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Mega – Review: Kick 2

While they managed to walk the rope between comedy and mass in most of their films, Actor Ravi Teja and Director Surender Reddy seem to have lost their balance this time around. Remember the word ‘mass’, it is soon going to destroy the industry. It is very evident that the director was full of ideas, ideas that were never new and trying all of them with absolutely no idea where to go. This is a film that will make you demand for an apology letter from the filmmakers.

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The film starts off with Robinhood (Ravi Teja), son of Kalyan (also Ravi Teja) from the first instalment of Kick coming down to Hyderabad from the US to get back the land belonging to his father from a land grabbing realtor Ashish Vidyarthi. While Robinhood, a doctor, is busy beating the life out of land grabbers including Pandit Ravi Teja (Brahmanandam) and also treating them simultaneously so he can again beat the life out of them; he meets a beautiful writer Chaitra (Rakul) narrating some stories to a producer. Chaitra falls in love with Robinhood for absolutely no reason in about one minute of meeting him. Meanwhile, in Vilaspur, a village in Bihar, the villagers are looking for a God-like person who could rescue them from the atrocities of the local ruthless don Solomon Singh Thakur (Ravi Kishan) who calls himself ‘son of god’ almost every time he appears on screen.

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Now the story picks up a little when one of the villager finds Robinhood beating the life out of a rowdy in Jedcherla and feels he is the god they have been waiting for all these days and the one who can rescue them from an apparent ‘son of god’. Now ‘son of god’ has taken in sons of every villager and turned them into his army to fight against their own families by drugging them repeatedly and from a very young age. How they bring Robin Hood to their village and make him fight against the Thakur using Chaitra forms the rest of the story. While first half gives a little hope, second half just destroys everything. Make a guess and you wont be wrong because there is nothing in this film that you have not seen before.

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Story wise the film is a bad mashup of Mahesh Kaleja and every other Ravi Teja film that has released in last five years. As always, Brahmanandam seems the only member of the cast trying to save the sinking ship. Rakul Preet looks charming till you figure out the film hasn’t moved forward since first one hour. The worse yet is the untimely and absolutely unnecessary dream sequence songs giving a feel of the 90’s mentality of the director refusing to just let go the formula. This is by far the worst work by editor Gautham Raju. This is one film he would like to happily bury and never put it on his resume. Only light of decency was in cinematography of Manoj Paramahamsa who also has worked with the director for Race Gurram. While following a typical decade old pattern of dream sequences and a pre-climax item song seems boring enough, music by S. Thaman also has nothing new about it, nothing you will remember for long or nothing worth a special mention.

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Given that Ravi Teja has mentioned in one of the interviews that Kick 2 will start the trend of franchise films in Telugu; it is fair to believe that you don’t desperately ruin your own franchise unless decisions have been made in haste or were utterly unthoughtful, as proved by a booing and disappointed crowd. There is a very big lesson the makers and the actor need to get out of this. Director Surender Reddy owes the viewers an apology and especially to Ravi Teja fans who have been on their toes right from the moment the sequel was announced.

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Through a debatable new lean look, Ravi Teja is in his own monotonous mass league. Even though his dialogue delivery is at its best, long gone are days when you could expect variety from the actor. Rakul Preet does a very decent job by being pretty but that fails miserably to lift the bad storyline and the making. Along with very talented and decent appearances of Brahmanandam and Tanikella Bharani throughout, there is also extremely talented bunch like Rajpal Yadav, Ravi Kishan, Sanjay Mishra and Ashish Vidyarthi not being used to their capacity; hardly anything you can blame them for as confused filmmakers themselves don’t know where to take the story. As if that wasn’t enough, we have a very unexpected guest appearance of a slow-motion dove. Yes a dove, a computerized dove that often out of nowhere appears on screen multiple times to show its slow-motion moves. At 170 min the film seems longer than life. There is absolutely no kick in this one. Skip it if you value your time and money and expect to watch something new. I give this film Two Mugs o’ Beer.

