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Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 At its surface, Spartacus has always been the show with hyper-stylized ‘—and violence’ but real fans know that what keeps us coming back every week is the emotional connections between characters and the constant uphill battle Spartacus has to face each week against overwhelming odds. With Crassus, I fear Spartacus has finally met his physical and intellectual equal – and that has me excited! His treatment and friendship with the trainer who was teaching him in the ways of gladiatorial combat was also interesting to watch.
Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 There was a mutual respect an admiration between the two even though they had a master/slave relationship. That respect for the treatment of slaves sets him apart from his predecessors. His respect for those he must fight is undoubtedly an advantage. It’s smart to have Spartacus face the more administrative duties that come along with leading legions to freedom as long as it doesn’t interfere with what we’ve come to expect from the series.
Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 The same things that make Spartacus the ideal man to lead a slave rebellion – his ambition and his idealism – are increasingly becoming what will doom his endeavour to failure. He has gathered a force so large that he cannot control it and his thoughts on how to deal with Roman prisoners have caused many to question his command. Meanwhile, Crassus punishes Tiberius’s soldiers for fleeing from battle in the most brutal manner imaginable and teaches his son a lesson he won’t forget in the process.
‘Decimation’ goes to about as dark a place as Spartacus has ever gone, and then goes a little further. This is an episode in which the side that we’re arguably meant to be rooting for are revealed to have strung up a woman to be repeatedly raped and those that do so cut her to leave a mark when they’re finished. It’s seriously bleak stuff, and there’s no respite from that tone in the Roman camp. Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 Following Tiberius’s ill-conceived attempt to attack Spartacus, his men are to undertake a disgusting ritual. Those with the poor luck to draw a black stone from a bag are beaten to death by their fellow soldiers. While Tiberius escapes this fate, his role in the death of his friend is a reminder of what Spartacus himself went through in Blood and Sand, and how that experience changed him forever.
Violence in Spartacus has always been well-judged and is only glorified when it is designed to be cathartic (the show took great care to make the spectacle of the arena, for instance, as scarily tense and ugly as it is exhilarating). What we witness in ‘Decimation’ is more than just uncomfortable, though, it is nearly unbearable to watch. If last week’s episode suggested that “honour” may no longer hold any meaning, this episode outright states that there is no way to distinguish between “bad” and “good” any longer.
Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 The difference in opinion between Spartacus and Crixus is something that has driven much of the narrative, especially in Blood and Sand. Here, it only takes small suggestions from Caesar (who has wormed his way into the rebel camp) and a little nudge from Naevia to initiate a massacre of the remaining Romans within the city walls. Spartacus’s admirable efforts to keep them alive continue to not pay off, and it must be asked whether his inability to compromise is going to be his undoing. Gannicus may not yet be instrumental in proceedings but it’s noteworthy that the man who does not see himself as a suitable leader is rapidly becoming not only more capable but more morally focussed than those surrounding him.
After two episodes that did more to establish plot threads than anything else, this is where things begin to really start moving. By revealing that Crassus planned to have Caesar infiltrate the rebel camp all along, his character comes into sharper focus. Todd Lasance’s performance is very strong, particularly in the scene he shares with the young woman that has been brutally assaulted by Spartacus’s men. This is also the episode where Spartacus realises just how dangerously intelligent Crassus is. While he might have a great plan to outsmart him, he’ll have to regain control of his own army before he’ll have any hope of doing so.
‘Decimation’ is a really powerful episode that clearly shows us that things will only get worse for the characters as the season progresses. That this season is titled War of the Damned is something that is very important, as it continues to find inspired ways to depict how every character cannot be redeemed.? January 25, 2013 Note: While Spartacus: War of the Damned doesn’t debut on Starz until Friday, January 25th at 9pm, the premiere episode is now available to view in its entirety on Starz’s website. That being the case, we’re running our review early, but note that full spoilers follow!
Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 “Enemies of Rome” wastes no time thrusting Spartacus and his army straight into battle with all the blood and gore that the series is well known for. Ah, Spartacus! How much we’ve missed you. While we are quickly graced with familiar sights and sounds, much has changed since Glaber’s bloody death at the conclusion of last season. The legend of Spartacus has grown and he has amassed an army of thousands. Now a real threat, Rome’s concern begins to grow, and with it, a new challenger emerges to stop Spartacus in his tracks – Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells).
There were many who felt that Spartacus: Vengeance, while good, was lacking in the story department. With several cast changes, one unfortunate and unavoidable, the face of the series changed quite a bit with Vengeance. The chemistry wasn’t the same between Manu Bennett’s Crixus and Cynthia Addai-Robinson’s Naevia, the gap left by Batiatus (John Hannah) was noticeable, and while Liam McIntyre was strong in the title role he didn’t have quite the command that Andy Whitfield did. It was a rough transition which made for a hit or miss season.
Whether or not War of the Damned will remedy those problems remains to be seen but this season is definitely off to a great start. As mentioned, Spartacus’s army has grown and with that there is a slight tonal shift to the proceeding. Those who were once slaves are now on the offensive and Spartacus has to not only deal with strategy and war but also with the simpler tasks of making sure that the thousands who have joined his ranks have something to eat while also ensuring his chief lieutenants report to him on time. These administrative duties may sound tedious but not once do they impede the action. It’s only touched upon in “Enemies of Rome” but the growing issue of hunger, shelter and clothing isn’t simply forgotten but something that Spartacus is going to have to tackle.
The key element of “Enemies of Rome” is establishing a new antagonist. Not as easy as it sounds when you consider the predecessors. Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 Lentulus Batiatus was arguably one of the best villains on television in recent history and Glaber, a more than an adequate heel, paled in comparison. With Ashur also dead and buried, molding Marcus Crassus into a worthy villain was not going to prove easy.
We’ve heard Crassus’s name spoken since Blood and Sand; finally we get to meet the man himself and he certainly appears to live up to expectations. This week’s story deftly reveals Crassus’s intelligence, skillset, and twisted sense of honor that forms a character who is a fascinating mix between Glaber and Spartacus himself.
Crassus’s attitude towards Spartacus and slaves in general was refreshing, if twisted. He considers Spartacus a free man and understands that the only way to beat him is to respect him as an equal.
Crassus’s fight to the death with his trainer was tense to watch despite the obvious outcome. Still, the fact that Crassus was able to beat someone who was clearly well skilled in gladiatorial combat is what makes him such an exciting advisory at this final juncture in the story.
What sealed the deal on what makes Crassus a worthy and exciting villain is his subtle bit of scheming throughout the episode. I was genuinely surprised by the reveal that he allowed his messengers to travel close to the rebel camp in order to place his message in the hands of Spartacus. That hint of Batiatus style scheming is what the series excels at when it’s at its best. Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 It’s refreshing to see a hint of that in Crassus’s method. Crassus respects the enemy, he’s skilled in the arts of gladiatorial combat, and he can lie with the best of them. It’s still early, but I’m a big fan already.
In a strategic strike, Spartacus, Crixus and Gannicus remove two key generals from the equation. It’s a thrilling, action packed conclusion to the episode with the usual great choreography, gore, and expected slow motion. However, Spartacus is oblivious to the fact that he has played right into Crassus’s plans. Despite all that, Spartacus seems confident that they can eventually take on Rome itself, but first they plan to take a single city!
Thankfully, it seems any superfluous characters like we had to endure last season seem to absent this time around. Tiberius could prove to be annoying in the long run but he’s your typical teenage rebel right now. I’m hoping his hidden agendas don’t turn out to be a distraction from the main story arcs. I prefer less B-Plot in my Spartacus.
I’m having trouble fitting in Gannicus and Saxa’s “Sure, you can join in too, girls!” four-way sex scene into my review. There’s not much else to say besides – it’s hot!
Spartacus War of the Damned Episode 7 “Enemies of Rome” delivers all the —, violence and gore that is expected from every episode of Spartacus but what makes it a compelling hour of television is its establishment of Marcus Crassus as a worthy antagonist.