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  • Justice League: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

    Includes:Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: War World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: War World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Comfort and Joy (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart (2004) Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Return (2004) Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Initiation (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Balance (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue (2005) Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Double Date (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Clash (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core (2005) Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Alive! (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act (2006) Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery (2006) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 The greatest heroes in comic book history join forces in this animated made-for-TV adventure. After the United States sends an expedition to Mars, one of the astronauts, J. Allen Carter (voice of Gary Cole), runs for president, and after taking office makes good on a promise to eliminate nuclear weapons, calling on Superman (voice of Kevin Conroy) to use his powers to protect America instead of the bomb. Superman agrees, but he soon he and his fellow superheroes find themselves battling a strange and mysterious force. Superman and Carter are approached by J'On J'Onzz (voice of Carl Lumbly), who was one of the few survivors of a war that destroyed Martian civilization after the Earthlings visited. J'Onzz informs Superman that a sinister cadre of fellow Martians has made their way to Earth with plans to take over the world, and that they must be stopped if the people are to survive in freedom. Superman prepares for the fight of his life by bringing together a team of the greatest defenders on Earth, including Batman (voice of Kevin Conroy), Wonder Woman (voice of Susan Eisenberg), Green Lantern (voice of Phil LaMarr), the Flash (voice of Michael Rosenbaum), and Hawk Girl (voice of Maria Canals). Justice League: Secret Origins was the pilot film for the animated television series, and was divided into three episodes for broadcast on the Cartoon Network. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League must put aside its difference to save one of its own from certain death. The member in question is the Green Lantern, who has been targeted for prosecution (or is it persecution) by a Martian court. Making things difficult is the fact that the Green Lantern's comrade J'onn J'onnz is a member of the selfsame "Manhunter" faction that has arrested the Green One. This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter," and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 In part two of Justice League's three-part debut episode, the earth continues to be imperiled by huge, bug-like extraterrestrials who are impervious to conventional weaponry. Superheroes Batman and Superman respond to this attack by assembling the Justice League, comprised of their fellow do-gooders Wonder Woman, the Flash, the Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl -- plus an alien refugee whose planet has already been destroyed by the shapeshifting bugs, the Martian Manhunter (aka J'onn J'onnz). Though the League puts up a formidable defense against the invaders, it isn't quite enough -- and by episode's end two of the superheroes have fallen in battle! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part debut episode, two of the League members have become casualties in the battle against the Imperium, those huge, shape-shifting, bug-like creatures who have launched an invasion of the earth. Rushing to the rescue of their fallen comrades, the remaining Leaguers must also race against time before the all-but-invulnerable Imperium conquers the world. Further complicating matters are the evil machinations of Senator Carter (voiced by Gary Cole), a purported pacifist who is actually an alien in disguise! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern has been whisked off to Mars to stand trial for his life at the behest of the Martian Manhunters--an organization of which his fellow Justice Leaguer J'onn J'onnz is also a member. Convinced that the Green Lantern will not receive proper justice, the rest of the Justice League rushes to the rescue, while the Green One's longtime superirs, the Guardians of the Universe, show up as character witnesses. But is the whole trial merely a sham, to cover up a sinister conspiracy of evil? This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter", and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, threatens to wreak vengeance against the surface-dwellers who are despoiling his domain. At the suggestion of Justice League member Superman, Aquaman agrees to argue his case before the World Assembly. But sinister forces conspire to send Aquaman off the "deep end" again -- and this time, the whole world may suffer horribly. The Flash and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, has become convinced that the surface dwellers of earth are conspiring against him and threatens to wreak a horrible vengeance. As it turns out, however, Aquaman is being victimized by certain of his own underwater subjects -- and among them may be his own son. Needless to say, the members of the Justice League (minus the Flash and Hawkgirl, who do not appear in this story arc) take it upon themselves to correct this situation and save the world both above and below the waves. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title Justice on Trial. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League member Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, home of her fellow Amazons, in hopes of mending fences with her estranged mother. Upon arrival, she is shocked to discover that the Amazons have all been "petrified" into statues -- the handiwork of evil sorcerer Felix Faust. If she wants to save her friends and loved ones, Wonder Woman must help Felix find three precious artifacts -- but where are they, and why does he want them? The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the League faces a new foe in the form of Aresia, a renegade Amazon from Wonder Woman's home island. Leading a pack of Injustice Gang members, Aresia commits a series of seemingly pointless crimes, humiliating Batman in the process. Wonder Woman dispatches Hawkgirl to Amazon Island to root out the motives behind Aresia's crime wave. Meanwhile, the villainess' gang neutralizes Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash -- making it crystal clear that, for whatever reason, Aresia is conducting a deadly vendetta against the entire male population of Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, medieval sorceress Morgaine LeFey and her equally villainous son Mordred reappear in the present, just before Halloween. The two reprobates are searchinig for the Philosopher's Stone, which will enable them to restore England to its Arthurian glory, with themselves as supreme rulers. In their efforts to thwart Morgaine and Mordred, the Justice League teams with the demonic Etrigan -- actually Jason Blood, who is still paying a terrible price for his long-ago betrayal of Morgaine. