The second full season of Spartacus is coming to an end, and ‘Monsters’ helped to set things up for another bloody finale. Episode 9 once again featured all of the political maneuvering and backstabbing that this series is known for, and like many of the other big plot changes the women of the show are the main forces responsible for setting them in motion. Lucretia and Ilithyia proved once again that they’re b*tches to be reckoned with, and their actions in this episode will remind you that you never truly know where this show is going.
On the other side of the coin Spartacus finally becomes the leader we know him to be from tales from our history, and he achieves this by uniting his alliance of free men and women with a unique team building exercise of drinking and beating the sh*t out of each other. By the end of this episode things in both camps are right back where they were at the beginning of the season, albeit with characters who have grown a bit throughout the first 9 episodes.
I have to once again point out how impressive the tongues of Lucretia and Ilithyia really are. Just when you think their plans are going one direction they’ll slit someone’s throat throwing your theories right out of the proverbial window. I love how they’ve repositioned themselves in their respective stations multiple times this year, and this final maneuver may surprise you when you think about where Ilithyia’s relationship with Glaber was heading. That just goes to show you that the writers of this show still got what it takes to keep us guessing where things are heading from week to week.
Episode 9 also saw Spartacus and his forces finally getting on board with each other to bolster their efforts against the Romans. In these scenes we finally got to see Spartacus become the passionate leader of slaves that we’ve heard about from our history books. He finally takes the bull by the horns, and through some clever partying he manages to get his team all on the same page, which is to kill the Romans for their treachery inflicted on other humans. This revelation also helped to further sell Liam McIntyre as the new Spartacus, because for the first time he had that leader quality to him that I’ve been missing from Andy Whitfield’s Sparty.
Spartacus uses a great tactic to get his group working as a team
Glaber also continues to be an interesting mess of a man in this episode, and once again he cements himself as the monster of this series, but this time around this reveal is done in masterful fashion with a great scene featuring Glaber, his old wife, and his new flame Seppia. Let’s just say that this exchange has one of the best ever neck slits scene on film, which is then followed up by a disturbingly erotic sex scene that this series is known for. The creators of this show have crafted some of the greatest villains of all time, and by the end of this episode we’re reminded about who the true evil characters on in the Spartacus universe.
‘Monsters’ is a reminder to Spartacus fans as to what this series is all about. When you break it down Spartacus is all about the evilness of Roman society, which is embodied through Glaber’s faction, and the struggles of the civilizations that the Romans tried to destroy, which is embodied through Spartacus’s group. I enjoyed how the writers wrapped up some of the newer threads from season 2 in this episode, which ironically set up the finally to once again feature the struggle between Spartacus and Glaber. The amazing thing is this is accomplished with most everyone on both sides back to where they were before some of the events of season 2 took place. If I had to rate this episode I’d give it an EB 8 out of 10 Buddhas. Check out a preview for it below. You’ve been wondering how many main characters will be dead by the end of this season…
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