Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Jul 14, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Conor and Claire, two star-crossed lovers from warring families, are separated when the young man's kingdom is mysteriously annihilated in a fire on the eve of his brother's wedding. In the aftermath, Conor joins forces with a band of former slaves in order to stand and fight for what he believes is right and just.moreless

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    Keri Russell

    Keri Russell


    Guest Star

    Norman Kaye

    Norman Kaye


    Guest Star

    Leo Taylor

    Leo Taylor

    King Gar

    Guest Star

    Michael Roughan

    Michael Roughan


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • 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.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • 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...

    • NOTES (2)

      • 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.

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