The show has matured A LOT since the last reviewer commented on it. At first glance, Spartacus is mostly sex and violence, but as the story it developed, it also began to tell a compelling narrative about freedom, choice, power, politics, friendship, autonomy, and more. Now, it's one of the most progressive and well-developed shows on television. It treats rape storylines with the utmost respect, takes the time to develop its female characters, and includes queer characters in every season. The production team is amazing, as is the costume design, which draws heavily on Roman style and symbolism, and of course the acting and writing is superb. The show begins to hit its stride midway through Blood and Sand and reaches its full potential in Vengeance. As someone who loves Roman history, appreciates well-written fiction, and is exasperated with modern television's treatment of non straight-white-male characters, I can say that I truly enjoy and appreciate this show.
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