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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA: Season 1, Ep. 1: Past Transgressions

Dustin Clare, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Season 1, Ep. 1 – entitled Past Transgressions – was everything the mini-series was promised to be. Grannicus (Dustin Clare) was even more bold and arrogant than I initially perceived. Unlike Spartacus (Andy Whitman) and Crixus (Manu Bennett), Grannicus  is extremely foolhardy and revels in the adoration of the arena crowds that love him.

This mini-series reminds me of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode – The Best of Both Worlds – where new characters were introduced into the already established Next Generation universe but only for a brief time yet they were well-written and well-acted. I am looking forward to seeing what happened to all of these new friends, enemies, and how relationships soured.

The best part of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Season 1, Ep. 1 – Past Transgressions was the rivalry between Batiatus (John Hannah), a younger lanista, and how Tullius (Stephen Lovat) insinuates himself into their drama for profit.

It’s unfortunate that Spartacus: Gods of the Arena is only a mini-series and will not have a full season.


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Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started FilmBook during an eCommerce B-School course in 2008. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook, he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He has also created and Trending

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