In Episode 5, Shadow Games, Batiatus is presented with a gladiatorial opportunity of a lifetime. Spartacus and Crixus must overcome their mutual hostility to fight as a team against a legendary and unbeaten opponent, Theokoles.
Episode 5 starts out quite slow compared to the previous Spartacus shows, but finishes with a bang. For the first time, we are presented with a bit of a cliffhanger, as Crixus may be fatally wounded in the epic battle to defeat Theokoles.
Shadow Games was all about the ‘bonding’ between Crixus and Spartacus, and finally a common bond that can bring them together.
The battle between the two gladiators and Theokoles could have been better, but it was suffice. Awesome makeup and presence for this legendary warrior Theokoles. He is shown being carried off the arena on a stretcher, so I guess he is dead?
Batiatus discovers the people behind his assassination, while his ‘loving’ wife Lucretia finally spills her secret about her and Crixus to Ilithya. Something tells me this is going to get ugly soon.
All the action in this episode was saved for the final 10 minutes, as Theokoles is brought to his knees and beheaded.
What was good about it?
Spartacus proves his worth as a gladiator, and Theokoles was an intimidating foe.
What’s bad about it?
Listen, I’ve had about enough of the writers showing the penis of Crixus, in every episode now.
Shadow Warrior was still a good addition to the series, but it was the slowest of all episodes so far.