Is there anyone else here who will admit to watching this?
It is an original series that is on the “Starz” cable movie network. It is rated R, and pushes that envelope quite firmly. It’s for people who thought “The 300” was too bland, with not enough violence and gore. It is also a series that, quite honestly, brings home the Christian message in a way I imagine the creators didn’t plan on doing.
Simply put, all the gladiators are slaves. Before they prove themselves and take the mark of the brotherhood, they are treated as slaves. The household is filled with slaves. I think we Americans (not so sure about the Canadians, eh? ) have absolutely no idea what slavery was. It’s not just a legal status of being owned, it is a state of mind, accepting that you are not a person but a thing. It’s a state of mind that shows in how you hold yourself, in how you move, in how you react to everyone and everything around you.
The series captures this attitude of slavery perfectly. I see the slaves on the show and suddenly all the references in Scripture of “being a slave to sin” and of Jesus setting you free are suddenly blazing through my mind, and I realize how radical the message of Jesus was. I realize the implications of the Christian teaching that even the slave (servant) is to be treated with dignity.