‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Episode 3: ‘The Greater Good’ Recap

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‘The Greater Good’ is the first episode of this young Spartacus: Vengeance season to allow advancement of the various plotlines, now that the necessary exposition and set up has been handled by the premiere and last week’s episode: ‘A Place in This World.’

Here, Spartacus is determined as ever to help Crixus locate the missing Naevia, although it may mean putting the lives of those who follow them at great risk. Seeing this as a detriment to the cause, and his own life, Spartacus’ close ally, Agron (Daniel Feuerriegel), deceives Crixus by telling him that the woman he seeks is dead. Agron and his newfound Syrian friend Nasir/Tiberius (Pana Hema Taylor) fabricate Naevia’s demise under the belief that a prolonged search for one slave is contrary to the group’s ultimate goal.

Spartacus is far less pragmatic, unwilling to consider the whole greater than the sum of its parts –which he demonstrates in his speech to the group upon learning of Agron’s deceit. Unfortunately, the decision to follow Crixus to the mines in search of Naevia results in a major depletion of Spartacus’ ranks. Instead of joining them, Agron takes several men to intercept slave ships and hopefully bolster the rebellion’s numbers.

As the men head off toward the mines, Ashur (Nick Tarabay) attempts to work over Oenomaus (Peter Mensah) with a disturbing amount of glee. However, Ashur’s former Doctore is made of stern stuff, and refuses to utter single word. Oenomaus’ stubbornness has Glaber refer to him as “a statue that bleeds” – which puts Ashur in the uncomfortable position of offering the Romans nothing of value.

Lucretia (Lucy Lawless), however, comes to Ashur’s aid, coaxing him down the path of deceit and betrayal that has seemingly always filled the House of Batiatus. Wielding the truth behind the death of Oenomaus’ wife Melitta (Marisa Ramirez), and the revelation of her infidelity (forced and otherwise) with Gannicus (Dustin Clare), Ashur is finally able to elicit a response from the bloodied Oenomaus. Though he doesn’t come right out and say it, Oenomaus’ words are enough that Ashur can pinpoint the rebels’ destination.

Meanwhile, displeasure at Glaber’s inability to quell the rebellion quickly has brought Varinius (Brett Tucker) and Ilithyia’s father to Capua with the promise of gladiatorial combat to better distract concerned citizens from the omnipresent fear of slave rebellion. Glaber’s wish to rise in the senate is constantly thwarted by his father in-law, who clearly favors Varinius, and sees Glaber responsible for the current Spartacus situation.

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Glaber’s professional aspirations begin to take a toll on his personal life, as he finds himself unwilling to make love to his wife, referring to it as a “task,” which he cannot complete as his mind is elsewhere. Glaber’s troubles (intimate and professional) appear to be in stark contrast to the force that drives his adversary, and those who would follow Spartacus.

But Glaber finally puts one in the win column as he announces to the crowd gathered in the arena that his troops have been dispatched to capture Spartacus once and for all. This move not only delivers a crushing blow to Spartacus, but also publicly embarrasses Varinius and earns Glaber favor with the people of Capua.

Things go south in the mines after Glaber’s forces arrive with Ashur in tow. Although the rebels recover Naevia (now played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson), they soon learn the price for her is Crixus’ freedom, which the Gaul gives freely to see her taken to safety.

The examination of passion as a driving force, and all the facets that surround it make ‘The Greater Good’ arguably the best episode of Spartacus: Vengeance thus far. Now, on the run, and with his control of the Gauls in question, it looks as though Spartacus may face his biggest challenge yet in next week’s episode: ‘Empty Hands.”

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Spartacus: Vengeance airs Friday nights @10pm on Starz.

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  1. Great episode… nuff said

  2. This episode had me on the edge of my seat. Im pumped for the next one!!

  3. Ok was I the only one who thought Ashur knowing about Gannicus and Melitta impossible?

    How could he had known about it? For 1 he wasn’t there and 2 and more importantly, he was merely a recruit so how is it that he knows all the details now?

    Major plothole.

    • to Reck: He knew because Lucretia told him. Didn’t you see when him and her were talking after he beat Oenomaus, she said that there were secrets in the house, then it cuts to Spartacus’ guys. That is probably when she told him

  4. This episode had me hooked from the get go and I thought Crixus was going to meet his end in the mines. I really think they picking up the pace this season and words cannot describe the awesomeness of it.

  5. Does anyone know why they changed Naevia’s actress?

    • She demanded for too much money i reckon or probably indispose.

    • Delays in filming meant that she had other commitments

  6. Does anyone else see that there are signs that Ilithyia is possibly pregnant due to Spartacus from Season 1??

    • Sparty was interupted by Lucretia and Lycenia… Its da lil boys baby!
      NUMEREOUS!!

      • That would be an assumption though, considering that they never stated that happened. I think it would belong to Spartacus because if you look at the matrix of the show, both Ilithyia and Spartacus are targets for revenge by Lucretia. Ilithyia locked the doors, Spartacus killed Batiatus. What better way to make things worse? Also, Ilithyia was pleasing herself to Spartacus, why would she do that?? Just thoughts!

