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There was once a dream that was Rome...


I finally got around to downloading season 1 of Rome. I saw some glimpses of the show on a premium channel here and I thought: "Oh, goodie! I never got past the Ceasar years in the Masters of Rome books so... " Frankly, I'm surprised Coleen McCullough managed to write anything after Ceasar's death, she was so utterly in love with him, it was  half touching, half creepy. Anyway... Episode 1 left me underwhelmed. It didn't feel... grandiose enough I guess, not for the introduction to this fascinating world. It all looked very business-like, which I'm sure it was in reality, but... it lacked that... societal tragedy vibe to it that far less historically accurate Gladiator did so well. I'll keep watching to see if the season picks up speed for me, but I'm surprised I didn't become instantly obsessed, given my fascination with the subject matter.

One thing I'm sure of though is that I wish Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo somehow... switched bodies because Ray Stevens is definitely my type of yumm, but I can't help it if I go for the quiet-but-intense-on-the-inside Boy Scout type. So I think I'm going to be Lucius' girl if I get into the show enough to keep watching.

PS: While in tvland... If there is a God, he will NOT allow the Amazing Horrid Ex-Cheerleaders to win The Amazing Race. Or whineyass Luke for that matter. Yes, Victor is my reality tv boyfriend so I might be a bit biased...

I'm trying to distract myself with tv to cover up all the things I still need to do before I leave for Spain/Portugal. *sigh*

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amantium_irae
May. 5th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
5 days. I think. Yeah... 5 days before Portugal.

upsa_daisy
May. 5th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Huh. You described exactly our reaction after watchign the first episode. We watched a while ago and stopped after two or three episodes, but now of course after our trip started again and are through season one now. I don't wanna say anything about it right now, just let me know if you keep watching.

ps: I wish Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo somehow... switched bodies lmao!
amantium_irae
May. 5th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Hee. Really? Aww, it would be so much fun to watch with you, especially now that I know Mr.B is a Rome buff. See, the thing is even if my mind knew so well that there were 1000 unrealistic things about Gladiator, I felt it got THE most important thing right: the drama of it all because if I want the straight up history I'll watch the Discovery Channel.

What they're trying with Rome is straight up history PLUS drama and I'm just not getting that very well so far, with two exceptions: the Octavians. First, Octavia's story was emotional and well done (that must have royally sucked) and second, Octavian is exactly the little ubersmart CREEP I remember from the books.

Hey, Lucius and Titus COULD switch bodies if they did a crossover with Stargate SG1. :p I'm not that shallow, Lucius is my type anyway, but you know... Titus is taller and has the buzzcut going for him. :D
polvodestrella
May. 5th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I've never watched Rome, so I can add much to this post, besides the fact that ... HELL!!!! ONLY 6 DAYS TIL WE MEET!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Sorry, I couldn't help it!
amantium_irae
May. 5th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

:D
iorwen107
May. 5th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'm just as fascinated with the time period, but Rome did nothing for me and I stopped watching after epi 4, but maybe you'll like it more than I did.
amantium_irae
May. 7th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Eh, I haven't had time to go past episode 1. I think I'll stick around till Caesar's death and see if that amps up the drama or not.
theladyswan
May. 6th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah I have NO clue what you're talking about in the Rome dept but I hope you have fun in Spain! I'm totally jealous!
amantium_irae
May. 7th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Spain means Spanish Laura so that's my number 1 reason to be excited.

Geography-wise, I can't wait for Portugal.
venckman
May. 6th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Togas. They make everything better. They still wear them in Rome, right? How I long to visit there someday!
amantium_irae
May. 7th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
Next time you're in London just hop on a Ryan Air plane for like 20 Euros and we can meet there. :)
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