Jupiter’s Rooster 0302: Killing for the City

0302Realizing the greater needs of his people, Spartacus embarks on an elaborate and risky plan to take over the walled city of Sinuessa en Valle. In Rome, Crassus recruits a young and brash Julius Caesar to aid him in his hunt of the rebel slaves.

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One Response to Jupiter’s Rooster 0302: Killing for the City

  1. Chris M says:

    When I initially watched this episode, as the credits started to roll I put down the remote and said, “Well, that sucked.” Yet another set piece battle and the almost jaw-droppingly hilarious introduction of Brad Pitt and James Van Der Beek’s unholy love child as Julius Caesar. And we even got to enjoy seeing Spartacus amble around dressed up as some sort of smirking antiquarian pimp for most of the episode.

    But, after listening to your podcast I decided to give it another chance. The episode was much more enjoyable during the second viewing, so I’ve been trying to puzzle out just why I hated it so much the first time through. The only conclusions I can draw are that, first, the casting of Caesar was so played against type that I let my preconceptions as a viewer overshadow what was actually happening on the show. Todd Lasance actually chewed the scenery pretty well given what the writers gave him to do despite my being gobsmacked that an apparent refugee from some angsty teen drama on “The CW” just waltzed in claiming to be Gaius Julius Caesar. The second issue, however, I believe is simply a symptom of how the show has so fundamentally changed. What began as an intimate show with a relatively few locations and events impacting just a few people is now a sweeping epic that jumps between far flung locations and deals in events impacting thousands (with said events being largely wrapped up in a single episode). The writers may have also gone to the “Spartacus infiltrates a Roman villa/city/arena with two or three men” well one too many times. It was an amazing and riveting episode when they destroyed the Arena in Capua; now that they’ve done it a few more times, with no significant casualties, it’s become boring.

    I did think the subtle theme of the moral gray areas Spartacus is now wading into was nicely woven into this episode, and that went a long way towards redeeming it in my eyes. I’m curious as to whether this will end up being the one of the reasons Spartacus’s rebellion will be put down: that they could have beaten Rome if they in effect became Rome, but that they will ultimately refuse to do so.

    At any rate, great podcast, gentlemen; thanks again for continuing to put the time and effort into it. And thanks for the praise for my meager contributions: pretty heady stuff for just another random idiot haunting the interwebs like myself.

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