Craig Parker, Spartaucs Vengeance
On Friday's Spartacus: Vengeance, we see that Glaber has fully embraced his inner depraved villain, and this does not bode well for the rebels.
After their recent success, Spartacus and his men want to take down Rome's giant arena next. In order to do so, however, they start training to use a bow and arrow and then plan to visit Neapolis so they can recruit the strong slaves coming into port. Meanwhile, poor Naevia is traumatized after all the rape, so her reunion with Crixus is bittersweet since they can't consummate their love. Also, Spartacus isn't able to sway Gannicus to their cause, and before he leaves them, he's accused of stealing their map to Neapolis. Although an epic fight between the two men ensues, it turns out that the blonde slave girl Chadara -- whom Mira shoots with her newfound archery skills -- is the culprit and was trying to sneak off with the map.
It's about time the women got to be part of the action on Spartacus: Vengeance, and we're not just talking about between the sheets.
This season's female ex-slaves have become an integral part of the resistance movement. Mira in particular helped orchestrate the demolition of Capua's gladiator arena and has also proven to be fierce in the field. In one skirmish, she even took a flying leap and landed on a Roman guard, stabbing him repeatedly.
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On Friday's Spartacus: Vengeance, Gannicus is back! But what havoc does the former Champion of Capua wreak in his old gladiator stomping grounds? Don't look at Gannicus. Turns out that it's Spartacus' men who are behind the biggest, baddest arena bloodbath to date.
Spartacus and Co. find new digs at an abandoned structure and learn that Rhaskos, Crixus and Oenomaus are to be executed. Spartacus can't resist trying to save them, even if this means sneaking into an arena full of Romans who have been hunting him. Meanwhile, Gannicus has returned to Capua and in his mind, acting as Oenomaus' executioner will give the former Doctore the glorious, noble gladiator's death he deserves. That will totally make up for sleeping with his wife before she died! Not an awkward reunion at all.
Dustin Clare, Spartacus: Vengeance
Gannicus! Gannicus! Gannicus! The original Champion of Capua returns to Spartacus: Vengeance on Friday (10/9c, Starz), and like the last time he entered that arena, many will die. But will they perish at his hand?
Spartacus: Vengeance lulled us into a false sense of security about the violence it has been presenting thus far this season. No more. All the bloodshed that has come before has been positively civilized -- dare we say, boring -- compared to the heinousness that went down at the Roman house party.
But first, we catch up with Spartacus and his crew, who are on the run after a semi-successful Naevia rescue mission. Although the former gladiators kill more than their fair share of pursuing Romans, the rebels are eventually picked off one by one until all that's left are a fierce Mira, frightened Naevia, formidable Spartacus and seriously injured Nasir. They really should just jettison the Syrian, but Spartacus is all "no slave left behind" and follows Naevia's advice to cauterize his wound with fire. Just when it seems that new Romans have caught up to them, it turns out to be the other rebel faction led by Agron. Huzzah!
Emily Deschanel, Katharine McPhee, Mark Harmon
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In Friday's Spartacus: Vengeance, the rebels split into two factions, and it's revealed just who helped Lucretia survive her nearly fatal wound.
After attacking a wagon transporting slaves, Spartacus' men Agron and Nasir interrogate one of the Roman guards and then report that Naevia is dead. Crixus, teeth a-gnashing, is appropriately bereft to learn the fate of his lost love, but soon it's revealed that Naevia is actually alive and working in the slave mines. You see, Agron lied "for the greater good" so that their gang could advance to Vesuvius instead of chasing after a woman. Oh no! Dissent among the ranks! Agron splits off, while Spartacus and other loyal rebels go to save Naevia. Unfortunately, in the process, Crixus is captured.
In Friday's Spartacus: Vengeance, we finally got to hear the iconic "I am Spartacus," which should make wise Romans turn tail. Luckily for us, their dissipated appetites are greater than their sense of preservation, and that means lots of fun conflict this season!
Spartacus and Co. follow a lead about Naevia's whereabouts to one Roman's abode, go on a massive killing spree and free the slaves. Huzzah, right? Wrong. Long-haired slave Tiberius had a cushy life here. Sure he was forced to have sex, but...
Lucy Lawless, Spartacus
Does she have her own private wi-fi connection to the gods? Tonight's episode of Spartacus: Vengeance finds Lucy Lawless' character, Lucretia, being treated like a superstar by the citizens of Capua. They believe she's divinely blessed — how else to explain her narrow escape from death during the bloody slave revolt? — and that she can tap into the wisdom of Mount Olympus. It sure seems that way. Before long, Lucretia starts spouting prophecy.