Jupiter’s Rooster 2.8: Rubberneck

Gannicus arrives at the rebel camp with Ilithiya hostage, expecting Spartacus to “Balance” the scales by killing her. Lust and passion continue to grow between Seppia and Glaber, while Lucretia, running out of options, receives a gift from the gods in her darkest hour.

Season 3 Casting News (Thank you Rick and Warrior Goddess!)

G4 interviews Katrina Law, Liam McIntyre (Thanks, Warrior Goddess!)

Download Episode 2.8

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4 Responses to Jupiter’s Rooster 2.8: Rubberneck

  1. ChrisM says:

    Before I add my own idiotic ramblings below, I want to say you two put out an excellent podcast. At the beginning of this season I figured there had to be a podcast of some flavor being put out for Spartacus and found yours through a simple Google search. I’m damn glad I did.

    I don’t think there’s any question that this season, amongst the 3, has seemed to be somewhat unfulfilling. Roberto absolutely hit the nail on the head when discussing how “uneven” this season has been and bringing up the absence of John Hannah. His performances in the first two seasons where overwhelming, and backed up in a major way by the smouldering intensity of Whitfield’s performance in Blood and Sand. Craig Parker has stepped his game up in a big way with Glaber this season but it’s just too huge of a void to fill and his character isn’t much more than the one-side villian.

    But there are two other pieces that I think are missing that have rocked the foundations of this season. The first is that the first two seasons were really about intrigue.. As you alluded to in Episode 8 podcast, the machinations from all of the various players often had you rooting at times for the villians and sometimes against the heroes. Although there is still plenty of intrigue in Season 3, it’s all far more cut and dry, the intrigues telegraphed, and the results are rather rote. The second is that there were two huge, emotion laden scenes every fan was waiting for in the lead up to this season: Spartacus meeting Gannicus (likely at opposite ends of a sword) and the reunion between Crixus and Naevia. As fate would have it, we have an actor change in both of those equations, which effectively robbed most of the weight from those two crucial scenes. Fuck the gods!

    As an aside, Gannicus was a hugely compelling figure in Gods of the Arena. But let’s face it, he’s been a disappointment here. While likely intentional in his character arc, he’s not the larger than life “god” we all loved from the prequel series, but a broken man consumed by his past and with no confidence when faced with an uncertain future. With all due respect to Dustin Claire, he just doesn’t play this new role as well as his old role.

    I’m still enjoying this season but there are times I’m staring at the programming guide on my TV and feeling I might be a bit more statisfied if I queued up a re-run from one of the first two seasons. Here’s hoping they blow the doors off of these last two episodes.

    • Roberto says:

      Thank you so much for your comments, Chris! John and I really appreciate your kind words.

      I think you make some excellent points. I had not considered at all the fact that these two reunions were affected by re-castings. I am looking forward to sharing your comments in the next episode and discussing them with John.

      I too hope the last two episodes of the season take us out on a high note. This is a somewhat more challenging environment to be in, since the lines between “good” and “evil” seem to be more clearly drawn, something that subtracts from the complexity of the characters and thus our involvement in their story lines. I’m curious to see where Ilithiya’s allegiances will lie after Episode 8’s finale. Perhaps we’ll get some of the degree of character complexity or ambiguity which we feel has been missing this season.

      Take care, thanks for your comments, and please keep them coming!


  2. Mike Yee says:

    Found this on the Spartacus thread today “Attentions fans! Next Thursday 9p ET, join Executive Producer and Creator, @stevendeknight for a Q&A on Twitter. What questions do you have for him about the finale of Vengeance? Comment below this post for chance to see your questions answered!”
    So now’s a good a time as any time to round up all your burning questions for the big cheese

  3. Craig says:

    Great show as always. I also liked the scene between Ganicus and Onemeus. When he tells Ganicus that he stands for nothing “as he always did”, I think he means that, while Ganicus was his friend, he knew that all he cared about was being a rock star of the arena. He loved the fame, money and women that went along with it. That was all that motivated him. Onemeus’s goal was always to win honor for himself, or for the house. I think what will bring these guys back together is when they realize that now, with Sparticus, what they are doing is truly honorable. Being the Champion of Capua is like being the tallest midget at the circus. At the end of the day, you still need permission to sleep with your wife.

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