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Spartacus is back with a Vengeance!,
This review is from: Spartacus - Vengeance [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
First of all, I'm not very good at writing reviews, so I'll just give my opinion of the show!
When Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010 Starz decided to create a prequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand. That prequel being Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. This was to give Andy Whitfield time to recover, at first Andy's treatment was successful and Starz started to plan for the new series. Unfortunately Andy Whitfield suffered a recurrence of the disease and had to pull out of the role as Spartacus. Andy Whitfield tragically passed away on the 11th September 2011, at the age of 39.
At this point Starz weren't sure if the series was to continue. Text from Wikipedia:
Steven S DeKnight (series creator) added that the Spartacus producers and Starz executives weren't always sure they would go forward without Andy Whitfield, who they said had brought "gravity and heart" to the role of the famous warrior. "It's unheard of to recast your titular character in a television show, and we did a lot of soul searching about whether we even wanted to try", DeKnight said. "And then Andy [Whitfield] said, 'I really think the show should go forward without me. I give you the blessing. I want this story told.'"
Liam McIntyre was later cast as Spartacus.
When I heard that Starz were going to continue the series I was of course delighted, but at the same time had that worry of "will it be the same without Andy Whitfield?". Ever since Liam McIntyre was cast as Spartacus I always felt he deserved the chance to make the role his own.
In all honesty it did take a couple of episodes to warm up to Liam, but that was to be expected after following such a great actor. Liam has made the Spartacus role his own and has done a fantastic job so far, I didn't think the show would be the same but it's just as good as Blood and Sand. If you haven't watched this series yet give Liam a chance, if you stick with the show I honestly believe you'll enjoy it!
Spartacus: Vengeance is only a 10 episode series, but there's more than enough to keep you satisfied. As with Blood and Sand, there's plenty of action, nudity, plot twists, betrayal and of course vengeance! Each episode had me on the edge of my seat in shock and excitement, wanting more... but had to wait one week between each episode! Luckily you won't have to wait if you buy the DVD/Blu-Ray.
So overall the series continues to impress, even with some cast changes the show is just as epic. The writing and directing are again fantastic and the story is still pulling you in. If you enjoyed Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, you'll definitely enjoy this!
RIP Andy Whitfield.