking on or off. At first I was annoyed that we weren't getting it full motion, full speed, but I believe it was meant to look like panels from a comic book. Maybe I'm over-analyzing this sometimes horrible, often mediocre, and occasionally good show, but it seemed like the whole episode was intended to be a comic book. Other characters have slow-mo scenes, too. Plus the Martian Manhunter had actual powers.
I'll echo what everyone else has said. The first episode of Spartacus was horrible, in fact I would recommend skipping it if you try to watch it... but the show has gotten progressively better and I'm addicted. Its not near the depth or production values of Rome, and occasionally it gets cartoonish, but overall its a lot of fun to watch. Not sure how much its enjoying the benefit of lowered expectations, but still worth your time. The authenticity of it is... weak, and I wish they would stop saying it is authentic at the beginning. Its fantasy set in a Rome setting.
April 10, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST
The Red Knight piece at the end of Smallville probably was Maxwell Lord's since he is appearing next season.<p>Spartacus first few episodes were weak, but the storyline is a lot better (especially the last 3 episodes). Yes, Mira is HOT!
April 10, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST
Seriously? They say if you polish a turd, it's still a turd. Seems like it would take some serious magic to turn things around from that pilot, but what the hell, I'll check it out. <br><br> That slo-mo scene with Clark and the henchmen WAS damn cool. Loved the huge chunks of heavy-looking door in mid-air.<br><br> SGU was seriously TENSE tonight, too. I like where it's going. So, what's it gonna be? I'm seriously Team Rush now. Col Young deserves to be taken down a notch, just as much as Major "Black anger syndrome stereotype" does.
April 10, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST
So I tried to watch SGU tonight and at one point got up and started doing the dishes.<p> Not a good sign.<p> Hope Ashes to Ashes is better.
April 10, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST
Was actually good tonight for the first time.<p>Smallville was really good also kudos to the Friday programs tonight
April 10, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST
The Wall was talking about things being Black & White, and then the red chess piece. She is the White Queen and Max in the comics was the Black King. I still find it crazy that the fight with Clark and the pawns was way better than Clark fighting Doomsday.
April 10, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST
Stop slammin SGU, the show is improving and looks freakin sweet in HD.
April 10, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST
I have to admit, in fact I'm embarrassed to admit, but last night's episode of SGU was actually good TV. The previous episode wasn't bad either. Is hell freezing over? It reminded me of BSG's first episode after the pilot mini-series, "33". Not quite that good, but SGU's pacing was excellent. Another TBer made the point that SGU is like Voyager if that series had taken itself seriously, and I have to agree that after the last two episodes, it is plausible. Whoa.
April 10, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST
I love both shows. I like my SCI FI camp free and SG:U brings the tension in spades. The chicks in Spartacus..fucking Asher banging Crixus's girl. What a tight ass on that girl, omg :) Mira is hot too. Viva is probably the hottest, that girl just ooozes hotness and she is a great actress. Of course I still love Xena heh, though the red wig has to go. Everyone dies next week I am sure. Gonna be hard to replace what Batiatus brought to the show.
April 10, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST
As in fucking mindblowing awesome, such a great piece of storytelling. I wonder how much Raimi has had a hand in this, as the first episode really was utter shit.
April 10, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST
The military could never have used the hole in the hull that the aliens drilled because it wouldn't have existed after the episode reset.
April 10, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST
Seriously, that boring turd of a stargate show is not like BSG.
April 10, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST
At first I was thinking it was just going to be a 300 clone but it has now turned into some much more! The action is great and the characters you now can care for even there enemies you want to know what is always happening! Even the politics are good. And you can see how the same things are happening in todays world as well! Just in a more interesting way! I can't wait to see the season finale Next weekend! Give it a try and see how no man or woman is safe in this show!
April 10, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST
I'm hoping that we spend at least one more season in the 'ludos'. The confines of the training camp of the gladiators has made for some tight and well written storylines that reminds me of how entertaining the 1st season of Prison Break was, and how quickly that fell from grace once the prisoners escaped. Fingers crossed.
April 10, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST
I worry about that too, HanSelo. Especially since the only truly crap episode was the pilot which was the only episode not set almost entirely on Batiatus's property and the Capua arena.
April 10, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST
I know for some that isn't saying much. While I warmed up to :Atlantis" I never caught on with the first series (movie was cool, though). SGU broke a few molds in my eyes when it focused on basic human needs as the crisis of the week, and not some damn alien attack. Okay now we have the aliens attacking, but they are nothing like we've seen... or heard. They cannot talk like us, they don't even slightly resemble us except they are bi-peds. Last nights episode was gripping and truly had me wanted Young to off the Asian bitch who, along with Rush, is stirring up all the dissent. Rush won't be done away with because as good as Eli is, he ain;t no Rush and Young knows this. But the girl? Out an airlock for treason, or whatever. As her return to earth with the stones has shown (and that plot device is the only thing I don't like about the show), she is not on anyone's side but the Earth powers that be. Oh and remember, ye who complain all the time, soon SGU is pretty much all we're gonna have here to talk back about, sci-fi wise.
April 10, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST
Definitely worth checking out if you've not seen it already. Echoing others I recommend steaming through the first 4 episodes, as it's a little weak initially, however it soon builds up into a must see guilty pleasure.
April 11, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
I'm among those who saw the pilot and went "meh". Gave it another chance via NetFlix Instant and I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed with the writing and acting. The last episode "Revelations" was a jaw dropper; there's a lot of shit about to hit the fan. Far better than it looked to be and definitely recommended. Of course, if they'd gotten a Peter Graves cameo in before he died..."Jimmy, do you like TV series about gladiators?"