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TV Review: Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1, Ep. 12: Revelations

Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Revelations eclipses the last episode of the Starz show in all areas. Many things were brought to a head in this episode, first of which being the execution of Solonius (Craig Walsh Wrightson) ad gladium in the arena at the hands of Spartacus (Andy Whitfield). I wondered how Ashur (Nick Tarabay) would use his knowledge of Naevia (Lesley-Ann Brandt) and Crixus (Manu Bennett)’s love. Crixus’s contentious attitude toward Ashur brought it to bare in the most sexual way possible. As soon as Batiatus (John Hannah) said Ashur could have any woman he wanted, I knew whom he would choose.

Aurella (Brook Williams)’s appearance was a surprise and was used effectively to increase the drama of the episode and the inner torment of Spartacus.

Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) was an element this show sorely missed. Deep venom and animosity brim between the two of them, even more so than between Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) and Spartacus. The battle between the practice-sworded Spartacus and Glaber’s armed Centurions was great. All of Spartacus’ training has paid off and then some. He beat Glaber’s men unconscious and bloody easily.

This episode (Hi-Res Photos) is correctly named. Revelations and the last episode, Old Wounds, saw many of the series’ secrets brought out into the open. Lucretia (Lucy Lawless)’s wrath is terrible, making her favored slave Naevia look as though she was the heroine from Martyrs.

Seeing two-faced Ilithyia damned by her husband to the House of Batiatus was a joy. I was surprised her husband would strike the woman he loved in such a way but these are ancient times.

What did you think of the latest episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand?


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