Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1 (2011)


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Air date: Jan 21, 2011
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This extension of the cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is actually a chronicle of events that took place prior to when the gladiator hero extraordinaire arrived on the scene. As the series begins, a younger Batiatus (John Hannah) schemes to wrest control of his father's school for training and fine-tuning the bloodthirsty warriors that will represent their house in competition. It's an on-going tale of glory, ambition, double-crossing and power grabs, with a heaping helping of sex and a gory complement of slow-motion slicing, dicing and pummeling.

Critic Reviews for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

Unadulterated rubbish, and exactly what fans expect. Bravo, Starz.

Aug 21, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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Gods of the Arena won't disappoint on the guilty pleasure front. If anything it's even more gratuitous than the original. It's not for the squeamish, nor perhaps for the refined. But it's al-i-i-i-i-i-ve in so many ways. So what the hell, let's rock.

Aug 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It feels like the right time for Spartacus to meet his fate.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Within the first five minutes, we're treated to what plays like a 14-year-old boy's ultimate video game fantasy - soft porn and slow-motion blood spatters and swords plunged into all parts of the body.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The result is a production even more fantastically soapy than the first, visually elevated by an apocalyptic video-game look in which the orgiastic sex and violence are presented with a studied, syncopated choreography.

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Let's just be grateful the Spartacus of the 1960 feature can't see this, or he'd roll over on his cross.

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Top Critic

The miniseries is a prequel, a narrative format that mainly lends itself to relentless wheel-spinning. So it was a pleasure to find out that the Gods of the Arena premiere was such a surprisingly enjoyable hour of television.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: Season 1


Andy's Whitfield's unexpected and saddening death left the makers no choice but to make a prequel until things got resolved and they did a solid job of keeping the series interesting. It's shorter than the first season, but has enough episodes that things move at a good pace and the action & story do not get stale. It's cool seeing some of the characters from the first season and how they started out. Gannicus is an intriguing new character to add to the series and worthy of top billing. Ultimately, this is more of the same, but retains the high quality storytelling and acting of the first season to make a compelling addition.


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