Spartacus: Vengeance 2.05 "Libertus" Review - A Fire Inside

Spartacus: Vengeance continues its bloody fight in the aftermath of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, burning through its fifth episode "Libertus," as Spartacus mounts a rescue mission to retrieve Crixus and Oenomaus from their fate in the arena at the hands of Gannicus (Dustin Clare), while Glaber learns startling news about Ilithyia.  An increasingly epic and action-packed episode, "Libertus" continues the hot streak of Spartacus' second season without losing its focus on interpersonal conflicts.

Lately, I’ve been doing my best to be introspective about the process of reviewing and recapping television.  After a while, nervousness arises that you’ve run out of poignant things to say, or the eloquence to verbalize how different episodes make you feel, and even the manner in which you watch the episode can affect your viewing of it.  More often than not, reviewers have but one chance (ideally before airing) to watch an episode, but rather than simply let the events wash over them, they scrutinize, take notes, and struggle to lay down dots for later connection.  That hurried viewing challenges your interpretation, and might even prevent you from seeing a larger picture in favor of individual beats and moments. Read More...


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