-Poetbabu

One Mug o’ Beer – Curses, Machood, Bhenchood!
Two Mugs o’ Beer – Lame, Gandu, Chutiya.
Three Mugs o’ Beer – Nothing Great, Nothing Great.
Four Mugs o’ Beer – Lovely, Sahi hai!
Five Mugs o’ Beer – Great, fuck, Mazaa aagaya!

Note: I do not own the rights to any pictures appearing in this article. Rights belong to their respective owners.

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Mega-Review: Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’

Well, let’s start with the fact that METALLICA is one of the most legendary heavy metal band of all times for various reasons, no doubt about it. Now we are all very much aware of all the arguments surrounding Metallica; like Megadeth vs Metallica, James vs Dave, old Metallica vs new Metallica or even who’s more heavier of the big four of American heavy metal. Although I feel Slayer and Megadeth take the trophy for being heavy I do not think that being heavy is the most important thing. If you went back to their early history, then one would expect a comparison between the Cliff Burton albums as they were the pinnacle. They made Metallica legendary. I’ve tried to make people understand that bands do not have to sound same every time in order to make good music. A very good example of this are bands Tiamat (Sweden) and Ulver (Norway); they’ve been different in all their albums and are maybe known for being unpredictable. I know both the bands i’ve mentioned are not of same genre as Metallica but take example of Megadeth, they breath and shit heaviness in every single album and so have become extremely predictable. Not good or bad, predictable. Metallica took a brave step with recent albums to sound different than previous ones. Not heaviness, they lost heaviness post Black album but still were able to hook; instead they lost something more than that, something that made Metallica ‘Metallica’. It is not even about being ‘metal enough’ as most wannabes wanna call it. It is totally okay to drop metal for the purpose of exploring music, like Tiamat and Opeth (Sweden) among many others did.  No purpose or loss of it, that is disheartening and brings me to St. Anger.

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Revisiting Metallica​’s St. Anger album after years feels like meeting an old yet disreputable friend and being all excited at first and then remembering exactly why you never looked back at him all these years. The album doesn’t go anywhere, literally, there is no trip, no journey or story or feeling. They desperately want to give out feeling of doom and darkness through heaviness but fail miserably. Now that I did look back let me make it clear that I tried to be as objective and open minded as possible. There is a lot to praise Metallica for. Then again, there are way more bands which overall have much stronger discography to show for and releasing something as terrible as “St. Anger” happened to be quite rare also, at least by a well established band.

Lars and James, the two founding members, didn’t get along with each other at the time St. Anger was supposed to be recorded. Also their bassist Jason Newsted had enough and decided to leave Metallica. Bass was played by the producer Bob Rock. In that kind of environment things were bound to go wrong and they did – big time. Starting off from questionable album cover to the absurdly bad production, there is very little good on this album. Vocal effort by James is somewhat annoying and often too forced, but not the biggest issue of this album. But when it comes to instrumental part, while it mostly sounds like hard rock or even stoner rock, riffing is so dull, dry and uninspired. It feels like a random garage rehearsal, has no backbone. no soul and lacks of proper structure. It is, however, catchy at times with songs like ‘Some Kinda Monster’ and some songs have a little potential like ‘Shoot Me Again’ but otherwise spoilt by either lyrics or vocals or instruments.

I need to make something clear, lars Ulrich was once my favorite drummer, yes he was, but that was when he was the only drummer I knew. I remember watching a drumoff between Lars and James once and if I must be honest I loved James on drums and Lars just looked like he did not belong there. While even many of the hardcore Metallica fans would agree that Lars is nowhere near an excellent drummer, he has been decent on some of the early releases, most prominently on “And Justice for All…”. But here, drumming is the worst aspect of this release. Not only is playing as amateurish as it was on otherwise superb “Kill em’all”, but also drum sound is god awful and way too high in the mix. Snare sounds like hitting hollow barrels. Even cymbals sound incredibly annoying for most of the time. Yeah, Lars even uses double bass at times, but his generic style literally suffocates this album. There are no surprises, just one linear line of boredom.

