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21 November 2005 @ 03:25 pm
ROME finale  
I must babble. OMG, that was awesome! I love this show -- love the intrigue, love the hook of the "regular (fictional) folk" interacting with the big name historical figures, like Julius Caesar, and I love the beautiful sets and costumes. It lacks the battle scenes, regretfully (not enough money), but this is "The Sopranos" in Rome, not "Gladiator", so I'm okay with it.



Yeah, Caesar gets assassinated. Big shock, I know. :)

Last night was the first season finale, in which the fabulous Ciaran Hinds as Julius Caesar gets to die tragically, Brutus is wracked with guilt and I actually felt a little sorry for him, because he was really a tool of his mommy Servilia and her obsession with revenge (she was Caesar's former, cast-off lover). Servilia herself very politely and coldly tells Atia during a visit what's going on in the senate chamber at that very moment, that her son is part of a conspiracy to assassinate Atia's own much beloved uncle Caesar. Servilia threatens Atia with much suffering, in a brilliantly cold way. But the best part? She does it with Atia's son, Octavian, the future Augustus, sitting right there. And she has no idea what's going to happen to her - but I do. Octavian does *not* give mercy to any of the conspirators. At all. They are not only hunted down and killed, but all their lands and money were stripped away, leaving their families (what few were permitted to survive) reduced to penury. He was, in a word, pissed.

Max Pirklis, the young actor playing Octavian in the show, gives one very convincing furious glance at Servilia, that promises much vengeance to come. But she, like everyone else but Caesar on this show, still underestimates him. Ha, she'll see.

Oh, I'm *so* glad that it was renewed for a second season. It can't come soon enough.
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goddess09807goddess09807 on November 22nd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Hi, You don't know me but.........
Rome is good. I was crying at the end. First with Caesar and then with the tear-jerker that was the Niobe-Lucius confrontation.
Even though I think that Lucius feels that he would never have killed her, he was seriously thinking about it and he was honor bound to kill her. I know what happened is best for everyone but I really, really liked Niobe and will mis both her and Indira. And Hinds as Caeasar, of coure, 'cause he rocked.

That's my $0.02.
lizardbeth: Helolizardbeth_j on November 22nd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Hi, You don't know me but.........
oh yes! Niobe. That was so sad. I don't think Lucius would've done it, but definitely she feared he might, and she wanted to do her best to save Little Lucius. Tragic. I'll miss her too definitely.

But I do think the memory of her is what's going to spur Vorenus on in the hunting-down-the-dog-betrayers next season. Or it would if *I* wrote the show (which I certainly don't -- hell, for all I know they'll skip straight to Augustus vs. Antony in S.2). But I hope they don't, and deal with the immediate fallout of the assassination. (again, sniff)

You like Rome and you like BSG and Helo/Boomer. That's a good start to knowing you! :)