In a desperate fit of boredom, I decided to see the first episode of Spartacus, since everyone's been talking about it. I have to say, I understand why everyone loves it. I mean, there are some great characters, lovely women, intrigue ...
Oh, yeah, and in between some guy gets beaten up far more than is humanly possible. Occasionally there are some fight scenes with gladiators who would last about five seconds in a real fight.
I mean, seriously! I understand that this is fiction, and that it doesn't exactly aim for a realistic art style, but come on! You don't fight a guy with a shield by repeatedly bashing your sword against his shield. That's how you break your sword! I have only limited experience with swords, but, man! Even I could've killed most of these guys, swinging blindly and jumping around like they have some sort of death wish!
And what's with the plot development here? I'm several episodes in, like five, and the plot has developed not one bit. It's exactly back to square one. Where it was more or less the entire time in between, too.
Dammit, this makes no sense!
Ahh, but back to the women and the scheming.
I do like Illythia, and not just for her looks. She's a great character. Mischievious, spoiled, deceitful, manipulative and lustful. Not too bright, but clever in a mean sort of way. I like her! She has personality.
Unlike Spartacus, whose personality seems to consist mainly of getting bashed repeatedly in the face.