Spartacus: Vengeance 2.08 "Balance" Review - Sliding Scales

Spartacus: Vengeance continues its bloody fight in the aftermath of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, ransoming its eighth episode "Balance," as Spartacus struggles over what to do with Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) in the wake of a startling revelation, while Glaber descends deeper into his obsession with killing Spartacus.  A strong, if somewhat indecisive episode, "Balance" might leave a few questioning how much time remains to deliver a satisfying end to the season.

Last week I made mention of the fact that Spartacus: Vengeance had me a bit worried in its dash to the finish line, where the seventh out of tenth episode focused on incorporating a new group of characters rather than build toward the season finale.  It was a great episode to be sure, but we’re at that point where people in the theater begin checking their watches, trying to get a sense of where the season will end up, and I saw from the sentiments expressed around the internet that some people thought "Sacramentum" a bit of a mis-step.  I maintain that "Sacramentum" made for an important insight into why slaves would follow Spartacus in fighting for others’ freedom rather than revel in their own, but I can see why drifting back and forth between Capua and the rebel camp might frustrate some looking for conflicts to finally erupt. Read More...


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