  7. Spoiler: I think they jumped the gun killing Crixus. I think that historically he was considered a general later after they amass a legion of slaves to attempt to take Rome. I don’t know the history very well, but I remember reading somthing about that a while back.

    • I don’t think he’s dead because Asher hit him with the sword handle.

      • Damn…I erased it already…I thought he was shown with a blade running through and out his chest…It all happened pretty fast…..I wouldn’t think they’d kill him off this early, but there somewhat a tendency to do that for shock efect on some series lately…

        • the Crixus fight in the mines and the scenes from the gladiator games in Capua were edited in together. You confused the two. Crixus definitely has more to do!

  8. Another great episode, I love this show. DeKnight is so clever in his writing. I do wonder how many seasons he can drag it out knowing the fate of Spartacus, I hope its on for awhile. Crixus nor Oenameous are dead. both were comanders in Spartacus’ Army, which is why I was a little surprised the way the ending played out the way it did, obviously thier taking alot of liberties, but still. should be interesting to see what happens next. I hope Gaiacus makes his return soon.

  9. Crixus should still be alive. I know historically he was there almost to the end of the rebellion. After he died Spartacus held gladiatorial games in his honor, using captive Roman soldiers.

  10. Naevia role was recast because she had to honour and commitment when there was a delay in continuation of spartacus due to andy ill health.

  11. Naevia had to leave for other commitments I believe. I hadn’t read up about this so I thought Crixus had found the wrong woman! A shame, because no emotions stirred in me whatsoever when I saw the face of the new Naevia. The whole build up had to be done but it was an anti-climax to see them reunited. I also thought it was a bit weak how Spartacus just watched Crixus and his fellow Gaul get captured. He could have easily sent Naevia on her way and helped the other two out. I guess they ran out of ideas as to how to go about getting Crixus captured (he’s obviously not dead as they specifically showed the butt of the sword – he will escape in good time). Still, a great episode and I love the series still. Andy’s replacement is doing a really good job.

    • yes! agree completely dissapointing

  12. If you watched past the credits you would see the Crixus is brought back by Asher (You do not see him but he is under a hood..same one you see go over his head after he is knocked out by Asher), as a trophy to get some respect back with the senators. No doubt in my mind that Crixus will end up having to do some work as a gladiator for Roman’s pleasure, and punishment! Maybe even have to fight…yes…Spatacus himself as punishment (That is if Spartacus is captured soon), Have no fear I’m sure they will all be rescued by the branch off troops and escape death. Who knows?

    • I think we’ll see him fight Ganacius(sp) in the arena since they are doing a good job of mixing Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena into Vengeance so well.

      • A Crixus VS Oenomaus in the arena? A way to show the people they are capturing the rebels, one by one…

        Isn’t Ganacius a free man? Maybe Ganacius returns to Capua when he hears his friend Oenomaus is captured…
        After the revelations about Ganacius and Melitta, i see a confrontation between Ganacius and Oenomaus, but probebly outside the arena.

        • I can see a Crixus vs Oenomaus in the arena. The reason I think I see Ganacius returning to the arena is because he is a free man and might be manipulated into returning to the ring as a former champion of Capua challenges a former champion of Capua. Plus in some of the previews we see Ganacius walking to the arena.

          Either way it will be interesting.

  13. another solid episode for spartacus vengeance. i can’t wait for gannicus and oenemus join spartacus (or hoping that will happen). the plot is getting stronger and stronger each episode. and it helps a lot that we keep seeing hot bods along with gore every time.

    - Spartacus Vengeance Fan

  14. Agree – with all comments – this was another great episode. Venegeance is really coming into its own – seeing the rebels out in the open, divided – then on the run, then trapped is such refreshing direction that makes the show ever more compelling.

    I for one am glad the quest for Naveia is now over. There’s a lot more to crizus as a character but the Naveia’s cause was making him a bit one-note. It’s no surprise of Argon separating the group, freeing the slaves is a far greater cause and hopefully now the story will focus more on this.

    Asher truly is a nasty piece of work and Nick Taraby plays him terrific, here we have a villain who is truly despised but still great to watch. For me Glaber still has potential to be a great villain and we can already see his calm manner beginning to break – under the taunting of Varinius. It will only be a matter of time before he seeks retribution.

    The final 10-15 minutes was truly intense – wonderfully cutting in between the battles in the arena and under the ground. For a few breathless seconds I actually thought Asher was going to kill Crixus. That’s what’s so great about this show – you just never know who is safe. Just hope Mira stays alive for a while yet as Katrina Law is simmering hot to say the least.

    Roll on next week

  15. i cant believe they killed crixus in episode 3. it was awesome seeing his true beginnings in season two. now that navia, the different actress than in season 1 is alive, they shouldve let them ‘do it’ once at least! or had some time together before he was slaughtered. i dunno… something!! . i hate when characters change. the new sparticus is no comparison to the first one. and this whole goal they had was about crixus and his love. its sad. its maddening. but i want to keep watching

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