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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 ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
...  Batiatus 6 episodes, 2011
...  Crixus 6 episodes, 2011
...  Oenomaus 6 episodes, 2011
...  Gannicus 6 episodes, 2011
...  Ashur 6 episodes, 2011
...  Lucretia 6 episodes, 2011
...  Solonius 6 episodes, 2011
...  Naevia 6 episodes, 2011
...  Barca 6 episodes, 2011
...  Tullius 6 episodes, 2011
...  Dagan 6 episodes, 2011
...  Diona 6 episodes, 2011
Raicho Vasilev ...  Gnaeus 6 episodes, 2011
Ioane King ...  Rhaskos 6 episodes, 2011
...  Melitta 5 episodes, 2011
Gareth Williams ...  Vettius 5 episodes, 2011
...  Titus 5 episodes, 2011
...  Gaia 4 episodes, 2011
Josef Brown ...  Auctus 3 episodes, 2011
...  Quintilius Varis / ... 3 episodes, 2011
...  Indus 3 episodes, 2011
...  Doctore 2 episodes, 2011
Vincent Roxburgh ...  Duratius 2 episodes, 2011
David Austin ...  Medicus 2 episodes, 2011
Jason Hood ...  Cossutius 2 episodes, 2011
Andrew Laing ...  Magistrate Sextus / ... 2 episodes, 2011
...  Spartacus 2 episodes, 2011
...  Petronius 2 episodes, 2011
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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"Gods of the Arena" takes place 5 years before "Blood and Sand". See more »

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(Superb) - (Star) = Merely Above Average
17 February 2015 | by See 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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