Spartacus schemes to earn money in a bid to see his wife again.

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Grady Hall

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Brent Fletcher, Steven S. DeKnight (created by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Whitfield ... Spartacus
John Hannah ... Batiatus
Peter Mensah ... Doctore
Manu Bennett ... Crixus
Nick E. Tarabay ... Ashur
Viva Bianca ... Ilithyia
Lucy Lawless ... Lucretia
Jai Courtney ... Varro
Antonio Te Maioha ... Barca
Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Naevia
Eka Darville ... Pietros
John Bach ... Magistrate Calavius
Janine Burchett Janine Burchett ... Domitia
Karlos Drinkwater ... Kerza (as Karl Drinkwater)
Jon Brazier Jon Brazier ... Ramel
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Spartacus continues to train in Batiatus' gladiatorial combat school. His tempestuous co-operation given in exchange for Batiatus' promise to search for Sura. Meanwhile Batiatus' money troubles and the drought continue. With the Vulcanalia approaching, Spartacus is determined to get nominated to the primus, the feature attraction, though it means fighting the undefeated Crixus. Written by Havan IronOak

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The gladiatorial training gear debuts in this episode and is seen on most gladiators in the training square throughout the rest of the season. See more »

Goofs

Dominus tells Spartacus he made a mistake approaching his felled sparring partner to which Spartacus replies it would be a difficult feat from his backside. He appears to have forgotten he struck his first killing blow in the arena when he had been knocked to the ground. See more »

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Creative editing, refreshing mythological elements, inspiring Spartacus quest and friendship, legendary Crixus, puzzling and vicious Ilithyia
11 February 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

If the third episode is well done, the whole season is. An adage that applies to the show now that I've seen Legends. It blended all the elements that made the first two episodes, The Red Serpent and Sacramentum Gladiatorum, a success. From the sweaty training to the unpredictable and cunning Spartacus there were many scenes to enjoy. I specially liked that the creative editing from the pilot was back, with its surreal transition and splattering digital effects. Of course there're still some minor chroma key issues but overall the production is great and in a way they even make the universe more mystical. Yes because it's what this episode was a lot about, tales. They should remind you of the Greek mythology, its heroes and extraordinary creatures. We learned through the eyes of Spartacus that becoming a legend wasn't only about will or fate. It's what Doctore tries to teach his gladiators and it seems some of them are still reluctant to apply his lessons. In fact the last part was all about comprehending what it takes to become a legend.

Legends was also more about Crixus, played by Manu Bennett, and his relationship with characters like Lucretia and one of her female slave. It was interesting to see an other side of him considering he's Spartacus nemesis in a way. So things are not all black and white as they first appeared to be. It's a pleasant approach because it blurs the lines between good and evil. The other arc I liked was the one involving Spartacus buddy. A scene was specially dirty but really funny and it even strengthened their friendship. An other one was more controversial and in the same vein as the orgy between Batiatus, Lucretia and their slaves.

It leads us to Ilithyia, Gaber's wife played by Viva Bianca. She was back at the ludus without her husband and its owners continued their seductive hunt. However their target is not an easy one considering her high expectations and excessive behavior. And it's exactly what is intriguing about her. She's like a puzzle they have to solve in order to get what they need, money. Lucretia did her best but it seems Ilithyia is never satisfied. She's like an empty shell that is impossible to fulfill. One minute the fish is in the net, the next it escapes. Their back and forth vicious game was actually the thing I appreciated the most because it could lead to some dramatic events if they decided to take their it to some extreme limits. In fact we even had a first glimpse at it considering how Lucretia looked at her at times, wearing a blonde wig with fireballs in her eyes. So it seems the puppet apprentices haven't mastered their art yet.


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