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Gaia's death strengthens Quintus Batiatus' resolve to get revenge against Tullius. The elder Batiatus invites Tullius to his home and is offered prime places in the forthcoming games, in ... See full summary »

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John Fawcett

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Brent Fletcher, Steven S. DeKnight (created by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Peter Mensah ... Oenomaus
Dustin Clare ... Gannicus
Nick E. Tarabay ... Ashur (as Nick E Tarabay)
Marisa Ramirez ... Melitta
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Naevia
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
Stephen Lovatt ... Tullius
Shane Rangi ... Dagan
Jessica Grace Smith Jessica Grace Smith ... Diona
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ... Gnaeus (as Raycho Vasilev)
Ioane King Ioane King ... Rhaskos
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Gaia's death strengthens Quintus Batiatus' resolve to get revenge against Tullius. The elder Batiatus invites Tullius to his home and is offered prime places in the forthcoming games, in return for Gannicus. In the arena, the elder Batiatus has decided to assess the skills of his gladiators, most of whom he is unfamiliar with, by having them fight one another. As for his father's ultimatum that he choose between his home and his wife, the younger Batiatus' attempts to gain time is not appreciated by Lucretia who believes she would have him leave. He convinces her otherwise and she pushes him to settle on his course while she has her own plan. Lucretia also has her own solution to her husband's desire for a son. Melitta and Gannicus increasingly lust after one another. Gannicus finds a solution to their situation but fate presents a different outcome. Written by garykmcd

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18 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Lucretia does not wear any wigs prior to Gaia's death. But after said event and all throughout the first season "Blood & Sand," Lucretia is hardly ever seen without Gaia's red wig or a blond wig. (A color that Gaia wore on occasion) See more »

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Knocks it out of the park
17 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Well truth be told after Blood and Sand I was not happy with this retroactive (prequel) even though I was fully aware of the reasons for hurriedly rushing it to production.

Apologies Dominus.

While the absence of Andy W. does cost the production that "instant connection" he had with viewers (one of the most sympatico actors I have ever seen, period) the producers brought a "fierce determination to purpose" and forged this into a first-class series despite absence of star.

The rules of drama have not changed since the days of Ancient Greece or Rome. If you can build and build and build some more, the audience will naturally follow. And if they follow, you own them.

The multiple climaxes here (in the arena, in the chambers underneath, in the sick room) are mesmerizing. I was hooked.

And, being hooked, I realized I should amend the originally harsh review I gave this sub-series. All things considered, it is quite spectacular.

Special mention to Marisa Ramirez. Though it was clear the camera loved her, I began to count the actual minutes of screen time and realized that she was sometimes getting more exposure than the stars. Her beauty, stunning in its own right, adds just right balance of exhibitionism and innocence to a tale of ancient Rome. It may be a supporting role, but it is one for the ages.

Ex-Buffy alumnus Steven McKnight proves that, like the men in the actual arena, he can hold his own under personal challenge.

Kudos


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