Just in case you were wondering, that thing in top right corner is not a tomato sauce stain from a lazy editor, it's a splash of plasma, vital fluid, or as the Chinese say 魔鬼血. Now if you don't speak Chinese, I'm talking about blood, which is pretty much all the new Starz show "Spartacus: Blood And Sand" is about. Yeah, there also is a generous amount of foul language, gratuitous nudity, soft core porno sex, and terrible dialogue.
Of course, I don't really think the creators or anybody really care that the story is weak and the dialogue would make the Roman philosophers weep for the spoken word, I mean, after all the show is called "Blood and Sand." You see, the good folks at Starz realize that we just like the crowds in the Roman Empire want to see blood, fighting, and ummm, sand mixed with blood.
The first episode ends with our hero Spartacus, (who used to be a solider, his wife was taken from him, now he's a slave blah, blah, you know the deal...) getting his "Gladia300" on. "Gladia300" refers to the ultra violence from the film "300" with the setting and characters of "Gladiator." And, let me make one thing clear, "300" and "Gladiator" are the bomb.com, in fact they are very influential movies in my life (how, I'm not saying, but maybe,I have a secret hobby of playing Roman role playing games on the third saturday of each month in Pasadena).
So, yeah, Spartacus, I'm a fan. I'll see you next week, blood, sand, and everything else you wanna throw at me.