Another solid episode of Spartacus tonight with only a few minor issues. I'm finding myself drawn more and more into the show and the writers have finally begun to do a good job of complicating matters and making the supporting cast a bit more interesting.. of course, "a bit" are the operative words. Besides Batiatus and Doctore, I find the supporting cast under-written and given uninteresting things to do. Not that they don't have the potential for interesting things, but the show still has some work to do in this arena.
However, the idea of Spartacus and Crixus having to team up to slay the undefeated "Shadow of Death" was intriguing and lead to an incredible fight, once more showing why this show has the best fight scenes. Even the movie "Gladiator" would be put to shame. And while I didn't think that Crixus and Spartacus would actually bond here, they at least shared a common belief: that there is something beyond glory in the arena, something worth fighting for in the form of love or a loved one.
The show is certainly getting better with each and every episode. The plot between Batiatus and Ovidius was originally background noise, but it's definitely coming to the forefront now. I like John Hannah as Batiatus in this show, but man, the writers certainly make it difficult to like him in this show. For every honorable thing he does, he does something slimy and corrupt the next second. Here, the big shocker was him murdering the entire family of Ovidius, including his family.
If the show can focus less on Crixus' love for multiple women and more on the drama between the main characters, the show might be even better than it has become.