Lucretia and Batiatus anticipate the arrival of Glaber, the husband of Ilithyia; Spartacus, after slaying Solonius in the arena, plans revenge against Batiatus. Spartacus is warned by Mira that if he goes through with the murder of Batiatus, he is risking not only his life, but the life of all slaves due to the Roman laws. When Glaber visits, Spartacus is ordered to fight against his soldiers as a demonstration of his skill. The relationship between Crixus and Naevia is revealed to Lucretia, who is now pregnant and whose relationship with Crixus is made known by Batiatus. The mystery behind Barca’s death is finally revealed to Doctore by Naevia.
Spartacus Season 1 Episode 12
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Spartacus Blood And Sand Episode 12 : Revelations Review
Warning: The following review contains spoilers for the “Revelations” episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
One thing you can never accuse Spartacus: Blood and Sand of is false advertising. The show certainly gives us plenty of Spartacus, plenty of blood, and plenty of sand, and in the most recent episode, entitled “Revelations,” a whole butt-load of info was revealed.
Not to us, mind you. The writers generously kept us, the audience, in the know for the most part as to who was backstabbing who. But what made this episode such a Five-Torcher was the fact that secrets were finally exposed (I got tired of saying revealed) to the characters, and watching the you-know-what hit the fan was a pleasure that was twelve weeks in the making.
Similar to last week’s hallucination-inspired deductions on the part of Spartacus, in which he pieced together that Batiatus is actually working against him and killed his wife, this week also uses threads we may have forgotten about to push the plot forward, proving to any doubters that the writers know what they’re doing.
The show was easy to call “plot-lite” in its earlier life, as much of the story seemed centered on CGI blood and naughty body parts. But it turns out that the writing team was much craftier than many of us (myself included) realized, and that even in these earlier episodes they were laying down groundwork for the season-ending payoff.
For example, characters seem as disposable as old loincloths at first, only to be important later. Remember Barca, that bad-ass gay gladiator who was secretly killed by Batiatus for disobeying orders? At the time it seemed such a waste on the writers’ part, creating this unique character only to kill him off. Insult to injury was that Doctore seemed determined to get to the bottom of his death for all of five seconds, only to decide he had better things to do. The world moved on, and Barca was forgotten.
But he wasn’t! The slave girl, Naevia, knew the reality of his death, and kept it to herself for six episodes (months upon months in the ludus). After her affair with Crixus is exposed, she is beaten savagely by Lucretia while Batiatus orders Crixus to be whipped. Afterward, the lovers hold each other, and Crixus vows to get his freedom. This sets off Naevia’s panic, because she knows what happened when Barca desired his freedom, and finally tells Doctore the truth, something Batiatus had been hiding from him.
If this sounds complex and operatic, that’s because it is. But Spartacus has always teetered on the edge of melodrama, and after so much time, it’s extremely satisfying to witness. Formerly ambiguous characters like Ashur, Doctore, even Batiatus (remember when we liked him?) have clearly fallen on the side of either good or evil, and with one episode to go, the show is at its absolute season best.
I have little doubt it will climb to its creative zenith next week, and I for one cannot wait.
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