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Pullo!! Vorenus!! Antony!! Atia!! Octavia!! Octavius!! Brutus!! Herc’s Seen Tonight’s ROME And Has Word Of Those To Follow!!

I am – Hercules!! HBO unleashes another fast-moving episode of “Rome” tonight, with Lucius Vorenus settling into his new career as a Vito Corleone of Ancient Italy (with Titus Pullo serving as his Santino). Atia and Octavia get stoned together. Things go badly for a drunken Brutus in Bithynia. Antony bullies Cicero into reconsidering Antony’s retirement plans. And there’s a major reveal that will dramatically refocus Pullo’s energies. Octavian sits out this installment, but makes a compelling return next week, played by a different actor. There’s also a stellar denouement this week involving Atia and a cheeky young servant. If you don’t want to ruin next week’s fun, don’t highlight the invisotext below: For Immediate Release Jan. 23, 2007 ROME - FEB. EPISODES Episode #16: "Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare)" Debut date: SUNDAY, FEB. 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) Other HBO playdates: Feb. 5 (9:00 p.m.), 7 (11:00 p.m.), 8 (1:00 a.m.), 9 (10:00 p.m.), 10 (12:45 a.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT), 11 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (11:00 p.m.), and March 2 (8:00 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Feb. 4 (1:00 a.m.), 6 (10:00 p.m.) and 13 (9:00 p.m.) Her treachery exposed by Duro (Rafi Gavron), Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) finds herself in Atia's (Polly Walker) villa at the mercy of Timon (Lee Boardman). Searching for Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) in the Mutina countryside, Pullo (Ray Stevenson) runs into Octavian (Simon Woods), who has just won a bloody battle against Mark Antony (James Purefoy). The new Caesar has decided to return to Rome with his army, and sends Marcus Agrippa (Allen Leech) to tell Octavia (Kerry Condon) and Cicero (David Bamber) the news. Meanwhile, encamped with a new army of mercenaries in western Turkey, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) and Cassius (Guy Henry) have plans of their own. Vorenus and Pullo arrive at a slave camp in search of Vorenus' children, and are shocked to discover their fates. Written by Todd Ellis Kessler; directed by Adam Davidson. Episode #17: "Heroes of the Republic" Debut date: SUNDAY, FEB. 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: Feb. 12 (9:00 p.m.), 14 (11:00 p.m.), 15 (1:40 a.m.) 16 (10:00 p.m.), 17 (12:30 a.m.) 18 (8:00 p.m.) and 28 (midnight), and March 2 (9:00 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Feb. 11 (1:00 a.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.) and 20 (9:00 p.m.) Against Pullo's advice, Vorenus returns to the Collegium with his rescued daughters (Anna Fauista Primiano, Coral Amiga) and son Lucius (Alessio Cuna), who are soon reunited with Lyde (Esther Hall) and undergo a cleansing ritual for past sins. Denied a triumph in Rome, Octavian urges Cicero to embrace his request to be made consul; in exchange, Octavian promises not to make a move without consulting Cicero first. Octavian is reunited with Atia and Octavia; while the former begs for forgiveness, the latter doesn't like what her brother has become. Octavian's first act as consul takes Cicero and the Senate by surprise. Vorenus attempts to make peace with Memmio (Daniel Cerqueira) and Cotta (Cosimo Fusco), who wonder if he's gone soft. To gain advantage over Brutus' and Cassius' army, two adversaries patch up their differences. Written by Mere Smith; directed by Alik Sakharov. Episode #18: "Philippi" Debut date: SUNDAY, FEB. 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: Feb. 19 (9:00 p.m.), 21 (11:00 p.m.), 22 (1:30 a.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.) and 24 (11:15 p.m.), and March 2 (10:00 p.m.), 3 (12:45 a.m.) and 4 (8:00 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: Feb. 18 (1:00 a.m.) and 20 (10:00 p.m.), and March 6 (9:00 p.m.) Brutus and Cassius see their military advantage vanish in the wake of Octavian's new alliance with Mark Antony. In Rome, Vorenus receives orders to execute scores of Rome's elite, dividing the task among the Collegium's gang captains. Cicero attempts to warn Brutus of his army's danger, but is foiled by the arrival of Pullo at his villa. Mark Antony adds a few names to the list of condemned, as does Atia; Octavia and Vorena the Elder (Coral Amiga) find themselves enchanted by unlikely suitors; Eirene (Chiara Mastalli) shares some domestic news with Pullo; Levi (Nigel Lindsay) and Timon precipitate a synagogue melee; and Atia gets Octavia to reveal a secret as Octavian heads out of Rome. On the plains of Philippi, two armies clash, with the future of Rome at stake. Written by Eoghan Mahony; directed by Roger Young. 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.