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern and the Flash combine their superpowers to thwart Grodd, a criminal mastermind who happens to be a gorilla. Using a diabolical mind-control device, Grodd intends to bring about a nuclear war that will destroy all mankind (not to mention monkeykind!) Meanwhile, several other Justice Leaguers, including Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Martian Manhunter, are trapped in another dimension -- and may never be able to escape! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, several Justice League members are whisked off to an alternate reality, reappearing in Seaboard City, a town that seems permanently locked in the 1950s. Here the Leaguers meet their counterparts, the Justice Guild of America -- all of whom resemble the "Golden Age" versions of DC Comics' familiar superheroes. The League and the Guild team up to thwart the doppelgangers of the "real world's" villainous Injustice Gang, here known as the Injustice Guild. Throughout the action, J'onn J'onnz (The Martian Manhunter) continues receiving psychic messages indicating that what appears to be happening may not be happening at all! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 In the first episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), six Justice League members return from a space mission to find that Batman and his orbiting Watchtower have vanished. Even worse, the earth has transformed into a place of pure evil controlled by dictator Vandal Savage. On this alternate world, a different Batman leads a group of underground freedom fighters in a losing battle against Savage's hordes. The only way by which the Leaguers can set things right is go back in time to World War 2 -- and in so doing, they find new allies in the forms of "vintage" comic-book characters Sgt. Rock, the Blackhawks, and Wonder Woman's erstwhile 1940s boyfriend Steve Trevor! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, renegade Aresia continues to carry out her vendetta against men by infecting all males of Gotham City with a deadly plague. Of the Justice League members, only Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl are impervious to Aresia's assault -- but will they be able to resist her offer to join her mission to destroy every man on the planet? Only a startling revelation from Aresia's past stands between victory and defeat for the remaining Leaguers. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Rex Mason, an old friend of "Green Lantern" John Stewart, becomes a pawn in the sinister machinations of ruthless businessman Simon Stagg. Hoping to create a "perfect" worker, one who can transform into any element on earth, Stagg transforms Mason into the freakish Metamorpho. His new-found ability to change his molecular structure has some rather nasty side effects, however, and before long Mason/Metamorpho has become a sworn enemy of the Justice League. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, medieval villains Morgaine and Mordred summon an army of the "undead" to vanquish the Justice League and to help them get their hands on the Philosopher's Stone. The villains' ultimate goal is to restore England to its ancient splendor, with themselves as absolute ruler. With the assistance of the quasi-demonic Etrigan, the Leaguers are determined to stop Morgain and Mordred in their tracks -- but they may have to do without the assistance of J'onn J'onnz, who is poised to go over to the enemy side in exchange for a reunion with his long-lost Martian loved ones. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 In the conclusion of a three-part story, the Justice Leaguers, teamed with an alternate-reality Vandal Savage, have gone back in time to World War 2 in hopes of preventing the present from being horribly altered by despotic dictator Vandal Savage. Assisting the League in its efforts are such vintage comic-book heroes as Blackhawk, Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman's erstwhile mortal beau), and Sgt. Rock of Easy Company. Unfortunately, the villainy has been doubled as the 1940s-era Savage trades information with his modern-day counterpart. Will the combined forces of good be able to vanquish Savage, or will the horrifiying "alternate" world of the 21st century become reality? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 In the second episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), the Justice Leaguers have gone back in time to World War 2, the better to prevent the despotic Vandal Savage from becoming ruler of the world in "The Present." In pursuit of this goal, the Green Lantern hooks up with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company; Flash and Hawkgirl team with the Blackhawks; and Wonder Woman aligns herself with military officer Steve Trevor. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz discovers that the 1940s-era Vandal Savage has forged a psychic link with his modern-day counterpart -- but before J'onn can act upon this information, the Leaguers fall into a trap! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against Metamorpho, a freakish mutant with the ability to change his molecular structure at a moment's notice. The mission is particularly painful for League member John Stewart (aka The Green Lantern); it seems that Metamorpho is actually his old friend Rex Mason. As it turns out, however, the real villain of the piece is not Metamorpho but ruthless businessman Simon Stagg -- ironically, the father of Rex Mason's sweetheart Sapphire. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, several Justice League members are still trapped in a 1950s-style alternate reality with their "Golden Age" counterparts, the Justice Guild. Several disturbing images suggest that the Guild is doomed to a horrible demise--and that their deaths would also seriously affect the League. As it turns out, the entire dilemma is but an illusion, stirred up by a heretofore unspected menace. The climax of the story is as existential as anything dreamed up by Jean-Paul Sartre! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Wonder Woman must bend to the will of evil sorcerer Felix Faust, who has transformed her mother and the rest of the Amazons of Paradise Island into statues. Felix wants to get his hands on three ancient artifacts and demands that Wonder Woman find them for him. By the time the Justice League (minus Green Lantern and Hawkgirl) has arrived on Paradise Island to lend Wonder Woman a hand, another mega-villain, Lord Hades, has become involved in the intrigue! Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 In the first episode of a two part story, Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor breaks out of prison. The fugitive is pursued by the Justice League, who soon realize that Luthor is dying. As a "last stand" against the Leaguers in general and Superman in particular, Luthor manages to organize his own team of super-villains called The Injustice Gang, among them the Joker, Star Sapphire, the Shade, Copperhead, Cheetah, and Ultra-Humanite! Clancy Brown and Mark Hamill, who were heard as Luthor and the Joker in several previous animated versions of Batman and Superman, repeat their roles here. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against the Injustice Gang, a team of super-villains organized by a dying Lex Luther. Unfortunately, the Injustice Gang gets the upper hand when they capture Batman. As time runs out for the caped crusader, the other Justice Leaguers speed to the rescue...while Luther desperately seeks out a cure for his terminal illness. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice Leaguers the Flash and the Green Lantern try to solve the mystery of a band of thieves who claim to have no memory of committing their crimes -- a mystery compounded by the appearance of a talking gorilla! The trail of clues leads to an ape-research institute, where the evil Dr. Sarah Corwin is working with "criminal gorilla" Grodd on sinister mind-control experiments. Also crucial to the story are some stolen radioactive isotopes, which are used in a doomsday device that threatens to destroy the world! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League members Superman and Martian Manhunter are rendered unconscious by hydrogen pockets while destroying an asteroid before it can hit the Earth. "Rescued" by an alien ship, the two do-gooders find themselves prisoners of the evil dictator Mongul, who intends to pit Superman and Manhunter against his best gladiators on the desolate "resort planet" War World. Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman and Martian Manhunter remain prisoners of the despotic Mongul, who has pitted the Man of Steel against his best gladiators in mortal combat in the arena of War World. Though Superman manages to win his first bout (and without shedding blood), he is ordered to throw the next fight, in which he will square off against Mongul himself. The price for Superman's disobedience will be the utter destruction of an entire planet and all its people! Can Hawkgirl and Green Lantern come to the rescue before any more damage can be wrought by the villainous Mongul? Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, an evil alien spirit continues to wage war against mankind via the Black Heart, a powerful lunar gemstone. The stone has cast its sinister spell on virtually every member of the Justice League, transforming them from heroes to villains. Only The Flash has managed to escape the Black Heart's influence -- and it is up to him to set things right before the alien baddie can create a solar eclipse that will destroy both the sun and the Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Lex Luthor continues his campaign of revenge against the Justice League with the help of the android AMAZO, which is capable of mirroring the likenesses and special skills of the League members. Once AMAZO takes on the powers of Superman -- albeit with an evil twist -- there seems to be no stopping him. The only hope for our heroes' salvation is in the hands of J'onn J'onnz, "The Martian Manhunter," who unfortunately has soured on mankind and is no mood to come to anyone's rescue. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 The Justice League finds itself in the middle of a diabolical "reality show" along the Las Vegas strip. It seems that the Joker has planted time bombs all up and down the main drag of Sin City, and has given the JLers only a few hours to deactivate the explosives. Complicating matters is the interference of The Joker's newest henchpersons, the "Royal Flush Gang": Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten (their voices ironically supplied by cast members of Justice League's "sister" animated series Teen Titans). ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, perennial Superman foe Lex Luthor manages to escape incarceration, though his life-saving armor has been damaged in the process. Hoping to wreak vengeance against the Justice League, Luthor activates one of his many sinister creations: AMAZO, an android capable of mirroring the likenesses and powers of the League members. Unfortunately, the "mirror" is a dark one, as proven by the unsavory "alternate" versions of the Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and the rest. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, must come to the rescue of his fellow "Lanterns," several of whom have pitted their lives against the alien minions of the evil Despero. John is alerted to this peril by another "Lantern" named Kilowog, who has escaped the villain's clutches and made his way to the headquarters of the Justice League. Complicating matters is the presence of Stewart's mentor and former sweetheart Kama Tui, who has apparently sold out to Despero. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, would-be dictator Vandal Savage has commandeered the weaponry of the country of Kasnia, thereby enabling him to hold the world for ransom with a powerful orbiting ray gun. It is up to Bartman and Wonder Woman to stop Savage in his tracks -- and, incidentally, to rescue Princess Audrey from the ignominious fate of becoming Savage's bride. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz, The Flash, and The Green Lantern race against time to disarm the deadly ray. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Superman apparently sacrifices himself for the sake of his fellow Justice Leaguers. Can it be that The Man of Steel is gone from the scene for good? And how will mankind be able to survive without Superman's benevolent protection? Originally intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, "Hereafter" was bumped forward to an earlier playdate due to its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Comfort and Joy This Christmas show is the only single-part episode of Justice League's second season. With Yuletide approaching, the various League members go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday. Superman invites Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onnz (here seen in one of his many earthly aliases) to Christmas dinner with the Man of Steel's earth parents, Ma and Pa Kent; The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl continue to draw closer together, especially during a hilarious snowball fight; and longtime foes Flash and Ultra-Humanite bury the hatchet long enough to help a group of needy orphans. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League races against time to deactive the time bombs that the Joker has planted all up and down the Las Vegas strip. Ultimately the explosives are neutralized, and four of the five members of the Joker's Royal Flush Gang have been disposed of -- but there's still one ace up the villain's sleeve. As the story races to its climax, two of the League members, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, suddenly begin to see one another in a whole new light. