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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA: Season 1, Ep. 3: Paterfamilias

John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, Jaime Murray, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Season 1, Ep. 3 – entitled Paterfamilias – introduced new characters, brought into play fringe characters, and saw old relationships strained. When Titus Batiatus (Jeffrey Thomas) shows up in hilarious coital moment, its almost night and day how the gladiators treat the old lanista and how he receives them. With some of the older gladiators it is easily apparent that they are friends. Batiatus the Younger (John Hannah) seems to both envy and despise these relationships. Its a spy glass view of old values versus new values.

It’s obvious that Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) is poisoning Titus to get rid on him for her husband. She’s poisoning his honey wine. which is the reason why she cunningly rejects Batiatus the Younger’s wish to share in the wine. If the viewer was watching closely, they will have noticed his cough during the Gladiator bout, a cough that surprised him.

I knew a change would come over Gannicus (Dustin Clare) after the events in the last episode and I was correct. He can barely look his two closest friends in the eyes.

The worst depravity in the episode happened not ad gladium in the arena but in the lanista‘s ludus with a nubile and naive slave girl named Diona (Jessica Grace Smith). The world has both beauty and ugliness existing in equal proportion, a lesson  displayed in Diona’s comely face and physique, the filth of the rogue taking her virginity, and the pronouncements and orifice entry of a visiting Roman. It was an uncomfortable scene to watch though tame by some of those that the series has brought to the screen thus far.

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