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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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Auckland, New Zealand

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The prequel is not just about how Crixus became the Champion of Capua and how Quintus Batiatus became the owner of the gladiator school. It is also about Lucretia's dark transformation into the evil woman she became. See more »

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Spartacus, without Spartacus?
22 January 2011 | by NateS8See all my reviews

There were many skeptics leading into this new season (not technically season 2) of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena", many feared it would not be worth watching without Andy Whitfield. For those with concerns, here is some advice: watch it! The major antagonist was lost from the previous season, but the character depth/story of the new leading actor is building AND new depths of past characters from "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" are unveiled. The history of how they developed is fascinating. The relationship differences between the two season are significant, thus there is a huge void of curiosity leftover to reveal how they developed to become the personalities they portrayed in season 1.

It would be remiss to leave out the absolute, succulent gratuity that peaks our senses! The world is enriched with beautiful people, outstanding wardrobes cast in a time that fascinates most, the Roman Empire. Did I mention that many of these beautiful people are quite revealing? Nudity! It is with taste I might add! Of course, references to porn are made, but no porn has the character depth and sophistication that gives the sexual scenes the passion that is conveyed in this series. The necessity to produce these scenes is important in fostering the time-period's stance of sexual openness. The costume range is great; the rich are adorned with lavish jewelry and a colorful, flowing wardrobe which is artistically chosen, and for the poor, well sometimes they are left with nothing. The gladiators are especially left without much clothing, but the armor they do wear is often demonic, intimidating and everything you would naturally expect to find on a person when they are fighting to the DEATH!

The fight scenes are well choreographed and blood is everywhere! The array of weapons to choose from, the differences in fighting styles, the varying levels of fighting skill all make for interesting battles in the arena. Also, bear in mind that the arena is not only for physical fighting, but the political fold is the pressing force behind the fights. Basically, it is more than just a fight, what you see is not entirely what you get. The fight's value is difference for the gladiator, than it is for the crowd, than it is for the owner's of the gladiators; and, these differences are excellently contrasted. The graphics are not top-notch, but it adds a stylistic element to the show. The blood is vibrant and sometimes seems to defy physics--it's great! The acting is intense and the director seems to strive away from being "natural" which is good. The intensity is not monochromatic and individual to each characters personality.

In a short and sweet summary, this gratuitous mash of beautiful people, fight scenes, political undertones is nothing short of brilliant. Watch it for what it is and you will not be disappointed.


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