Trivia: Invictus is the password used by Jake when entering the Spartacus Ring. Invictus is Latin for "unconquered" or "undefeated".
Lazar is at the first fight at the Spartacus Ring when the Pagan kills Carlos Ramone.
Conchobar: I swear, you don't seem like a stranger... but I suppose angels never do.
Sara: I'm not a stranger.
Jake: How long you been fighting for?
Conchobar: About 30 years. I'm a singer really, but I misplaced me Muse.
Jake: I know what you mean.
Conchobar: (skeptically) Do you now?
Conchobar: Well, did ya know that the 'Blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned...'? That mean anything to you?
Jake: It means you know your Yeats.
Sara: (as she steps on Aras' wrist to prevent her from getting the Witchblade) Your ambition exceeds your grasp.
Spartacus Ring Recruiter: (to Jake and Danny, undercover) We're all slaves, you know. We slaves to the clock, slaves to the bosses, slaves to the man, shoot, we slaves to the wo-man! You know what I'm talking about.
Jake: I hear what your saying.
Sara: Well, Ramone was a stevedore at the Port of New Jersey. I'm thinking you two ought to spend a little time with the longshoremen.
Jake: What makes you think they'll ask us to join?
Sara: Your mutual penchant for fisticuffs.
Ian: (as Aras holds a knife to his throat) You're left handed. Your DNA and hers are identical, only Sara's spirals to the right.
Aras: Well, either hand can kill.
Ian: Go ahead. Death has been waiting for me like a glove with no hand.
Aras: (over the phone) Hello, wielder.
Sara: Who's this?
Aras: Your palindromic nemesis. Your naughty, naughty doppleganger. Basically, your worst nightmare ever.
Music from this episode:
"Sky Scraper" - King Cobb Steelie
"My Muse is Cruel" - Rod Taylor
"Walk the World" - Rod Taylor
"Sara" - Grant Lee Phillips
Conchobar: ...'Blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.'
This is part of the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yates
Spartacus was a Thracian slave who lived in the times of the late Roman Republic. He led a slave rebellion which was successful for a time, but was his army of slaves was eventually defeated and captured by the Roman General Pompey. The story of his rebellion is probably best known from the movie Spartacus which starred Kirk Douglas in the title role.
Aras: Give me your pretty bracelet.
Aras is unconsciously mimicking Fiona from the first season episode "Maelstrom" just before she takes the Witchblade and uses it to kill Conchobar, as Aras threatens now.
The sword sold to Ian by Gabriel, Valentino's scimitar, is fom Rudolph's most famous movie The Sheik. Ian watches the movie during the episode, and it seems to enflame his passions, which seems logical, since The Sheik and it's star are considered to be the most romantic of all time.
A palindrome is a set of letters or numbers that reads the same way forwards or backwards. It can be a single word, such as "level", or a phrase, such as "Was it a rat I saw?" The title obviously refers to Sara & Aras (a palindrome in itself!), who have the same DNA sequence, though Aras is said by Nottingham to spiral to the left, while Sara spirals to the right.