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Thursday, 5 April 2012
SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – "Wrath of the Gods"
I stopped reviewing Spartacus: Vengeance a short while into its run, which was no reflection on its quality. It was more down to personal issues like time and, frankly, a growing sense that it's a show where you tend to just reiterate the same handful of points over and over. This sometimes happens with shows after the first season has been thoroughly parsed, so once I'd made my feelings on Vengeance's new characters/actors and broader canvas known, it was hard to envisage doing weekly reviews that wouldn't descend into gleeful remarks about a particular episode's goriest death and eyebrow-raising twist.
Ultimately, despite some bumps along the way, Vengeance ramped up the sense of spectacle in every regard and the series remains one of the most operatic and boisterously insane TV shows around. I wasn't as gripped by this year's prevailing story as I was in the two seasons before, as it didn't feel as nuanced or surprising to me, but I was rarely bored and a typically and exhilarating finale has me eager to see what season 3 brings.
I hear Julius Caesar's going to learn Spartacus' name...