Spartacus ‘Great And Unfortunate Things’ Review


Spartacus is suffering, but Batiatus says that despite his grief they must turn their attention to the future. Batiatus declares that he can proceed to mold Spartacus into a great gladiator.

The Truth

Doctore checks in on the still injured Crixus and asks the Medicus to keep him informed of his feverish condition. Lucretia tells Crixus that she unfortunately won’t be able to visit him privately down in the Ludus but will send Naevia to attend to his needs. Crixus catches Naevia’s eye at the mention of this good news.

Batiatus receives Mercato, a rich patron who comes to procure gladiators for the games he’s putting on. He’d planned to purchase the services of Crixus but seeing how his injuries have taken him out of action, his thought turns to Spartacus. With the addition of a substantial extra sum, Batiatus sees no problem with this.

Varro is shocked at seeing his wife Aurelia and son Janus. She informs him that she is with child; a child that is not Varro’s. He exits, leaving her in tears.

Spartacus informs Batiatus that he will play in the games with one condition: he will fight alone. Spartacus declares that if the gods are with him he will not fall. Batiatus reluctantly agrees to the deal but with his own condition, that if he is victorious the Thracian inside of him has to die and he must then embrace his new identity.

Spartacus waits in the chutes in the arena, dressed in Roman battle dress, clutching two swords, as six prisoners are led into the arena. The prisoners fan out to attack and Spartacus remains motionless, eyes closed, feeling the sun on his face, a man putting his fate in the gods’ hands.

Mercato is pleased with Batiatus for having put on such a good show. Batiatus enjoys the moment, shares a happy look with Lucretia. Spartacus, blood soaked and exhausted, absorbs the cheers that rain down from the stands. He throws his arms up and declares, “I Am Spartacus!” Batiatus grins from above, in triumphant satisfaction.

The Action

The final battle features Spartacus kicking ass, almost as if he has changed to the ‘Dark Side’. This is the only part of the film with any action, this episode is clearly building up to a big finish.

What’s good about it?

The subtle stories which are building up in the background. I suspect Lucretia is falling for Spartacus now, will she ever get pregnant? By who?

What’s bad about it?

Nothing. Although this episode of Spartacus, Blood and Sand lacked the action we were used to in the early episodes, I enjoy the story much more.

What I learned

The Games must have been an incredible event to take in. Women flashing their boobs, sex in the stands and lots of booze.

The Verdict

Spartacus ‘Great And Unfortunate Things’ was yet another great episode in this series.