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Postby Lady Sheridan on Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:05 am

Sweet! I admit, I was expecting a major catfight when Servilia found out who was behind the porn walls.

It's all throwing me a bit because in the super similar Rome series by Colleen McCullough, it was Servilia who was the major power player. She was terrifying--she does something so sick to Cato (who was her brother) that I had to gag reading it. I'm going to have to pick up the series again and see how she writes Atia.

I really admire the historic details on the show--it's so nice to see a dirty and grimy city, it seems so real. I'm perplexed as to why Antony was being bathed in his dirty courtyard, but they even had the bath method right!
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Postby Anti-Christ on Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:08 am

Lady Sheridan wrote:
I'm perplexed as to why Antony was being bathed in his dirty courtyard, but they even had the bath method right!

It's obvious why Antony was being bathed in his dirty courtyard. He likes to be clean before he gets "down and dirty".
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Postby nodforlife on Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:39 am

Did Cleopatra remind anyone else of Tank Girl?.....anyone?......hello?
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:09 am

nodforlife wrote:Did Cleopatra remind anyone else of Tank Girl?.....anyone?......hello?


I'm not a huge fan of her look in Rome. I dunno, maybe it's the short hair and maybe it's historically accurate, I dunno, but she just didn't seem very cleopatra-y to me, at least as far as her look was concerned...and her voice drove me nuts.
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Postby Lady Sheridan on Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:24 am

Finally, I'm in the middle of season two after waiting months for Netflix to cough up the first two discs.

I never want this show to end...argh! And there's only two episodes left. Random thoughts:

The loss of Pullo's wife has me thirsting for blood, I never thought I'd root for a character to be whipped to death or crucified, but I want that bitch Gaia to die. Saddest. Scene. Ever. (And it was awfully tough to top Niobe's death.)

Vorenus is a nicer person than me, I would have thrown my daughter out to starve.

Mark Antony continues to amuse me with his depths of depravity and I actually feel quite bad for Atia to lose the sleaze. Any episode that features him naked and panting is my latest favorite.

And on that note, seeing his mom shag Antony sure turned Augustus into a sick little fuck, didn't it? I really loathe him and it's disappointing to know he lives a long and happy life.

I think the ending of episode 20 has to be my favorite closing scene ever. "Antony." "Cleopatra." So cool.
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Postby Fried Gold on Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:11 pm

Rome: The Movie?
While talking with actor Ray Stevenson about the upcoming Punisher: War Zone DVD release, we got him to talk more about the impending Rome movie, which is based on the popular HBO series of the same name. The film is definitely happening, and is in the process of being written at this very moment. Here is what Ray had to say about it:

Is the Rome movie still moving ahead?

Ray Stevenson: Apparently so. It is no longer a smoke and mirrors rumor. The script is in full development. As you are probably aware, this is a pretty strange process. We could go into production in a year, or it could be as quick as six months. Who knows? It will happen. At least it is no longer a rumor. From what I have heard, they are nearing the end of script development. We shall see. We shall see.
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Postby Ribbons on Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:34 pm

Fievel wrote:And because I don't think he has been mentioned... one of my favorite parts of this show that will sadly come to an end all to soon.... the town cryer (or whatever his title is) that yells out all the news and gossip. The best parts are when there are advertisements in the news. Funny stuff.

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Postby TonyWilson on Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:01 pm

I loved Rome, but I can't hold it in the same esteem as I do The Wire and Deadwood - Rome basically became the coolest, oldest, buddy movie schlock that took place in front of an epic and ancient canvas. I think the most resonant story (almost by virtue of it's performance alone) was Mark Antony's, but Pullo and Vorenus' storys were definitely the most purely entertaining especially in the second series. A film would be a very fitting end to the series, and hopefully they could stage a full on battle or two which was sorely missing from a show ostensibly about The Roman Empire.
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Postby so sorry on Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:40 pm

I'm re-watching this series now. I also just re-read this thread to see what my own opinions were years ago when I first watched it.

Ultimately after my total re-watch, I think I'm still going to come to the same conclusion: it was too rushed at times, they glossed over historical facts that I would have found very intriguing, and they had practically no battle scenes!

There's no doubt that Game of Thrones owes much and more to the early HBO success of Rome. But unfortunately for Rome, they never had the budget to go as epic as GoT has.
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Postby Al Shut on Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:11 am

I've rewatched myself a short whikle ago and might do it again if I can find the channel thzat started reruns last week but seems to have switched it's frequency on new year.

Overall I'd say it holds up really well, especially when not compared budgetwise to Game of Thrones but to all other shows that came afterwards and try to spice uo they history/fantasy with sex and violence.

Sidenote: It took me well over a decade to realize I should recognize (but didn't) Kevin McKidd from Trainspotting
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Postby TheBaxter on Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:07 pm

ROME would have been better with dragons.

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