Rome S02E01: Passover or The One Where the Jarmada Continues Sailing on Stormy Slashy Seas
Welp, Season Two started with a bang and I feel fairly certain I won’t remember any of this in the right order, but Caesar’s dead, Antony is shock and before he can quite deal with that, Pompey’s son Quintus and some of his buddies try to take out Antony, too. Antony goes to Atia’s. Atia is preparing her family to leave Rome (actually, she’s having their servants do it) when Antony shows up and tells her he’s got to raise an army to avenge Caesar.
To Atia’s dismay, he insists on collecting Calpurnia, Caesar’s widow, and taking her with them. Calpurnia lets them in to pay their respects to Caesar. Caesar’s will is read and Octavian has been named Caesar’s son and heir. Antony has been left nothing. And he is not pleased. And Octavian comes up with a plan for not having to leave the city and winning the support of the people.
Meanwhile, over at Servillia’s Brutus is tortured by having helped kill Caesar, and Servillia is basically telling him to man up, that he did the right thing, etc. but Brutus is pretty distraught. Antony goes for a visit, lays out how they’re going to join together to honor Caesar at his funeral. And he kills Quintus on his way back to Atia’s.
Vorenus, grieving over Niobe’s loses his shit and curses his children Niboe’s sister, acting as though he’s about to kill his kids. And shortly after he stumbles away in his grief, gets robbed and left in an ally. Shortly after that, everyone’s favorite mobster, Erastes shows up and takes all the children.
Meanwhile, Pullo is busy proposing to Eriene, sheepishly apologizing for killing her fiancé and she inexplicably accepts. What the actual merciless fuck, Eriene?! They hear that Caesar’s dead, steal a horse and head back to Rome and find Vorenus unconscious in an alley. They clean him up and help him with Niobe’s funeral.
Caesar’s funeral is a giant-ass spectacle and Antony takes that opportunity to turn the crowd against Brutus and company, forcing them to leave Rome while he holds Servillia hostage.
Pullo and Vorenus finally find out what happened to the kids and they go to a bathhouse and cut down all of Erastes’ men and finally Erastes himself after he tells Vorenus that he raped the children, slit their necks, and threw them in the river. I think he was just looking for an easy death. But anyway, Vorenus takes Erastes head home with him.
And now, the questions.
My favorite part of the episode:
I’m not sure I actually have a favorite part of this episode…there’s a lot of awful shit, here.
Okay, so I guess Erastes getting what was coming to him was my favorite part. And also Pullo taking care of Vorenus.
My least favorite part of the episode:
Vorenus considering killing and cursing the kids. That was fucking awful.
This isn’t the best picture, but Servillia’s olive green dress with the embroidered leaves. WANT. Seriously, I would wear the hell out of that. (Sadly, this was the best pic I could find.)
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why:
This week…I’m not sure. Though I was impressed that Servillia showed up at Calpurnia’s to pay her “respects” to Caesar.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet (obviously used with permission):
It’s a tie.
Guess Jess’s head canon:
Jess was all about Pullo taking tender, tender care of Vorenus and then going on a vengeance murder spree with him.
What made Jenny super happy?
Octavia embracing her rage.