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Batman (here seen for the first time on Justice League in his alter-ego digs as Bruce Wayne) and Wonder Woman head to the country of Kasnia, there to thwart would-be dictator Vandal Savage. Having apparently wormed his way into the confidence of the Kasnian royal family, Savage is poised to wed Princess Audrey, thereby enabling him to get his hands on a powerful orbiting ray gun. Can Batman and Wonder Woman save the day without donning costumes and resorting to their special powers? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd has organized the Secret Society, a tightly-knit team of fellow baddies. With the members of the Justice League falling prey to petty squabbles and ego tripping, it looks as if the Secret Sociey will be able to take over the world with the greatest of ease. It is up to The Green Lantern to set things aright -- but without the cooperation of his fellow Leaguers, he may well fail in his mission. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 Season two of the animated Justice League begins with a two-part story set in space and features two of Superman's longtime nemeses, the enigmatic Darkseid and the wholly villainous Krypton refugee Brainiac. While Darkseid endeavors to break a longstanding extraterrestrial treaty between the New Gods and New Genesis, Brainiac foments chaos on the planet Apokolips. Superman's fellow Justice League members combine their talents to find a common solution for both problems, but their efforts are complicated by the questionable motives of Darkseid and the resourcefully sinister Brainiac. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd hopes to take advantage of dissension and disagreement within the ranks of the Justice League. Grodd organizes his own team of villains, including such nasties as Giganta, Sinestro, and Killer Frost. Inasmuch as Grodd's team gets along with one another a lot better than the members of the Justice Leage, it looks as though villainy will triumph over virtue this time around! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice Lords, the evil counterparts of the Justice League from another dimension, have arrived on earth, intent upon either imposing their own sinister brand of law and order on the populace, or destroying the planet in the effort. Hoping to thwart the Justice Lords, the League mounts a brave but vulnerable defense. Just when it appears that the villains will triumph, the good-guy Leaguers receive help from a most unexpected -- and highly untrustworthy -- source. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League has come to realize that Aquaman's motive for aligning himself with the villainous Solomon Grundy was borne of a desire to save rather than destroy mankind. Entering the dimension of "The Old Ones," the Leaguers, reluctantly accompanied by Dr. Grundy and another disreputable chap named Dr. Fate, hope to save the citizens of the surface from doom. Meanwnhile, Aquaman staves off an invasion of the Earth Realm -- but he may not be able to do it alone. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the vengeful Dr. Destiny continues using his ESP machine to control the dreams -- and the minds -- of others, and to destroy the Justice League. At this point, virtually all the Leaguers are enslaved in their own personal nightmares, with seemingly no way out. Only Batman and J'onn J'onnz remain free to battle the insidious Destiny -- but in order to triumph of evil, our two heroes must stay awake...stay awake...STAY AWAKE!!! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, League member John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, continues in his efforts to save his fellow "Lanterns" -- and by extension, all mankind -- from the mass-brainwashing scheme fomented by the evil Despero. Happily, it turns out that Stewart's former sweetheart Katma Tui has not joined the enemy camp but has gone undercover to destroy Despero's operation from within. Unhappily, Stewart, Katma, and Hawkgirl are captured by Despero's alien minions, leaving J'onn J'onnz and The Flash to mount a desperate rescue effort. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the members of the Justice League are confronted by their evil doppelgangers from another dimension. In their world, the "Justice Lords" rule with a curious and sinister version of law and order, in which the innocent suffer while the guilty flourish. When the Justice Lords arrive on earth, they are confused by values that they cannnot understand -- but which they are compelled to destroy. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League rushes to the scene of a prison break, orchestrated by convict John Dee, alias "Dr. Destiny." It turns out that the escape was a mere diversion, to allow Dr. Destiny enough time to steal a new ESP machine that is capable of invading and manipulating people's dreams. With this device, Destiny hopes to rule the world through mind control -- and, incidentally, destroy the League, whom he holds responsible for all the tragedy in his life. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice Leaguers suspect that Aquaman, underwater ruler of Atlantis, has forsaken virtue in favor of evil. How else can they explain the fact that Aquaman has arranged the release of longtime League nemesis Solomon Grundy? Leading an investigation of this disturbing turn of events, League member Hawkgirl makes several startling discoveries -- but may not live long enough to act upon them! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, peacekeepers in the Middle East unearth "The Black Heart," a lunar gemstone with awesome powers. It turns out that the stone is possessed by an evil alien spirit, bent on destroying everyone on earth. The Justice League is drawn into the story when Wonder Woman accidentally lays hands upon the Black Heart -- and immediately transforms from virtuous heroine to sinister villainess! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 In the conclusion of Justice League's second-season opener, the Justice League has been imprisoned on a giant artificial moon, built in the shape of Superman's old Krypton foe Brainiac. It turns out that the Leaguers are mere pawns in a pact between the sinister Brainiac and the mercurial Darkseid, which involves exchanging Superman's DNA for the safety of the planet Apokolips. Before the final showdown between Superman and Darkseid, the other League Members have forged a self-protective alliance with the members of the New Genesis. