Spartacus: Vengeance Season Premiere Episode, “Fugitivus,” A TV Review

by on January 28, 2012

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Liam McIntyre in Spartacus Vengeance

The 2nd season of Starz’ Spartacus, Spartacus: Vengeance, kicked it in gear tonight, January 27th, 2012. (It’s been on VoD, as a free preview, since the 20th)  Spartacus: Vengeance stars Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Viva Bianca, Peter Mensah and more cast from last season, with a few new characters.

Last season ended with Spartacus leading a revolt and escape of slaves from the house of Batiatus.

The second season premiere starts with Spartacus (McIntyre) running from several horsemen in pursuit, hell-bent on skewering Spartacus.  Yet this is but a trap as the Roman soldiers ride head-long into the awaiting swords of Spartacus‘ men.

Viva Bianca in Spartacus: Vengeance

And thus we see how the escaped slaves are existing… hidden in tunnels, foraging for supplies and needing to share amongst themselves.

There are two groups within the escaped slaves, those who are aligned with Crixus (Bennett) and those aligned with Spartacus.  We’re treated to the gladiatorial games, be it as it may, without the star power of Batiatus’ star gladiators competing and kicking butt.

We’re also treated to the frenzied inner workings of the Roman political infrastructure trying to figure out how to recapture Spartacus and his fellow escaped slaves.

And standing apart from both sides, is Doctore (Mensah), lurking about the city, watching the goings on and staying low.

Manu Bennett and Liam McIntyre in Spartacus: Vengeance on Starz

And thus season 2 picks up where season 1 left off.

As the series from Steven S. DeKnight set the tone for gore and sex last season, this season premiere had plenty of everything for everyone…  gore, nudity, sex (pick a combo… they had it all tonight), the underlying social structures and what not.  Did I mention the gore, sex and nudity?  Yes, there was plenty of that.

In this second season, Liam McIntyre slid into the role of Spartacus that Andy Whitfield unwillingly relinquished when he passed away from cancer.  And McIntyre would seem to have taken the role and kept it as was and still, manages to have his own persona also in the mix.

And between Spartacus and Crixus, it would seem that Crixus is the smarter of the two, at least in this season opener.  He was the wiser as Spartacus is hell-bent on vengeance for many things.

And like last season, I suspect that though we might get an overdose of gore and sex in the first episode, it will taper off through subsequent episodes as the story develops.  So yes, it has started out as good as the last season left us.  It ended with a rememberance to Andy Whitfield.

Spartacus is back on Starz, with a Vengeance!


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