TV Show Review – Spartacus: War of the Damned (2013)

Spartacus: War of the Damned
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment & Starz
Release Date: September 3, 2013

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How do you say farewell to an epic fan-favorite show? That is a question the producers of the SPARTACUS series have probably been dwelling upon for a while now. WAR OF THE DAMNED is the third and final season of this blood-soaked drama, and it does not disappoint. Chocked full of battles, blood, and brutality, this is one show that I am very sad to see end.

If you are not familiar with SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Starz:

Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic. Following Ashur’s death, Naevia and Crixus fight as one. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome. The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion.

The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, Spartacus: War of the Damned will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.

This series is truly impressive on many levels. It is visually amazing, the bloodshed and gore are superb, the drama is intense, and the acting is top notch. But the storyline never gets stale, either. It moves at rapid pace, but not so fast as to lose the audience. The result is an amazing show that is as engrossing as it is vicious.

As with its predecessors, SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED is shot well and looks stunning onscreen. The historical backdrops are vivid and set the stage for a realistic journey back in time. This allows for full immersion into Spartacus’ world, and thus grants a rich entertainment experience.

Liam McIntyre once again does a perfect job with the role of Spartacus, and he is surrounded by a stellar cast. I am happy to see McIntyre finish out the role that Andy Whitfield started; McIntyre does the deceased actor a great honor by flourishing in the Spartacus mantle. I would wager that Whitfield would be pleased.

SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED is a definite win for me, although I am sad to acknowledge it is the final season of this blockbuster show. If you are not watching the series already, do yourself a favor and pick them all up for a good week’s worth of binge-watching. And be sure to check them out on Blu-ray…the HD picture is stunning. All seasons are available now, so give them a look.

MSB

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