‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Season Finale Recap & Review

by on April 1, 2012

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'Spartacus Vengeance' season finale TV review - Liam McIntyre

This second season of Spartacus called Spartacus Vengeance, saw the challenge that Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) faced as a free man.  That is to unite a fighting force, in search for the change to live and die as free men.

Joining Spartacus was Crixus (Manu Bennett), Doctore (Peter Mensah) & Gannicus (Dustin Clare).  And along the way, the women in the slave/gladiator gang became valuable, kick-ass members of this rag-tag group of rebels also, including Mira (Katrina Law), Naevia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and that wild fighting blond, Saxa (Ellen Hollman).

Spartacus Vengeance - Craig Parker

On the Roman side of things, Glaber (Craig Parker) pursued Spartacus, mostly at the expense of his own public image after a number of failed attempts to trap the man while that dishonorable stinkbug Ashur (Nick E. Taraby) had manuevered himself into a trusted position with Glaber.

The ladies themselves had their own set of confused and twisted plans… as they had found Lucretia alive and mentally unbalanced early on in the season.  As daft as Lucretia was, Llithyia had her own problems, wanting out of her marital arrangement from Glabor, but when Glabor killed her father, that made the divorce now improbable.

Spartacus Vengeance - Lucy Lawless and Viva Bianca

Do NOT Hire Lucretia to be your mid-wife!

No one was happy and everyone was plotting.

SPOILERS ENSUE for the time-shifted viewer!

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In the season finale of Spartacus: Vengeance, titled “Wrath of the Gods” our favorite gladiators have been treed, so to speak.  They took refuge up a mountain side, and the ONLY way down was closely guarded.  Things pan out for many of our story lines… and the body count is pretty high in this season finale.

Spartacus loses another woman from his life as a Roman soldier axes her.

Glabor is finally on to Ashur’s plotting and sends him to deliver a message to Spartacus. knowing all to well what will become of him.  And surely, things didn’t.  Ashur delivers the message that they can surrender.

Spartacus Vengeance - Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Ashur’s head is Glabor’s answer to his offer.  But he lost it to Crixus’ girl, Naevia, who had to be allowed to either kill Ashur or die… she needed some memories cleansed from her mind, one way or the other.  (Yes, that is a different actress playing Naevia  this season versus last season.  Ashur played it too nice, but I think he figured he wasn’t coming off the mountain, no matter what.

Mean while, Llithyia was going to push Lucretia off the patio and into the abyss below the house, but something goes afoul with her baby and they go off to tend to her new problem.  Then Lucretia snaps, killing a few slave girls and goes after Llithyia’s baby… the old fashion manual way and cuts it out.

In her unsettled fashion, Lucretia takes the baby and jumps off the cliff.  Llithyia left a blood trail behind her crawling out to the cliff, then passes out and dies.

We think the gladiators are pinned, but they come up with the plan to go down the mountain side via some vines.  (Yes, it can be done and historically, it was done!)

Spartacus Vengeance - Katrina Law

And finally, we get to see what we’ve been waiting for, for a very long time…  The Romans and the free slaves face off in the final battle of the season.  We lose a few beloved characters but those we want to see receive their proper penance, gets it.

If you know your history, you know that with Oenomaus finally passing, it was overdue… despite fans not wanting to see him go.  And finally, despite a surprisingly longer fight than I expected, Spartacus and Glabor face off and with a blade down the gullet, Glabor is no more.

When all is said and done in this episode, the body count looks like this:

  • Mira,
  • Ashur,
  • Oenomaus (Doctore),
  • Lucretia (suicide),
  • Llithyia’s baby,
  • Llithyia,
  • Glabor,

Yep… I’m looking for the Starz casting calls now for who will be playing future characters of this historical tale of fighting for freedom.

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Reflection Upon Spartacus: Vengeance Season

This season of Spartacus: Vengeance was, as is the norm, a season of wonderful story telling brought to us by Steven S. DeKnight, Brent Fletcher, Charles Knight, Aaron Lam, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert and more.

Though the middle part of the season seemed more burdened with the standard gratuitous sex and gore you get from pay cable channels, well, I get the gore… these men lived and died by the sword.  That lifestyle is bound to have some traumatic visuals.  But I would love to see more story development and less naked visuals.  There’s too much talent behind the story to cut some of the story developments out for the usual pay cable channel sex scenes.  Then again, Roman sex slave themes do hit a certain whimsical fanciful mindset.

Liam McIntyre in 'Spartacus Vengeance'

And despite the sad reasons behind it, Liam McIntyre took the reigns of the role of Spartacus, and made it his own.  The viewers adapted and by season’s end, I think fans accepted the change and it did not impact the enjoyment that was the show.  I think the biggest reminders to fans of the sad events leading to McIntyer taking over the role were sporadic flashbacks to events that took place last season.

Other than that, it’s an amazing tale as we follow the story of Spartacus‘ fight for freedom.

And I can’t wait for the third season of Spartacus from Starz!!!

(Brusimm BTW Footnote:  In a few spots I compare the story of Vengeance to the historical aspects of the story of Spartacus.  It’s cool to see the info, but you might mess it up and spoil things for your self if you go digging…  I thought I’d just toss that out there.)

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