Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Season 1 Episode 8

Mark of the Brotherhood

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2010 on Starz

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  • Crixus begins to heal while Spartacus embraces his role as Champion

    A new batch of recruits arrive in this episode of Spartacus, and it becomes clear that Spartacus is indeed the new Champion. As Crixus struggles to heal from his wounds a few episodes ago, he tries to show he's still worth keeping around, which results in his swift defeat by Spartacus. It should be interesting to see how their rivalry continues.

    One thing I'm confused about is how to view Crixus. Crixus is an awful person to everybody else except for the woman he likes, the slave who's name escapes me right now. His demeanor towards her is completely opposite of the way he acts towards others. It makes it hard to figure out if I should loathe him or feel bad for him on occasion.

    Besides all that, the supporting cast continues to be of interest. Varro's issues continue to grow (his feelings towards his wife continue to be negative) and Lucretia is proving herself to be quite the conniving woman. There's all sorts of shady things going on behind people's backs, and it should be interesting to see how it all pans out.

    Spartacus' near death made for a good chance for Spartacus and Crixus to bond, and it appears that not even saving one another is enough for respect. Their rivarly continues, while Ilithia is proven to be an awful person.

    With only five episodes left, I can't wait to see how the show takes care of everything in the allotted time.
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    "I should welcome your challenge."

    Another fairly interesting episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, but the main problem with this show is that you can pick it out 5 or so scenes, 10-15 minutes of show that are entertaining and the rest is just your generic time period drama where people use horrible accidents and shout bizarre catchphrases like, "Jupiter's #$%1"

    I am a fan of this show; I did not think that would be true after the pilot, but such is the case. But I feel this show can be much better when it discovers its identity. Is it an action show or a program geared toward women who like seeing gladiators bare all.
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Inspiring character development, disappointing beginning, intriguing mirror story and interesting social tensions

    If you only watch the show to dry your blood thirst then this episode will definitely disappoint you. Of course there were a few fight and brutal scenes but overall it was more about the controversial relationships and tensions between the characters. However even if I really enjoy these elements I have to admit that the beginning seemed like a lazy solution to skip what could have been very entertaining moments. But I didn't really mind the writers approach because the result was the same, Spartacus embrassed his new destiny. In fact it was interesting to see how the story mirrored the Sacramentum Gladiatorum episode one. New slaves joined the ludus so it was the occasion for their peers to welcome them, sand style.

    There were plenty of things to appeal the audience as usual but my favorite one was the Crixus driven story. I found his destiny quite inspiring and can't wait to see what will happen next. His experience and relative wisdom allowed some characters to open their eyes and probably redefine the way they see their future. Ilithyia was also back and Lucretia finally meet some of her girl friends. Their little gathering was interesting considering Batiatus and his wife are trying to climb the social ladder. The ending was also quite unexpected and with all the fresh connections developed in this episode the upcoming episodes should definitely be captivating.