The latest chapter in the bloody beefcake bonanza known as the Spartacus saga is upon us! Spartacus: Vengeance has an official premiere date: January 27 at 10pm on Starz. Vengeance is the proper sequel to the series that started it all—Spartacus: Blood and Sand. (A six-episode prequel, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, preceded it.) The original Spartacus actor, Andy Whitfield, died tragically from non-Hodgkins lymphoma on September 11. Weighted with the unenviable task of filling Whitfield’s sandals in the title role is another Aussie actor, Liam McIntyre, a relative unknown to American audiences (he had a small part in The Pacific).
The new season will begin a few weeks after the conclusion of “Kill Them All,” the spectacularly graphic massacre that ended Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Only the fate of the entire Roman Empire has hung in the balance in the ensuing 24 months. Talk about a cliffhanger! Back for more are Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Peter Mensa as Oenomaus, Many Bennett as Crixus, and babyfaced Dustin Clare as Gannicus. Sadly, John Hannah’s delightful Batiatus—who figured prominently in the prequel—had his throat slashed by Spartacus in “Kill Them All” (relive the moment in glorious slow-motion here).
Is McIntyre worthy of the role? Here’s a preview of Vengeance. He certainly looks the part, but comparisons will inevitably dog this guy through the season. Let’s give him a break, yeah? As far as I’m concerned, any new episodes of Spartacus at all are a reason for celebration—preferably by TEARING OFF MY ENEMY’S HEAD AND SHOWERING MYSELF IN HIS STILL-WARM BLOOD! ARRGGHHGGHGH!!!!!!!
Sorry. I tend to get a little carried away when watching this show.