The burden of ideology weighs heavily upon Spartacus in Wolves at the Gate.
Enemies of Rome gives Spartacus a worthy foe and explores a man becoming bigger than his message.
Was there action? Yes. Was there blood? Oh yes, by the bucket full. Did people get what they deserved? Some. How do I feel about it? Meh.
More pawns fall off the board as the Romans conveniently learn the location of Spartacus’ camp.
Another minor character bites the dust, Spartacus does some moralizing, and more fun with Lucretia and Ashur…
Episode seven sees some small plot movement as it heaps insult upon injury, atrocity upon intrigue, and finally gives the audience a reason to care about Spartacus’ story line.
Wherein Roman intrigue reaches a boiling point, and Capua suffers a 9/11 moment…
“The Greater Good” brings higher production values and introduces Roman intrigue for the sake of intrigue.
Summary Judgement: Though absent two of its leading men, Spartacus’ return washes away the horrible taste that Gods of the Arena left in our mouth.