TV Series: Spartacus War of the Damned
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2013) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442449/
season and epic conclusion of the Spartacus saga. It started with Spartacus: Blood and Sand, ran a brief prequel in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, returned
with Spartacus: Vengeance, and finally wraps with Spartacus: War of the
After having watched the series both in
chronological broadcast order and in event-chronological order, I think
the best way to watch the series for the first time viewer is in
event-chronological order. That would be:
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (S:GotA), then
Spartacus: Blood and Sand (S:BaS), followed by
Spartacus: Vengeance (S:V) then
Spartacus: War of the Damned (S:WotD).
mentioned in my S:GotA and S:V reviews the original actor playing
Spartacus in S:BaS, Andy Whitfield, had to bow out of production for cancer
treatment, which, unfortunately, he did not survive. The replacement
actor, Liam McIntyre, did a great job stepping in the sandals and made
the role his own, honoring his predecessor. The final credits sequence
of the final episode should be watched as the images display all the
major memorable characters through the series run, including a final
parting shot honoring Whitfield.
So yes, for a series that
seemed rather plodding during the first few episodes of S:BaS, it
quickly grew legs and ran full-tilt to its historically known inevitable
conclusion. The production grew as Spartacus' followers grew. We had
villains, heroes, villain to hero transformations, amazing bloody and
gory violence special effects. It outgrew its seeming "300 meets
Gladiator and Rome" stereotype into its own show.
I'm not going to review the season so much as point out it was as big and at times bigger than I anticipated it would be and did not embarrass its preceding seasons.
Heck, I even grew to accept the new actress playing Naevia, something I had a problem accepting during S:V. By this season she makes that role her own. And, again, props to Manu Bennett (Crixus) for convincingly anchoring all seasons of the Spartacus series and playing the character relationships with cast replacements for Spartacus and Naevia in a convincing, authentic and seamless manner. Bennett really had to be the cornerstone of the cast for the show to pull off major cast changes like that.
So yes, if you
enjoy watching a bloody and violent series sprinkled with treachery and
nudity this is a worthy-of-watching series.