While the drums are undisputable screw up here guitars are no good too. The vocals though are not badly mixed sound forced and at one point annoying and also, not to forget almost inaudible bass guitar played by Bob Rock, so who cares. The only good thing I can take out of this album is the song ‘The Unnamed Feeling’ (despite Metallicas total efforts to screw it up they managed to come up with one decent, if not totally awesome song) and Metallicas name; but shit wrapped in gold foil is still shit. Now i remember again how much it sucked for me to not look back at it all these years and hopefully wont in future, this is one good album to bury.

A little good feeling in songs ‘Some Kinda Monster’, ‘Shoot Me Again’ and my favorite ‘The Unnamed Feeling’, otherwise the album is just gutter. I give this album ‘Two mugs o’ beer’.

Metallica currently are :

James Hetfield : Vocals, Guitar

Lars Ulrich : Drums

Kirk Hammett : Guitar, background vocals

Robert TrujilloGear : Bass, Background Vocals

Poetbabu

One Mug o’ Beer – Curses, Machood, Bhenchood!
Two Mugs o’ Beer – Lame, Gandu, Chutiya.
Three Mugs o’ Beer – Nothing Great, Nothing Great.
Four Mugs o’ Beer – Lovely, Sahi hai!
Five Mugs o’ Beer – Great, fuck, Mazaa aagaya!

Mega-Reveiw : Xandria, live in Hyderabad, India. With interview.

The 2015 edition of Pearl, the National Annual Cultural Festival of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus kick started on March 12th. The annual fest which culminates on the 15th had numerous events throughout, including Art, Dance, Drama, Music and other cultural events. The four day long fest was headlined by well known international and national musicians like Vishal – Shekhar, Arushi Mudgal, Advaita, VH1 Supersonic and

Xandria.

Xandria @ Bits Pilani, Hyderabad, India. 14th March, 2015.

Xandria @ Bits Pilani, Hyderabad, India. 14th March, 2015.

German symphonic metal giants Xandria have made their Indian debut to a roaring crowd that in all their screams and appreciations wanted only more of the band and Xandria in all their generosity were more than happy to give them more. Mumbai based 5 piece alternative rock band The Pickled Octopii were a blessed bunch, they opened for Xandria. The Germans were welcomed to a loud cheer by the blistering young crowd and Xandria did not disappoint them. With the famous show opener ‘Nightfall’ Xandria warmed up the excited crowd for the thunder they were going to bestow over Hyderabad. Commendable voice control of their dutch frontwoman Dianne van Giersbergen and symphonic powers and amazing guitar work of Philip Restemeier, new bassist Steven Wussow and founder of the band Marco Heubaum, with energetic drumming by Gerit Lamm, were explicit.

P.C : Younus Yousuf

P.C : Younus Yousuf

The band played a very famous setlist, including Sacrificium, Nightfall, Ravenheart and their tribute to India with the song ‘India’. All the songs sounded the same live as they do on the album. Dianne Van Giersbergen with her sumptuous dress and jewellery (which she designed herself) and enchanting voice soared throughout the open ground, hitting every note within her soprano range. She commanded the stage from start to finish. Between hitting staggering high notes, dancing on stage, she held the audiences captivated throughout. Energy was very evident throughout the show and Xandria with their exquisite stage presence made it even more of a stunning experience.

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Luckily enough, Poetbabu got a chance to interview the band just before the show:

Poetbabu: Welcome to India, i believe this is your first time?

Dianne van Giersbergen :Yes. (Chuckles).

Philip Restemeier : I arrived a day later than the guys, in the morning 6 am and the only thing i saw hotel and the way to this campus.

Marco Heubaum : Because we were here a few hours earlier we have seen a little more of the road (Laughs).

Dianne van Giersbergen : But we had a terrific dinner last night.

Poetbabu: Awesome, you know Hyderabad is famous for its delicacies, so how did you find it?

Dianne van Giersbergen : We had kababs for starters which was really really good and we had different kinds of curry for the main course and for the dessert it was a whole new experience, right?

Marco Heubaum : Yes.

Dianne van Giersbergen : I don’t even know what it is but it was yellow, looked like a sponge.

Poetbabu: It is called Ras Malai. That’s a sweet over here.

Marco Heubaum : what else would one need to try?

Poetbabu : Biriyani, Hyderabad’s famous dish. It’s spicy rice.

