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

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

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Campier, grittier, and more gratuitous than the original, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is perfect escapist entertainment.



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Air date: Jan 21, 2011

'Past Transgressions' Young Batiatus finds himself in control of his father...SAP

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Air date: Jan 28, 2011

'Missio' Batiatus conjures up a devious plan and enlists Lucretia, Gaia and a clutch of gladiator recruits to see it through. Oenomaus longs to reclaim the top gladiator rank, but new challenges cross his path....SAP

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Air date: Feb 4, 2011

'Paterfamilias' Just as his fortunes are on the rise and his future clear, Batiatus is stunned by the return of his father - putting his attempts to gain rank by exploiting those above his class at risk. Extended version!...SAP

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Air date: Feb 11, 2011

'Beneath The Mask' The House of Batiatus is caught in the power struggle between father and son. Lucretia reluctantly agrees to her husband...SAP

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Air date: Feb 18, 2011

'reckoning' Batiatus...SAP

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Air date: Feb 25, 2011

'The Bitter End' Batiatus seeks vengeance for all that has befallen him, retaining his gladiators and Solonius in the cause. The new arena opens, promising a spectacle of combat and blood. Extended version!...SAP

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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 (16) | Top Critics (7)

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…
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So while the prequel starts under less-than-ideal circumstances, there's hope that even though we know the final destination, the journey there will provide at least some truly unexpected pleasures

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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…

With even more sex and violence than we've become accustomed to, this opening act does not disappoint and Batiatus' rise to power should be every bit as exciting as his downfall.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

While my inner 14-year-old boy was more than pleased by these camptastic attributes, "Gods of the Arena" can only be viewed as the guiltiest of pleasures.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The producers of "Gods of the Arena" know how to please their audience. On a production level, this is enjoyable escapism, the perfect fit for a Friday night after a long week at work.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Overall, "Past Transgressions" delivered another hour of juicy and compelling entertainment; a gritty/hammy mix of politics, treachery, manipulation, violence, silliness and sex.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The style is the same as before, the characters are familiar, and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is full of all the jump stabbing glory you'd want.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Gods of the Arena is so damn fun to watch. It's the perfect blend of uber-exploitation cinema and gritty, stylized action and drama.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

[C]onsidering the show has lost none its flair for gratuitous violence... and sex (I swear there was more sex in this episode than in most of last season), all the ingredients are present for another rollicking time in ancient Capua.

Jun 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is a show truly more focused on depicting sex and violence than on telling anything close to a coherent story. It's impossible to get past it.

Jun 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | 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.
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  • 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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