Reviews and Problems with Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Blu-ray Review
8 September 2011
Excerpt: The Show For the sake of full disclosure, there is no one named Spartacus in the newly arrived six-part Spartacus: Gods of the Arena mini-series on Blu-ray, rather it serves as a prequel to last year's Spartacus: Blood and Sand . As such, it focuses more on the colorful lives of familiar gladiator wrangler Batiatus (John Hannah) and his wife Lucretia (Lucy Lawless).
Conclusion: I wasn't as drawn into 'Gods of the Arena' as I was 'Blood and Sand.' It seemed like this part of the series relied too much on its jarring violence and its over-indulgent sex scenes and not enough on character development and story. 'Blood and Sand' performed a subtle balancing act of each of those parts. A balancing act that 'Gods of the Arena' just can't pull off.
Conclusion: The truth of the matter is that if glorified and gratuitous violence, over-the-top sexual innuendo and one-liners, insanely brilliant writing, clever acts of deception and inhibitive, raw, steamy hot sex action aren’t your cup of proverbial coffee, then by all means Spartacus: Gods of the Arena may not be for you. But come on! What adult doesn’t like all of that?! No one I know. So here’s the deal.
Conclusion: "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" is as stylish, sexy, and brutal as its predecessor, so there's very little in terms of raw visuals to set this season apart from the last. Fortunately, the storyline is strong -- though not as involving as "Blood and Sand" -- but still a quality entry into the "Spartacus" universe.
Conclusion: Spartacus: Blood and Sand oli Starz-kanavan ensimmäisiä askeleita HBO:n tontille paljaan pinnan ja kovan väkivallan merkeissä. Siinä oli tiettyä jäljittelyn ja uhoamisen fiilistä, johon tekniset rahkeet eivät oikein vielä venyneet. Gods of the Arenassa tuotantotiimi on selvästi aikuistunut, ja saanut aikaan tasapainoisemman, omilla jaloillaan seisovan minisarjan, joka ei kärsi vertailuista esikuviinsa.