• 83 results
  • 1
  • 2
#1 Posted by gamefreak9 (2358 posts) -


#2 Posted by Funkydupe (3311 posts) -

I watched Spartacus when the other guy played as Spartacus. Now I don't watch it at all.

#3 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3050 posts) -

Game of Thrones.

#4 Edited by gamefreak9 (2358 posts) -

I think I prefer Spartacus... its better paced. What I really don't like about Game of Throne is the jumping between story plots... Its like made for short attention span... you get like 5 min of one story, 5 minutes of another, 5 min of another, and then jump back to the first. This is understandable when they are trying to bring them together so they are showing things happening at the same time, but... most of the time its not.

#5 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7079 posts) -

Spartacus is nowhere near as good. I really, really dislike the fact that it seems like whenever they needed to put a vulgar word into the script they were like "Hey just sprinkle the word 'cock' throughout the episode!" It seemed like lazy writing and it really got annoying after a while. I think that was the second series so maybe it's gotten better but man, I don't think I could go back.

#6 Edited by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@gamefreak9: Its unfortunate that you couldn't pace your sentences better :)

Game of Thrones is on such a higher level of production values, scale, writing, acting and general epic-ness that Spartacus just doesn't have the ability to reach. I liked Spartacus for a while but GoT just blew it out of the water with far more interesting characters, a great setting and just a more entertaining package. I feel like GoT is a show that every adult should try to watch in the same way as they should try to watch BSG, its not the setting or genre, its the relatable characters and clever writing that make these great shows(HBO money also helps)

Online
#7 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2686 posts) -

Both are good. Game of Thrones is way better.

#8 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5144 posts) -

No sane person would prefer Spartacus over Game of Thrones.

#9 Posted by Giefcookie (598 posts) -

Game of Thrones. I only watch Spartacus because its hilarious.

#10 Edited by quimstyle (51 posts) -

Game of Thrones is just much better done than Spartacus. Spartacus is blood porn, and highly entertaining, but Game of Thrones is an intricately woven tapestry of political intrigue and medieval style politics. The production values on Game of Thrones are also much higher, making for a prettier experience. I personally don't think that these two are truly comparable because this is compared pulp to a masterpiece.

Edit: I also get really tired of Spartacus' 300 style kills, with the slow mo into the hyper fast strikes. After a while watching a man mid leap screaming and about to thrust his sword gets grating after a while. Its a cheap gimmick I wish they would use much more sparingly.

#11 Posted by Snail (8595 posts) -

Spartacus looked pretty shitty to me, judging by the trailers, so I didn't watch it. It really just seemed like a crappy version of Rome or something.

Man that show rocked.

#12 Posted by DeF (4863 posts) -

I really like both but I chose Spartacus because I love that even with so much cursing, they manage to make the dialog sound poetic in some way. Furthermore, I'm deeply invested in the characters and thus the S3 finale left a lasting impression. Vengeance all around!

As for Game of Thrones, it's still really hard to keep the characters' names straight and there's only been one full season so far, so naturally it has a disadvantage. While some characters are fun to watch, I'm not invested in any of them really and it's hard for me to find something to identify with.

While Game of Thrones is a quality show that has very high production value, big name actors, a successful series of books to draw from and lots of hype surrounding it, Spartacus to me has more heart and I feel it gets easily dismissed because the violence and nudity might seem gratuitous on first glance and the first few episodes weren't that great. Due to the real-life-death of the titular character, it has been hard to adjust to the new face(s) (one of the supporting actresses has been replaced as well) so things are definitely not running as smoothly as they seem to do on Game of Thrones, but, at least to me, Spartacus has more heart and characters are easier to identify with (so far).

Again, I really like both shows so everybody wins :D

#13 Posted by Saethir (353 posts) -
@Rolyatkcinmai

Both are good. Game of Thrones is way better.

This. I enjoy both, and the fact that Game of Thrones starts just as Sparticus ends is great. Sparticus goes back and forth between characters as well, though usually keeping it to 2. A lot of books do the same thing, so I don't find it hard to follow.
#14 Posted by StealthRaptor (527 posts) -

Game of Thrones just isn't very well written. It is filled with exposition and frequently jumbles around character traits in order to further the plot. I dislike it when characters don't act characteristically. Furthermore they are trying to cram in far too much story in a single season. I felt like Clash Of Kings dragged a bit so maybe they can make some smart cuts here and keep the rest of season 2 from feeling so schizophrenic, but I'm not convinced. Still...Peter Dinklage.

Spartacus on the other hand just tries to be entertaining and it does that very well.

Online
#15 Posted by spiceninja (3056 posts) -

@Funkydupe: The first guy died of cancer. Instead of ending the show they decided to recast him and keep it going.

Game of Thrones is one of the greatest televisions shows of the last decade. It's so amazing. I'm a huge medieval/fantasy geek so GoT is like the second coming for me.

#16 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Anybody watched Borgia?

