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Geddoe - August 17, 2008 08:42 AM (GMT)
Rome...IMO and most others, the greatest television show since the turn of the millennium.
If you haven't seen it at all, go and do so now. I've been so addicted to the show that I'm spending entire days watching episodes.
It depicts the violent transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire through the eyes of major historical players such as the Warlord Marc Antony, the Senator/General Pompey Magnus, the brilliant, young Octavianous, the devious Atia of the Julii and of course the mighty Gaius Julius Caesar.
Then there are two main characters which are mostly fictional; Lucius Vorenus Commander of the XIIIth and Titus Pullo; a warrior without equal on the battlefield. Though both characters are mentioned briefly in Caesar's true Writings, their characters are mostly fiction.
The acting is phenomenal (which goes without saying) and the story progresses very nicely (coming from an ancient history buff) as well as the budget and effects are absolutely above standard. (understatement)
I can't imagine any show/movie could ever capture the rise of the Roman Empire and the culture and everyday life of Rome any better than John Milius, William J. MacDonald, and Bruno Heller (the creators) did.
Just thought I share a piece of brilliance :)
Wyatt Lightfellow - August 18, 2008 03:21 AM (GMT)
Sounds like an interesting show. I was always a big fan of the Empire in school.
What channel is it on? Is it cable broadcast or online somewhere?
Geddoe - August 18, 2008 03:39 AM (GMT)
It was a 2 season show that aired from 2005 to the end of 2006. The first depicting the rise of Caesar and the second about Marc Antony's power hungry rule and the conquest in Egypt with Cleopatra.
It was originally aired on BBC, but BBC did a funny thing.
They claimed that English people already knew the backstory about Rome and the all of the back explanation was cut. But they eventually found out that they did this so there could be more action and sex scenes than "boring talking" and it was rated badly there.
But here US and Canada it was aired on HBO(uncut) and then History (after the show finished) you can still find episodes on history but you need to start from the beginning. I suggest either going to your local video store and renting the season discs or *cough* watching them online *cough*
Wyatt Lightfellow - August 18, 2008 03:42 AM (GMT)
Oh, okay. Thanks. I'll definitely have to check them out in the next couple of days.
Geddoe - August 18, 2008 05:12 AM (GMT)
Here's some cool scenes from the series.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP6XU_d1boE
There's a gladiator clip mixed in there too but its mostly Rome.
Wyatt Lightfellow - August 26, 2008 06:28 AM (GMT)
I think I saw one of them fellers from the movie Desperado in the opening seconds of that clip, but I could be mistaken. It also seems like a couple of the guys from Jarhead are in some of the shots too. Unless, I'm just seeing things again.
I'll definitely have to look this one up though to see some of the shows.