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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:00 AM
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How many seasons of HBO's Rome are there in total?
I've just started season 2 on DVD. Thanks.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:04 AM
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1. There's only 2 seasons
I loved it and could have watched it all the time! Loved the town crier, the political battles, the casual salaciousness. :D

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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:24 AM
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2. Pisser. Good stuff often gets cancelled.
Like so many historical dramas, the time seems really comfressed. Julius Caesar ruled for 10 years before being perforated. Also, the real life Octavia married Antony. I seem to recall that her 2nd husband was Claudius' grandfather.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:27 AM
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3. And so she does.
Marry him.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:29 AM
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4. Dammit, I haven't seen that yet.
I just figured with Octavius closing in, he did not have much time to run away and get bit by a snake.
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GirlinContempt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:29 AM
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6. Ah. I didn't figure it was a spoiler.
as the series follows pretty faithfully most major events.
Sorry.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:32 AM
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7. No, probably not.
Just don't tell me whether or not Octavius succeeds and becomes Augustus, the first emperor. :)
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-25-07 06:33 AM
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19. They also wrote themselves into a corner
They were ignoring some major events that the would have needed to continue the story with some relation to reality.

For instance, Octavian was married twice before marrying Livia - and the second marriage produced his only child, Julia. He divorced her mother on the day Julia was born - and married Livia 3 days later. Livia's son Tiberius, the next emperor, later married Julia. Livia had another son, Drusus (with whom she was still pregnant when she met Octavian; Drusus was the father of the emperor Claudius, and grandfather of the emperor Caligula) and yet they left him out of the story totally - and, even more importantly, Julia. Julia was later the centre of a huge scandal for apparently sleeping with loads of senators (see 'I, Claudius', and the scene with Brian Blessed as Augustus, roaring at the top of his voice "Is there anyone in Rome who hasn't slept with my daughter?" in front of the men concerned), and the question of whether her children (from her marriage to Agrippa), or Tiberius, would succeed Augustus as emperor was a huge one in Rome.

So, despite some excellent real life material for drama, they bizarrely left that out. They weren't going to be able to tell a decent story - I wonder if they'd already decided they wouldn't try to re-cover the history written about, and shown, in 'I Claudius', so they'd decided to tell whatever story the felt like by the end of the 2nd series.
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:29 AM
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5. 2. That show was way too expensive to continue production. nt.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:41 AM
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8. So sad.
I love Rome. Production values were stellar. I bet if they had found a bigger Sopranos-sized audience though, it would not have mattered.
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IndianaJones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 09:42 AM
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9. It was definitely a great show.
I was pissed when they cancelled Deadwood.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:21 AM
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10. Felt the same about Carnivale
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:47 AM
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17. I loved Carnivale too. My wife loves watching Big Love
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:49 AM
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18. John from Cincinnati is weird, but for some reason I keep watching it.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:24 AM
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11. If you liked HBO's "Rome", you might like these
books by Steven Saylor: http://www.stevensaylor.com/RomaSubRosa.html

or the book "Roma" by the same guy: http://www.stevensaylor.com /



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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:28 AM
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12. I'm still pissed off that they cancelled DEADWOOD after season 3
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:32 AM
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13. That was an awesome show
I miss it. :(
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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:35 AM
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14. A little bloody, but I did enjoy it.
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:38 AM
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15. Rome is fantastic!
I can't wait to get the DVD for season 2 and rewatch the whole series.

I love the actors. They really brought the historical people to life.
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 10:45 AM
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16. Only 2.
As others have said, it was too expensive to sustain. The BBC planned to recycle the set for the new season of Doctor Who, but it burned down.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-25-07 07:33 AM
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20. Terrific show
I just got the first episode of season two in from Netflix. I can't wait to see it. It's been a year since I Netflixed the first season.

This show is superior in just about every way--sets, costumes, acting, cinematography, writing, you name it. And I love some of Titus Pullo's expressions. It's been hotter than Vulcan's cock here lately.
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