Spartacus: Vengeance 2.02 "A Place in This World" Review

Spartacus: Vengeance continues rising out of the ashes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, offering up its second episode "A Place in This World," as Spartacus and Crixus begin the search for Naevia while Oenomaus (Peter Mensa) struggles to reclaim his honor and find purpose after what he's done.  Far from a sophomore slump, "A Place in This World" offers a somewhat quieter, but heavy with purpose episode for the series' renewed vigor.

So…it’s over, right?  We’re into the second episode of Spartacus: Vengeance now with "A Place In This World," and the audience has had weeks of "Fugitivus" available to get used to Liam McIntyre in the title role, right?  The season is in play, and we can move past the curious tragedy of it all to appreciate the bloody spectacle for what it is?  I say this not out of disrespect, but only because much of the response to last week’s season premiere dealt with the looming cloud hanging over the series, rather than appreciating the loving craftsmanship of the show, which so far seems to get better and better as season 2 (or 3?) rolls on.  A few times over the course of "A Place in This World" I found myself drifting to thoughts of "I wonder how Andy Whitfield might have played that" or "Glaber really is the new Batiatus," and that’s not fair for a series well-deserving of independent praise. Read More...


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