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman remains in limbo, even as his comrades and all mankind mourn his apparent death. By the time he makes it back to earth, the planet is in a state of ruin -- and it is all the handiwork of would-be dictator Vandal Savage and the diabolical "White Dwaft" device. Adapted from the comic-book story "Under a Red Son," Hereafter was intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, but was bumped forward because of its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 In the second episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers fall into a trap when attempting to help Hawkgirl's people, the Thangarians, in their war against the Gordanians. Managing to wriggle out of this predicament, the League members reconvene at Stately Wayne Manor, home of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile, the duplicitous villains who have set this story in motion begin carrying out their plan to destroy the earth. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart The Justice League may have met its match in the form of hostile aliens who cannot be stopped in their efforts to overwhelm the earth. Upon disovering that the aliens are not living beings but actually compried of millions upon millions of tiny nanotech machines, Superman turns to the one man who may be able to come up with a means to destroy the invaders. That man is scientist Ray Palmer, who in his alter-ego form as The Atom shrinks himself to microscopic dimensions in order to face down the nanotechs on their own terms! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy While on a stakeout of the Penguin's headquarters with Batman, Wonder Woman is suddenly and inexplicably turned into a pig by the enchantress Circe. The remainder of the episode finds Batman and the beauteous magician Zatanna combining forces to return "Wonder Pig" to her normal self. Mayhem blends with mythology and even music (don't miss Batman's soulful rendition of the old standard "Am I Blue?") in this wild and crazy tale. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry Superman's cousin, Supergirl (aka Kara), has been having weird nightmares in which she appears to be cast in the role of an assassin. When J'onn J'onnz is unable to telepathically decipher these dreams, Green Arrow and The Question try to help Supergirl -- who soon tumbles to the possibility that she might not be dreaming at all. Fans of The Manchurian Candidate will enjoy the plot twists in this episode, which establishes a plot strand that will be explored in further chilling detail in the later episode "Ultimatum." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told Booster Gold, a self-loathing deadbeat from the 25th century, travels backward to "our" time in hopes of finding a place for himself in the world -- any world. Linking up with the Justice League, Booster Gold is assigned to "crowd control" during an epic battle between the Leaguers and the sorcerer Mordru. In the course of events, Booster inadvertently finds himself in the thick action -- and the situation doesn't make him feel one teeny tiny bit better about himself. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Return In this followup to the second-season episode "Tabula Rasa," Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor returns, claming to have completely reformed. Willing to give their former foe the benefit of the doubt, the Justice Leaguers try to protect Luthor from the evil android AMAZO, who seems determined to kill Lex in as nasty a manner as possible. Meanwhile, "Green Lantern" John Stewart tries to get over his busted romance with Hawkgirl. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show will enjoy the fleeting inside joke during the barbershop scene. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything Based on a comic-book story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, "For the Man Who Has Everything" is that rarest of rare Justice League Unlimited episodes, giving center stage to the series' three biggest stars. It's Superman's birthday, so Batman and Wonder Woman head to the Fortress of Solitude to surprise their comrade. Upon arrival, the pair finds that Superman has already been surprised by a gift from the evil Mongul -- a parasitic plant that has immobilized the Man of Steel. As Batman and W.W. struggle to free their fellow Leaguer, the comatose Superman experiences what life would have been like had Krypton never exploded and had he remained on the planet as Kal-El -- with a very familiar-looking wife named Loana, and a "dream son," Van-El. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 In the first episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, League member Hawkgirl is reunited with her own people, the Thangarians. Traveling from their home planet and landing on earth, the Thangarians try to enlist the League's aid against their traditional enemies, the Gordanians. Little does Hawkgirl suspect that this mission is not what it appears to be on surface! All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers face a showdown with the sinister winged Hawkmen, who intend to destroy the Earth. Complicating matters is the fact that League member Hawkgirl is from the same planet that is presently waging war against mankind. As the story races to its conclusion, the "good guys" (and good girls) must prevention the activation of a Hypergate that will set off an apocalyptic chain reaction. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff It's the Justice League vs. the sinister Arthurian trickster Mordred, who has succeeded in banishing all adults from the world. In order to thwart the bad guy, four of the Leaguers -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern -- must transform themselves into eight-year-olds! Listen for Dakota Fanning as the voice of Kid Wonder Woman. "Kid Stuff" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead A trio of nerdish students accidentally invoke a supernatural spell -- and presto! Familiar Justice League nemesis Solomon Grundy is revived from his "sleep of death." Going on a rampage, Grundy cannot be stopped by the Leaguers. Their only hopes lie in the only person who'd ever befriended the villainous Grundy -- former JL member Hawkgirl, now living in seclusion as her "civilian" persona Shayera. The question: Will Hawkgirl be willing to vanquish Grundy, to whom she owes her very life? Clips from several previous episodes are sprinkled throughout this pivotal Justice League Unlimited adventure. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum Following up the events in the previous episode "Fearful Symmetry," "Ultimatum" probes further into the secret government conspiracy against the Justice Leaguers. The Ultimen, a newly formed and very popular superhero group led by the mysterious Max Lord, offer a helping hand to the Justice Leaguers, who are busy battling fire monsters on an oil rig. Later, however, the Ultimen violently turn against the "good guys" when they learn the truth behind their own origin -- and also the horrible fate that is in store for them. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Initiation Justice League opens its third season with a new title, Justice League Unlimited, and with a new League leader in charge: J'onn J'onnz, aka the Martin Manhunter. In the season opener, "Initiation, the League reforms in its renovated satellite headquarters, welcoming several more rotating members to their fold: Among the newcomers are the Green Arrow, Captain Adam, and Supergirl. The first assignment for the "recruits" takes them to China, where they do battle against a fearsome monster comprised of nuclear energy. "Initiation" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Kid Stuff" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove Wonder Woman's latest assignment is to prevent a war in the country of Kaznia between two hostile factions -- a battle fomented by the sinister Ares. In this pursuit, Wonder Woman finds herself with two unlikely allies: A pair of brothers, one warlike, the other a committed pacifist (their voices provided by former Wonder Years co-stars Fred Savage and Jason Harvey). "Hawk and Dove" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Kid Stuff," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind Professional magician and escape artist Mr. Miracle calls upon the Flash to help him stage the greatest escape of all. Miracle hopes to travel to the far-off planet Apokalyps, there to rescue a very special captive. Highlighting this episode are the voice-over contributions of Arte Johnson, here invoking memories of his Laugh-In days in the role of Germanic toady Vermin Vunderbar, and Ed Asner, atypically cast as a hyper-villain named Granny Goodness! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Balance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Double Date No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Clash No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season three finale, David Clinton, a woebegone inventor from 50 years into the future, dons his own time-travel suit and journeys to "The Present." Stealing Batman's utility belt, Clinton leads Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern on a not-so-merry chase that propels them back to the Old West. Here the three Justice Leaguers try to save a frontier town from the evil Tobia Manning, a 19th century outlaw armed with 21st century technology. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction This episode elaborates upon the secret government conspiracy against the Justice League, introduced in such third-season episodes as "Fearful Symmetry" and "Ultimatum." As Batman tries to halt the conspiracy that has been fomented by the sinister Amanda Waller, Superman heads into the bowels of a volcano for a titanic battle from which he may not emerge alive. It seems that Superman's opponent is the diabolical Doomsday -- who was supposed to have been permanently killed off several episodes ago. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's fourth season, the Black Canary enlists the aid of The Green Arrow in her efforts to save her mentor, Wildcat, from a potentially grisly fate. For reasons known only to himself, Wildcat has agreed to participate in a "meta brawl" in a super-powered underground fight club known as The House. Making matters worse, a wall of near-impenetrable secrecy has been built around The House. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped In the conclusion of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season-three finale, JL members Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman continue their pursuit of time-traveling thief David Clinton. Chasing their quarry to his own time -- 50 years in the future -- the three Leaguers come face to face with their own furturistic counterparts, Batman II, Static, and War Hawk. The six superheroes pool their resources to do battle against the vicious "Jokerz" gang, only to find a greater menace in the form of David Clinton -- who, hoping to get even with those who have mocked his skills as an inventor, has transformed himself into Lord Chronos, all-powerful (and highly dangerous) Master of Space and Time. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Alive! No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery No synopsis available.
  • Rome: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:Rome: The Stolen Eagle (2005) Rome: Stealing From Saturn (2005) Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (2005) Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (2005) Rome: The Kalends of February (2005) Rome: The Spoils (2005) Rome: Triumph (2005) Rome: Utica (2005) Rome: Caesarion (2005) Rome: Pharsalus (2005) Rome: Egeria (2005) Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush (2005) Rome: Passover (2007) Rome: Son of Hades (2007) Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (2007) Rome: Death Mask (2007) Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (2007) Rome: De Patre Vostro (2007) Rome: A Necessary Fiction (2007) Rome: Philippi (2007) Rome: Heroes of the Republic (2007) Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) (2007) Rome: The Stolen Eagle As HBO's Rome opens, Gaius Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is reaching the end of his war against Gaul, and his popularity in the republic has reached a new high, arousing the concern of Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham) and others in the senate that he will attempt to seize power. During the ultimate battle, a Centurion, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), upbraids one of his men, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), for breaking ranks. Pullo is later flogged and jailed for his disobedience, and misses out on some sacking. Caesar gets word that his daughter, married to Pompey, has died during childbirth. Both Pompey and Caesar see this as a further threat to their longstanding alliance. Caesar sends word to his conniving niece, Atia (Polly Walker) to offer Pompey a new bride on Caesar's behalf. Atia chooses her own daughter, Octavia (Kerry Condon), despite the fact that Octavia is already happily married. Atia convinces her to divorce, and offer herself to Pompey. Meanwhile, in Gaul, Caesar's standard, a golden eagle, is stolen, and he tasks Mark Antony (James Purefoy) with its recovery. Caesar also manipulates his young friend, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), the son of Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), his erstwhile lover, to report back to Rome that the eagle's been stolen, so that his enemies there will think Caesar is weak. Atia sends her son, young Octavian (Max Pirkis), to Gaul to deliver a white horse to Caesar, before the great man arrives back in Rome and everyone is giving him gifts. Octavian's party is assaulted, the horse stolen, and the boy abducted. Vorenus, assigned by Antony to the seemingly futile task of tracking down Caesar's standard, selects Pullo to assist him. The two have a stroke of amazing luck when they come across the party that captured Octavian. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Stealing From Saturn Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators who fled Rome get dreadful news about their war chest, and Pompey sends his son Quintus (Rick Warden) out to find the scouts who found the gold. Back in Rome, Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is short on funds, and has instituted martial law in order to keep the peace. Atia (Polly Walker) is holding a dinner in his honor, and is unhappy to see Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) on Caesar's guest list. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) prepares an expensive feast in honor of the god Janus to inaugurate his merchant business. He rejects Mark Antony's (James Purefoy) generous offer to make him a prefect, preferring civilian life to participation in Caesar's campaign, which Vorenus sees as blasphemous. But things get rocky at the feast when his sister-in-law, Lyde (Esther Hall), arrives with her husband, Evander (Enzo Cilenti). Lyde, jealous over her husband's apparent continued passion for Niobe (Indira Varma), gets drunk and makes an embarrassing scene. At Atia's dinner, Caesar, who has asked for an augury at Jupiter's temple, to show Rome's citizen's that the gods favor his actions, takes the opportunity to offer the chief augur (Roger Hammond) a bribe in the guise of a late birthday gift for his wife. Back at Vorenus' home, things get worse after the party when Quintus shows up with some men, threatening Vorenus and Niobe and demanding to know where the stolen gold is. Vorenus has no idea what he's talking about until Pullo (Ray Stevenson) arrives, throwing money around, and the two get the better of Quintus. Vorenus finds out about the cart full of gold and orders Pullo to deliver it to Caesar. Caesar, meanwhile, sends Pompey and the Senate an offer of truce. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) sends the gruff Mark Antony (James Purefoy), back to Rome to serve as People's Tribune. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) accompany him, and are charged with returning Octavian (Max Pirkis) to his mother, Atia (Polly Walker). Invited to dine at Atia's home, Vorenus expresses his strong belief in the divinity of the Republic, while, prompted by Octavian's astute appraisal of Caesar's mindset and the state of the empire, Titus proclaims that he would follow Caesar if he rebelled against the Republic. Vorenus returns home to his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), whom he has not seen in more than eight years. He finds her cradling an infant, and immediately assumes the worst. She tells him that the baby is his grandson by his eldest daughter, who is now 13. Pullo spends his first day in Rome whoring and gambling, and runs into some trouble deep in Pompeian territory. Pullo murders a man who cheats him at dice and is critically injured in the ensuing melee. He makes his way to Vorenus' home, and Vorenus brings in a doctor who performs a gruesome operation on Pullo's skull. As he recovers, Niobe confides in Pullo, telling him how much she's missed her husband, but bemoaning the lack of affection Vorenus has shown his family since his return. Antony meets with Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and members of the Senate at Atia's house, and insults them with Caesar's demands, according to the general's plans. Pompey decides to issue an ultimatum to Caesar in the Senate, and enlists the reluctant Cicero (David Bamber) in his cause. Caesar is ordered to surrender or be declared an enemy of the Republic. The senators are counting on Antony's veto, but pandemonium erupts before Antony can say his piece. Caesar decides to march on Rome. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators send word to Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), disappointing him by accepting his offer of truce. But Caesar decides that Pompey's vain refusal to meet with him face-to-face is excuse enough to reject the truce. Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is pleased, and ready to go after Pompey, but he soon realizes that Caesar is biding his time. Antony suggests to his lover, Atia (Polly Walker), that Caesar won't go after Pompey because he refuses to leave Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again. This spurs the jealous Atia to find an anonymous way to humiliate Caesar into breaking off his affair. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), meanwhile, learns that nearly all of his slaves have fallen ill and died on the way from Gaul. With his nascent merchant business already in ruins, Vorenus is forced to work as a bodyguard, which he quickly learns is not for him. Desperate, he turns to Antony, hoping to rejoin the 13th Legion as a prefect and a member of the Evocati. Meanwhile, Atia has hired Pullo (Ray Stevenson) to teach Octavian (Max Pirkis) the "masculine arts," but Octavian admits that he was not cut out for fighting. "It's not the killing," he explains. "It's the waving about of swords I find tedious." Impressed with Octavian's intellect, Pullo asks him for advice. He suspects that Niobe (Indira Varma) has been unfaithful to his comrade Vorenus, but he has no proof. Octavian recommends that Pullo hold his tongue until he's certain, and the two kidnap Evander (Enzo Cilenti) in hopes of forcing him to confess. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Kalends of February As the first season of Rome draws to a close, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) learn that they are heroes on the streets of the city, "symbols of brotherly love and redemption." On a trip to consecrate the land he and his wife have been given, Vorenus tells Niobe (Indira Varma) that Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) might exile him for disobeying his orders by helping Pullo. But Caesar later explains that it's politically unfeasible to punish the heroes, and if he does nothing, he'll appear weak, so, as part of a larger plan to incorporate (loyal) "plebs" and foreign citizens into the Senate, he makes Vorenus a senator. Of course, Caesar's ulterior motive is to have the "ferocious" Vorenus at his side so that no one will try to kill him. Pullo, near death, still manages to make his way from his sick bed, eager to reap the bounty of his newfound celebrity. Instead, he ends up collapsing at Vorenus' home, where Niobe assigns his care to Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), who contemplates murder. With Vorenus joined to Caesar on the Senate floor, the growing group of conspirators fears they will not have the opportunity to kill Caesar. While some would be content to poison him, or murder him in his bed, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) insists that the deed "must be done honorably." Then Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) realizes where she's heard Vorenus' name before, and sets a plot in motion to separate the hero from the dictator at the pivotal moment. While the plot is unfolding, Servilia invites Atia (Polly Walker) and Octavian (Max Pirkis) to her home, and tells them of her further plans for vengeance. