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Spartacus realizes his racially divided troop is neglecting its defense, proves it with a mock Roman surprise attack on the temple ruin and finds a way to get his men training and bonding, through competition and wine. Unexpectedly, Varinius arrives to 'relieve Glaber' just when Ashur has located Spartacus's lair. Ilythia informs Seppia that Glaber had her brother murdered to turn her rival into a weapon against him, but at the last moment saves and apparently reconciles with her startled husband. Written by KGF Vissers

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While Glaber and Ashur reference the map to gather Spartacus' whereabouts, The Egyptian arrives carrying Lucius' head and breaks words with Ashur. This is the only time the Egyptian is ever seen or heard speaking. See more »

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Varinius is incorrect when he tells Glaber he is not bound by the Senate's decision for him to return to Rome. At that period of Rome's history there were 8 praetors subordinate to the two lead magistrates, the Consuls. Praetors held imperium (the power to lead an army) but only if a Consular army was not available or required (Rome's initial response to the uprising was to underestimate the force required) The Senate would have voted the army to Glaber's authority they could (and regularly did) remove that authority if they wished. See more »

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That's Glaber For You -- Crushing The Innocent And Fumbling Towards Total Defeat!
20 December 2014 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

The Romans of SPARTACUS are really highlighted in this outstanding episode that sets up the Season Two finale.

Stunningly beautiful blonde Ilythia, the gorgeous, faithless wife of corrupt Roman praetor Glaber, seems to be down and out as the episode begins. She's been kidnapped by Spartacus, and she escapes, but returns to Capua to find her husband making love to innocent young Seppia. But little does the raven-haired beauty know that her new lover is responsible for the murder of her beloved twin brother Seppius! Meanwhile, Spartacus is trying to keep his ragged band of rebels focused and motivated for the coming showdown with Glaber's Roman army. He arranges for games and team-building exercises to get everyone to work together more effectively. To be honest, the sexy intrigues of the decadent Romans in this episode are a lot more interesting than watching Spartacus function as little more than a camp counselor. We're also given a bit of warmed-over feuding between Agron and Crixus, and Oenomaius and Gannicus, but it's all recycled stuff and the actors don't seem very worked up about it. All the slaves are pretty chilled out even when they're fighting. Indeed, there are times when the rebel camp looks more like a beach party filled with tanned young bodies than the hideout of desperate and hunted slaves.

Ironically, the only truly desperate person at this point is pretty little Seppia, the hapless high-born Roman damsel brilliantly played by Hanna Mangan Lawrence. Though she's hardly an angel, Seppia really doesn't deserve the horrible things that happen to her in this episode. Through no fault of her own, she's lost her brother, and the only man who offers her shelter turns out to be a despicable cad! And the older women who advise her are totally two-faced, or worse. It's really quite heart-wrenching to watch, especially when Seppia tries to confide in handsome Varinius and he spurns her innocent entreaties. So in the end, you have this impulsive, rather naive heroine who really belongs in a Jane Austen novel, making a fumbled attempt on Glaber's life and paying the price in the usual gruesome SPARTACUS fashion, complete with the mandatory skyrocketing fountains of gore! There is some satisfaction, of course, in knowing that Glaber and his wife Ilythia will not long survive the innocent girl they butcher. But the larger point is interesting too. After all, Glaber has been chosen by the Senate to "save" the Republic from the supposedly barbaric Spartacus and his slaves. But while Spartacus is so noble and humane that he spares even his enemy's corrupt wife, Glaber the noble soldier of Rome betrays, seduces and murders a genuinely innocent girl.

And all of that just to set up the awesome season finale on Vesuvius!


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