In the first clip 'Batiatus' (John Hannah) and 'Lucretia' (Lucy Lawless) discuss finances and politics. In the second clip , 'Spartacus' (Andy Whitfield), in a calculated move, attacks 'Crixus' (Manu Bennett). "Spartacus: Blood And Sand" is a new kind of "300"-like TV experience, with nudity, sexual deviance, whippings, chainings. slo-mo decapitations and inspired "Kill Bill" meets Frank Frazetta battle sequences.
'Spartacus' is a Thracian soldier who volunteers to fight in the Roman Auxiliary against a common enemy of Thrace and Rome. As his punishment for defying Roman commander 'Legatus Claudius Glaber', he is sentenced to die in the gladiatorial arena, but against all odds kills four gladiators and survives. His sentence is commuted to slavery and he is bought by 'Batiatus' to be trained as a gladiator in his 'ludus', hoping to be reunited one day with his kidnapped wife.
In "The Red Serpent" a Thracian warrior with no name and his fellow fighters align themselves with Rome to protect their homeland, until disenchantment with the Romans sets in.
In "Sacramentum Gladiatorum" the newly-named 'Spartacus', starts his brutal training in the gladiatorial arts at the 'ludus' of Batiatus.
The series premiered January 22, 2010 rated TV-MA for graphic violence, strong sexual content, and major profanity. December 22, 2009, it was announced that the show was renewed for a second season before its debut.
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