Monday, 15 February 2010

Watching: Eastwick, Family Guy, Simpsons, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
I'm liking Spartacus so far, though that's probably because I stopped looking for comparisons to the Stanley Kubrick original around about the same time the show launched into its first slo-mo massacre to the strains of an electric guitar while wine-coloured globules of computer-generated blood splashed about the place. It's not big or clever, but it is capable eye-candy, and someone who watches 90210 and CSI can't really go complaining about logic and characters and stuff that makes stories make sense away from visual gimmicks. The story departs greatly from the movie, novel, and presumably also the original slave revolt, and probably doesn't bear that much resemblance to the Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea cartoon, either, but we can't have everything. It's good fun, but not expecting it to resemble the movie is an essential component of viewing, I think.

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