Spartacus: Gods of the Arena - "Past Transgressions" Review

Spartacus: Blood and Sand stumbled out of the gate. An awkward combination of 300 and Gladiator, Blood and Sand struggled to find its own identity. That quickly changed however. As we learned more about the inhabitants of Batiatus' (John Hannah) ludus, the world of Blood and Sand grew into a fascinating, stylized and candid look at the lives of these gladiators and those who wish to rise to glory upon their backs. As much as Blood and Sand was touted for it's graphic sex and violence, by far it's most notable strength was in its strong, character driven story. Most notably, Batiatus' corrupt scheming in his quest to rise beyond his current station and ascend into Rome's higher political circles. 

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena takes a step back and presents a younger Batiatus whose thirst for power is just manifesting. With his father away, Batiatus hopes to see their family ludus prosper in Capua, thus beginning a quest that will change his life forever. But Batiatus has a lot to learn about dealing in the seedy underworld of the gladiator.  Read More...


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