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Jan 31 2012

Spartacus Vengeance and YO Garbage

This Spartacus: Vengeance Garbage is peppered with spoilers *DO NOT READ*  unless you have watched Season 1 and the Season 3 “Fugitivus” episode. It’s for your own good.

Spartacus: Vengeance picks up with Spartacus (now played by Liam McIntyre) and his group of slaves hiding out underground near Capua. We don’t know much, but they have been attacking Romans for money and food. As a recap they are on the run since Spartacus sparked a small rebellion that freed them from the House of Batiatus. This is a big no no, if any one slave in the house strikes at his master, all bearing the houses mark is put to death. So Spartacus pretty much gave them all a death sentence. This is why I find the separation between the Gauls and the rest of the slaves a bit odd. Yes, I know Crixus (Manu Bennett) is his own man, but really this is a small force of slaves who need to work together to survive. We (the viewers) have no idea what occurred before we tuned into their underground camp, but I hope this is put to rest rather quick, its old news. ….it seems as though they are trying to squeeze the juice out of something that seemed to be resolved in the first season. It begins to fizzle out near the end of the episode when the bond/respect between Crixus and Spartacus seems to be rejoining; I hope it remains this way. Crixus and Spartacus though different, fight for the same cause. Revenge and Love, this distaste for where you are from should not matter. The only time they shouldn’t see eye to eye is when Revenge and Love are involved. This being said, it is mandatory to the storyline that Crixus and Spartacus disagree on many things according to this formula. They are the two strongest characters in the show, tension between the two of them needs to keep growing. As much as we want to deny it, they are still beasts and loose cannons that are ready to go off at any time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keep the good times rolling!

 

I'd be scared as shit too

 

Gauis Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) is sent to Capua and forced into finally putting an end to the biggest thorn in his side (Spartacus). He is forced into this because he gave patronage to Batiatus, because of this wifes terrible deed. This reflects badly on him now that the house has fallen. Ilythia is still a hot, crazy ass bitch, but Glaber is finally realizing that he needs to keep her by his side at all times. Her and her family are not to be trusted in his current situation. Oh and shes pregnant? Ohhhh!!! could it be Spartacus’ baby?? That would be fun wouldn’t it be?? Although, it sounds too much like Young and the Restless (who aren’t so young anymore, I’m off track). Lucretia is back? By the gods! She has to be back, because most of the Roman Political stuff is boring, when you compare it to the fighting and sex scenes. She will add some spice to it all, and I love her creepy gone mad woman routine. There are questions to be answered though… who stitched her up?

 

Jupiter's...

 

Batiatus (John Hannah) is still dead… throughout season 1 and the prequel he made me a huge fan of the show. His performance was amazing, easily my favorite character. His contributions to the political side of this story was huge. These are big shoes to fill, which I hope get filled by his past “right hand man” Ashur. I hate Ashur so much; I cannot wait to see him on screen again (no sarcasm intended). Seppius and Seppia the brother/sister combo appear to be a bit more then that during the first episode.  They are part of the new batch of High class Romans joining the show this season, and I am excited to see where it takes us. (a little bit of Lannister never hurt anyone right?)

 

Assassino!!

 

Let’s talk briefly about Liam McIntyre, replacing the late Andy Whitfield in the role of Spartacus. I think I’m always going to have Whitfield’s performance to look back on, but it’s good to know that the character of Spartacus lives on. McIntyre doesn’t seem as jacked as Andy was, but so far he hasn’t really done anything huge. So to all those who are saying “Andy was better” settle down a bit, it’s only been one episode, there is no argument to be made on either side.. Settle the F@#k DOWN! I think he is more than capable to fill this role. Once you get passed the weird thing your brain does because he looks and talks differently, the character still pretty much plays out the same.

By the end of the episode, which I won’t spoil anymore, Spartacus decides to go and start freeing other slaves to swell his ranks, and piss off Romans. This is a great sign; the one thing I like about the first season is that it moves fast. Every episode one or two major things happen, it’s not like watching Terra Nova or Walking Dead where you sit around waiting for shit to go down. With the way “Vengeance” has started I’m confident that this season will be as entertaining as the previous two. I didn’t cover it much in this article, but yes they have not held back anything in regards to their selling points of nudity, gore and sex. So all you sick fuckers out there, rest easy, you’re in for a good time! (the Roman strap on contraption is a new line that was crossed this episode and I’m sure it’s not the only one all season)

I really don’t like giving a number rating for Episodes of a TV show like this. Mostly because each episode is a cog to the greater story, it’s like watching the first hour of a movie, or reading a few chapters of a book and giving it a score out of 10. Each of these episodes are not stand alone stories. You cannot just watch episode 2 of season 1 and be like “wow I don’t believe how good Spartacus is”. I digress because I know you guys want a number, and that’s pretty much all your going to read. I liked it, I think it’s a good start, and I’m eager to see where it goes. So ill give it a

7/10

There you happy?

That’s YO Roman STD generating Garbage!

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