Spartacus: Vengeance 2.09 "Monsters" Review - Great Balls of Fire

Spartacus: Vengeance continues its bloody fight in the aftermath of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, igniting its ninth and penultimate episode "Monsters," as Spartacus struggles to unite his men for their cause, while a broken Ilithyia (Viva Bianca) returns to find her place against her maddening husband Glaber.  An  incredibly strong, if somewhat uneven episode, "Monsters" climactic end will have viewers howling at their televisions for the final installment next week.

Wow, man.  Just wow.  I’m terribly afraid of losing my eloquence when I talk about "Monsters," as I’m still coming down from something of a high over it, but I wanted to capture the sheer excitement the latest episode of Spartacus: Vengeance imparts.  We all thought after "Libertus" that the climactic battle that brought down the stadium simply couldn’t be topped in terms of sheer scope, but I actually think the assault on Spartacus’ temple tops it.  It’s a much smaller scale battle to be sure, but the emotional consequences and sense of palpable danger feel that much higher, especially now that we’re in the penultimate episode, to the point I could barely scrape my jaw from the floor or the smile from my face the entire time.  And with an entire episode to go!  I’d have been somewhat content if the season had ended there, ignoring the mountainside retreat that Glaber intends to wait out their starvation from.  It wouldn’t be historically or climatically accurate to break there, but we’ll get back to history a little later. Read More...


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