My Review of Spartacus: War of the Damned episode #1

Spartacus-War-of-the-Damned_Key-Art-400x600The Spartacus franchise for the Starz network has always had a tenuous relationship with the historical record. While the show maybe based on the historical figure that helped incite the Third Servile War, showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight has never hesitated with changing some of the more unsuitable aspects of the account.

I’ve been a fan of the show from the very beginning, and the first season, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, still stands as my absolute favorite of the quartet. The stylized presentation of violence, inspired by the film 300, helped make the show popular, and while I thoroughly enjoyed those exaggerated battle scenes and subsequent beheadings (not to mention the steamy sex scenes), it was really DeKnight’s ability to draw the characters that kept me coming back to the show.

While the tragic loss of original Spartacus player Andy Whitfield seemed to doom the franchise. Starz backed the show and recast the role with another unknown actor in Liam McIntyre. He’s done a serviceable job carrying the mantle, but he’ll never outshine the star that was developing in Andy Whitfield. Originally marked for a five to seven season run, the Spartacus franchise opened its final season last night.

You can check out my review of the episode, ‘Enemies of Rome’, here.