TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Libertus”

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "Libertus" | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Rick Jacobson  Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 24, 2012 I feel that “Libertus” in the line of episodes of SPARTACUS VENGEANCE is more than likely what many fans have been waiting for. This new season has been a slow build, allowing for the audience to adjust to the new actor playing Spartacus (Liam McIntyre), and now clearly that time is over as the action in this episode stands as testament. Crixus (Manu […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Empty Hands”

Viva Bianca in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz/

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Allison Miller, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Mark Beesley     Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 17, 2012 So my biggest complaint with the new series of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE is that the pacing hasn’t been on par with the other series. I’m honestly confused as to whether the pacing is better in “Empty Hands” or it just seems better because there’s more action (in more than one sense of the word). Again we have two stages of action in this episode. One which […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “The Greater Good”

Liam McIntyre and Katrina Law in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Tracy Bellomo, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Brendan Mehr   Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 10, 2012 The last two episodes of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE have moved kind of slowly. Yes, there has been plenty of violence and sex, but without a main storyline of action to move them; it just becomes an explicitly painted canvas to look at. Now with “The Greater Good” the storyline jumps into overdrive and ends with what could easily be classified as a cliffhanger. The season gets more […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “A Place in this World”

Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, and Hanna Mangan Lawrence in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "A Place In This World" | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Brent Fletcher, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Jesse Warn  Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 3, 2012 SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE continues to cut a swath of destruction and add to the body count with the latest episode “A Place in this World”.  Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) post his market showdown gone awry with Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) has decided to follow the advice and wishes of Crixus (Manu Bennett) and head in search of Crixus’ lost love who has been sold from villa to villa […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Fugitivus” – Season Premiere

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Steven S. DeKnight, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Michael Hurst Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: January 27, 2012 SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE first episode “Fugitivus” picks up pretty much just after we left off in the first series BLOOD AND SAND. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) having escaped the House of Batiatus with his fellow gladiators and slave in tow, has fled beneath the streets of Capua plotting their next moves against the Roman Empire. Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) is dispatched from Rome to take the […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE CAPE soundtrack

THE CAPE soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

Between a starlost spacecraft, homegrown mad science, killer robots and the shambling undead, Bear McCreary is rapidly becoming the king of genre television scoring- particularly the non-super superhero. After his adventurous symphonic scores for Fox’s adaptation of DC’s identity-shifting HUMAN TARGET, McCreary employed the orchestra to even more innovative effect for NBC’s THE CAPE. While not based on any comic book per se, what gave this billowing avenger distinction beyond a Batman-esque shtick was his Toreador-worthy use of the titular clothing article, as handed to him by a not-so-bad circus of crime. While THE CAPE’s promising premise ultimately slipped under […]Read On »

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First Look at new TV WONDER WOMAN costume on Adrianne Palicki

Adrianne Palicki is WONDER WOMAN for the new NBC pilot | WONDER WOMAN comic books image | ©2011 Warner Bros. Television

NBC is taking a big leap with its new WONDER WOMAN TV remake developed by HARRY’S LAW creator David E. Kelly. Adrianne Palicki will be the Amazonian goddess for this pilot (it hasn’t been picked up to series … yet). Take a look at the new pick below which follows pretty closely to the recent WONDER WOMAN comic book incarnations. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Chime in below with your comments.

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS creator Steven S. DeKnight gives the scoop Season 2 – Part 2

Andy Whitfield in SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND - Season 1 | ©2010 Starz

SPARTACUS GODS OF THE ARENA and SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND are two of the most popular genre series that have been on television in recent years. Both were immense hits for Starz, and in 2012 there will be a new second season picking up where BLOOD AND SAND left off. Steven S. DeKnight, one of the series creators and writers loved giving back story for the prequel, and is looking forward to all of the challenges in the works for the next season of the Starz original. ASSIGNMENT X continued our chat with DeKnight getting more insider information about GODS […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator Steven S. DeKnight reflects on the mini-series – Part 1

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA - "Missio" | ©2011 Starz

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA has ended a trifle happier than one would guess from the previous season of BLOOD AND SAND. True the six episode series was bookended with death, but that doesn’t mean the story within didn’t have a bit of a happy ending. Steven S. DeKnight, series creator and executive producer,  has had a blast writing within the world of SPARTACUS and was more than happy to  re-visit favorite characters and the Ludus of Batiatus once more. ASSIGNMENT X got to chat this week with DeKnight now that the second season has ended and we picked his […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “The Bitter End”

Marisa Ramirez in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray Writer: Steven S. DeKnight Director: Rick Jacobson Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 25th, 2010 This is the last episode of SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, entitled “The Bitter End”, and boy oh boy do some of the things in this episode leave characters bitter. Titus (Jeffrey Thomas) has now gone to walk with the Gods, leaving the House of Batiatus to his son Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) to continue to move themselves into the positions of status and power they end up with […]Read On »

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