Friday, 28 June 2013

Rome, Episode 1.05 "The Ram Has Touched the Wall" (Review)

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How happy, eh? To be a slave. Have no will. To make no decisions.
Pompey accepted Caesar'struce, and the leader reflects on his next move, happy to be in a stalemate so he can enjoy Servilia's company. Meanwhile, Atia continues to invite him to dinner, and he continues to refuse, making her angry against Servilia.
Vorenus continues in his new profession of slave trader, while Pullo has new job ...

Interesting episode but not as much as the previous one. The various stories, however, go ahead, with some remarkable development.
About blameless Lucius, despite the fiasco of the party persists in wanting to remain a civilian, but things are going worse and worse. He goes for help and advice to the ancient-roman version of the local boss, Erastes Fulmen, meeting him in the thermal baths, a typical movie scene when it comes to today's mafia movies (for example a similar one is in The Blues Brothers.
According to what Marc Antony says, Caesar stalls about Pompey because he don't want to leave Servilia.


Caesar: Judicious use of mercy is worth 10000 men. And if my last coin buys me a throne, it's a fair price.
Posca: A throne?
CaesarPoetic license.

Caesar: Posca here thinks I should accept the truce. Make peace.
Mark Antony: In exchange for what?
Posca: Peace is it's own reward.

Pullo: I've seen you kill. There's plenty of soldier in you.
Octavian: It's not the killing. It's the waving about of swords I find tedious. I dare say I can kill people readly enough, as long as they're not fighting back.
Pullo: Never fear, young dominus. We're make a regular terror of you.
Octavian: At best I will be a middlig swordsman.
Pullo: It's better than nothing.
Octavian: There you are wrong. The gaveyards are full of middling swordsmen. Best to be no swordsman at all than a middlig swordsman.

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