Review – Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 10 – Wrath of the Gods

The final episode for Spartacus: Vengeance is here, the temple has been raided and the slaves went on the run, pushed up to high to the mountains and stuck to starve this is their great battle for survival. Wrath of the Gods wastes no time bringing the tensions and stress of the group to the forefront. It is here the slaves make their final battle, clashing and starved and desperate to see light through this conflict and the entire season comes to a single head.

For Spartacus this episode is everything, moved from their camp and food and drink they hold up on the mountain holding a high ground and narrow path advantage over the Romans. Unrest is settling in and the fate of the people is grim at best, they rest in the winds and storms with small fires to keep warm but lack any additional comforts in their lives. It’s only expected the group would eventually snap and seek their own fate instead of being left to die on a barren hill, in their moment of conflict the first of many turning points hits his group. and the war begins.

The Romans fare no better, Ashur and his band of killers still rub the Roman soldiers with worries, their heightened status above the rest of the men continue to drive ill feelings between the soldiers. Such attitude is his downfall though, arrogant and dreaming about the world post-battle he embeds himself with no doubt about victory. Ilithiya and Lucretia have other plans for him though, setting him up for a challenge that even serpents tongue might not be able to escape and that which sets up his final task on the stage.

Unfortunately for Glaber, this decision while it seems to go into his favor, goes completely against him. Instead of stirring unrest and a breakdown in the ranks of the slaves, it gives new light and alliance. It also brings about the fire that was almost extinguished while sitting in the winds and gives a bloodthirsty new life to the group. Fans of Ashur if such a thing exists, this is a heart breaking moment to come, for the rest of the population, you can expect retribution in the most violent of ways. Ashur marks the start to the second half of this war and the real battle begins.

The Romans face their next move from Glaber, sacrifice and be victorious, storm the gates or in this case the mountain and rise to victory. On the other side, Ilithiya faces her task assigned, dispose of the corruption and evil that only Lucretia knows of , little does she know that this task and return to the house will prove to be an experience she can never forget or live down. An heir awaits, the storm is closing in madness rises throughout the land.

The final act of this episode is one that everyone has been waiting for, a clash of sides in the battle for freedom, in a moments notice the tide shifts, the slaves and Romans clash in battle, and the battle begins. Glaber sees that even in his most well fortified moments that anything can happen and the final battle begins. It’s takes up almost 14 minutes of the episode and it’s as ruthless as it gets. We see favorites embrace combat and tragic moments strike, the final section of this series comes to a close with as much intensity as they can bring to it. Lucretia, Ilithiya, Glaber, Spartacus and so many more bring their own ends to this arc of vengeance.

Visually this episode rises to their limit in Vengeance, capturing the right moods and moments with lighting, CG and while slow motion may feel overused it tells very specific moments in this episode especially in the final battle. It’s not the best but given how much they had to accomplish it’s up to par. Lucretia captures many moments from the lighting and drama in her scenes built up by the camera team.

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We say goodbye to many characters in this episode, their ends are highlighted and mourned in the heat of battle and struggle though.

Mira – Met with an axe to her chest and shoulder, trying to provide ranged protection as Spartacus rescues troubled deserters. Her death is almost immediate as they reach the hill again.

Ashur – Slain by Naevia, a slash to his manhood sees him to his knees, a brutal rage filled hack-a-thon takes his head from his shoulders.

Oenomaus – Meets his end with the Egyptian, a powerful duo attack with Gannicus struggles to take down the giant

The Egyptian – Gannicus goes into what can only be seen as a complete rage, he fights in a way unseen and ends him for good.

Lucretia – Determined to lift the curse upon her house she sacrifices herself over the legendary cliff with another

Ilithiyas Child – Also lost as sacrifice to all the evil done in the house by Ilithiya, Glaber, Lucretia, Batiatus and Spartacus, the boy falls in Lucretia’s hands as she falls to her death.

The servants of the house of Batiatus – Lucretia takes them with her on a knifing spree

Glaber’s army – decimated entirely by fire and steel, no one is left to tell the tale not even the henchmen Ashur recruited.

Glaber – given death by Spartacus, his fight is desperate and weak but his end is epic, his end marks the next chapter of the story, they are no longer rebels or slaves, they are an army to rise against the empire.

Story:★★★★½ 
Cinematography:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – Spartacus: Vengeance Episode 8 – Balance

WonderCon or not we’re still pushing forward with new content this weekend, we’re dropping the latest impressions from the new episode of Spartacus Vengeance last night.

After the hell in their current home has subsided we get a new development for Spartacus and the followers, unfortunately it’s not as pleasant as they might wish for given the hell fire it carries.We left off with Gannicus needing to reach a decision in this personal war that he could be satisfied with, we’re left to assume he killed Ilithiya or took her as hostage as his watcher is left sliced up and shoved in the carriage that transported Ilithiya.

The story for the escaped slaves obviously takes the spotlight for the duration of Balance, Spartacus tries to come to terms with the situation and the revelation brought to him. All the thoughts and rage at the passing of his wife cloud his mind and even those who know his story, everyone wants to see proper retribution and Ilithiya becomes prime target on how to get this done, well until that twist I mentioned. After it comes forward Spartacus is at odds with himself and what he really wants out of this mess, unfortunately any resolution is met with criticism on all sides and even his twist to turn it to their advantage carries mass speculation on its potential success.

For the Romans they’re at a standstill for progression, Glaber makes his wife key priority even as Seppia attempts to derail his efforts and even Ashur has to take a step back as one of his key recruits was slain without effort. Seppia has many issues though, her new love for Glaber takes priority over all things and blocks Lucretia from being the sage to her that she once was,  leaving only more extreme measures at her disposal to get her back into check. For Lucretia this loosening grip on the group leaves her to bring in outsiders through her own methods, with mention of targeting Varinius yet again. Her goal is a simple one, level the playing field that has been stacked so hard against her with the rise in status to Ashur and decline in trust from Glaber after pursuits of Spartacus fail to show fruit.

The episode itself is a huge turning point to the series, we see the desperation of Glaber versus the newly resolved Spartacus. The tables turn between these rivals and we see it clearly in the final minutes of Balance, we also see the enormous gap that gets established as well, no matter how far Glaber goes into the darkness he will lack the favor and loyalty he needs in such a crucial time. I would love to go on with this but it’s an episode that needs to be experienced.

Visually the quality of the episode stays true, without much violence there isn’t much to be said for the technical features directly in this episode. The scenes have drawn back inside after such a period of adventuring. Although this episode does feel like the calm before the storm so we might still be rewarded with something more given all the new recruits and how this chapter concludes.

Story:★★★★½ 
Cinematography:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