FACEBOOK: Gladiators

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Watching the Hercules TLJ season one episode ‘Gladiator’ is vastly more amusing in a post-Spartacus era than when it originally aired two decades ago, what with Tony Todd as a Crixus-Oenameus hybrid and Alison Bruce as proto-Lucretia. And I keep cracking up at the sight of Jeffery Thomas (Titus Lentulus Batiatus) in the role of the thuggish prison guard.

The master himself (Rob Tapert) even makes a cameo among the spectators, which I don’t recall him ever doing for Spartacus — though Michael Hurst did put in a quick appearance at the end of season 2 as javelin fodder.

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FACEBOOK: Queen Christina

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I would give my left nut (if I had one) to see Eva Green star in a remake of Queen Christina, with Michael Hurst directing.  (Raimi/Tapert’s pal, not the showrunner of Vikings.)

I’m half-convinced the woman is the reincarnation of Greta Garbo anyway, and Hurst’s every-scene-as-a-tableau approach would be the perfect compliment to Eva’s (dazzling!) on-screen presence.

The only person I’d trust to oversee such a project?  Frank Miller.  Something tells me the man is a Garbo fan anyway.

Oh, the world would collapse under the weight of so much awesomeness!