Dianne van Giersbergen : Yeah (Smiles). We tried that last night.

Poetbabu : Marco, you’ve mentioned on your website that you have a special love for Indian food.

Marco Heubaum : Yes, that is why it was a very special evening for me yesterday. It was the first time for me having Indian food in india. It is a lot better than what i get at restaurants at home.

Poetbabu : So, being in India, how is different from travelling other countries.

Dianne van Giersbergen : (Immediately) The traffic is different of course. It’s always a hard question, its different on stage and off stage. The people over here are very friendly. For example your border patrol is very friendly and normally they are not.

Poetbabu : We are really glad you feel that way.

Philip Restemeier : I am really curious to find Indian flexible time. We experienced it today when we were sound checking and we had to stop because apparently the boss of the campus was walking around and he needed some quiet moments. We were asked to take a 5 minutes break and then we were told it might take 15 – 20 minutes. So we went back stage and then we were immediately told that we may continue the sound check. Maybe this is what Indian flexible time is, i am curious to find out.

Poetbabu : Your new album Sacrificium, how is it different from your previous works?

Dianne van Giersbergen : I am in it, makes a difference right? (Chuckles)

Poetbabu : Of course it does. I meant in sense of recording process and composition, how is it different from your previous releases?

Marco Heubaum : There is not big difference to this album because Neverworld’s End was a new start for us but can not be really compared to the older stuff, you know. We did new stuff with the band so old stuff doesn’t really count for us anymore. You can’t compare new to older stuff. i think ‘Sacrificium’ is pretty a continuation of  ‘Neverworld’s End’ album. The production process was a little bit different because we did recordings in different studios, mix was done by someone else and stuff like that was not really an improvement. We were not really happy with the mix of the album.

Poetbabu : Honestly, i found it one step ahead of the last album, this is my personal View. So, is there a particular flow to the album, say this song should come first and here and there?

Marco Heubaum : Not really, but yeah musically i have a rough picture in my mind of what the next album should be like. Originally when i start song writing it builds up and then gets more specific but it was not much case of the current album and there was not much of a plan.

Poetbabu : So you just let it flow how it comes out?

Marco Heubaum : Yeah.

Poetbabu : Alright. You have released an album called ‘India’. So was it a long due for you to come to India?

Marco Heubaum : Yeah (Laughs) it’s interesting i guess, back then we never thought we’ll play title song from that album here in India. I was really smiling when we did the sound check of that song today. I don’t know how many of you noticed me smiling because it was really to play that song and i have never been to India before. Ten years after the release it is not that bad, right?

Poetbabu : Definitely not, you should surely come back, for food at least. Marco, you also mentioned in your website that Tiamat’s Wildhoney album is your favourite. So how has the album inspired you as a musician?

Marco Heubaum : The album came out in the year i started to play electric guitar and also when i started to play music with other people and not only alone and i started to make music with a friend of mine who played drums and we both were Tiamat fans and this album came out. It was only for 2-3 months we played together and we were really trying to find the right tunes and to get the band together later maybe, but we didn’t know what sound we wanted to be and this album came out and i totally fell in love with it and was like ‘Oh this is the direction i want to go’. It’s really great also because i was a beginner on the electric guitar and that album is pretty simple technical wise, like with the instruments and it has such an atmospheric emotional impact and it impressed me a lot how you can achieve it with say a little bit more or less experienced instrument. So it was really something i could do and try to play it on my own instrument.

Poetbabu : It’s a masterpiece. I love it myself.

Marco Heubaum : Yes, yes it is.

Poetbabu : Dianne, you have had an quiet interesting last 15 months with the band.

Dianne van Giersbergen : Oh yeah.

Poetbabu : You are also a part of other band Exlibris, a dutch band, you are also a vocal coach. So how are you managing all this?

Dianne van Giersbergen : And i also make my own jewellery with bas guitar strings. In fact, i recently got a fair deal for a new set of strings from Phillip to make a new bracelet or jewellery.

Philip Restemeier : From the previous recording sessions that’s where the strings were used, so more special.