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  • Jan. 28, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Best Show Ever.

    by TheJake

    I loves it.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Love the show

    by movieman742

    It's one of the best on tv. I still don't understand why HBO is canceling it and starting like 4 other shows. The first two episodes this season has been some of the best of the series.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Rome Rules

    by Darth_Baltar

    even exceeds (gasp) BSG

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Role Reversal

    by Darth_Baltar

    Rather interesting to see Vorenus turn mafia heavy while Pullo seems to be the moral compass now

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Are you not entertained?!

    by There Are Twelve Models

    I am! I am! The Rome drinking game: When someone's decapitated head is manhandled, take 1 drink.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    It may make sense for an actor change with Octavian...

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    ...but ive been rooting for over a year for THIS actor playing Octavian to make his play for power. This is dissapointing now.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    May the Gods damn HBO!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Unfortunately, I do not have I'm unable to watch the second season as it unfolds. But I just finished watching Season 1 on DVD the other week and thought it was fantastic. Granted, it's not entirely historically accurate and it tends to swerve into gratuitous soap-opera territory. But it's just too good to deny.<P>That is a strange turn swapping out actors for Octavian. Does anybody know the reason behind this???

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    DarthSidious & Darth_Baltar

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "exceeds BSG" = TRAITORS!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Season 2 has been great

    by elecam

    I liked, but didn't love the first season. This season's been a huge improvement. Just in time for HBO to get rid of it.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by chrth

    Octavian becomes the princeps Augustus. You heard it here first!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Makes sense, I can see why they would do that. But doesn't Season 2 pick up immediately after Ceasar's death? Or have they jumped ahead now in the timeline? (Remember, I'm unable to watch the show now. Damn!)

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Thanks Xiphos.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Question answered. Cheers!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius


  • Jan. 28, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The real Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo

    by Mr. Nice Gaius


  • Jan. 28, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    RE: Vog and "WOW" factor

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    How about when Boomer shot Adama at the end of Season 1? "The Hand of God"? The head-to-head between Admiral Cain and Adama?<P>And how in the world can you overlook the "Adama Atmo-FTL Jump Maneuver"??? Or the Pegasus's final kamikaze run???<P>I'm all for the carnage on Rome; they've filmed it better than most movies these days. But simply citing bloody, hand-to-hand combat scenes does not a great show make.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Come on over to the DARK SIDE mr. nice gaius

    by Darth_Baltar

    there is room enuff in this universe to appreciate Gaius Baltar and Gaius Julius Ceasar without hurling the 'traitor' word around so vengfully

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    This is your one warning. This is not a BitTorrent info site. We do not support the trading of information about BitTorrent sites. Any further discussion will be removed from these talkbacks. Period.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by slder78

    "Were you fucking my wife??" ROTFL. i'm gonna miss this show.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    It was a good ep tonight.

    by FluffyUnbound

    I thought it was a little awkward where in one scene Pullo is leaving Rome, and in the next scene he's arriving in Rome. Having his girl complain about walking to Messina and back seemed like an attempt to excuse the weirdness by referring to it directly, but it didn't work. It still seemed weird. But there's a lot to like in the episode. I like the queen-whore trying to ingratiate herself with Vorenus. I liked Cicero's letter, and Antony's reaction. And remind me never to name myself "Carbo" and piss Vorenus off. Getting assraped while your head is held down in a public toilet doesn't look pleasant.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Easy, DarthSidious.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    There is no need to YELL!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Man ass fucking=2....female nudity, ZILCH

