Not all thrilled with Spartacus: Gods of the Arena prequel, some disappointed
Not all fans of Spartacus: Blood and Sand were thrilled with the prequel: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena which premiered on January 21, 2011. The six hour long prequel is a filler between season one and season two of Blood and Sand and arrived in response to recasting needs. The star of the series, Andy Whitfield (Spartacus), is in the fight of his life as he battles non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The role has been recast with Liam McIntryre taking the lead. Are some fans simply disappointed that Andy Whitfield isn’t in the prequel, and if so, will they ever be satisfied?
Lady Schae posted to the community message boards that though she was a huge fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand she felt as if GOTA has let her down.
There is no doubt that Gods of the Arena is different from Blood and Sand and the changes extend beyond Andy Whitfield’s absence. The prequel will be noticeably shorter and new characters are introduced. The prequel features Batiatus and Lucretia as they build their ludus and scheme for power. The highlight of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, is undoubtedly the newest Gladiator, Gannicus, played by Dustin Clare. Though Dustin Clare’s fan base is growing fast, it must be asked whether it will match that of Andy Whitfield’s.
Though some have expressed their disappointment in Gods of the Arena there are others who are ecstatic their favorite conglomerate of sex, blood and gore is back on screen. There will always be those fans who will refuse to move past Andy Whitfield as Spartacus and this is where the future of Spartacus will ultimately rest. Starz is betting that the majority will make the shift to the new Spartacus played by Liam McIntyre. Spartacus: Blood and Sand season two is expected to hit the screen in 2012.
What did you think of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena? Was it just right, too slow or did you find it lacking in several things including Andy Whitfield?
Will you stay with Spartacus or will there only be one true Spartacus for you?
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