Rome: Season 1, Episode 2

How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (4 Sep. 2005)

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Caesar winters his army in Gaul near the Italian border while his enemies in Rome fear that he will do something no Roman General has done: cross the Rubicon with his army. To ... See full summary »

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Caesar winters his army in Gaul near the Italian border while his enemies in Rome fear that he will do something no Roman General has done: cross the Rubicon with his army. To counter-balance his opponents, Caesar puts his friend Mark Antony up for office as the people's Consul. Vorenus and Pullo accompany Mark Antony and Octavian to Rome. For Pullo, it's an opportunity to get drunk and ravish every woman in sight. He also loses all of his money in a crooked dice game leading to a major brawl. For Vorenus, he will have a reunion with his wife Niobe who he has not seen for 8 years. He's told that the baby he finds in his home is his grandson but Niobe is hiding a secret. In the Senate, there is a move to have Caesar declared a traitor but when Mark Antony tries to return to the Senate to veto their decision, Pullo is attacked by someone he fought the night before. Antony thinks the attack is against him and Pullo kills the man and Caesar declares Pullo a hero. Written by garykmcd

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When Caesar is listening to the troop-status reports, the officer in charge mentions that some of the soldiers have died from "flux". Flux is a term used to describe dysentery or other diseases causing the loss of fluid by diarrhea or hemorrhage. Dysentery and illness in general was the largest causes of death for soldiers in the field up until the modern era. More soldiers in world-history have died from illnesses in the field than from combat related wounds. See more »

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Among the things that Pullo claims before Vorenus and Pullo arrive in Rome, is that he will "smoke all the smoke" in the city. This "smoke" can't be tobacco, which is American in origin and therefore unknown in Ancient Rome, but might well be cannabis or opium since both were known to the Romans at this time. See more »

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Gaius Octavian: They say that Caesar is a war criminal, and that he intends to march his army on Rome.
Lucius Vorenus: That is sacrilege; no man of honour would follow him.
Titus Pullo: Well I'm no man of honour then... cause I say Caesar should ride in here! With *elephants* - and squash Pompey *and* Cato *and* anyone else that wants it. That's what I say!
Lucius Vorenus: That is because you govern your reason no better then you govern your tongue.
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The show gets real interesting...
26 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The pilot put a few things in motions, but without being overly interesting or original. This second episode however makes me want to see more of the series for a few different reasons (I had rented the first DVD to see what this was about and might have been ambivalent about continuing to watch Rome if not for the detailed and cohesive treatment this second part received) From the political maneuvering in and out of the senate, to the fitting title and daring approximation of what day-to-day roman life might have been like, this show starts to paint Rome with assured brush strokes easily meshing the landscape with the various portraits from nobility to lower classes (plebes), delving into or mentioning briefly Medellin, marriage, religion, duty, family, fun, warfare, sex, slave trade, treason and personal aspirations.

Besides the heavy weight on crucial complex political games, the story is at its strongest following the life of ordinary men, soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who short of becoming friends show a subdued mutual respect. Vorenus has a whole other twist to his 'glorious' return to Rome as he must meet his wife he had not seen for eight years which is the crux of the show's momentum and gives rise to interesting situations and good acting performances. Now, I will have to watch to see what's next...


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