OH MY GOD!!!
With amazing writers and amazing actors, Sparatcus Vengence never seems to fail. Although admittedly some of the episodes in the series were, lets say just lacking something, I still loved the series! Of course it is always hard to come back from something such as the loss of an amazing actor Andy Whitfield, while there are still seasons to shoot. However I think Liam McIntyre did a good job trying to keep the essence of Sparatcus and Whitfield alive.
The romans are by far my favorite character I think, especially Lucy Lawless' Lucretia and Viva Bianca's Ilithyia. The two women do nothing but plot and spew venom that is so ghastly and awful, we just love to hate them! Lucy Lawless has an amazing presence on screen and shows nothing but power and grace. The power relation between the two women change from time to time depending on how much leverage one hold above the other.
In the season finale however, leverages seem broken and Lawless comes through with her character's true intentions!!! Amazing!
I can totally understand all the hype about Spartacus and it's epic battles and plot lines. Most say it's nothing but soft core porn and blood effects... this is not entirely false, but they do it incredibly well. they are trying to display an image of sexuality that was the roman way, where there was no sensitivity about sex and who it was with. The plot is the overall winner however, as though you can have as many sex scenes and gore scenes (sometimes at the same time! or consecutively!) the plot will always change emotions and heighten your experience!
Out of the three series my favorite most probably would have had to be Gods of the Arena, because the plot line is thicker and more venomous! I did love Andy Whitfield as Spartacus in the first two seasons so it was harder for me to watch vengeance without him and without concentrating on the fact that, in my mind, this is not 'Spartacus'. Like I said though, McIntyre does his very best and I don't think any one else could have replaced Whitfield as successfully.
The other change of actor in this series was that of the character Naevia. Orignally played by the stunning Lesley-Ann Brandt, she was replaced by Cynthia Addai-Robinson... which I think left much to be desired. I effectively hated every scene she was in. She didn't look right for the part, she didn't act well enough to compete with the others and so I am sorry to say that for me, that was an extremely bad choice to make. It's not that I hate the actor, please don't assume that, I'm sure she's great, but as Naevia she really didn't fit for me and the other actors (especially the females) seemed to stand apart from her. So unfortunately losing two actors in this series puts it as my least favorite on my list.
What did you guys think of Spartacus? Like it? Love it? Hate it? x
Andy Whitfield R.I.P