Posted by Mark Bridge On February - 2 - 2013 0 Comment

This episode sees Spartacus’ plan to cease a city for shelter come to fruition and in doing so, shined a light upon him that may not be as attractive to the image of  him being savior.  There were layers of Spartacus on display here that I never would have thought the show writers would include.  The moment he executed that slave to spare him more pain from stoning was the beginning step of Spartacus willing to do whatever it takes to see Rome fall.  Will this determination play apart in his demise if that is his fate?  This is the episode that makes the journey to the series finale well worth my time.

On the the other side, Marcus Crassus is making his side much stronger to face Spartacus in the wars to come by allying himself with the young but powerful upstart Gaius Julius Caesar.  They writers do however employ the old trick introducing a formidable character by having slay some underlings and stand tall in the face of authority.  Such is the case with Caesars introduction, who looks more like Brad Pitt in Troy and less like Ciarán Hinds in Rome.  I must admit that as potentially corny as his introduction could have been (Or to some probably is), I kinda dug it.  Crassus plans to use his wealth, coupled with Caesar’s name to ascend the ranks in the senate.

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We get to learn a few things about Crassus’ home life, such as his true feelings for his slave girl as he would rather have her accompany him on his war campaign than his own wife.  As smart and calculating as Crassus is, I feel his downfall will lie his wife and son.  One question I do have is, why is the slave girl so interested in Crassus’ son, Tiberius well being?  I would say she could possibly be his real mom, but she looks a bit too young to have mothered him.  But then again she could have had him when she was really young.  I leave out any romantic notions only because it’s almost clear that Tiberius is gay. In the end, her words to Crassus as she make sweet kisses upon him about giving Tiberius a chance to show his strength proved fruitful, as Tiberius is given the honor of serving under Crassus.

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As for Spartacus himself, one of the first persons he connects with is Laeta, the wife of a slave master and trader.  The connection pays off in the end for me as the moment when he reveals himself as Spartacus and sacks the entire city becomes that much tense.  This is where the second of Spartacus’ conflict with himself appears as the slaughter potentially innocent Romans and imprison some.  Spartacus’ decision to execute her husband was a shocker but an understandable move.  How will this affect Spartacus and Laeta’s dynamic is one that I will be watching out for.

This episode is a definite step in the right direction and two episodes in, its already shaping up to be a better season than its predecessor.

Rating: ★★★★½ Great

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