According to Nielsen figures, over a million viewers tuned in last week to see the premiere episode of Starz’s swords-and-sandals series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Those numbers represent an all-time high for the network, easily bumping off its other high-profile serial “Crash,” which only drew 185,000 viewers for its second season premiere.
This week’s episode “Sacramentum Gladiatorum” continues to crank out plenty of boobs and blood, cocks and chains … all within the first 10 minutes! A topless Erin Cummings (Sura) opens the episode grinding on Andy Whitfield (Spartacus). Five minutes later, Lucy Lawless (Lucretia), in her first-ever nude role, is seen getting diddled by a servant girl before dropping her top for John Hannah’s (Batiatus) groping hands.
(UPDATE: To see Lucy bathing nude with slave girls, check out this clip from episode 6)
Finally, for the ladies and/or guys who really, really like gladiator movies, there’s plenty of big bulbous penises on display during a gladiator bathhouse scene.
Once the debauchery is over, the violence kicks in. The blood spilled on the show is cartoonish, but the action—throats slashed, backs whipped, brutal hand-to-hand—is pretty cool (though nowhere near as intense as HBO’s “Rome”). You can catch the “Sacramentum Gladiatorum” episode by clicking here.
To see a gallery of the show, go here.
(Update: Lucy Lawless will reprise her role as Lucretia in Starz’s new spinoff series “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”)