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  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Sweet Brigit


  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Cage


  • S 1 : Ep 11



  • S 1 : Ep 10



  • S 1 : Ep 9



  • Cast & Crew
  • Vera Farmiga


  • Heath Ledger


  • Sebastian Roché


  • Lisa Zane

    Queen Diana

  • John Saint Ryan


  • show Description
  • In the year 400 A.D., a young Irish man, Conor, sets out to rid his land of the invading Romans, but in order to accomplish it, he must unite the Celtic clans. Roar chronicles the extraordinary life of a reluctant 20-year-old orphaned Prince who is forced to rise above tragedy to lead his people to freedom. Conor's allies include his trusted advisor, Galen (a wise man who possesses the secrets of magic and power), Tully (a cocky teenage troublemaker), Catlin (a beautiful former slavegirl but now a fearful fighter) and Fergus (Conor's devoted protector). Their enemy is Longinus, appearingly a normal 30-year-old man but who is actually the 400-year-old Roman Centurion sorceror of the evil Queen Diana. In this fight for freedom, what's most important for Conor and his people is the Roar - the roar of the land, the roar of the people - a voice that echoes through every living creature and is the power of life. OPENING CREDITS: The opening credits had the following voiceovers: Long ago, at the edge of the known world the last Celtic tribes were fighting for survival. Europe had fallen to the Romans and this remote and untamed island was the final stronghold of the Ancient ways. and 400 AD, in a land of a hundred warring tribes, a young prince comes of age. Having lost his family and the woman he cherished, he has sworn to unite his people and defend his home. Bent on destroying him is a Roman Queen, Diana and her eternal love, Longinus, a 400 year old man who cannot die. Between history and myth a great battle will be waged, in the name of a timeless power called ... THE ROAR! FILMING LOCATION: The series was filmed entirely on location in Queensland, Australia. BROADCASTING: 13 episodes were produced and filmed, but only 8 were originially aired in the United States on Fox. The complete series was aired in other countries throughout the world until finally in April 2003, a U.S. channel (the Sci-Fi Channel) picked up all 13 episodes.moreless

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  • Quotes (27)

    • Conor: This is the first step toward uniting our land. Now when we fight, we fight for each other, for our freedom, our future and for those that have come before us. This is our home! And we are people that will not be put down, will not be broken and will never be silenced!

    • Claire (to Gar): What have you done? Was it their land, their gold? Your people are out there celebrating. Diana: They're happy. They feel secure here. Claire: You made them do this, didn't you? You and that Roman freak. Gar: Derek was an obstacle to our future... your future. Claire: How many others are dead? Tell me! Longinus: All of them, said the freak.

    • Fergus: Those were Gar's men. You shouldn't be messing with them. Conor: They were beating on a girl. Fergus: Looked to me like they were beating on you.

    • Fergus (to Conor): You're late for your brother's wedding. (to the slavemaster) And you're not invited...

    • Narrator: Long ago, at the edge of the known world, the last Celtic tribes were fighting for survival. The great continent had fallen to the Romans, and this remote and untamed island was the final stronghold of the ancient ways. If the people in the land were to endure, they would have to rise up as one against the invaders. And this they did, with a fury.

    • Conor: How come you never married? Fergus: I was stuck with you.

    • Conor: Do you always have to follow me everywhere? Fergus: Your father said it was you or the sheep. The sheep were already taken...

    • Conor: This is my fight! Fergus (about the slave driver): And he's clearly at your mercy...

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    Notes (13)

    • This pilot episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) and won a Golden Reel Award in the category Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Dialogue & ADR.

    • Two books were written based on the Roar universe. Published in 1998 and written by Sean Kiernan, Roar: A Novel gives a backstory leading up to the pilot episode, and Roar: The Cauldron tells the story of Conor's quest to find the legendary Cauldron.

    • The song heard as they pass into the mystical world is "Mystic's Dream" by Loreena McKennit from her album The Mask and the Mirror.

    • Pasolinus is one of a very few Red Boots serving the empire.

    • This episode is actually presented in a flashback-style format, as Fergus tells the story around a campfire to a group of children.

    • This was the final episode aired on FOX. The remaining five episodes were SCI FI premieres.

    • The song featured at the end of this episode is "Full Circle" by Loreena McKennitt off of her album The Mask and the Mirror.

    • This episode was finally aired later in the U.S. by the Sci-Fi Channel.

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    Trivia (20)

    • TRIVIA: Longinus' full name is Gaius Cassius Longinus.

    • TRIVIA: The song played in light of Claire's death is Loreena McKennitt's "Cymbeline" from her album The Visit. The words are taken from Shakespeare's tragic romance, "Cymbeline", which itself tells the story of the last British-Celtic outpost standing against the Romans.

    • There is a long shot of Gar and his men putting on helmets, but later, as they are riding off, the helmets are nowhere to be seen.

    • When Catlin lets the slaves out of the cage in the Roman camp, one of the later extras can be seen wearing tennis shoes.

    • When Galen takes Conor to the sanctuary for the first time, there is a daytime shot of the valley entrance to the sanctuary, with the two of them walking in. Next shot, the conversation continues to flow but it is now dark.

    • When Claire touches Conor's face and leaves blood streaks on his cheek, they change lengths between shots.

    • When the merchant falls dead, there is a brief moment in which tread marks are visible on the soles of his shoes.

    • When Conor is yelling "fall back" after the battle with the Romans, there is a brief scene in which his sword is bent.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Title: The Spear of Destiny
      The Spear of Destiny was said to have been used by Loginus to stab Christ in the side. It has been said that possession of the spear would give one the power to conquer the world. The fact that at the end of the episode Loginus decides to no longer try to remake the world in his image while in possession of the spear is almost contradictory.

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Fantastic show.

    By crazysoldier72, Dec 01, 2007

  • Decent show, incredible music

    By StargirlDR, Oct 19, 2007

  • Great cast, great scripts, great music.

    By mysterymogul, Jun 06, 2007

  • I love it so much!

    By sirenofthenorth, May 02, 2007

  • A decent show!

    By da_dunker, Apr 30, 2007

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