Dianne van Giersbergen : But how am i coping with all. I am very busy. It’s just matter of good scheduling, planning ahead and actually there has been busy how last few months because we had to exchange a few members and now we have a new guitar player and we are getting back in business.

Poetbabu : What does next chapter for Xandria look like?

Dianne van Giersbergen : well, you might have seen our facebook page, we are releasing a new EP this summer. It has no title yet. We have three new songs, one or two covers and two remakes of Xandria classics. If you really love them you should really check them out.

Poetbabu : Intriguing.

Poetbabu : Thank you so much for having us and have fun in India. Do come back.

Philip Restemeier : Thank you. If you say that after the show we will believe you (Laughs).

Younus Yousuf : It doesn’t matter we would always want you guys to be back.

XANDRIA are

Dianne van Giersbergen – Vocals

Gerit Lamm – Drums

Steven Wussow – Bass

Philip Restemeier – Guitar

Marco Heubaum – Guitar & Keys

Poetbabu

Xandria live Video, at Hyderabad, India.

(Video credits : Younus Yousuf and Rohit Williams.)

I give the concert ‘Four and a half mugs of beer‘.

Hang in there, more pictures to come.

Poetbabu

(Special Thanks to Sameera Jonnalagadda, Younus Yousuf and Rohit Williams.)

One Mug o’ Beer – Curses, Machood, Bhenchood!
Two Mugs o’ Beer – Lame, Gandu, Chutiya.
Three Mugs o’ Beer – Nothing Great, Nothing Great.
Four Mugs o’ Beer – Lovely, Sahi hai!
Five Mugs o’ Beer – Great, fuck, Mazaa aagaya!

Mega-Review: Spartacus (TV Series)

So, what do you do when you get something you have been looking for everywhere and in everything? Your pulse raises, you smile and if nothing more, you scream out ‘hell yeah’ followed by an open air hi5! But what do you do when you have to part with it? You get teary, depressed, have a couple of extra beer and then write a review in its honor. Yeah, i am glad you found out that this is not about another obvious rotten love story. It is instead, a story, of my love towards a show that from being my source of free yet awesome porn, music & fights became the show i have most enjoyed, related to and belonged with.

Spartacus(IMDB: 8.7)

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Around six months back i had finished watching all three seasons of GAME OF THRONES (IMDB: 9.5) great show, yes. But there was always something missing for me in it, something i would relate to, someway, if not directly. Yet, i should admit, it is one of the best shows i have seen in my life. Great show in all aspects, including the making. Then it was turn for BREAKING BAD (IMDB: 9.6). Another great show, but honestly, i couldn’t help but wish for more pace in it. Everything seemed perfect, but not the pace. At least not last two seasons, which have been called the best of all five. I did enjoy the show but more than once did i feel the lack of connect. Not that it was heavily important, but it was needed and that was missing. Then by the end of February i remembered that there was a show i tried watching when i was 18-19 years old and totally loved because it had these amazing women naked, gore fight sequences and accompanying them almost all the time was kick-ass heavy yet catchy distorted music. I don’t really remember why i stopped watching it, considering i only fast forwarded to what i wanted to watch. I am not sure if it was aired in India, but my guess would be, It was not. Even if it did i am sure no one understood diddly-squat. If you are not an Indian, you should know that the censor board for the TV and films here take their job very seriously. So much that visuals of certain fingers, lips in action and audio of the words such as ‘underwear’ are censored. Hush-hush, the kids are watching. The future of India should/can never know such vulgar things, not from us at least. We are decent, we do it behind the curtains.

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Anyhoo, before i get diverted to why censor board should wear their panties, oops i meant ‘escalate their senses’, there is a little you should know about Spartacus, played by Andy Whitfield in the TV series of the same name. Whooosee this? Whoose this looseee? Sppooorrrttiiicuuuuuiisss? (Ref: Russell PetersRussell Peters – Louis Vuitton and Indians) No, i am not testing my keypad. So, who is Spartacus? Spartacus was a Thracian warrior who was taken as a gladiator post betrayal by Romans. His hot wife was sent to slavery and then later killed. So, Spartacus along with his legion of slaves goes against the Romans and pledges to be the reason for Rome’s fall and see that there are no more slaves, because every person who breaths deserves to be free. That’s such a kick-ass line. Anyway, there are more such line, go check yourself. Spartacus, who is also known as ‘bringer of rain’, for defeating four big ass gladiators at the arena, is accompanied by two more heroes. Crixus & Gannicus. Very little is written about these three in history books and/or Google, but one thing i can say for sure, they were all fuckin’ awesome. The second time when i started watching it, i just could not stop. Let’s see why.

