Spartacus: War of the Damned – “Mors Indecepta” Review
Spartacus demonstrates that strategy trumps brute force in “Mors Indecepta”.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
In this week’s episode of Spartacus: War of the Damned, “Mors Indecepta”, Spartacus and Crixus continue to quarrel. Crixus continues to let his anger overpower his wit, constantly pushing to launch a full-force attack against the Romans. Spartacus knows how their army works, having served with them in the past. His strategic acumen has saved the rebels more than a few times, and yet Crixus still apparently has no faith in his decisions. Their differences come to a head in this episode in an unexpected all-out brawl between the two, something we haven’t seen since the first season of the show. Will they end up parting ways, each forming his own group, as is written in history?
As the Romans descend on Spartacus’ camp, things are looking dire for the rebellion. Marcus Crassus has outwitted Spartacus, backing him and the rebels against a literal wall in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. With little food or protection from the weather, things are looking bleak.
The sequence where Spartacus takes a few of his most battle-hardened warriors to sack the Romans’ camp at nightfall was great. The fight scene was well-choreographed, and the tension was high. I really thought that this was the end for Naevia when she got speared and narrowly avoided decapitation. Of course, her becoming injured leads to Spartacus and Crixus butting heads once more, and the aforementioned schoolyard brawl between the two – which was pretty even! I enjoyed when the Roman guard called the rebels cowards upon their retreat, and Crixus single handedly murdered everyone in sight. While his rage often gets the better of him, and sometimes screws up Spartacus’ plans, there’s no doubt that he’s a valuable asset.
The sub-plot involving Tiberius and Kore feels worn thin at this point. There needs to be a resolution to this arc already. Kore has been in Marcus Crassus’ presence multiple times since Tiberius raped her, yet she still can’t seem to get the words out. I wanted to see how Crassus would react to the news of his son raping his lover, but it seems this will remain unresolved until the final episode. Kore even lets Caesar in on her secret, and he escorts her to the battlefield to tell Crassus, but she still can’t spit it out. It’s getting ridiculous now. Also, one would think that the prospect of sex with Crassus would be unappealing given the circumstances. This is just not how a real person would react in this situation. Thankfully, her actions make a bit more sense at the end of the episode when she is seen joining the rebels.
A terrible storm plunges the temperature to far below freezing, and thousands of rebels die in just one night. Sybil, that weird girl who’s been following Gannicus around, marches out in the heart of the storm to give a blood sacrifice with a few other religious followers. Gannicus runs out to save her, and the two predictably end up seeking shelter alone and having sex. Hopefully Saxa will murder this girl soon enough.
Spartacus puts together that nothing is ever as it seems with Crassus, and ponders what the need is for a fortified gate beyond an impassible moat. He realizes that a few men placed along the walls would give the illusion of thousands more behind it, and decides to attack it at nightfall. It’s revealed at the very end of the episode that he smartly used the thousand dead corpses to cover the trench and cross it. Yes, that’s pretty gross, but thousands more were saved because of Spartacus’ clever mind. It will be interesting to see whether Kore means to help the rebellion, or infiltrate their ranks as Caesar so efficiently did.