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The Red Serpent 

Spartacus, a free man of Thrace, agrees to join the Romans to battle his tribe's enemies. A betrayal sends his life spinning out of control.


Rick Jacobson


Steven S. DeKnight, Steven S. DeKnight (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Erin Cummings ... Sura
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Craig Parker ... Claudius Glaber
Kyle Rowling ... Drenis
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
John Rawls ... Byzo
Kevin J. Wilson ... Senator Albinius
Craig Walsh-Wrightson ... Solonius
Aron Eastwood ... Tribune
John Way John Way ... Capuan Man


In its war on the Greek peninsula, the Romans convince the Thracians to join them in defeating the Getae, who have been raiding Thracian villages for generations. The Thracians are fierce warriors and prove to be valiant in battle. They are deceived by the Roman commander, Claudius Glaber, who orders them to fight against the Greeks, something they had not counted on. One of them in particular refuses to fight and rebels against the Romans only to lose the fight and is enslaved along with his wife Sura. The Thracian is transported to Capua where Senator Albinius is sponsoring gladiatorial games. In the arena, the enslaved Thracian manages to defeat four opponents and in allowing the Thracian to live, Senator Albinius decides to name him after a Thracian king from the past: Spartacus. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Historically speaking, The Province of Thrace put up the longest and most formidable resistance to the rapidly growing Roman republic before being overtaken. The events of Spartacus occur years later, which is supported by Glaber's opening statement, "Thrace and the Republic have not always been as brothers... ." See more »


At the very end when Senator Albinius signals to spare the newly named Spartacus' life he gives the modern thumbs up sign. In ancient Rome the thumbs up sign was to signify the sword being thrust into the heart and therefore death. The closed fist with the thumb against the index finger signified spare the gladiators life. If Senator Albinius had given the thumbs up sign then the gladiator would have been put to death but Spartacus' life was to be spared so the sign was incorrect for the desired result. See more »


Spartacus: Glaber is the most dangerous kind of fool. One with a title.
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CGI stuff of fake breast and pathos.
30 June 2012 | by elmardavidSee all my reviews

CGI stuff of fake breast and pathos. Great story badly acted and even worse cast. I doubt women in BC ages looked like the Playboy bunnies, and sounded like soap opera hags. Not that much of real sand, but strange CGI blood splashes around like ... in a gay porn. The whole thing seem like a bad violence pornography. In 300 it looked like art, and here it looks like one just badly imitated... One gets to appreciate the HBO even more. The only good thing about it is that they try to make something adult and real, even though they do fail so miserably. Nothing seems to be real, the dialogs are stale and without any wit. Even the older actors look unprepared and tired, just going trough the motions to get the paycheck. I don't mind sex, heck I love it, and I am not bothered by violence if I care about the cause, but here it is just so dull, and stale and uninspired... So sad...

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