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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena 

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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.
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Series cast summary:
John Hannah ...  Batiatus 6 episodes, 2011
Manu Bennett ...  Crixus 6 episodes, 2011
Peter Mensah ...  Oenomaus 6 episodes, 2011
Dustin Clare ...  Gannicus 6 episodes, 2011
Nick E. Tarabay ...  Ashur 6 episodes, 2011
Lucy Lawless ...  Lucretia 6 episodes, 2011
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ...  Solonius 6 episodes, 2011
Lesley-Ann Brandt ...  Naevia 6 episodes, 2011
Antonio Te Maioha ...  Barca 6 episodes, 2011
Stephen Lovatt ...  Tullius 6 episodes, 2011
Shane Rangi ...  Dagan 6 episodes, 2011
Jessica Grace Smith Jessica Grace Smith ...  Diona 6 episodes, 2011
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ...  Gnaeus 6 episodes, 2011
Ioane King Ioane King ...  Rhaskos 6 episodes, 2011
Marisa Ramirez ...  Melitta 5 episodes, 2011
Gareth Williams Gareth Williams ...  Vettius 5 episodes, 2011
Jeffrey Thomas ...  Titus 5 episodes, 2011
Jaime Murray ...  Gaia 4 episodes, 2011
Josef Brown Josef Brown ...  Auctus 3 episodes, 2011
Peter Feeney ...  Quintilius Varis / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Steven A. Davis ...  Indus 3 episodes, 2011
Temuera Morrison ...  Doctore 2 episodes, 2011
Vincent Roxburgh Vincent Roxburgh ...  Duratius 2 episodes, 2011
David Austin David Austin ...  Medicus 2 episodes, 2011
Jason Hood Jason Hood ...  Cossutius 2 episodes, 2011
Andrew Laing Andrew Laing ...  Magistrate Sextus / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Andy Whitfield ...  Spartacus 2 episodes, 2011
David E. Woodley ...  Petronius 2 episodes, 2011
Joel Oliver Joel Oliver ...  Caburus 2 episodes, 2011
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus, in a more ruthless time before Spartacus' arrival where honor was just finding its way into the arena.

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21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Lucy Lawless and Jaimie Murray became very close friends during production. See more »

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(Superb) - (Star) = Merely Above Average
17 February 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

I wrote a number of individual episode reviews of Blood & Sand. I was frankly blown away, it was not merely some of the best entertainment I had ever seen, it was in a class by itself, a sort of take-no-prisoners approach to TV drama. (Sorry for the bad pun) I spent time with this second season, packaged as a prequel, because of the excellent reviews.

I agree ... but I don't.

First of all, in my reviews of B&S I did indeed commend the performance of Hannah on multiple occasions. He is superb.

But to me this season speaks to the star power of Whitfield. It is generally acknowledged that, if not for his unfortunate circumstances, a career upgrade was in store. He was not merely the star, he was also the draw, the glue, the eyes through the audience learnt to evaluate the story, scene by scene in real time. Every time he approached Hannah and said "Dominus" part of the fun was guessing what he really wanted to say,,, That is missing here. The truth hurts. Without Whitfield, you have an above average production. With him, you had a great one.


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