#17 Posted by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@StealthRaptor: hahahaha! you are fun.

just kidding, you are entitled to your opinion but saying Game of Thrones isn't well written is crazy. There is a reason that it is so highly regarded and one of the highest rated shows on TV.

Online
#18 Posted by Funkydupe (3311 posts) -

@PlasmaBeam44: i agree its good to have a big tv show going like the game of thrones. I am currently on book 4 but im still nervous to talk or watch anything about it because of spoilers.

#19 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@WonderboyCoz said:

@StealthRaptor: hahahaha! you are fun.

just kidding, you are entitled to your opinion but saying Game of Thrones isn't well written is crazy. There is a reason that it is so highly regarded and one of the highest rated shows on TV.

Came for the swords, stayed for the incest.

#20 Edited by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@Sooty: indeed my good sir, indeed!

Online
#21 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7079 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@WonderboyCoz said:

@StealthRaptor: hahahaha! you are fun.

just kidding, you are entitled to your opinion but saying Game of Thrones isn't well written is crazy. There is a reason that it is so highly regarded and one of the highest rated shows on TV.

Came for the incest, stayed for the swords.

Fixed that.

#22 Posted by Robot_Sneakers (418 posts) -

I thought the first season of Spartacus was alright but the second was crap. Though I am a fan of Game of Thrones and liked the books, as well as the first season for the most part.

#23 Posted by Octaslash (511 posts) -

After watching Spartacus's horrible pilot, I've been pleasantly surprised at what a fantastic show it has become. I thought it would just be gore-porn, but it turned into a ballsy, compelling drama. That said, it can't compare to my love of Game of Thrones.

#24 Posted by StealthRaptor (527 posts) -

@WonderboyCoz: Yes it's because of marketing, good casting and a unique fantasy setting grounded in reality, combined with the massive popularity of the books. The writers are very good at witty dialogue, and that seems like more than enough for most people. That's fine and I don't mean to be bitter about it. But my screenwriting professors would have torn me apart if I ever created story structures, began subplots or delivered world building information the way they do.

Online
#25 Posted by AndrewBeardsley (371 posts) -

Game of thrones is just well done and an incredible show.

Spartacus which i also love is just ridiculous violence and sex. It is game of thrones without the story. I will continue to watch both. Even though spartacus just ended the 2nd season

#26 Posted by SuperSambo (2860 posts) -

Spartacus is a more enjoyable show to watch, but I would say that Game of Thrones was 'better'.

Voted Spartacus anyway.

#27 Edited by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@StealthRaptor: Well you know what they say, those who cant do, teach. I have zero problem with the way the story is delivered, in fact I thought the first season was excellently paced and easy to follow if you actually payed attention. Season 2 seems to be going with a faster pace, we will have to see how that turns out but the publications that have seen the first half of the season seem to think it works really well.

horses for courses I guess...

Online
#28 Posted by quimstyle (51 posts) -

@StealthRaptor: Not well written? The intricacies of the first season were known to both readers of the book and watchers of the show. The story that Game of Thrones tells is far more difficult and expansive that the traditional narrative of fantasy or historical fiction shows. Critics have praised its writing and storytelling ability and 3.04 million people tuned in for the finale on HBO, so people were clearly able to follow the story. I think its high time you rewatch the first season with utmost attention.

#29 Posted by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@quimstyle: Yes, This is it exactly!

Online
#30 Posted by Ghostiet (5251 posts) -

Game of Thrones - it has an intricate plot that got translated into TV pretty well. Spartacus is too much flash, too little substance.

#31 Posted by gamefreak9 (2358 posts) -

@WonderboyCoz said:

@gamefreak9: Its unfortunate that you couldn't pace your sentences better :)

Game of Thrones is on such a higher level of production values, scale, writing, acting and general epic-ness that Spartacus just doesn't have the ability to reach. I liked Spartacus for a while but GoT just blew it out of the water with far more interesting characters, a great setting and just a more entertaining package. I feel like GoT is a show that every adult should try to watch in the same way as they should try to watch BSG, its not the setting or genre, its the relatable characters and clever writing that make these great shows(HBO money also helps)

yeah I just saw how terrible my sentences were... :(. I'm obviously fond of both shows but I just happen to enjoy myself more watching spartacus, even though it also jumps around. There's just too much camera cutting in game thrones and no seamless transitions from room to room. From this episode, I think it would have made a huge difference if there was for instance a seamless transition between when they walked into the camp of the guy who has sex with his daughters and into the house, without feeling like a totally different scene.

#32 Edited by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@gamefreak9: But have you considered that they were different sets and so were shot at totally different times and places? I actually love the way GoT does context transitions where one character will basically say something related to the next scene before it comes. For example, the scene where Osha talks about a comet meaning dragons and then looks up at the comet which then pans down to the desert and Dani with her dragons. Very cool.

