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Vipfreak's Avatar Vipfreak 12:24 PM 02-18-2011
No, didn't she get banned from the house or something?
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mr b's Avatar mr b 07:47 AM 02-19-2011
Wow, for a prequel, this episode had a lot of surprises. Shame there's only 1 ep left, as this show has been an outstanding fill-in while waiting for S2. Too bad about Doctore's wife, but the way it played out again speaks to the quality writing for this show. A woman determined to do whatever it takes to keep her husband happy consequently kills a woman who should have felt the same. I know some detest the amount of graphic violence and sex on this show, but I for one think they do a good job of weaving a story with those elements in the background.

Here's hoping the last episode is worth of the preceding ones. I intentionally avoided the previews so that I won't have any expectations.
ss9001's Avatar ss9001 09:25 AM 02-19-2011
^^
I really hope this makes it Blu-ray soon, I'd really like to watch it again from the beginning.

Spartacus and this prequel are both very well written & well acted stories. The scenery isn't bad either

While we know Doctore's wife doesn't make it to the time Spartacus arrives, it was still sad to see her end up as collateral damage. Still, she had succumbed to temptation... I was hoping she'd have resisted Gannicus but maybe it was a "one for the road" thing

Looking forward to last episode & like you, I wish there was more. A nice setup for the 2nd season. Only wish Andy Whitfield was still in it. And I'm going to miss John Hannah. All his "jupiter's c*ck" type lines are funny!

Care to speculate on what Batt has in store for Tullius? It should be good
mikeny's Avatar mikeny 12:58 PM 02-19-2011
I thought this was the most dramatic episode in a few weeks. So Lucretia had been poisoning Papa Bat's wine without Quintus's knowledge? I was surprised that Quintus didn't go all assault on him at the old arena.

It was interesting how they decided to present her first Crixus interaction as such a tortured duty when we know how she then came to relish their affair. I got a kick out of her fertility interview.

Ashur gets dirtier all the time. It has to be time next week to see how he gets rendered inactive as a gladiator. Do you guys think that he's wearing some kind of fake body suit this season? He was not even close to looking so muscular last year.

I can't imagine a Season 2 without any of these characters. Who can we expect to see again? Doctore, Crixus, Ashur and possibly Lucretia? What will they do all season?

Next week Tulius and the young Lanista must get whacked.
Vipfreak's Avatar Vipfreak 01:17 PM 02-19-2011
Wow, the last 5 min. pretty shocking. Good episode, didn't realize there is one left. Can't wait!
Ph8te's Avatar Ph8te 01:24 PM 02-19-2011
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I thought this was the most dramatic episode in a few weeks. So Lucretia had been poisoning Papa Bat's wine without Quintus's knowledge? I was surprised that Quintus didn't go all assault on him at the old arena.

It was interesting how they decided to present her first Crixus interaction as such a tortured duty when we know how she then came relish their affair. I got a kick out of her fertility interview?

Ashur gets dirtier all the time. It has to time next week to see how gets rendered inactive as a gladiator. Do you guys think that he's wearing some kind of fake body suit this season? He was not even close to looking so muscular last year.
I can't imagine a Season 2 without any of these characters. Who can we expect to see again? Doctore, Crixus, Ashur and possibly Lucretia? What will they do all season?

Next week Tulius and the young Lanista must get whacked.

By the time we saw Ashur I think it had been some time since he had last trained so of course he would not be in shape any longer (at least this is MOHO).

I think towards the end of the 1st interaction, you culd see her start to "enjoy" it, as if she was surprised that she did. She is trying to serve two purposes, getting pregnant AND self pleasure.
dm145's Avatar dm145 02:48 PM 02-19-2011
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Ashur gets dirtier all the time. It has to be time next week to see how he gets rendered inactive as a gladiator.

ashur told spartacus that his injury was sustained in the ring with crixus who, he claimed, betrayed him when they were fighting together
CPanther95's Avatar CPanther95 02:54 PM 02-19-2011
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ashur told spartacus that his injury was sustained in the ring with crixus, who he claimed, betrayed him when they were fighting together

I hope Crixis uses him as a shield.
dvdguru's Avatar dvdguru 03:07 PM 02-19-2011
My guess is Crixus and Ashur will fight together against two others in the new arena next week. Crixus is all about brotherhood and after seeing Ashur betray his friend he will not assist Ashur in the arena. Karma at its' best
tokerblue's Avatar tokerblue 04:34 PM 02-19-2011
One more episode left and I have to say how disappointed I am... that it is such a short season. I wish they could have spread out the story a full season.

