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Roman News [Feb. 27th, 2007|09:18 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz and I are re-watching the first season of Rome- in preparation for the launch of the second season sometime in the spring. One thing that sort of irks me is that, in spite of a budget of $100,000,000, we never get any proper battles- and what's a Roman epic without battles? There's a bit of a skirmish at the very beginning but all the other opportunities for massed, gladius-thrusting, man-on-man action are whimsically side-stepped and all we see (for instance) of the battle of Thapsus is one  poorly  jumbo.  In season II (which you guys on the other side of the pond are already enjoying- lucky you)  I understand they've reconsidered and gone all out to give us a proper account of the Battle of Philippi with armies of- ooh- at least 50 a-side and lots of lovely CGI. I want to see it. I want to see it now!

I love Rome. In particular I love Pullo. Pullo represents everything I most dislike in a man- insensitivity, brutality, machismo, unthinking stupidity- all rolled up into one hunking ball and yet I love him. I don't altogether understand it, but I suppose it's because he's also so boyishly cheerful- the eternal squaddie- Tommy Atkins in a leather jerkin. Anyway, there's nothing he can do- cutting people's thumbs off, carrying out hits for the Mob- which will turn me against him. He bashes some poor fool's brains out in an unprovoked attack and I think, "aw, poor Pullo, he'll come to regret this."

Meanwhile, In another corner of the antique world they've found the graves of Jesus and his family- including his mom and Mary Magdalen- and the discovery is vouched for by no less a person than renowned marine archaeologist, James Cameron. The cardinals are already squealing like stuck pigs. Luvverly! 
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-27 10:41 am (UTC)
I love Mark Antony almost as much. He's such a beguiling brute. And weird, little Octavian.

And we mustn't forget Atia of the Julii- she's my kind of gal!

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From: senordildo
2007-02-27 03:00 pm (UTC)
I hear the guy who plays Cicero played Eric Slatt on Chalk, which I just finished watching. Not as good as Joking Apart, but not as bad as everyone said it was either.

I'm sure the Jesus tomb thing is b.s., but if it somehow wasn't perhaps Christianity would be better off by relying simply on the teachings of Jesus rather than on the supernatural angle of the trinity, which always seemed rather silly to me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-27 03:47 pm (UTC)
I don't doubt that the ossuaries are genuine- but how can you ever prove that the Jesus, Mary and Joseph buried in them are the particular ones we're interested in?
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From: senordildo
2007-02-27 04:05 pm (UTC)
I don't think there would be any way of doing so. Some people might accept it, but nobody would have a fully compelling reason to do so.
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[User Picture]From: cataptromancer
2007-02-27 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, vivat Pullo. Maybe it's because his appetites and his rages are "honest" to some degree - they're just direct reactions to what he wants, needs, and fears. They're not the manipulative lusts of an Atia or the calculated violence of a Caesar, or even the unknown and uncontrolled passions of Vorenus.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-27 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, compared to almost everybody else in the show Pullo is an innocent.

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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2007-02-27 06:24 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if anyone else but me was watching this wonderful show. It is the only thing on TV that I simply won't miss.

I have so many things to say regarding the new season (nyah, nyah, nyah!) but I will refrain from doing so. What I WILL say is: it just keeps getting better!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-27 08:24 pm (UTC)
We've just watched the last two episodes of Season I. They're magnificent.

Like you I find Rome umissable.
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