Spartacus: Gladiator Bootcamp

It was yesterday when I walked past the Spartan training on the seafront, that I wondered what the training for Spartacus (now in it’s final season) might have been like?

Apparently I’m not the only one to wonder.

It was gone midnight after I had consumed a variety of Spartacus training special features including  Bodybuilder.com’sSpartacus: War Of The Damned Arm Workout“, 4 circuits to a Gladiator body and all three “Gladiator Bootcamp” films.

The actors had to undergo gruelling sessions of fight and fitness training, four hours a day, five days a week. For some actors needing to bulk up, they had custom “hypertrophy” sessions to build those massive arms, and startling six packs. With over half a million views the latest bootcamp film has highlights such as:

aden jeffries in home and away

“Closer each day…”

  • Spartacus actor Liam McIntyre with a nerdy frindge
  • Ladies man Gannicus exercises wearing a Seventies’ yellow towelling headband
  • Crassus‘  Rocky impression
  • Lovable Agron in a silly dance with Naevia.
  • Bad guy Caeser sports a confusing hip hop backwards-cap (cruelly reminding us of his background as an actor in Home and Away)
  • And finally Crixus gets a cute kiss on the neck from Spartacus.

I like this one too. Fabulous stunt choreography in this show.

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2010 TV Summary

It’s time for a TV round up again. The snow is probably falling, it’s dark by 4pm so there is little better to do than get into a series or two, and pull up the duvet. It’s ok ‘though, as we’re halfway out of the dark.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Season 1)

Format: 13 episodes of 50 minutes.
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Twilight Zone Episodes

I am currently enjoying old, sixties Twilight Zone episodes that litter online video sites. These are my top three so far.

A Nice place to Visit (veoh link) is a story about gambler and crook Henry “Rocky” Valentine. Rocky finds himself in a world where he seemingly can have anything he wants.

Right now I want a million bucks in 5 g notes and a chick that won’t quit.. I mean, like, stacked, like, like, like beautiful!

Nightmare at 20,000 feet (YT link 1 of 3) stars a pre-Star Trek William Shatner . This episode, trivia fans, was written by Richard Matheson who wrote I am legend and directed by Richard Donner of Superman, The Omen, The Goonies and others.

To Serve Man (YT link 1 of 3) is another classic (and much parodied / referenced by recent cult shows) where large headed aliens, the Kanamites, arrive on Earth on a mission to assist humanity.

I’d still like to rewatch late 60’s, paranoid, alien invasion series The Invaders. Hero (and architect!) David Vincent played by Roy Thinnes had a Steve Mcqueen like intensity.

As a child I had nightmares about spotting someone with the ‘mutated forth finger’, that indicated they were an alien in disguise.

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Fringe is back with bonus Wirespotting

More Wire actors in the last Fringe, episode twelve. Not only is Lieutenant Daniels a regular as an almost identical character Agent Phillip Broyles, but this week Union Man Frank Sobodka appears as the most unlikely of characters, a skilled programmer who writes virii! Also, Marlo’s muscle and Snoop’s partner Chris Partlow is a hacker in the very same episode!

Here also are a couple of screen grabs from an earlier Fringe episode. I’m always interested in the craft of storytelling, especially the smaller details, how a moment was put together or communicated. In the scene below FBI agent Olivia Dunham returns home after a disturbing scene where she believes has seen her supposedly dead lover John Scott. Back at home she has a new email that appears to be from him.

If you look carefully at the text in the email, no normal font would have a wrongly sized “E”. The ill fitting “E” was an effect to subtly add some unease and a sense of “wrongness” to the email. Nice!

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