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So, season one Spartacus: Blood and Sand starts with Spartacus parting with his ‘God-she-is-hot’ wife and then surviving his execution by killing four gladiators. Did i mention that was awesome? Well, what is more awesome is when he is granted life to live like a gladiator and die fighting in the arena, he refuses to be one and in actuality, Spartacus is not his name. No, seriously. He is called Spartacus because of the way he defeated death, because of which gods blessed Rome with rain. What crap, yet, i loved it. I will tell you why. So he is purchased by Lentulus Batiatus, played by John Hannah,(yes, the guy who plays brother of Rachel Weisz  in THE MUMMY) and is taken for training where he meets Oenameus, his trainer. Remember Peter Mensah, the Persian messenger from 300 or General Joe Greller from the Incredible Hulk? He is the guy, and he stands awesome. So, Oenameus throws swords at Spartacus and commands him to fight, which he does not respond to. This angers Oenameus, he gets his whip out, shouts Spartacus and splashes it towards him. Spartacus catches it mid-air, stares back at Oenameus and says ‘That is not my name’. I was like ‘fuck that is awesome’ but then Oenameus pulls him back and Spartacus falls. Well, that is rest of the story.

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So, at the Ludus, the training place of gladiators, we meet Crixus, played by Manu Bennett. Don’t know him? Saw any of the new ‘The Hobbit’ Films? Remember Azog – The defiler? He is the guy and he is awesome. Crixus is already a declared undefeated god of the arena, who is banging his owners hot wife when Spartacus and other fresh Slaves, yet to become gladiators, enter the ludus. In short, they don’t like each other, don’t agree with each other throughout the series. Only in the final episode of final season they together admit to be brothers.

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Crixus to Spartacus: You know, in another life we would have been brothers.

Season 3 – Episode 10

Crixus to Spartacus: Remember what i said in Episode 13 of Season 1? Turns out it is true for this life. You moist me (He doesn’t say that, just kidding).

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Second season of Spartacus was changed to a six-episode prequel mini-series entitled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena after actor Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This mini-series turned out to be my most favorite. It is mainly focused on Gannicus, the only god of arena, only gladiator to have ever won his own freedom on the sands. My personal favorite character and also the actor. Played by Australian actor Dustin Clare, Gannicus, the only gladiator to always have a smile on his face, fight or no fight. Honestly i don’t fuckin’ care how Gannicus was in actuality because i totally loved the way Dustin Clare lived him and that is how i want to believe Gannicus was. Lived for the love of wine and cunt. That charm every time he enters the arena and kills with that smile of his face. It was the strong script that dominated the first season for me. Whereas for me, Gannicus was the guy who holds the grip throughout the second season and also the third. We will get there. So the second season is dedicated towards Gannicus, his relationship with Oenameus, Melitta (Oenameus’s wife), played by beautiful Marisa Ramirez and Crixus, who longs to be the god of arena like Gannicus. This miniseries is a prequel to season one so Crixus is not yet the undefeated god.

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Full length second season  Spartacus: Vengeance returned with  Liam McIntyre, who replaces Andy Whitfield, when the actor’s cancer recurred and he later died on September 11, 2011. Honestly, i think Liam Mclntyre looked better as Spartacus than Andy Whitefield. Not taking anything away from Andy Whitefield. R.I.P. So story continues from where it ended in season one, Spartacus leading  the gladiator rebellion begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic. Gaius Claudius Glaber, a Roman army legatus who is responsible for Spartacus’ enslavement as a gladiator and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush Spartacus’ growing band of freed slaves before they can inflict further damage. Spartacus is given a choice between satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man who condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart. Here we come across other obvious issues Spartacus has to face leading. Very well written, like shortage of food, clash of the egos of the gods and differences between freed slaves. In this season we also see Gannicus, who has won his own independence being offered to join Rome to see Spartacus’ fall, but little does he show interest.