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    Thats ok....I suppose I need to be conditioned for when The 300 comes out.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, even though

    by Chest_Rockwell

    me and Brock don't go for that man-ass fucking (huntin Saturday Night Beaver, is our style). But even me and Brock are able to overlook this little bit of man on man assfucking in the greater context of this awesome series. Another triumph for HBO. It just gets better and better. Unfortunately, the dickheads at HBO can't see past their own greedy pockets, and put more of this great series on the schedule. Chest OUT!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    HBO is merging Rome with Deadwood and Oz

    by troutpencil

    First with the den of ill repute owning and also there was gay rape + gay sex, first in series for both. The "did you fuck my wife" scene didn't work properly I think, and the exposition scene with Pullo after his three month walk was really cringey stuff, but what a sweetass show.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Worst episode of all so far

    by Mr Bonefish

    Horrible writing coupled with lackluster direction made this episode hard to watch. Hopefully, the rest live up to the first two.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Double Standards

    by Northridge

    So its okay for Rome to show an assrape, but not okay for The Sopranos to show Vito Spatafore raping Finn?

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I love this show

    by skycrapper

    Vorenus and Pullo are the two most badass characters HBO has. It's a damn shame this series is not going to continue after this season.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Hail Ceasar

    by blackwood

    I love Rome. One of my favs - and while it sucks we likely won't get a third season, I feel lucky we've got a second. There's a definite momentum this season that the first lacked. And I think it's an utter shame they're switching out Octavian - that kid is really fantastic. I hope the new guy can pull it off.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    There was promise of some funky monkey action.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    But I don't think even HBO could get away with that. The guy on guy action doesn't really bother me. But I could do with more guy on chick, or chick on chick, or dare I say chimp on chick action. That would be so Clerks 2. Hey, I'm a guy. Great denoument by the way. Had me worried, they did. Can't to see the new Octavian Ceasar. When Ceasar and Antony do go to war you think Pullo and Vorenus might find themselves on opposite sides. Pullo likes the "young master" and Vorenus seems inadvisably loyal to Marc Antony.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Luc and Titus' Excellent Adventure

    by CrichtonAstronut

    And we learn Anthony Soprano is really Pullo and Cleopatra's son. And Junior's Vorenus's decendant.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    All hail Octavius

    by PwnedByStallone

    He banged his sister and now he's pwning Marc Antony politically. This show is getting good. Next week looks like the shit. I'm glad I fell asleep in history so the outcome of the battle is a surprise.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Rome vs. BSG? Whaaa??

    by BizarroJerry

    What's wrong with people? Why are these shows being compared? They're two separate shows. I like 'em both. Apples and oranges, dammit.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    man on man action's a change of pace

    by BizarroJerry

    Well, I am always looking forward to some nudity on the show, but we got three man-asses, same rear-door action -- one of which was a rape, and Brutus' little centurion. Uh, not that I was counting... By the way, I'm shocked that we haven't seen one naked woman in the brothel yet. I hope we're not done with Vorenus as a mafioso. I was expecting him to sample the Chief Whore. She's barely contained in that outfit.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Good call. We need some female nudity. I want to see that former madam working for Verenus naked NOW.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Chief Whore

    by Abin Sur

    Great job title. Wasn't she the mysterious lady from the crapfest show that was The Lone Gunmen?

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    She was on lone gunmen

    by PwnedByStallone

    and in the movie Hidalgo...and I'm in love with her.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Young Actor for Octavius

    by _Maltheus_

    I know of people in their 30s who look like young Octavius or younger. I think they could have gotten away with the original actor in the part. I would have even accepted bad makeup to keep him in. Getting rid of him is only understandable if they were going on to a third season.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    She WAS in Hidalgo!

    by Abin Sur

    Stallone, I thought I recognized her from that movie...I thought she was quite the dish in Gunmen, the only reason I tuned in as often as I did. Hopefully we get to see more of her in the coming episodes.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    have not seen last night's yet

    by BLWiseass

    but the first two were awesome. I love and will miss this show after this season. I don't care how historically inaccurate it may be. Its good tv.

  • Jan. 31, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    forgive my ignorance

    by Phategod1

    but what is BSG?