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January 15, 2007

Rome : Season 2

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Well the HBO TV Series Rome has kicked off again and it begins directly from when the last series ended. Julius Caesar's body still lies bloody on the senate floor. The several different plot threads begin to retwine.

I think much of the first episode was shot concurrently with parts of the first series.  The luxuriant sets are still aplenty. I guess it's silly to talk about plots when it comes to a drama set in Ancient Rome and at least loosely based on a series of events that have been covered in more dramas, movies, books etc than I care to remember, suffice it to say we see the reading of Caesar's will and the beginnings of tension between Octavian and Marc Antony. Verinus and Pullo aren't forgotten but I don't care so much about their plots to be honest. The Historical action is far more interesting than some Eastenders drama. 


There are a few points to bear in mind:

  • Julius Ceasar's old slave Posca is still the best actor in the show  Posca
  • Brutus still looks like a leukemia patient. 
  • Pompey's son still looks like my old English Lit. Teacher Mr. Marshall

It was a good episode and I think we're all going to enjoy the upcoming political intrigue but it'll be interesting if they try to squeeze all the events between the death of Caesar and the reign of Augustus in the next 12 episodes or so. Perhaps they'll start to set us up for a season three based on the lives of the Twelve Caesars in the vein of I, Claudius ?



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