Spar­ta­cus: Vengeance

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 10.45pm, Show­case I am no prude but Spar­ta­cus: Vengeance has mor­phed from merely be­ing the TV equiv­a­lent of a physique mag­a­zine — lots of well­mus­cled men show­ing off with ad­mit­tedly im­pres­sive and well-chore­ographed sword­play — to be­ing prac­ti­cally porno­graphic. A guest in my house al­most choked on her corn chips dur­ing last week’s episode when one of the many mus­cle-bound Ki­wis who fea­ture promi­nently (the show is made in New Zealand) stood drunk on a dais, de­claim­ing some gib­ber­ish with his, um, mem­ber on full dis­play. This was not long af­ter he had ap­peared to make vi­o­lent love to a reg­u­lar fe­male char­ac­ter against a wall. Thank heav­ens the kid­dies were tucked up in bed.

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