Great story so far and a some great background on established characters from B&S. My only gripe is that Manu seems to portray Crixus's inexperience by looking slack jawed all season.
Vipfreak's Avatar Vipfreak 12:26 AM 02-20-2011
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My only gripe is that Manu seems to portray Crixus's inexperience by looking slack jawed all season.

That's actually pretty funny. lol
WilliamR's Avatar WilliamR 02:38 PM 02-20-2011
One episode left!
RemoWilliams84's Avatar RemoWilliams84 06:47 AM 02-22-2011
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I actually thought they were poisoning the father when Lucretia handed the wine to him, especially when she wouldn't let Bati drink any. Then he started hacking at the arena, I was sure he was gonna kick the bucket mid speach.

I'd just like to say... I called it. Although I would have never though that Lucretia had been poisoning him since before he left the first time. He might still be very healthy if it wasn't for her poisoning him in the first place.
mikeny's Avatar mikeny 08:06 AM 02-22-2011
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I'd just like to say... I called it. Although I would have never though that Lucretia had been poisoning him since before he left the first time. He might still be very healthy if it wasn't for her poisoning him in the first place.

200 Denari for you!
taxman48's Avatar taxman48 11:15 AM 02-22-2011
Hoping for a great finale.. How does one get invited to these wild parties? To quote and change a saying "Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow you will die"
goneten's Avatar goneten 12:03 PM 02-22-2011
This show has been unbelievable and I can't wait to watch the finale.

Actually I just watched Blood and Sand again from start to finish, although admittedly I should have waited for the finale of Arena. Still, words simply can't describe how thrilling this show is. Just the entire journey. I hate to prejudge but man, I can't imagine the new actor fulfilling the role of Spartacus. Andy was a f*cking legend of note who was born to play Spartacus.

I also can't wait to find out what happens to Ashur in the finale. Does anyone know when Blood and Sand season 2 begins ?
Ron Temple's Avatar Ron Temple 12:20 PM 02-22-2011
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This show has been unbelievable and I can't wait to watch the finale.

Actually I just watched Blood and Sand again from start to finish, although admittedly I should have waited for the finale of Arena. Still, words simply can't describe how thrilling this show is. Just the entire journey. I hate to prejudge but man, I can't imagine the new actor fulfilling the role of Spartacus. Andy was a f*cking legend of note who was born to play Spartacus.

I also can't wait to find out what happens to Ashur in the finale. Does anyone know when Blood and Sand season 2 begins ?

I read where they are getting the shooting started shortly. So depending on how hot Starz is to put their hit show back on...maybe late 2011 or Jan. 2012, at a guess.

Personally, I've been disappointed with this short season. The plots are obvious and there isn't any room for surprises. I guess we had to know that going in. I've watched, but really haven't enjoyed like I did S1...and I'm ready for Lucy to retire. Bringing her back...meh.
goneten's Avatar goneten 12:30 PM 02-22-2011
Personally I think Lucy should be happy (and lucky) that she was part of this show. I thought she was fantastic in Blood and Sand and her performances have been extremely consistent. No doubt about it, it's the role of her career. The thing is, I don't think we've seen a terrible performance from any actor in either show. It's this degree of consistency that makes these shows so compelling and realistic to watch.

FYI, I don't think anyone who had studied her performances in the prequel and in Blood and Sand would ever imagine she was part of Xena to be honest.
chdwil's Avatar chdwil 12:47 PM 02-22-2011
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I thought this was the most dramatic episode in a few weeks. So Lucretia had been poisoning Papa Bat's wine without Quintus's knowledge? I was surprised that Quintus didn't go all assault on him at the old arena.

