Spartacus: War of the Damned: Men of Honor Review (

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Sunday, February 10, 2013

After Spartacus and his army captured the Roman city of Sinuessa en Valle in the last episode, they now are enjoying the fruits of their efforts.  However for some, their enjoyment comes at the expense of their Roman prisoners who are being brutalized and made to have to fight each other for scraps of food, all for the amusement of the rebel army, in particular Crixus, Naevia, and Nemetes.  Gannicus is less than thrilled with the events but does nothing to stop them either.

Spartacus is busy with more important issues.  Now that his army has a city he now has to feed them.  An opportunity arrives in the form of a notorious group of pirates who had dealings with the former governor of the city.  Spartacus forms an uneasy alliance with the pirates to hand over the governor’s official seal that the Pirates can use to make trading easier in exchange for food.

A Roman survivor from Sinuessa en Valle makes his way to the camp of Tiberius and Caesar to inform them that Spartacus has taken the city…at which point Caesar cleaves the man’s head in two, branding him a coward for fleeing.  As Spartacus and a group of his men meet with the pirates on the shoreline to finalize their agreement, Tiberius leads his forces in a surprise attack. 

First a word about Naevia…I’ve generally not been crazy about the new Naevia, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, but this week’s episode was her chance to shine and she did with a violent, unhinged performance.  Fueled by her own memories of being tortured in the mines, Naevia takes her revenge first by nearly severing the hand of one Roman captive and later by viciously killing Attius the blacksmith, believing he was conspiring to help the Roman prisoners escape.  Crixus has always had a dark side but it’s mostly been kept in check since the slave revolt began but here he leads in forcing the Roman’s fight for his men’s amusement.

Spartacus is also trying to gain the trust of the beautiful Laeta after killing her husband.  She’s genuinely surprised at his generosity and his offer to free the remaining Romans if she aids him in his dealings with the pirates.  And there also seems to be a spark of some sexual attraction between the pair.

“Men of Honor” wasn’t quite on a par with the last two episodes, due in part to a complete lack of Marcus Crassus putting in an appearance this week. However, it was still a strong episode that helped to beef of Naevia’s character and continue the rivalry between Tiberius and Caesar.

Mania Grade: B+
Episode: Men of Honor (Season 3, Episode 3)
Starring: Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare
Written By: Steven S. DeKnight (creator)
Network: STRAZ