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Spartacus: Vengeance

Michael was a producer for the second season of Starz' Spartacus series,
titled Spartacus: Vengeance.  The ten episode season aired January - March 2012.
Michael also was the director of episodes 2.1 'Fugitivus' and 2.6 "Chosen Path', and
had a cameo in 2.9 'Monsters' (click here for pics and a behind-the-scenes video).

Spartacus was created by Steven S. DeKnight,
produced by Starz! and Tapert/Donen/Raimi.




Spartcus: Vengeance premiered in the U.S. on 27 January 2012.  It starred Liam McIntyre as Spartacus, Manu Bennett as
Crixus, Peter Mensah as Oenomaus, Craig Parker as Glaber, Viva Bianca as Ilithyia, Lucy Lawless as Lucretia, Dustin Clare as
Gannicus, Katrina Law as Mira, Nick Tarabay as Ashur, Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia, and Dan Feuerriegel as Agron.

Following the fall of the House of Batiatus at the end of the first season (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), the
rebels struggle to survive their new-found freedom and evade capture, while Spartacus seeks revenge on Glaber.




2.01 'Fugitivus', written by Steven S. DeKnight, directed by Michael Hurst; premiered 27 January 2012
Spartacuus discovers the grave responsibilities and costs in his new role as a leader of freed
slaves.  Claudius Glaber's arrival in Capua forces Spartaus to keep his rebellious band intact.


Manu Bennett as Crixus


2.02 'A Place in this World', written by Brent Fletcher, directed by Jesse Warn; premiered 3 February 2012
Spartacus liberates a Roman villa, but its slaves are wary.  Oenomaus throws himself
into the brutal pits, and Glaber supports Lucretia's prophecies, despite Ilithyia's protests.



Tom Hobbs as Seppius; Hanna Magnan Lawrence as Seppia


2.03 'The Greater Good', written by Tracy Bellomo, directed by Brendan Maher; premiered 10 February 2012
Spartacus must navigate a divide that opens up among the gladiators after news of Naevia's fate. 
Lucretia reveals a long-held seret to gain information, and an attack puts the rebels at risk.



Liam McIntyre as Spartacus; Katrina Law as Mira


 

 

2.04 'Empty Hands', written by Allison Miller, directed by Mark Beesley; premiered 17 February 2012

Spartacus leads survivors through the woods, but Crixus returns to a place of past suffering.  Lucretia pries into Ilithyia's affairs, seeking influence with a powerful Roman.


Viva Bianca as Ilithyia


Dustin Clare as Gannicus


 

2.05 'Libertus', written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing, directed by Rick Jacobson; premiered 17 February 2012

Spartacus leads a bold mission to free Crixus from the Romans, but a storied gladiator from the House of Batiatus complicates matters.  Ilithiia's scheming puts her marriage to Glaber at risk.


2.06 'Chosen Path', written by Misha Green, directed by Michael Hurst; premiered 2 March 2012
Spartacus urges his rebels to train for the defense of their new sanctuary.  Lucretia and Ilithyia
seek comfort from each other, while Glaber's forces swell with some deadly new recruits.


Stephen Dunleavy as The Egyptian


 

 

2.07 'Sacramentum', written by Seamus Kevin Fahey, directed by Jesse Warn; premiered 9 March 2012

Spartacus and his rebels try to increase their numbers by freeing fighters enslaved in foreign wars.  Lucretia seeks to recruit one of her husband's former gladiators to out-maneuver powerful Romans.


Nick Tarabay as Ashur


Liam McIntyre as Spartacus; Katrina Law as Mira

 


2.08 'Balance', written by Brett Fletcher, directed by T.J. Scott; premiered 23 March 2012

Spartacus gets a chance for vengeance when a prominent Roman is captured.  The intrigue amongst Glaber and the women surrounding him heats up.



2.09 'Monsters', written by Brett Fletcher, directed by T.J. Scott; premiered 2 March 2012
Spartacus must convince his people to unite against a Roman assault.  Lucretia struggles to be free
from the commands of men who threaten her fate.  Glaber's ruthlessness has consequences.


Peter Mensah as Oenomaus


2.10 'Wrath of the Gods', written by Steven S. DeKnight, directed by Jesse Warn; premiered 30 March 2012
Dwindling supplies and a superior enemy brings the rebellion to its knees.  Spartacus must
restore hope to his people as they careen towards a final confrontation with Glaber's army.


Craig Parker as Glaber; Paul Glover as Salvius

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