Spartacus: War of the Damned: Season 1, Episode 8

Mark of the Brotherhood (12 Mar. 2010)
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" Mark of the Brotherhood (original title)

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Batiatus purchases a new group of gladiator trainees and considers selling Crixus. Meanwhile Crixus is still not fully healed but chafes at Spartacus assuming the role of champion. Ilithyia... See full summary »

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Batiatus purchases a new group of gladiator trainees and considers selling Crixus. Meanwhile Crixus is still not fully healed but chafes at Spartacus assuming the role of champion. Ilithyia gets her own gladiator-in-training but trouble arises. Written by Havan IronOak

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This episode marks the first time Spartacus is seen training wearing two shoulder guards, where as the rest of the men wear only one. Though an explanation as to why is never given, it is likely due to his fighting in the style of Dimachaerus (Dual Swords) which leaves both arms unprotected by a shield. See more »

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When Lucretia entertains Licinia, Caecilia, and Aemilia, Lucretia partakes of a dish of large strawberries. While mentioned in Roman literature, strawberries were not cultivated--and thus did not grow to the size featured--until the 14th century CE. See more »

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[Placing a bet with Asher on which of the recruits survive to The Final Test]
Varro: Five denarii on the fool who spoke.
[after the recruits take off their loin cloths for Illithyia]
Varro: I wish to alter my bet. *everything* on the one with the horse cock.
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Inspiring character development, disappointing beginning, intriguing mirror story and interesting social tensions
18 March 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

If you only watch the show to dry your blood thirst then this episode will definitely disappoint you. Of course there were a few fight and brutal scenes but overall it was more about the controversial relationships and tensions between the characters. However even if I really enjoy these elements I have to admit that the beginning seemed like a lazy solution to skip what could have been very entertaining moments. But I didn't really mind the writers approach because the result was the same, Spartacus embraced his new destiny. In fact it was interesting to see how the story mirrored the Sacramentum Gladiatorum episode one. New slaves joined the ludus so it was the occasion for their peers to welcome them, sand style.

There were plenty of things to appeal the audience as usual but my favorite one was the Crixus driven story. I found his destiny quite inspiring and can't wait to see what will happen next. His experience and relative wisdom allowed some characters to open their eyes and probably redefine the way they see their future. Ilithyia was also back and Lucretia finally meet some of her girl friends. Their little gathering was interesting considering Batiatus and his wife are trying to climb the social ladder. The ending was also quite unexpected and with all the fresh connections developed in this episode the upcoming episodes should definitely be captivating.


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