Spartacus: War of the Damned: Season 3, Episode 2

Wolves at the Gate (1 Feb. 2013)
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" Wolves at the Gate (original title)

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Spartacus decides his army now needs a city to pass the winter, and lets escaped local slave Diotimos inspire his war council to choose and plan how to take over well-guarded Sinue (modern ... See full summary »

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Spartacus decides his army now needs a city to pass the winter, and lets escaped local slave Diotimos inspire his war council to choose and plan how to take over well-guarded Sinue (modern Sinuessa). Marcus Crassus completes preparing his legionary army. Eldest son Tiberius hopes his help will be rewarded with second rank, but fears being side-tracked in favor of seasoned young, general Caius Julius Caesar. The aristocrat last needs a rich, ambitious ally to pay his debts and finance his campaign, but loses points with Marcus by cockily playing with his slave-lover, Kore, who unlike the spouse is invited to join the army's train. Posing as a merchant, Spartacus scouts the city and is disgusted by the aedilis (magistrate) and further Roman elite's cruelty to slaves. Spartcus circumvents the strict security measures thanks to easily bribed blacksmith Attius and quickly starts a ruthless attack, which depends on his small party opening the gate from inside. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Spartacus and Gannicus attack the guards at the city gate, Spartacus drops his sword and disarms one guard of his mace. After telling Gannicus to see the gate opened, he runs from guards perched on the city walls hurling spears. He takes off with a mace in his right hand. But the immediate following shot shows him running with his sword in his left hand, having never retrieved it. See more »

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Season 3 is going to be epic!
10 February 2013 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

We are only well into this new (and final) season of Spartacus and my word, have the creators of the show and all involved delightfully surprised and improved over the previous disappointing season!! No longer is Liam McIntyre burdened by not being able to fill the shoes of Andy Whitfield, whose tragic death is still casting a shadow over this show. McIntyre, in his own way, NOW both looks and acts the part of the great leader of slave rebells, which adds the enjoyment which I sorely missed in season 2. Congrats for taking the leap forward, it makes all the difference! The part of Crassus, the obvious main antagonist of this season, has been thoroughly developed as a character and written smartly. In the first episode alone, I was clenching my teeth when he decided to fight his slave trainer to the death, not wanting him - a Roman - to die (nor the trainer, for that matter), a testament to excellent duplicity and moral questions we shall be served this season.

The production values are consistently getting better and better and especially the fight scenes in this particular episode when the slaves conquer the city were, at moments, breathtaking.

Also in this episode, of particular notice to me was Cohen Holloway, the actor playing Attius. He just seemed refreshingly improvisational and, to me, played his character with noticeable enjoyment.

What can I say, the golden age of television is happening right before our eyes, TV shows in general have arguably never been better and it is my humble pleasure to follow this new, promising season of Spartacus. Who would have thought that a show, whose main premise relied heavily on graphic violence and gratuitous nudity, would find more heart and soul than most other shows could even dream of.


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