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Rome

Season 1 Episode 12

Kalends of February

4
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2005 on HBO
9.6
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Pullo and Vorenus are now heroes in the eyes of the Roman rank and file because of their arena feats. This causes Caesar to bestow rewards to those he might normally punish.

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  • Kalends of February

    10
    Kalends of February was a perfect and superbly entertaining episode of Rome and a great season 1 finale. I really enjoyed watching this episode because the character development was rich and full of context and the characters lives all took different routes. It was interesting to see where they came from, where they are, and where they are going. It was awesome to see Caeser make Vorenus a Senator. It's crazy to think how a small secret like that of Niobe could bring down a Dictator, but it is often the small things from within that lead to this end. This has been a great ending for the first season of an excellent series. I look forward to watching the 2nd season!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The tyrant is dead.

    10
    The moment we had all been waiting for...Caesar's murder. Would it be cheesy? Melodramatic? I'm glad to report that it was none of the above. Barely any words were spoken throughout the Senate scenes and yet the emotion behind every look, every movement of the body, screamed. The look Caesar delivers to Brutus is one only a talented actor can deliver. It said so much. Betrayal, sorrow, shock, and "Et tu, Brutus"? No words were necessary. Brutus' inner conflict was also painfully visible. He had his father's legacy weighting down his shoulders, and he had the man he looked to as a father dying to death at his hands. One of the most memorable scenes in television history? You bet.



    The moment when Antony arrives and walks away without a word. His eyes said, "You'll get yours. I'll make sure of it". Again, no words were necessary.



    This is probably the only show I have ever watched where I liked every single character. And Servilia is one that is incredibly intriguing to watch. As much as I like Atia, I can also understand Servilia's side. Another amazing scene was the one between her, Atia, and Octavian as she reveals to them that they are now under her power. I specifically loved when Servilia and Octavian stare at one another for a long period of time. Knowing what we do about what Octavian will become, it made me excited for what the future will bring.moreless
  • The best "Rome" episode of the first series.

    10
    This episode was great...At first I didn't want to watch the Rome series, because I viewed them as a combination of sex and war...But the last 2 or 3 sequences of the first season, showed what this show main purpose is:Describing the life of the Romans, in Julius Caesar's time, and the period between Caesar has conquered Gaul and his slaying by the roman senators, although it has some errors...In this episode Lucius Verinus is named senator by Caesar, mainly due to the last episode when he help Pullo defeat the gladiators in the arena...He also finds out of his wife's betrayal, and due to this fact is unable to protect Caesar...The main subject tough is the murder of Caesar ...I liked the last part when Mark Anthony and even Brutus, where crying...

    10/10.moreless
  • This is the best episode of the series so far, quite a finale!

    10
    This is honestly the best episode of the series so far. It's intense, revealing, and it has every kind of moment you could ever want. It has it all.



    Pullo and Vorenus have become sort of local heroes due to their exploits in the previous episode and though Vorenus betrayed Ceasar in saving Pullo's life Ceasar rewards him, making him a senator of Rome along with Celtic and Gallic men. Ceasar's actions to put Vorenus into the senate are self serving though, it is not as though he is rewarding him for disobeying him, Ceasar knows that with Vorenus at his side he is a lot safer then he might otherwise be. But Posca still thinks he should double his guard and Posca is right, though Ceasar will hear none of it. Vorenus becoming a senator actually proves to be more damanging to his personel life then one might think, after Servilia gets word of this news she sends word to him of his wife's infidelity with Evander and the truth of Lucius. This is especially sad because Vorenus and Niobe are at their absolute happiest. When Vorenus confronts Niobe, leaving Ceasar's side, catastrophe ensues on both parts. Niobe, after seeing how much pain and anger she has caused her husband kills herself stating that the child is blameless. And I swear to you this scene if so intense, at first you sense that something is going to happen maybe Vorenus will hurt her in a fit of anger but when Niobe ends her life, it's just so shocking. Pullo (who is actually unaware of a lot of what has happened in this episode, and a lot of what will happen) and Eirene are reunited when he returns to Rome, despite his affilictions. His recent fame provokes him to seek companionship from women and yet he does not act upon these urges. You really feel something brewing between these two, despite everything, especially when Eirene is presented with the oppurtunity to kill Pullo and she is not able to. It it quite obvious Pullo still has deep feelings for her. And Eirene seems to be, feeling something. After he takes her out of Rome on a trip seeking forgiveness for his wrong doings he seems to earn her forgiveness as well. Servilia's plan to seperate Ceasar from Vorenus is much more complicated then it appears, she also seperates him from Mark Anthony and Posca. He enters the senate house unguarded where Casca, Cassius, Cimber, Trebonius, and Brutus await to attack him. Ceasar is dead.moreless
  • What a brilliant episode and way to setup next season.

    9.6
    Part of the beauty of Rome is the fact that its based on actual history. You know Caesar is going to die and that Brutus and the other senators are the ones responsible. What really makes this a great series as how well they link in these fictional characters to the actual events.

    Vorenus, confronting Niobe over the legitimacy of his alleged grandson that is actually her child and then the outcome.

    Pullo finding redemption for the things he had done and returning with the one he had wronged was heart warming.

    Servilia telling Atia that basically shes dead and her family with her when she drops the news that Caesar has been killed by Brutus and the other senators.



    During all of these scenes the actors were magnificent. You could feel the pain roling off Vorenus as he sat facing Niobe wondering what he should do. Pullo seemed so convincing that he was a man turning over a new leaf. And Atia, the woman you had grown to hate for all her scheming and back stabbing, left me feeling sorry for her plight at being alone in this political maelstrom. With no Caesar she is completely vulnerable to the reprisals of all those she had harmed.



    Seriously, the first episode did not impress me that much, but the finale was jaw dropping. I truly believe that now that Rome has estabilshed its characters, it will only get better in the 2nd season.moreless
Frank Baker

Frank Baker

Doctor

Guest Star

Lorenza Damiani

Lorenza Damiani

Venus

Guest Star

Peter Gevisser

Peter Gevisser

Casca

Guest Star

Lydia Biondi

Lydia Biondi

Merula

Recurring Role

Guy Henry

Guy Henry

Cassius

Recurring Role

Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice

Newsreader

Recurring Role

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