Does anyone watch the series Spartacus? I watched the first season when Andy Whitfield was the gorgeous and badass Spartacus, but had not kept up with the series. Recently, I have been watching it again. Last night I watched the season premiere of Spartacus: War of the Damned.
When the Starz Network announced Aussie actor Liam McIntyre would be taking over the role of Spartacus from Andy Whitfield, I wasn't for sure that anyone could replace him, but Liam McIntyre has done an admirable job.
Whitfield, who had left the series after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, had amassed a legion of admirers in one short season of Spartacus. Some felt that the sword and sandals epic would have a difficult time continuing without the actor who had become synonymous with the show – a feeling that only worsened after Whitfield passed away.
However, McIntyre overcame tremendous odds to win the hearts of the show's fans, not by attempting to duplicate Whitfield's interpretation of the character, but by respecting the actor enough to take Spartacus in a new direction and help the popular show soldier on.
Featuring an army of scantily clad, gorgeous gladiators, Spartacus is a series that easily caught the attention of LGBT fans from the first episode. However, it takes more than a serving of skin to turn a TV show into the pop culture phenomenon Spartacus has become. The series quickly unfolded into an intriguing tale of power, honor, vengeance, and romance — romance which includes the love story that began last season between two gay rebel warriors, Agron (played by Dan Feuerriegel) and Nasir (Pana Hema-Taylor).
If you can get past the blood and gore and the fact that it does not even attempt to be historical, the show is pretty entertaining, especially the eye candy.