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Empire

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Empire is a historical mini-series set in 44 BC around the time Julius Caesar is assassinated. The show focuses on Octavius (Santiago Cabrera, Haven) , adopted son and nephew of Julius Caesar, and Tyrannus (Jonathan Cake, Inconceivable), a disgraced former gladiator who is sworn to protect Octavius. The mini-series started with a reported $50 million budget, and shrunk down to $32 million after the series was cut from eight down to six episodes, along with other cost-cutting. The show has faced numerous set-backs, including fire destroying sets. It was filmed entirely on location in Rome and South Central Italy.

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  • Watchable, good fun and enjoyable. But it lacks the truth and there for irritating also.

    6.1
    I do enjoy a good show, but at the same time I like to know what actually happened in real life from history. But when you know they have changed what happened, created a whole new story and changed things around which distorts truth. It can be extremely annoying. The characters were all well cast, the story was good and the action was quality. Everything was filmed extremely well and there were no floors in that. But what concerns me is the misrepresentation of what was truth and fiction.



    Once you get beyond that fact there is not too much left but to enjoy what they have given you. Shamefully beyond all that which is good six one hour episodes didn't explain a good enough story and Rome is such a vast subject you could of easily got lost.



    That's not to say the show wasn't enjoyable. I can't take anything away from the acting for each played their role extremely well. Emotion was all there and the hardened warriors even looked the part. So it's watchable but you shouldn't take it as the truth of what happened in that period.moreless
  • Not good...stay away

    6.2
    This is a show that ewvolves around the most boring leader to ever reign over the Roman Empire. Octavius has always been a footnote because of JESUS. The story is so boring ABC slashed the budget by tens of millions of dollars and invented bland characters to complimate a stale story. Wait for the HBO's take on the Roman Empire...cuz its not TV it's HBO



    http://www.epicempire.com/tv/empire-not-so-epic.html
  • This series tries to create powerful, emotional and dramatic moments but fails. At times it's just embarrasing, and some of the fight scenes are not much better than those in Xena or the likes. Most of the actors are acceptable, but not more than that.moreless

    6.0
    This series tries to create powerful, emotional and dramatic moments but fails. At times it's just embarrasing, and some of the fight scenes are not much better than those in Xena or the likes. Most of the actors are acceptable, but not more than that. Good effort, but a mediocre outcome.
  • This six-hour mini-series attempts to portray the end of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Roman Empire. Starting with the assignation of Julius Caesar the story follows Octavius to his eventual victory over Mark Anthony and his ascension to Emperormoreless

    6.0
    This is a fictionalized account using historical figures. It is at it's best a rousing tale, which broke up the tedium of summer reruns and inane reality shows. As history it fails for much of the battle took place in other parts of the empire and of course the conflict is settled far too quickly.



    I rate it 6 out of 10 for it’s entertainment value but thankfully it ended before it turned into a soap opera. The fictional character Tyrannus lends an interesting touch but was probably inspired by the movie Gladiator.



    Hopefully this fall’s HBO’s series “Rome”, which will cover the same ground, will be a more worthwhile use of the viewer’s time.moreless
  • I love watching this show bc i know it has a great cast and I think they do a great job!

    10
    Its great bc, the roles are selected with great actors and actresses.....it is fasinating to me! I love the story ideas for the episodes..... it is one of my favorite thinigs about this show. I do hope they add more episodes so that it can be a regular television show series!
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