Thursday, September 29, 2005

HBO miniseries, "Rome"

Watched the first 4 episodes. Granted, I've never watched any other HBO TV series besides "Sex and the City", though I have heard of and found the premise interesting for shows such as:

Oz
The Sopranos
Carnivale
Six Feet Under

What made "Rome" interesting is kind of like what makes "Lost" interesting : the TV show is done so well with such detail that each episode is almost like a movie, with definate movie quality :) A nice mix of drama, and bits of humour and grit.

What's great about Rome is that:
  • The producers tried to stay true to the culture of the time (50 BC). This is pre-christian era. For example, lots of gratuitous sex.
  • The characters are either very likable or "love to hate", like Ceaser's neice, who, in the course of only 3 episodes:
    • slept with this ugly annoying guy just to get extra uneeded protection for her estate
    • Ceasar left it to her discretion to "pick" a new wife for his politican friend. She chose her daughter, who was already married, and forced her to get a divorce. If the daughter didn't get the divorce, she'd have her husband murdered.
    • Her daughter's marriage to Caesar's politican friend flops, and to ensure her daughter doesn't get back with her "unfit" ex-husband (ie he doesn't have money, but the daughter loves him, oh well) she has him murdered.
    • Of course she convinces her daughter that she had nothing to do with the murder. I think the daughter is going to rip out her mother's throat with her bare hands by the end of season 1 , though :)
    • Sends her son out (who she does seeminly like more than the daughter, by a small margin) to meet Ceaser, with only 1 guard, into enemy territory. Real bright, bitch.
    • Perhaps to keep the favour of the gods, or something, she gets bathed/soaked in freshly murdered Ox's blood. Hrmm, must have been a strange custom of the time.

4 Comments:

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Zutroy said...

Yeah I've seen the first few eps. Pretty good stuff.


Doesn't compare to Battlestar Galactica though :P

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger James said...

You're such a dork.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Zutroy said...

Hey now, a great show is a great show, dorkiness aside.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Medieval said...

Hey, I hear that new Serenity movie is supposed to be sweet, based on a TV show called Firefly. It's sci-fi, right up your alley John :)

 

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