5 Reasons You Should Watch “Spartacus”

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Netflix is a dangerous beast. It sucks you in, and before you know it you’ve watched an entire season of a show you never knew you needed in your life. And it happens over and over and over. The latest show to ensnare me and the Collectress is the very NSFW Spartacus. The Starz show only lasted three seasons spanning 2010-2013, and I’m sorry to say that the only reason I knew of its existence was the sad passing of the first actor to play the titular role, Andy Whitfield. But I’ve been properly sucked in now, and I wouldn’t change that for a minute. Here are five reasons why you should join us in our pit of hot naked men current obsession.

Some items on my list are as NSFW as the show itself. Proceed with caution. This is definitely not your grandma’s Spartacus.

The Men

I love a fine specimen of a man. This show does not disappoint. The majority of the action takes place in a ludus (gladiatorial training school) or in the arena, where our gladiators show off their bodies as well as their fighting skills. Yeah, I totally watch for the plot…

Exhibit A:

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Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) and Crixus (Manu Bennett)

Basically, forget Game of ThronesSpartacus has far more nudity. And we aren’t talking about breasts (although those are plentiful). Exhibit B:

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Yeah, that’s Slade Wilson from Arrow. Color me pleased.

The Women

Xena Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless stars as Lucretia, the ambitious and lustful wife of Spartacus’s master Batiatus. Not only is she a pleasure to watch on screen for her flawless acting abilities, but she is dressed to the nines. (Well, most of the time…)

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Her costumes are as fabulous as her body-ody-ody.

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Hey, girl, hey

She may be a conniving villain, but I can’t help but love her. There are other fascinating female characters (notably Naevia, pictured next to Lucretia above), but let’s be honest: Xena is Queen.

It’s Better Than 300

I tried to watch 300 once…I got bored and stopped. Spartacus is much more interesting in terms of plot and violence. CGI and slow-mo are used heavily, but to great advantage. I mean ridiculous, flying, spurting blood? Awesome and artistic.

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Eww.

The Feels

Because when was the last time I watched a show that didn’t kill me inside? Spartacus may seem all blood and sex on the surface, but beneath it is a tortured storyline that has left my feels bruised—and I’ve only watched the first season.

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If I stand in the rain you can’t see my tears, right?

Did I mention the men?

I don’t think I need to say more, but I’m going to, because this is the gif set that started the whole thing. I mean, come on.

And lastly, Exhibit C:

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Naked wrestling. Now kiss.

Until next time,

The Collected Mutineer

P.S. Have you watched Spartacus? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @ImpalaMutineers

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