Spartacus Gods Of The Arena Premiere: Past Transgressions

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena which stars Dustin Clare, Lucy Lawless as Lucretia and John Hannah aired last night on Starz.

The mini series which happens to be the prequel to the highly popular TV show Spartacus: Blood and Sand invites the viewers to discover and follow Gannicus (Dustin Clare) who is the first gladiator to be crowned the Champion of Capua.

As stated above some very familiar faces such as Lawless as Lucretia and Hannah as Batiatus returned to reprise their old roles from the original historical drama – even Andy Whitfield who is battling cancer made a brief appearance as Spartacus.

In the first episode called “Past Transgressions” which was written by Jesse Warn and directed by Steven DeKnight we quickly understood that despite the impressive amount of blood, violence and nudity that it will be hard not to miss Andy Whitfield’s Spartacus.

But when you do move pass that fact, you realize that the six episode mini series will do a great job explaining how Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) were able to obtain and push their envious stable of gladiators to the top.

This week’s episode managed to shed some lights on another aspect of the bloody sport that has been neglected in the original show -the athletes physical and emotional pain.

While Dustin Clare’s Gannicus will forever be compared to Whitfield’s Spartacus and will not live up to his predecessor’s talents – we have to admit that his excessive tastes in life and battles will created some very interesting dramas/storylines.

“Past Transgressions” did the delightful job of introducing us Jaime Murray’s Gaia, a lesbian socialite who became Lucretia’s life coach and soon to be lover.

Here is a brief presentation of the installment:

“The House of Batiatus is on the rise, basking in the glow of its infamous champion Gannicus, whose skill with a sword is matched only by his thirst for wine and women. These are the times a young Batiatus has been waiting for. Poised to overthrow his father and take control, he’ll freely betray anyone to ensure his gladiators are in the highest demand. And he’ll have his loyal and calculating wife Lucretia by his side for every underhanded scheme, drawing on the brazen talents of her seductive friend Gaia when it counts. Together, they will stop at nothing to deceive the masses, seize power, and bleed Capua dry in this audacious prequel to “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”

Overall it was a solid introductory episode that has us intrigued by the remaining five episodes and has us wondering:

How long will it take Gaia to get Lucretia in her bed? How cruel can Batiatus possibly get?

As you patiently wait for next week’s installment here is a sneak preview of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – Episode 2 called “Missio”.

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