Spartacus: War of the Damned: Season 1, Episode 4

The Thing in the Pit (12 Feb. 2010)
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" The Thing in the Pit (original title)

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After being defeated by Crixus in the arena, Spartacus is sent to the underworld to fight for Batiatus, who now is plagued by debts. There, in a place called "The Pits", the men are no ... See full summary »

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After being defeated by Crixus in the arena, Spartacus is sent to the underworld to fight for Batiatus, who now is plagued by debts. There, in a place called "The Pits", the men are no longer men and are forced to kill their opponents in order to survive. After some victories, Spartacus has a dream about his wife, in which he believes he will not survive his next battle. Because of this, he agrees to die in the battle and encourages Batiatus to bet against him, only if he promises to keep searching for Spartacus' wife after his death. But things didn't result as they expected after Batiatus is attacked by two unknown men. Written by MaritoCamacho

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Spartacus remains bloodied and bruised throughout the duration of the episode, as he his made to fight multiple rounds each night. The "bloody eye" makeup effect was achieved with special contact lenses. (That made it appear that he had popped some blood vessels in his eye.) See more »

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18 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first two episodes had me wondering if I really wanted to watch more. The third episode told me that I do want to watch more. In the third episode, what Spartacus did at the end of the arena fight told me that this Spartacus was willing to do whatever it took to get to his wife. He said he would never do it but in the moment, he realized he had to do what he had to do. This made it more real to me than anything I had seen so far in the series.

I am so glad that the third episode made me want to watch more because "The Thing in the Pit" was the best episode so far. Spartacus went through hell with the willingness to do what he thought he had to do to end the journey for his wife. It was a choice that he took with faith when he said it was honor that he trusted. Then the fight began and something happened that changed the circumstances. John Hannah as Bataitus was superb in his acting and Andy Whitfield proved that he could go to dark places to drive his character into hell.

It was a well written and well acted episode that makes me want to see more. Bravo!


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