Online
#33 Posted by Doctorchimp (4074 posts) -

@StealthRaptor said:

@WonderboyCoz: Yes it's because of marketing, good casting and a unique fantasy setting grounded in reality, combined with the massive popularity of the books. The writers are very good at witty dialogue, and that seems like more than enough for most people. That's fine and I don't mean to be bitter about it. But my screenwriting professors would have torn me apart if I ever created story structures, began subplots or delivered world building information the way they do.

Do you understand how batshit crazy and self-absorbed you sound? Jesus christ...

#34 Posted by AiurFlux (902 posts) -

Spartacus is fine if you want to turn off your brain and just watch something with profanity, tits, and excessive violence. But it's not a good show. Allow me to be a snobby critic for a minute, but the dialogue at times is cringe worthy, the writing is terrible when they sprinkle "cock" and "fuck" every sentence to the point where you notice if it isn't in a sentence, the action bits are terrible sped up/slowed down 300 rip off scenes that look like they've been handled by an epileptic given how frequently they occur in a single fight, and the gratuitous nudity and sex is just awkward at times. That said, it's a fun show to watch, but it isn't a good show.

Game of Thrones on the other hand has top writing throughout, amazing acting, properly handed violence, incredible cinematography and set pieces, but sex scenes that feel like they don't belong. And the numerous awards and nominations speak for themselves.

Tyrion himself is a better character, and a better acted character, than the entire cast of Spartacus combined. Except for Peter Mensah. I've held a soft spot for him ever since Gerard Butler kicked him in a hole.

#35 Edited by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@Doctorchimp: I didn't want to respond so bluntly

Online
#36 Posted by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

Right, this will end the debate. Spartacus doesn't inlcude the following exchange -

Shaggar: How would you like to die, Tyrion, son of Tywin?

Tyrion: In my own bed, at the age of 80, with a belly full of wine and a girls mouth around my cock.

Online
#37 Posted by wrecks (2245 posts) -

Both! Thrones for depth of story and rich character development. Spartacus for Blood & Boobs. One is drama, the other is Grindhouse.

#38 Posted by NegativeCero (2996 posts) -

I haven't seen Game of Thrones, but Spartacus is just trying to be dumb "brain junk food". It's easy to just stop thinking and watch people getting killed in showers of blood and gratuitous use of slow motion. In that way I find it enjoyable.

#39 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Game of Thrones. It's a crossover hit!

I know I'd like Game of Thrones regardless, but I don't think I'd love it as much as I do if Peter Dinklage wasn't on it.

#40 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3149 posts) -

Spartacus since it's the only one I've seen, though I hear Game of Thrones is incredible.

#41 Posted by WonderboyCoz (153 posts) -

@birdflu777: Then perhaps you should remedy that?

Online
#42 Posted by WarlordPayne (700 posts) -

Spartacus is no good but I keep watching it to see how ridiculous it gets. I've only seen the first two episodes of Game of Thrones but so far I'm not impressed. So I guess I'd say neither at this point.

#43 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3149 posts) -

@WonderboyCoz said:

@birdflu777: Then perhaps you should remedy that?

I plan on reading the books first.

#44 Posted by forkboy (1139 posts) -

Well I'm definitely on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Think I was able to watch 2 whole episodes last year before needing to run out & buy all the books. Have just given my dad my copy of Game of Thones (the novel) hoping to spread on the fun

#45 Posted by Funkydupe (3311 posts) -

@forkboy said:

Well I'm definitely on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. Think I was able to watch 2 whole episodes last year before needing to run out & buy all the books. Have just given my dad my copy of Game of Thones (the novel) hoping to spread on the fun

That is pretty cool. I think you just inspired me to give away my copies as well.

#46 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

Game of Thrones, I watched Spartacus (time and time again, people keep telling me its so good) but I just can't get into it and the action is too fake for me.
Overly fake that is.
 
I prefer the constant talking and scheming of GoT.

#47 Posted by StealthRaptor (527 posts) -

@quimstyle: I didn't say it was hard to follow.

Online
#48 Posted by StealthRaptor (527 posts) -

@Doctorchimp said:

@StealthRaptor said:

@WonderboyCoz: Yes it's because of marketing, good casting and a unique fantasy setting grounded in reality, combined with the massive popularity of the books. The writers are very good at witty dialogue, and that seems like more than enough for most people. That's fine and I don't mean to be bitter about it. But my screenwriting professors would have torn me apart if I ever created story structures, began subplots or delivered world building information the way they do.

Do you understand how batshit crazy and self-absorbed you sound? Jesus christ...

I do, and I don't think I could do a better job. I just don't think it deserves as much praise as it's been getting.

Online
#49 Posted by S0ndor (2716 posts) -

I'm not exactly impartial, considering I have read all of the books and loved season 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire, but Spartacus is really, really dumb.

I mean seriously stupid.

#50 Posted by quimstyle (51 posts) -

@StealthRaptor: you implied it with "poor writing and schizophrenic."