Review: Spartacus Vengeance Episode 7 ‘Sacramentum’
Sorry for the delay folks, but I was incapacitated this weekend and didn’t have a chance to watch the latest episode of Spartacus until last night. ‘Sacramentum’ is the 7th episode of the season, and once again it proved why I love this series. The main threads that were advanced in in this episode dealt with Glaber’s new found sense of manliness, Lucretia’s continued plotting, and Spartacus’ band of unruly gladiators finally becoming more interesting than the Romans. ‘Sacramentum’ also reinforced the fact that the women of Spartacus may in fact be the power players after all, because once again the scheming of Lucretia, Ilithyia, and now Seppia set the stage for future things to come in Spartacus Vengeance.
Episode 7 sees Glaber assuming his new found balls with a furious fervor. To start things off he makes a spectacle by crucifying one of his own slaves to prove that he now has a zero tolerance policy on Roman slaves even discussion the name of Spartacus. He really has reached a new level of evilness after the events of the Capua arena incident, and no longer is he Ilithyia’s little b*tch. What makes his tale even more interesting now is the fact that Seppia is moving into the picture, and he’s playing up the flirting with every intention of harming Ilithyia’s fragile emotional state. If you thought Glaber was looking like a tool during the first half of this season, then you better think again, because he has fully restored himself as the lead villain of this excellent show.
There’s a whole lot of crucifying going on
Speaking of Ilithyia’s emotional state, Lucretia once again has begun to work her magical tongue to ultimately get to her end goal. Through some painful situations with Asher to her scam with Ilithyia, Lucretia proves that she’s still at the helm when it comes to sewing deep threads that take time, and in her case a loss of dignity to achieve. I’m finding myself becoming sympathetic with her, especially after her scheming in this episode, as well as her surprise deal with Gannicus. Who on a side note sets a whole new set of problems in motion by the end of this episode that you won’t see coming until the innards of Roman soldiers are displayed on your TV set.
I have to admit that ‘Sacramentum’ was the first episode of this season where Spartacus and his slave army’s doings were more interesting than the Roman plots. This is mainly due to the fact that Liam McIntyre finally came into his own while dealing with some new Germanic recruits that Agron and he freed at the beginning of the episode. Who by the way definitely ate a fair amount of steroids before filming, because these new recruits have some monsters amongst their rank. Unfortunately, these new warriors don’t buy into Spartacus as a leader, nor the mantra of his camp, so things get a little out of hand towards the end of the episode. This is where Liam, at least to me, finally came into his own as the new Spartacus.
He’s still built like a teenage girl, but Liam finally connected with me in this episode
The best part about this revelation is that it is executed in true Spartacus style with one of the best kill shots I’ve ever seen in my entire life. It easily trumps any deathblow you’ve ever seen in your entire demented life of watching gory movies and TV shows. He manages to slice of a dude’s face, and in the process his brain slips out of his skull. At this point I cheered, and for the first time the new Spartacus finally connected with me. I guess that means I have mental problems, but if you enjoy stylized fatalities I promise you that this kill scene is the most awesome thing you’ll ever see.
In the end ‘Sacramentum’ was definitely one of my favorite episode of all time in the entire series. Both the Roman and slave plot threads were advanced in bloody ways, and just when you think you know what’s happening in this series a new plan pops up that changes everything. Glaber is back to the ultimate villain that we know him as from the first season, and the women of Spartacus continue to prove that they’re the true deciders of everyone’s fate in this series. Liam McIntyre, at least to me, finally assumed the role of Spartacus with his masterful execution of one of the new Germanic recruits. I can’t wait to see where things go from here. If I had to rate this episode I’d give it an EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas.
If you have managed to avoid this season by now shame on you, because Spartacus is hands down one of the best series on TV. You can get a quick preview of this episode by watching the teaser below. You’ve been impressed with the face slice fatality that Sparty pulled off in this particular episode…
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