TV Show Review: Spartacus Vengeance
Spartacus: Vengeance is a Starz television series advertised as the second season and sequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It premiered on January 27, 2012. Its story follows Spartacus (played by Liam McIntyre, who replaces Andy Whitfield), after he and his fellow gladiators kill their master Batiatus and escape from his gladiatorial training school or ludus. Cast members and characters who return from the first season include Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Peter Mensah as Oenomaus, Manu Bennett as Crixus, Nick Tarabay as Ashur, Viva Bianca as Ilithyia, and Craig Parker as Gaius Claudius Glaber. Dustin Clare will also reprise his role as Gannicus from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
After the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance. Praetor Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush Spartacus’ growing band of freed slaves before they can inflict further damage. Spartacus is given a choice between satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man who condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.
With the death of Andy Whitfield it seems in the first episode that the story also died! A ton of hack and slash deaths, a bunch of nudity (which I’m not complaining about.) Lol but no storyline…
The best part I the episode was seeing the look on Crixus’ face when he saw that Lucretia was still alive (which back then was definitely a mortal wound!)
Hopefully the next episode will return to the quality of the other 2 seasons!
I love the first 2 seasons! It’s a real shame about Andy! This new guy is much softer than Andy (muscle wise) but eerie close looks wise! I think he will do a good job.