My thoughts on Spartacus: Vengeance episode 1 are here. Like before,
Episode 2 was not great, for a lot of reasons, but most relevantly, because Seppius and Seppia didn’t have any scenes together, and only had one scene each apart.
Oh well. Not every single episode can be great. Might as well get the duds out of the way.
Glaber’s right hand man – a tribune, it would seem, who is named Marcus like half the male population – convinces him that they need Seppius’ men in order to search for Spartacus. (There’s something up with this guy. He hasn’t acted suspicious in the least, which makes me think him very suspect indeed. He just seems very loyal to Glaber and very wise and cool-headed and NO ONE IS THIS GOOD ON SPARTACUS, so I’m piqued. I guess we’ll see. Tell us your secrets, Marcus.
He doesn’t stand on ceremony for long, and ends up saying some truly terrible things to Glaber, reminding him that he was the one who brought Spartacus to the Republic, that he owes his position as Praetor to Senator Albinius – Ilithyia’s father – and that the people wouldn’t like to hear that Ilithyia and most of Glaber’s men left Batiatus’ house just before (the lie)/at the beginning (the truth) of Spartacus’ massacre, and that it might have been stopped then and there if they had remained.
I was impressed with Seppius. It wasn’t clear to me which man was supposed to be the superior from last week’s episode. We’ve seen Glaber embarrassed and defeated and blackmailed and belittled, but he was still a man of great power and position in comparison to Batiatus. And he certainly outshone Seppius when he spoke in the market at the end of last episode. But the way Seppius handled Glaber in this scene made me wonder whether they’re not actually on rather equal footing, in terms of political/connectional advantages, and intelligence. In parallel, Ilithyia encounters Seppia in the market. They greet each other as great friends, and very amicable. Curious, since Glaber and Seppius seem to hardly know each other.
I’m now even more convinced that Seppia is another Ilithyia. It was like watching two Ilithyias talk to each other. It sort of reminded me of the smack-talk show down between the cybermen and the daleks in Doomsday (Doctor Who). (Can I win an award for nerdiest reference ever?) Except that they pretend like they’re getting along. Actually, they’re quite warm at first, but it gets catty quickly.
Seppia mentions Seppius briefly, saying only that she had just parted from him so that he could go meet with Glaber. She wants to know the gossip from Rome, but Ilithyia claims ignorance, focused on “husband and coming child”. Seppia is surprised, because she knows that Ilithyia is acquainted with everyone. “And desired by more than a few” Ilithyia adds. They laugh.
Seppia: “How I envy such attentions.”
Ilithya: “And how I miss them. “
Seppia: “Must all joy be so abandoned when weighted with husband.”
Ilithyia: “It must. If a woman is of proper breeding.” Right, Ilithyia. Whatever. We know the truth.
…Perhaps I should entreat the gods to shield me from such dour fate.”Ilithyia is insulted; hides it. I don’t think Seppia meant offense, exactly, but she was thoughtless. It was exactly like Ilithyia and Lucretia’s first scenes together.
And it’s not like Ilithyia is unhappy in her marriage. She and Glaber have had some pretty ugly moments between them, but they’re still sweet sometimes:Well, we now know that Seppia is definitely not married, and possibly shows little interest in it. Interesting that she even considers that a possibility. Hmmmm? I guess if she’s got a big brother to take care of her, then she doesn’t need to…?
On the other hand, I find it highly unlikely that Seppius wouldn’t marry her off for some political advantage. Not just because almost any man would do that in his position, but Seppius in particular strikes me as prone to that sort of maneuvering.
I liked how the two scenes were parallel: Seppia meets the wife while Seppius meets with the husband. We also learn that Seppia and Seppius were together prior to that. They seem to have always been together recently when we see them. I think they do live together and probably spend a lot of time together.
Also of note:
And I’m not surprised that Seppia and Seppius didn’t have a scene together in this episode, because Seppius made sweet love to his piece of fruit during his meeting with Glaber:I’m serious. These two needed to get a room.
So, yeah, very little to speak of, nothing to get excited about. Next week has to be better. Friday can’t come soon enough.