Like I said in my review of the first season of Spartacus, Blood And Sand, I actually watched this prequel half season/miniseries first, which at the time was short-sighted, seeing as the first episode of this series pretty much recaps every major thing that happens in season 1. But despite that, I did watch it, and loved it, and was the thing that made me really want to watch the first season and continue on with the other two seasons that were made also.
So now that I actually got around to watching season 1, which I wrote about in one of my last reviews, meant I could easily have moved onto season 2 and then 3, but it was at that stage I realised how much the prequel really was made to be seen after the end of season 1. Because even though it goes onto tell the untold stories of many main characters from season 1, it also introduces characters that end up turning up in season 2 and 3, so it really was very clever story telling.
Now, Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, though only came to life due to unfortunate, and then very sad circumstances, still has to be seen as a very cool opportunity to tell the back-story of so many great characters we were introduced to in the first series. Not to mention the fact many people who were killed off in that series had the chance to come back for another go, and for those kiwi actors, I was happy knowing they were able to make some extra cash, as calling yourself a professional actor in New Zealand is a fairly rare thing.
Just like the first season, this half season/miniseries continued the same formula, which was extreme stylized violence, great writing, interesting characters, awesome acting, bad acting, a little too much nudity and swearing, and overall just a fricken intriguing show that still surprises me how much I love it. I kind of want to launch right into season 2 and then the final, with season 3, but I’m also enjoying letting the first 1.5 seasons just mull in my brain, which I’m sure will make it even better when I do watch them.
So though this show may not be for everyone, I honestly believe people should give it a chance, because if you’re only put off by one of the things in it, be it the violence, nudity, language, or maybe even the depicted historical period, then you’ll see past that to something that is genuinely really damn good! But, if you’re put off by 2, 3, or all of those things, then maybe you’re right, it might not be for you. For me though, I loved it, and thought this season was even better than the first!
9 out of 10 from me!!!