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

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

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Air date: Jan 21, 2011
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Air date: Feb 25, 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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.

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Aug 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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

  • Dec 12, 2013
    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.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2019
    Entertaining prequel and backstory of this awesome series.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Excellent prequel, Batiatus is awesome and Gannicus is my cock rages on!!!
  • Jun 08, 2015
    After the conclusion of Blood and Sand I wasn't planning on watching any other seasons or the prequel. It was basically Gladiator with a lot of unclothed debauchery that satisfied some cheap thrills with some 300 style on top. I saw the ratings go from crap to certified so I figured why not. It definitely gets better, the political intrigue is devious and the character building becomes more complex, especially if you watched Blood and Sand first. Gratitude. I have committed myself to this series.
  • Jun 06, 2015
    This show was more than just violence and nudity; superb dialogue, intricate story with plenty of devious plotting and betrayal. Definitely worth watching!
  • Jan 03, 2015
    Fans need not worry about the prequel being a useless add-on. It delivers plenty in terms of gratuity and explores some characters' back-stories while adding some potential avenues for future storylines.
  • Sep 15, 2014
    86% The prequel is good, I liked it, but I would have like it more had I just seen it right after watching the 1st season, instead I saw the second season which ruined all the suspense of this prequel.
  • Feb 06, 2014
    This prequel series is definitely the weakest material from the Starz Spartacus series and was of course only made due to the unfortunate cancer that struck Andy Witefeild. That says this prequel series does introduce Gannicus to the series and plot lines that come in later and is still a solid look at the decadent world of the Roman Gladiatorial world

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