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Spartacus comes to a thrilling, hyper-bloody conclusion and - wait, look! Boobies...!
Anchor Bay / 440 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 3, 2013
Part of the B-movie fun of Spartacus - this season subtitled War of the Damned - is that it goes out of its way to make good on its R-rated status. There’s a very real violence factor to this gladiator series, with maybe a sprinkle of the Spice Channel thrown in for good measure. So, if anything, when you tune in for these episodes, rest assured that you're going to get some rampant naked flesh and a whole lotta spurting, exploding body parts. Whee!
We pick up in War of the Damned as Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) as our protagonist leads his men into increasingly treacherous periods of war. They’re holding their own against the Romans as our season begins, but things quickly complicate for these warriors – and rest assured that a young whipper-snapper named Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) has no problem going out of his way in attempts to snuff out Spartacus and his cause. Long story short - there will be blood.
Spartacus: War of the Damned - The Complete Second Season never amounts to more than popcorn-escapist pseudo-300 fare, but it seems perfectly fine with this genre placement, and assessed appropriately, the thing runs great. You'll know within five minutes whether you can handle the series' near-constant dismemberments and blush-inducing levels of bawdy nudity, but as a guilty pleasure, this show has found a very distinct niche for itself. It's not exactly a series one can spend a lot of time legitimately defending, but this high-def set provides a perfect way to finish out Spartacus’ gory, titty-heavy run.