Spartacus: Vengeance (2012)

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Spartacus' second season delivers more of the solid acting and gripping pacing that made the first so much fun -- and doubles down on the violence and depravity.

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Critic Ratings: 11

88%

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User Ratings: 242

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Air date: Jan 27, 2012

As the leader of the newly freed slaves, Spartacus begins to understand the importance and overwhelming responsibilities of his task. Meanwhile, Claudius Glaber arrives in Capua, compounding Spartacus' problems.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2012

After Spartacus' men liberate a Roman villa, the newly freed slaves are wary and unsure of their new situation. Meanwhile, Oenomaus throws himself into the Pits, and Glaber believes Lucretia's prophecies, although Ilithyia isn't convinced.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2012

After learning of Naevia's fate, Spartacus must deal with a rift among the gladiators; Lucretia divulges a long-kept secret in order to strengthen her position; and the rebels find themselves at risk after an attack.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2012

While Spartacus attempts to lead survivors through the woods to safety, Crixus becomes separated from the group and finds himself at a place that dredges up painful memories. Elsewhere, Lucretia digs into Ilithyia's past to seek favor with a high-ranking Roman.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2012

Spartacus undertakes a mission to rescue Crixus from the Romans, but a famous gladiator from the House of Atiatus interferes with the plan; Ilithyia's scheming begins to affect her marriage to Glaber.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2012

Spartacus rallies the rebels to begin training in order to be ready to defend their new sanctuary, while Glaber welcomes powerful new recruits to his forces.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2012

Spartacus and the rebels look to increase the size of their force by freeing and recruiting fighters held as slaves during foreign wars; Lucretia recruits one of her husband's ex-gladiators in an attempt to outmaneuver influential Romans.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2012

Spartacus contemplates an opportunity for revenge after the capture of an influential Roman; intrigue is at a fever pitch among Glaber and the women in his circle.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2012

Spartacus tries to unite his people to prep for an imminent attack by the Romans; Lucretia tries to free herself from men who threaten her existence; Glaber's ruthless ways backfire on him.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2012

Supply shortages and a superior Roman force threaten to halt the rebellion as Spartacus tries to rally his troops in the face of a final onslaught from Glaber's army.

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Tv Season Info

This captivating and compelling action-adventure spectacle chronicles the saga of a heroic Thracian warrior turned Roman slave turned gladiator turned leader of a rebellion against his Roman captors. Original Spartacus Andy Whitfield died in 2011 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Australian actor Liam McIntyre stepped into his sandals to take up arms as commander of the newly freed slaves. In the opener, Spartacus begins to understand the importance and overwhelming responsibilities of his task, while Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker), who was responsible for Spartacus' enslavement, arrives in Capua, compounding the Thracian's problems. To increase the size of his rebel force, Spartacus frees and then recruits fighters who were held as slaves during foreign wars. And at the same time, Glaber welcomes powerful new recruits to his army. Later, supply shortages and a superior Roman force threaten to halt the rebellion as Spartacus tries to rally his troops in the face of a final onslaught from Glaber's fighting legions.

Critic Reviews for Spartacus Vengeance

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Spartacus just doesn't feel like it's going to have a long, happy life

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Everything fans loved about the first season is here. Everyone is not.

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

For the most part, the reincarnation works

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Andinsofar as the show contributes to loosening standards and deadening the senses, that bloody victory over the cultural scolds might just be Spartacus most enduring form of revenge.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

No matter the casting changes, Spartacus remains good, dirty fun.

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The producers appear to have jacked up the violence and depravity even further.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Well written and acted, almost perfectly paced, and entirely unlike anything else on television, Spartacus isn't just bloody good, it's bloody excellent.

Jan 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It will be interesting to see if the prequel series will be able to make us care about the likes of Gannicus in just six episodes.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Judging by the premiere, I get the sense this season will be every bit as good as the previous two.

Apr 24, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

With overripe dialogue that sounds like Shakespeare ground through a blender of baroque profanity, punctuated by action sequences of almost comical brutality amid orgies of debauchery, Spartacus is back with a vengeance.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

The show keeps you on your toes.

Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Vengeance

  • Jul 31, 2020
    A very underrated show. Excellent casting that grew into their roles. Great writing and a artistic, gritty, bloody art style that really makes it unique. Very glad I gave it a chance. Sad to see Andy Whitfield die before finishing what I'm sure would have been an epic role he would have grown in, having seen how the story progressed. Took me a while to get used to Liam McIntyre but he made that role his own. Hell, I teared up on his death. A great ending. Slow clap.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    It's alright. Not as good as Season 1 in my opinion. The actor for Spartacus just isn't as good and doesn't feel right and the story felt like it dragged on way too long. It just feels like nothing much happened in the first like 8 episodes.
  • May 26, 2020
    just brilliant. clearly reviewer of this was different to the first season. give yourself an uppercut rottentomatoes.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    Sad the major actor died, still a great piece
  • Dec 15, 2019
    One of the best seasons of television I've seen, high stakes, an excellent story, great villains, and a unique style to set it apart from other shows.
  • Dec 18, 2018
    Sometimes the dialogue is hard to listen to as it sounds like poorly written Shakespeare. That said it's a very enjoyable series especially if you enjoy roman or ancient world type action.
  • Oct 21, 2018
    Never before TV Series I have been trying to find its equal with no success
  • Aug 06, 2018
    Building off of the First Season and the Prequel Season, Vengeance offers a chance to better develop the characters and show a heated Story of Vengeance that concludes the main arcs for many of the characters.
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This, in my opinion, is the weakest of the 3 seasons, but still a great show
  • Jan 03, 2015
    The actors quickly acclimatize themselves with the show as testified by the chemistry among the cast. This is the best season so far for this terrific series, bad CGI be damned.

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