Steph (normandie_m) wrote,

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Roman history on the telly

SBS is showing the third of the Imperium mini-series tonight. This one's about Nero. I've seen it in the cable tv guide before, but every time it was on I wasn't prepared to sit down for three hours to watch it. I'm curious as to why they haven't shown Julius Caesar first. Come on! Christopher Walken plays Cato the Younger! What's not to love? Anjuli even claims that it was this tv movie that helped her get a distinction in Roman Society and Civilization last semester!

If it's anything like the Augustus one, I have a feeling I'm going to be horribly disappointed and angered by the historical inaccuracies. However, Ian Richardson's in it, as is John Simm, who going by Life on Mars, must be a good actor (because LoM is yet to screen on Australian tv *grumble*). And he's playing Caligula, which will no doubt be entertaining (but not as entertaining as John Hurt was, I'm sure).

Also? While we're on historical dramas about ancient Rome, the ABC needs to show this, stat. Lookit all the actors! Sean Pertwee as Caesar! Frank Gallagher David Threlfall as Constantine! And Jonathan Hyde! (Who's playing someone I don't know, but who cares because it's Jonathan Hyde, right?!)

Pompey continues to crawl along at a snail's pace (interspersed with periods of studying for the two exams on Tuesday). I've reached the halfway point on it though, which I consider pretty good considering that it's due on Friday. I figure I can probably reach 1000 words tonight if I play my cards right. Maybe?


Yep, that was bad. Serious screwing around with the timeline (Nero was a baby when his father died and would've been only four when Caligula was assassinated, not in his late teens. And Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus died of DROPSY, not from a knife to the gut!) and Agrippina miraculously still looks about 30 when her son's in his 20s. Claudius in this had me wishing to be watching Derek Jacobi's portrayal instead. And the whole subplot where Nero falls in love with a slave girl? A little implausible. I'm holding out hope that Poppaea will turn up in the next part but that might be asking a little too much.

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