February 4, 2013

Spartacus War Of The Damned Exclusive TV Guide Video: 'Bread or Death'

There is an exclusive scene from Spartacus War Of The Damned episode 3 ‘Men Of Honor’ at TV Guide. It doesn't have an embed option, but you can see it here:

The idea of Crixus and Naevia seemingly going to the darkside caused quite a buzz with fans when I posted it at my tumblr:

This is one of the things I love about this show. The layers! It's not the angelic Justice League vs the evil  Legion of Doom! Indeed the Romans don't even see themselves as villains. That's how they see the rebels however. And vice versa.

I watched the second episode last night. I'm about to talk about it, so close-out if you haven't seen it yet. Here we saw Spartacus catch a glimpse of the consequences of what his rebellion is doing. Laeta doesn't seem so bad, she seems kind and abhors cruelty. The little girl and mother that died....there's no way the child is guilty of anything! Spartacus ordering the rebels to leave off killing anymore Roman citizens, and now this preview video.

Who can blame Naevia and Crixus for treating the Romans this way? I can't quite bring myself to blame them, but remember that old saying: 'two wrongs don't make a right!' It would seem that everything they hated about the romans, they are about to become by dishing out the same kind of cruelty to roman citizens. Citizens that might not be so bad. Remember Varro? He and his family were roman citizens. Until he traded himself as a gladiator to pay off his gambling debts. Right from the very beginning we saw that he was an alright guy and loyal friend to Spartacus.

This brings me to a spoiler I saw last week from TV Line about episode 4(go away if you don't want to be spoiled):

Question: Love your columns! Any scoop on Spartacus: War of the Damned? —Rich
Ausiello: The Feb. 22 episode is not for the faint of heart — and that’s saying something for a show that featured a bunch of children eating raw horse intestines. “For a long time [the show] shied away from the cruelty and the negativity of the rebellion,” notes leading man Liam McIntyre of Spartacus & Co. “And in Episode 4 that really gets put front and center. It gets real dark. The rebels were famous for not just being like Robin Hood-and-his-merry men, but also for raping and pillaging across the country. That component had to be addressed. It’s reprisal time, and it gets graphic and horrible to watch.” And yes, Spartacus gets his hands dirty, too. “There’s a scene at the end of the episode where he’s forced to make a very big call,” reveals McIntyre. “And it defines how his journey plays out the rest of the season.

That sounds interesting! And seems to fit in line with historical events. I wonder if Crixus and Naevia going "dark" is what will break up Spartacus' army? I'm glad the show  has never been dumbed down  ala: "the good guys" vs "the bad guys." That would be too easy, and such a simplification of human beings in general. My favorite new character, btw, is Crassus. So far I find him clever, noble, and in general very likable. I think he's in love with his slave, Kore, and here you see a softer side of him.