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Season three, Spartacus: War of the Damned follows the final struggle between Spartacus and Marcus Licinius Crassus. Crassus pursues Spartacus as he struggles to feed his ever growing army of former slaves. Spartacus wins several victories against Crassus’ forces and continues to frustrate the Romans. This season sees Crixus parting ways with Spartacus with about half the slaves in order to attack Roman Republic for vengence. Gannicus makes it clear to Spartacus that he still finds his motives stupid and that he will lead everyone to death. Yet he decides to stay by Spartacus side in honor of Oenameus and Melitta. Another high point of the series is Todd Lasance who plays Gaius Julius Caesar a handsome young rogue from an esteemed lineage and his deadly intelligence and skill with a sword will be brought to bear against the rebellion as he begins his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become, and Christian Antidormi as Tiberius Licinius Crassus – the eldest son of Marcus Licinius Crassus, and his father’s “word, and will” in Crassus’ army.

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   The series culminates in a direct all out battle between Spartacus and Crassus. Without any doubt my favorite episode of all is the final of the final season. Brilliant dialogues, that are there throughout the series, but what makes it more special this time is the situation. Spartacus and Crassus talk face to face right before the battle begins. Here is a little of how it goes.

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Marcus Crassus: My hands are so moved toward the memory of my son. As yours toward wife no longer…

Spartacus: Do not think to place your loss on equal footing! Your son took up arms for the republic – the same one that saw my innocent wife torn from grasp, condemned to slavery and death.

Marcus Crassus: And now you would lead thousands to join her in futile attempt?

Spartacus: Whatever happens to my people, it happens because *we* choose for it. *We* decide our fates; not you, not the Romans, not even the gods.

Marcus Crassus: Would you have been born a Roman and stood besides me.

Spartacus: I bless the fates it was not so.”

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There are more memorable moments for me but yet there was one such in the final episode that got tears to my eyes. Crixus had fallen, Spartacus too when he is pierced from behind, but Gannicus gets captured, courtesy of Caesar and is crucified with other captured slaves. He remembers his moments on the sands, the crowd cheering for him as he stood the only undefeated god of the arena. He screams and tears roll down both of our eyes. How it felt to be a great Gladiator, to be free and to die this way around the same crowd who once cheered him as a god. I had become a fan of Dustin Clare. Then this lovely series ends in a very touchy way. Spartacus is taking his last breath staring somewhere in the sky, maybe looking for his wife. There are slaves around him crying and calling out his name ‘SPARTACUS’ and this is what he says, “Spartacus? huh… that is not my name!”, and then he dies.

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Now that you’ve read this, don’t presume that this was a spoil for you. I haven’t mentioned many Characters and Situations. To name one ‘Ashur’, played amazingly by Nick E. Tarabay. Go watch it, find out yourself and you will love it more with every episode. For me, there wasn’t a single episode Where i didn’t scream “Kill them, kill them all”. I give it Four and a half mugs of beer.

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Here are some of the memorable quotes:

Spartacus: There are many men in this place that I would see dead. You are not among them.

Batiatus: [referring to Ilithyia] The snake arrives, walking as if human.

Spartacus: [as he catches whip with his wrist] That is not my name.

Gannicus: I have had my fill of words and tearful farewells. I desire blood and cries of our enemy.

Gannicus: I knew you’d lead these men to their deaths eventually. Is this the day you would do it?

Ilithyia:[referring to Spartacus] The duality of his kind: admired as a gladiator; yet despised as a slave.

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One Mug o’ Beer – Curses, Machood, Bhenchood!
Two Mugs o’ Beer – Lame, Gandu, Chutiya.
Three Mugs o’ Beer – Nothing Great, Nothing Great.
Four Mugs o’ Beer – Lovely, Sahi hai!
Five Mugs o’ Beer – Great, fuck-Mazaa aa gaya!

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