December 29, 2012

Spartacus: War of the Damned Episode 4 Description - Spoiler

***Warning*** this is a spoiler. Do not read if you don't want to be spoiled.

The episode log lines for episode 4, 'Decimation,' is available. Unlike the episodes 1-3 log lines(which I didn't find spoiler-ish at all), I would say yes, in this case that it is somewhat spoiler-ish, given that we haven't seen the three previous episodes as yet, and have no context to base assumption and speculation upon.

The log line is very interesting. Before I reveal it, a definition of the title 'Decimation,' as stated by good ol Wikipedia:
It was a form of military discipline used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers. The word decimation is derived from Latin meaning "removal of a tenth".

A unit selected for punishment by decimation was divided into groups of ten; each group drew lots  and the soldier on whom the lot fell was executed by his nine comrades, often by stoning or clubbing.The remaining soldiers were given rations of barley instead of wheat and forced to sleep outside the Roman encampment.

Because the punishment fell by lot, all soldiers in the group were eligible for execution, regardless of the individual degree of fault, or rank and distinction. The leadership was usually executed independently of the one in ten deaths of the rank and file.

Current use of the word:
The word decimation is often (incorrectly) used to refer to an extreme reduction in the number of a population or force, much greater than the one tenth defined by the "deci" root. It is frequently (and again, incorrectly) used as a synonym for the word "annihilate" which the OED lists as meaning "to reduce to non-existence, blot out of existence.


Once again, a warning before you click the spoiler tag. Do no click if you don't want to be spoiled.

Here it is:


 Source: MSN Entertainment

A complete list of log lines is available in the Episode Guide page. Episodes 1-4 of 'Spartacus War Of The Damned' have thus been posted. I will continue to update as episode descriptions become available. And please, as I stated before do not read if you don't want to be spoiled.