It was interesting how they decided to present her first Crixus interaction as such a tortured duty when we know how she then came to relish their affair. I got a kick out of her fertility interview.

Ashur gets dirtier all the time. It has to be time next week to see how he gets rendered inactive as a gladiator. Do you guys think that he's wearing some kind of fake body suit this season? He was not even close to looking so muscular last year.

I can't imagine a Season 2 without any of these characters. Who can we expect to see again? Doctore, Crixus, Ashur and possibly Lucretia? What will they do all season?

Next week Tulius and the young Lanista must get whacked.

Crixus most likely will be in season 2 since historically his character played a major role in the slave revolt with Spartacus.
film113's Avatar film113 03:28 PM 02-22-2011
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man, I can't imagine the new actor fulfilling the role of Spartacus. Andy was a f*cking legend of note who was born to play Spartacus.

Not just a new Spartacus, but a new Neavia...and no more John Hannah (the REAL star of the show, AKAIC). The creators have certainly got their work cut out for them.
film113's Avatar film113 03:58 PM 02-22-2011
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Personally I think Lucy should be happy (and lucky) that she was part of this show. I thought she was fantastic in Blood and Sand and her performances have been extremely consistent. No doubt about it, it's the role of her career. The thing is, I don't think we've seen a terrible performance from any actor in either show. It's this degree of consistency that makes these shows so compelling and realistic to watch.

FYI, I don't think anyone who had studied her performances in the prequel and in Blood and Sand would ever imagine she was part of Xena to be honest.


She also has a run on NO ORDINARY FAMILY, starting with the March 1 episode.
chdwil's Avatar chdwil 05:30 PM 02-22-2011
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She also has a run on NO ORDINARY FAMILY, starting with the March 1 episode.

I wonder how much of her will be exposed on that show?
Vipfreak's Avatar Vipfreak 07:31 PM 02-22-2011
Why is that show even on still... ?
goneten's Avatar goneten 05:14 AM 02-23-2011
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Not just a new Spartacus, but a new Neavia...and no more John Hannah (the REAL star of the show, AKAIC). The creators have certainly got their work cut out for them.

That is problematic. Just imagine the actor playing Crixus decides to do something else or play rugby for the All Blacks....) then the new show is totally screwed.
goneten's Avatar goneten 05:15 AM 02-23-2011
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Why is that show even on still... ?

Because it's harmless. It isn't nearly as bad as 'The Cape', nor is it as boring as 'V', in my opinion.
WilliamR's Avatar WilliamR 05:55 AM 02-23-2011
Hey guys, do you know when the next season of Spartacus will start? I am already in withdraws knowing this Friday is the last episode.
OconRecon's Avatar OconRecon 06:38 AM 02-23-2011
Holy ****! Just found this thread!

Questions I have:

- Is Gannicus character going to carry over in any way to Blood and Sand?

- When will Crixus cut his hair and stop with the savage-stare bit?

- I thought I read Andy, the Threashin, was going to make a brief appearance on Gods.

Great stuff.

(and sorry for the spelling of names. I'm sure I'm way off).
GR1MM's Avatar GR1MM 08:18 AM 02-23-2011
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- I thought I read Andy, the Threashin, was going to make a brief appearance on Gods.

Supposedly, Sparticus (Andy) makes an appearance at the end of the last episode, which is, btw an hour and five minutes long this week.
kizzo's Avatar kizzo 08:54 AM 02-23-2011
I wonder if the prequel would have been longer if they knew the original lead wouldn't be back? Because I'm really enjoying the prequel... I just wish it was longer.
OconRecon's Avatar OconRecon 09:03 AM 02-23-2011
I couldn't agree more and it seems like there's plenty of room for more Ashur and Crixus story line as well. There are also some Blood & Sand episode #1 gladiators who haven't shown up yet.
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