We’re now halfway through Gods of the Arena, and in a shocking (shocking!) twist it continues to be as awesome as expected. This week’s episode had two things I’d like to talk about.

First up, we’re introduced to Papa Batiatus, who is very much the douche he was made out to be. The scene where he screws over his son’s hard (if deceitful) work in order to smooth ruffled feathers with Tullius is so gratingly politic, it shows the differences between father and son perfectly. Sure, Lentulus may be a schemer and a bit murdery, but at least he refuses to kowtow to douches merely due to their social stature. Granted, having some guy just show up with his brah for some slave rape isn’t ideal, but you gotta work with what you have. Now I’m not sure who I want to see die more, Tullius or Papa Batiatus. Good thing I’m fairly certain (this being Spartacus) that both will die, and soon.

Second, the Rise of Crixus. Wow. This may not have been the most brutal or awe-inspiring fight we’ve seen, but it certainly was emotionally satisfying. Seeing Crixus receive the Mark was honestly even better than when Spartacus earned it. I’m also really enjoying the burgeoning respect/mentoring between Crixus and Gannicus. Also, the music for Crixus’ first battle was truly epic.

I do have to say at this point I really have no idea how Gannicus is going to die, and part of me hopes they’ll somehow work him into the second season.



~ by Jerk on February 5, 2011.

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