Written by Bob Suggs Saturday, 26 February 2011 18:43
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena comes to a close as the finale reaches it's end. A mini-season of six episodes done as a flashback storyline taking us to the past and back to where it ended in season one. The journey was at times bumpy, trying to care about characters you knew were not in the original season. But "Episode 6: The Bitter End" concluded the journey in epic proportions and in ways I didn't expect. For me it was the best episode of the season and tied all the ends into a beautiful, violent, red bow colored with blood.
For the characters, a few of them would meet their inevitable grisly ends in and out of the arenas. For the fans, this would be the end of a miniseries that helped tide them over, while they wait for the title character to come back in 2012.
Now let's breakdown some of the events...
Revenge burns in the heart of Batiatus after his father's death/murder and plans of retribution are set into motion with the help of Solonius. The target Tullius and Vettius. A late night trickery leads them to a back alley meeting with Batiatus's men. An easy outcome to predict and Tullis becomes the first victim in the new arena.
Naevia becomes the right hand slave of Lucretia and Crixus gets a shave and a haircut for the continued visits to Lucretia's chamber.
The opening day of the new Arena and the people fill the stands like hungry wolves ready for blood. And blood they would get.
Solonius plotted his own rise to fame as he gets Vettius's ludus and gladiators. The betrayed Batiatus, now views him as an enemy; which they were in season one. But more immediate is the battle upon the sands as the gladiators of Batiatus face the newly gained gladiators of Solonius in a battle to the death. The House of Batiatus is out numbered 2 to 1 in the finale battle. The remaining gladiators are surrounded by a ring of fire, then it begins, the swords clash and flesh gives way to steel. Finally at the end of the carnage Crixus, Ashur and Gannicus still stand against Solohius's lone champion. Crixus wants to face Gannicus and prove who's the true champion he breaks Ashur's leg and pushes him into the fire (know we know what happened to Ashur). Solonius's champion proves to be to good and before he strikes a major blow to Crixus, Gannicus jumps in and knocks Crixus out of the contest which ultimately saves him (similar to what Spartacus did in season 1). Gannicus defeats Solonius's champion in a fairly gruesome way and stands victorious as the arena chants his name.
No doubt Batiatus has big plans for his Champion Gannicus but Solonius delivers another blow telling the primus he should be grated his freedom. The idea finds life and Gannicus is granted his freedom.
Side note: when we come back to the present and Batiatus and Lucretia lie in pools of their own blood, it's clear Batiatus is dead but Lucretia's fingers move, perhaps she will be back next season.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Episode 6 completed a familiar pattern for the franchise. When the original show came out, people were slow to get into it at first, but they came around by the grand finale. Likewise, the miniseries won more favor as the weeks went by as well.
No description of this mini-season of six episodes can do justice to the show, I recommend watching it, and if you haven't seen the first season you need to watch it first as well.
What did you think of the finale? Are you ready and looking forward to next season?
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