I find I have to be in the right mood to enjoy Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Alcohol might help, having murderous thoughts about people maybe? I still find its excesses too much at times, but then there is the fascinating and heart breaking drama that draws me back in.
This 4th episode (of only 6 I believe) featured the usual spurting blood, with a hapless spectator getting too close and losing his fingers in a particularly nasty but oddly funny moment. Plus the episode went the full 9 yards (plus about 100 more!) with a sex orgy that I bet kept the casting agents in New Zealand busy trying to find so many buff and willing-to-bare-all actors!