Spartacus – Vengeance is classed as the second season, but really it’s the third, but seeing how far many of the characters have come almost makes it feel like the fifth. Having seen two seasons, or I guess 1 1/2, based in and around the gladiator arena, meant I was excited to see not only the characters break out of that confined space, but also to see the story take a deep breath and explore more of the history of Rome, and that’s exactly what this season did.
The first few episodes though didn’t really reach the heights I was hoping it would, and it seemed to take a while for it to grow on me. As it progressed though, I got drawn deeper into the continued stories, and by the time the last few episodes came, and many major characters were slaughtered in graphic ways, I was enthralled once again. Though I must say that the titular character just didn’t hold me as much as he did when Andy Whitfield played it.
You see, Andy in season one was awesome as Spartacus, and the mini second series was a prequel where the equally awesome Gannicus was the lead. But after the sad death of Andy, Liam McIntyre replaced him, and even though he was good, it just wasn’t Spartacus, and with Gannicus coming back, all I kept thinking was he was the much more interesting and cool character.
The show moved away from the more graphic novel depiction of violence and spectacle, and instead went for a more real and gritty tone, which I frankly enjoyed. The language was once again toned back, and so was the sex. Wait, who am I kidding, the sex was still as overtop as ever, but it worked for what they were trying to do. But I did feel the violence, with its more gritty feeling, stepped it up a notch, and there was a few brutal scenes that dropped the jaw.
All up though, I put this on par with the first season, with the mini second season still my favourite. So now I look forward to getting stuck straight into season 3, Spartacus – War Of The Damned!
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!