Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 19, 2010 on Starz

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • Bang Bang Club

    I enjoyed this episode. Ashur continues to be a busta. not a lot of action, but lots of things happened, but it also kinda felt like nothing happened? Lucy Lawless is great at being a crazy bitch. this is also the episode where I questioned if this show was soft-core porn, by the end I came to the conclusion that if all porn was like this show, people would still buy porn.
  • Lucy Lawless is Flawless! My all time favorite episode of Spartacus and perhaps favorite of all Lucy's works!

    I really loved this episode because it was filled with so many awesome scenes, dialogues and superb acting! Lucy Lawless is a master of her craft, of her character and knows how to make it all come together! I will write more later, but seriously this was the best!
  • another great episode

    Waw this episode was really good, new poeple and crexix is back, the fight scans are great it is keeping getting better, i dont know how people dont know this show yet, in this episode Lucy plays a game, a good one. i also noticed that Batiatus is the one who ordered to finish Surah life. i Really hate Ashour and really waiting for the time he dies. Saprtcus sleeeps with the Ilithia waaaw and she gets creazy it was funny when she killed the other girl. really nice episode. i will be wiating for the coming episodes hope spartucus the actor gets well soon
  • W

    This episode definitely had some flashes of brilliance, but lately it appears that it is regressing a bit. There just seems to be a bit too much craziness (fighting and sex) and it came to a boiling point tonight when there was a ridiculously huge brawl and a woman smashing another's face to death.

    Look I like fighting as much as the next guy, and I value sex probably more than just about anybody, but I also want a little bit more substance from my shows than this is offering. I can't even name half the characters on this show. Can you?
  • A lot of sex and an intense ending

    Well, it seems that Spartacus has decided to do an episode completely dedicated to sex, infidelity and.. well, more sex. There was a lot of it going around, and a lot of backstabbing and conniving going around as well. I wasn't sure how I felt about this episode at first, but if anything, it showed how conniving Lucretia can be. It seems that Batiatus and her are truly meant for each other.

    I felt bad that Spartacus was duped into copulating with the wife of his sworn enemy, but I'm surprised that Spartacus would agree to do it so quickly. Just an episode or two ago, there was a flashback informing us that he would never love another woman, but he's so quick to forget Sura and jump into bed with another woman.

    Regardless of all that, I love the twist they did at the end.. it heightens the tension between Spartacus and Ilithyia and brings a huge twist to the episode. It was a little ridiculous.. but the show always seems to thrive on excess, so I was entertained by this episode.
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Intense fiendish story, Lucy Lawless raging performance, intriguing Spartacus facade behavior, interesting new female character but missing Sura, disappointing ending, conventional editing and production

    Since Delicate Things I have learned to consider the episode titles as wicked. So I was expecting either a romantic story or filthy chain of events. In fact it was both black and white so relationships like the one between Crixus and her slavefriend developed further. However the Mark of the Brotherhood intense ending could only lead to fiendish activities. I worried that Batiatus and Lucretia wouldn't react accordingly but they continued to viciously battle against Ilithyia and their other enemies. Otherwise even if Lucy Lawless performance was definitely the enlightenment of Whore I was very disappointed by the ending. Of course it was surprising but I found the staging awkward and inappropriate. I think the editor could also have done something creative but instead scenes were filmed one after an other without the surreal daydreams and visual effects we have been used to.

    Beside these few cons there were still numerous elements to count on. First I really enjoyed Spartacus new behavior and I'm convinced that he'll be rewarded. I'm sure it's only a facade to gain Batiatus trust. But Lucretia is less naive than her husband so I can't wait to see how they will deal with each other. Second I also appreciated the arc involving their new female slave. I really hope she'll be a recurring character because she could be a beautiful and intriguing addition to the existing cast. But she actually reminded me of how much I miss Sura because after her flashback appearances in Great and Unfortunate Things I thought she would become a spooky ludus resident. Spartacus thinks about her all the time so why didn't they decide to show us his dreams and nightmares ? I'm not asking them to turn the show into a Legend of the Overfiend spin-off but I think Erin Cummings proved her talent in the pilot so she deserved better.

    So in the end my opinion is mixed even if I still found the episode entertaining and intriguing. Lucretia's mask game was intense but I was hoping for a more subtle and puzzling approach. However I'm convinced the writers are skilled enough to deliver us with great and disturbing upcoming episodes so I can't wait for the season to end. Into a blood bath or dripping quicksand ?
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