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Old 09-06-2011, 06:03 PM
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Aaron has reviewed 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.' He didn't enjoy this season as much as he did Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' but he says this Blu-ray set features dynamite video, audio, and extras. Fans should be very happy with a purchase.

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Old 09-06-2011, 07:08 PM
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I completely disagree with the review. The show was still great and even though I miss Andy they delivered a great season. A must have!
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:04 AM
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I completely disagree with the review. The show was still great and even though I miss Andy they delivered a great season. A must have!
I'm with you. "Blood And Sand" surprised me in how much I found I cared for the characters by the end of the series. "Gods Of The Arena" didn't have as long to develop, but I still really cared about Gannicus and Doctore and his wife and what happened to them. And I loved the Gaia character. Given that the producers had to come up with something on short order due to Whitfield's situation, I think they did an excellent job. And it was great to get to spend a few more episodes with Lucretia and Batiatus.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:33 AM
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Yeah i'm with you man. Sure the show had a lot of sex, violence and other things but hey so did the 1st season. Plus I mean when did we get so sensitive that we are actually knocking a show for sex, violence and other things!! Gesh not everything needs to be a work of art. If a guy brings out his dick and pisses on another guy and they show it on camera it just means that the show isn't holding our hand and it has no limits which I love because that means anything can happen no matter how shocking it is.

Also, like you said the characters had real depth to them and I ended up caring about the main one more than I thought and that's all in just 6 episodes! Pretty darn good.
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I completely disagree with the review. The show was still great and even though I miss Andy they delivered a great season. A must have!
Exactly.

To each their own, but I have a bone to pick with you on this one, Peck!

Glad to hear the PQ and AQ are top notch since I already know I liked the season.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:42 AM
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Exactly.

To each their own, but I have a bone to pick with you on this one, Peck!

Glad to hear the PQ and AQ are top notch since I already know I liked the season.
Yeah regardless of the review of the actual show which we all know it was kick ass i'm glad the PQ and AQ are top notch too! Can't wait to see this man. The last episode was epic!
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Yeah i'm with you man. Sure the show had a lot of sex, violence and other things but hey so did the 1st season. Plus I mean when did we get so sensitive that we are actually knocking a show for sex, violence and other things!! Gesh not everything needs to be a work of art. If a guy brings out his dick and pisses on another guy and they show it on camera it just means that the show isn't holding our hand and it has no limits which I love because that means anything can happen no matter how shocking it is.

Also, like you said the characters had real depth to them and I ended up caring about the main one more than I thought and that's all in just 6 episodes! Pretty darn good.
Just to be clear, I didn't "knock" the show for just having sex and violence. I knocked it because that's ALL it has. It uses it as a crutch to string people along. "Oh, man! I sure hope there's another Lucy Lawless lesbian scene coming up."

'Blood and Sand' had just as much sex and violence, and I liked it because I cared what was happening with the characters. The problem with this season is, the sex and violence took over and became pedestrian in the process. It didn't accentuate the show, it instead made it feel like warmed over soft porn.

And believe what you will, but showing a guy peeing full on doesn't mean the "show isn't holding anything back." There's a reason why they don't show full penetration during the sex scenes, or that the sex scenes are almost always flurries of sexy images intercut with violence (which happens almost every time). The show fell back on what would titillate people because it lost its star. A guy who made the show watchable and likable.
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i agree there, i didn't really care about the characters except for the doctore, i already knew what was going to happen with crixius/batiatus from season 1
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Just to be clear, I didn't "knock" the show for just having sex and violence. I knocked it because that's ALL it has. It uses it as a crutch to string people along. "Oh, man! I sure hope there's another Lucy Lawless lesbian scene coming up."

'Blood and Sand' had just as much sex and violence, and I liked it because I cared what was happening with the characters. The problem with this season is, the sex and violence took over and became pedestrian in the process. It didn't accentuate the show, it instead made it feel like warmed over soft porn.

And believe what you will, but showing a guy peeing full on doesn't mean the "show isn't holding anything back." There's a reason why they don't show full penetration during the sex scenes, or that the sex scenes are almost always flurries of sexy images intercut with violence (which happens almost every time). The show fell back on what would titillate people because it lost its star. A guy who made the show watchable and likable.
Sure the sex and violence is there to get people to watch it but so what? Yeah it's not gone with the wind but who cares and people for the most part aren't stupid. If the show has good characters and story then those people who watched it for the violence and sex will stay and invest in the characters. Did the sex and violence increase? Sure it did but I tend to think that most shows go up a notch as the seasons go along and honestly if the story and characters are good then I honestly don't see the problem about more SEX AND VIOLENCE! Also season one had 12 episodes I believe so they probably tried to give us more in less time.

Andy will be missed but the new characters were very good and had my completely invested in them by the final episode.

In season one they show a penis cut off completely. Arms, legs, and gets get cut off as well with blood gushing everywhere. All that and a guy peeing on someone is where they crossed the line for you?
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Sure the sex and violence is there to get people to watch it but so what? Yeah it's not gone with the wind but who cares and people for the most part aren't stupid. If the show has good characters and story then those people who watched it for the violence and sex will stay and invest in the characters. Did the sex and violence increase? Sure it did but I tend to think that most shows go up a notch as the seasons go along and honestly if the story and characters are good then I honestly don't see the problem about more SEX AND VIOLENCE! Also season one had 12 episodes I believe so they probably tried to give us more in less time.

Andy will be missed but the new characters were very good and had my completely invested in them by the final episode.

In season one they show a penis cut off completely. Arms, legs, and gets get cut off as well with blood gushing everywhere. All that and a guy peeing on someone is where they crossed the line for you?
Yes. Because it perfectly encapsulates the desperation of the show to be oh-so-edgy.
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