TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “Reckoning”

Dustin Clare and Antonio Te Maioha in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA -"Reckoning" |©2011 Starz Entertainment, LLC

Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray Writer: Brent Fletcher, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: John Fawcett Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 18th, 2010 This is the next to last episode of SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, and it is appropriately named “Reckoning”. Everything has been building towards this episode where it really hits the fan (appropriate since this is almost the end of the series). I called it a few episodes ago, that Titus (Jeffrey Thomas) coming back to the House of Batiatus to act as the head of the household, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA star Peter Mensah is Doctore of the house

Peter Mensah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA only has two episodes to go, but fans of the series can rejoice that season two of the first series, is heading back into production. One of the main characters, who has the good fortune to not only survive the first season, be part of the prequel series, and return for the second season is Doctore played by accomplished actor Peter Mensah. Mensah’s gleaming smile and charm are something that he doesn’t get to use in abundance on the series, but with the prequel he has gotten to play the softer side of his character. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “Beneath the Mask”

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

Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray Writer: Seamus Kevin Fahey & Misha Green, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Brendan Maher Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 11th, 2010 So last episode of SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, Titus (Jeffrey Thomas) came back to the House of Batiatus to act as the head of the household. This not only ruffled the feathers of Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) but it effectively crapped all over what they had been trying to accomplish to elevate their house. Lucretia and Gaia (Jamie Murray) had […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS star Dustin Clare is one of the GODS OF THE ARENA

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

In SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, the prequel series to Starz’s SPARTACUS, Australian actor Dustin Clare plays Gannicus, the star righter among the gladiatorial troupe of the House of Batiatus. We didn’t see this character in last year’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, but Clare suggests we may see him again after this season in our exclusive interview. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you auditioned for the first season of SPARTACUS? DUSTIN CLARE: No, I was working on another job, a series called SATISFACTION in Australia, on a network there. AX: Were you a fan of the first series? CLARE: Actually, I hadn’t […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “Paterfamilias”

Manu Bennett in SPARTACUS - GODS OF THE ARENA - "Paterfamilias" |©2011 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray Writer: Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Michael Hurst Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 4th, 2010 At the midpoint of this mini-series, everything really starts to heat up and take new and unexpected turns (and not always for the better). This prequel series to SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND has seen the infancy of the rising of the house of Batiatus, and it seems it is cut short just shy of actual birth in the new episode “Paterfamilia”. Previously Batiatus had cut […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Hannah lords over SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA

John Hannah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In the last episode of Starz’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, Spartacus, played by Andy Whitfield, set the stage for revolt by putting a blade through the throat of gladiator owner Batiatus, played by John Hannah. Hannah, whose credits include the MUMMY films and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, understandably thought that his SPARTACUS job was over, but then Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hoping Whitfield would be able to return to work after a year, the SPARTACUS producers decided that instead of doing a conventional second season, they would instead to a prequel, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, showing […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Steven S. DeKnight gives the scoop on SPARTACUS Season 2 – Part 3

Antonio Te Maioha, Dustin Clare and Peter Mensah in SPARTACUS : GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In Part Three of our exclusive interview, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator/showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about what Season Two of SPARTACUS has in store for next year now that Andy Whitfield’s illness will prevent him from no longer shepherding the iconic role (Liam McIntyre will be taking over). The prequel limited series SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA currently airs Friday nights on Starz. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you tell us about Season Two? STEVEN DeKNIGHT: Most interpretations of SPARTACUS, they break out, and it’s like Robin Hood and his Merry Men. They’re all together and fighting the system. […]Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 4 – “Vs. The Push Mix”

Zachary Levi in CHUCK - Season 4 - "Vs. The Push Mix" | ©2011 NBC/Jordin Althaus

It’s no surprise to CHUCK fans that “Vs. The Push Mix” would have served as some sort of series finale if the show didn’t get picked up for its back nine episodes for Season Four.

Of course, the show did get its full season pick-up, so now “Vs. The Push Mix” serves as an excellent half season finale – wrapping up tons of subplots and setting the stage for the second part of this season which looks like it might be about, “we need a Big Bad.”

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “Missio”

Peter Mensah in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA - "Mission" | ©2011 Starz

With first episode of SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA viewers were transported back five years before the events of SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. The beginnings of the House of Batiatus seemed shaky at best with the head of the house lacking some of that snake-like quickness to seize on any opportunity with ruthlessness and viciousness. Likewise his wife Lucretia seems to have milk-teeth compared to the shark-sized mouth of razors she ends up using in the original series.

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 4 – “Vs. The Gobbler”

Linda Hamilton in CHUCK - Season 4 | &Copy 2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

One of the things that has made CHUCK such a great series throughout its four season run, is the quality of guest actors that have popped up for one-shots and multi-arcs.

From Chevy Chase to Brandon Routh, CHUCK is a show that gives people a chance to show a different side within a quirky TV show that feels like an expansive action movie every week.

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