About a year ago I netflixed season 1 of the HBO series, Rome. It begins in the months leading up to Julius Caesar’s murder. (You know… “Et tu, Brute?”) and focuses on the power struggles between two patrician families. There is another story line showcasing the life of lower and middle class Romans in the characters of two veteran imperial soldiers. Mark Antony, Brutus and Cleopatria are thrown in for good measure.
I enjoyed season 1 though there were the obligatory sex scenes and duplicitous goings on. I did like seeing how Rome was a grimy place and all the cultural (“Yes, Domine”) and religious depictions. So the series ended with Caesar lying on the floor of the Senate. GREAT DRAMA!
Last week I popped in the season 2 DVD. Caesar was still lying on the floor of the Senate. How are the patricians and plebes going to react to the Emperor’s demise? The stuff of GREAT DRAMA, right?
The first episode quickly degenerated into one foul mouthed speech after another. Mark Antony was spreading his seed into any female that walked onto the set. Romans were being sliced in the stomach, neck or any appendage that got in the way. I’m not a prude but I couldn’t stand watching it. Even Hubby was shaking his head.
Sorry to say I’ll be sending back the DVDs sight unseen. It’s disappointing to be unsophisticated enough to “get” the language, sex and violence. So to all you readers (all five of you), “Forewarned is Forarmed.”