Poor Spartacus. That growth spurt he’s had since the last series has come at the expense of some of that gladiator-like bulk; likewise, he’s de-aged 10 years at the cost of his compelling natural force of character. Alas, tragic circumstances in the real world means it can’t be helped, but it’s hard not to compare Liam Gallagher to the late Andy Whitfield, and find poor Spartacus a bit less… something.
It doesn’t help that he’s not the only face to change, and added to the new circumstances and locations I found it a bit difficult to place some of the characters at first, and more importantly to warm to any of them. I really miss the dark humour of John Hannah’s character, too.
So, not not worth watching, but sadly not as much so as the first series and/or prequel.