Spartacus: War of the Damned: Victory Comments -


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trollman 4/14/2013 12:54:40 PM


tjanson 4/14/2013 12:56:47 PM

Gannicus definitely was killed.  Spartacus's body was never found.  The romans did line the Appian Way with crucified slaves but Gannicus was not among them.

Guys, let's not get too caught up in terminology...this is from a military website:  "Until very recently, ground war tactics emphasized control of the movement of forces and materiel. In this style of conflict, the flanking maneuver is a way of cutting off access of forces to resupply, and cutting off their ability to advance or retreat. In a typical flanking maneuver, force is applied to one side of the main opposing force, or perhaps to its rear, where the opponent's forces are less well protected. By contrast, a frontal assault applies force to the strongest face of the opposing configuration.

It's not really about how the flanking was done but just the fact that the entire battle seemed to be a replay of Braveheart.  

jd25u 4/14/2013 12:57:52 PM

 That's funny, I was thinking of Braveheart myself when Spartacus was gazing at the dirtied, worn, bloody  cloth headpiece/bracelet(?) lying on the ground as he was impaled, which I presumed belonged to his late wife (judging by the flashback clip).  I knew this had to end with Spartacus and Crassus facing off, in some sort of fashion (even though that never happened), and ultimately with Spartacus's death ... though I was starting to think for a second there that they might let him live, though severely injured, in excile.  I like that they did let him die in the show.  That is most likely close to how it ended in real life.  I also like how Gannicus was transported back to the Arena at his end, where he was a "God", and with a nod from Oenimaeous.  The best part of the episode though, for me, was the tribute to the late Andy Whitfield at the end of the credits, when he proclaims:  "I AM SPARTACUS!"  His protrayal of Spartacus was immaculate, and may he Rest In Piece.

jdiggitty 4/14/2013 1:54:28 PM

 I'll concede the point since I can't CUT AND PASTE ANYTHING ON THIS GODDAMN WEBSITE!


I understand the Braveheart comparison, but frankly, I think this show had the better version. The more I watch Braveheart the less and less I like it. 

tjanson 4/14/2013 2:13:05 PM

 Jdiggity...LOL.  Well I will concede that point but my only issue was with the originality.  I mean if it was just the speech and maybe urging his troops to "hold" that would be fine...but you add in the Crassus/Spartacus battlefield flash, the rear attack by Gannicus, the reaching for the piece of can't be coincidence.  I just wish there'd have been more originality to the finale.

domino2008 4/14/2013 5:51:01 PM

Unlike many on this site , i enjoyed the ending of the series . It wasnt as bad as LOST or BATTLESTAR GALACTICA , it made sense . No happy ending , and how Gannicus was left alone  burnt out on the battle field an how  Caesar helped to end his life in a long painful death an as his life was slipping away , He envision Himself back in the arena where He was "the God of the Arena .  . In the first season , they had  Spartacus  holding on to that fabic , but the final show it came again , it was sign that its time to let go and be in peace with himself . I think this review is that  persons opinion cuz i guess he wanted to see Spartacus ride off in the sunset at the end

tjanson 4/14/2013 7:02:25 PM

 Domino not at all...I full expected Spartacus to die...I just didn't care for a lot of the way the last episode was handled.  

skoora 4/14/2013 8:19:54 PM

 Couldn't disagree more with this review. To focus so much on the tactical playout of the battle reeks of reaching for reasons to knock it down. The battle was just the stage for their final stand. It was infinitely more important what was happening in any 50 square feet our favorite characters fought in than an entire battlefield. The way Liam/Spartacus came over the hill to come after Crassus was epic! 

RodThunderBalls 4/14/2013 9:40:11 PM

A C ?! Jupiter's cock?! Have your head removed from ass! :D

You might as well give "The Return of the King", "Gladiator", "Troy" (Troy should probably get a C-), and any list of movies with an epic battle scene a C . They all threw in a flanking maneuver, a speech before battle, and the yearning for some loved one. It's actually become trite.

I actually loved the finale and can't think of any other finale that ended so satisfyingly. Yeah, Gannicus got the shaft, but it's war, a war with treacherous roman douche bags, so if you expected less, then what show were you watchin'?


ddiaz28 4/15/2013 7:47:29 AM

Nice one Rod! LOL

I too loved the finale.  Definitely an A in my book.  Braveheart is my favorite film ever.  So while I immediately noticed all the similarities, they didn't bother me in the least.  Braveheart was 20 years ago, long enough for it to be a tribute to it more than a rip off.

I was really hoping to see Gannicus survive as well.  But I thought his death was great.  He new who he was and was proud of what he had accomplished at the end.  And I really like that Spartacus didn't die in front of Crassus but instead with the people he died for. 

And I too am not sure how I feel about a Crassus and Caesar spin off.  While I'd love to see this type of show continue, it would just feel wrong to be rooting for these 2 guys after hating them this entire season.  But I'm pretty sure the writiers could turn it around and make them likeable.

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