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Spoils A fellow veteran, Mascius (Michael Nardone) approaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), now a magistrate, about severance for the 13th Legion. They are supposed to be receiving land. Vorenus asks Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to act. Caesar, unwilling to give the veterans land in Italy, offers land in Pelonia. Told that this won't be acceptable, and eager to keep the former soldiers on his side, Caesar discreetly suggests that Vorenus bribe Mascius to persuade his comrades to accept the offer. Mascius reluctantly agrees. Caesar also invites Vorenus and Niobe (Indira Varma) to a dinner at Atia's (Polly Walker) home. When Vorenus responds nervously, Caesar tells him, "You shall get used to good society." The walls of Rome are filled with graffiti depicting Brutus (Tobias Menzies) murdering Caesar, and Cassius (Guy Henry) tries to convince Brutus to claim his family's legacy of fighting tyranny. Brutus initially refuses to betray his friend, but has second thoughts when Caesar, well aware of whispers and the power of Brutus' family name, suggests that Brutus rule over far-off Macedonia. Pullo (Ray Stevenson), now miserable and friendless, has found work as an assassin, but his lack of discretion gets him arrested for murder. At Atia's dinner, Octavian (Max Pirkis) suggests that Vorenus or Caesar himself do something to save Pullo, but Caesar points out the political implications such action would cause. Octavian acts on his own, sending Timon (Lee Boardman) to find Pullo a lawyer, but at Pullo's public trial, the crowd demands the brazen killer's head, and Pullo is sentenced to death in the arena. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Triumph In the Senate, Cicero (David Bamber), feeling that he has no choice, calls for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to be made emperor. Brutus (Tobias Menzies), also under tremendous pressure, speaks passionately in favor of the motion, and it passes unanimously. Caesar exhorts the senators, "Join with me in building a new Rome, that offers justice, peace, and land to all its citizens." Posca (Nicholas Woodeson), Caesar's slave, coaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) as he campaigns to be magistrate of the Aventine district. When Vorenus grows weary of studying laws and such, and wonders if they should wait and see if he's elected first, Posca lets him know that his opponents in the election are "straw men." Pullo (Ray Stevenson) wants to march in Caesar's Triumph, but is told that he can't because he's no longer a soldier. At a loss, he impulsively decides to free Eirene (Chiara Mastalli) so that he can marry her and move to the country. Vorenus agrees to help him, but his plans go badly off-course. An innocent man is murdered in a moment of passion, and a severe rift develops between Pullo and Vorenus. Octavia (Kerry Condon) has run away and sought shelter with a religious order, but Octavian (Max Pirkis) goes to retrieve her in time for the Triumph. Octavia still believes (and rightly) that Atia (Polly Walker) was responsible for Glabius' death. Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) gains a new ally against Caesar when Quintus (Rick Warden) arrives on her doorstep, looking for Brutus. With help from Quintus and Cassius (Guy Henry), Servilia composes a screed against Caesar's tyranny, to which she puts Brutus' name. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Utica Cato (Karl Johnson) and Scipio (Paul Jesson) have just suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Thapsus in Africa. They retreat to Utica, where Cato quietly commits suicide. After the funeral ceremony, Scipio has a soldier take his life as well. Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) returns home and begins preparing a celebration of his triumph. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) retire from soldiering. On his return, Pullo is delighted to find that the slave girl he rescued, Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), now speaks his language. Soon, at a loss for how to earn a living, the two former soldiers join Niobe (Indira Varma) and her sister in the butcher business. Vorenus breaks up a confrontation in the street, and a ruffian mocks his military service to Rome, for which he gets slapped. The thug makes it known that he works for Erastes (Lorcan Cranitch), who runs the neighborhood, and makes quick work of his enemies. (Erastes is the man for whom Vorenus briefly and unhappily worked as a bodyguard.) Erastes later goes to Vorenus' home and threatens to rape and kill his wife and daughters if Vorenus does not publicly apologize and kiss his feet. Vorenus and Pullo send the children away and prepare for a fight, but Caesar arrives before Erastes can get there, and asks Vorenus to run for the local magistrate position. Meanwhile, bent on revenge against Atia (Polly Walker) and Caesar, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) tells Octavia (Kerry Condon) that Atia had Glabius killed, and convinces her to seduce her own brother, Octavian (Max Pirkis), in order to get information about Caesar's mysterious affliction. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Caesarion Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) goes to Egypt, and goes to the court of the boy king, Ptolemy XIII (Shaka Bunsie), to demand that he turn over Pompey. Instead, Pompey's head is produced, and Caesar is not grateful, but enraged. He in turn demands that Ptolemy turn over the man who killed Pompey. The Egyptians have their own political strife, with Ptolemy's sister, Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal), having claimed the throne. Caesar decides to stay in Egypt and mediate the dispute in order to insure Egypt's grain supply to Rome isn't affected. But he sends Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and most of his men back to Rome. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent to find Cleopatra, before Ptolemy's advisors have her killed. They rescue her, and she immediately plans to seduce Caesar, but on the road back to Alexandria, Cleopatra decides that since she is "between the tides" she must conceive a child immediately, before she reaches Caesar, and pass the child off as Caesar's own. She makes a surprising choice for the father. Upon returning to Alexandria, Cleopatra and Caesar have Ptolemy's advisors executed, which causes a massive public uproar, and Caesar ends up under siege in Alexandria for many months. Back in Rome, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) receives a cold welcome from Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) due to his capitulation. Antony keeps a sharp eye on Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) while Caesar is away. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Pharsalus This episode of Rome examines the events surrounding the historic battle of Pharsalus. Things look grim for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) by the time Mark Antony (James Purefoy) joins him in Greece, and to make matters worse, he's lost thousands of men at sea in the journey over. Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) is prepared to wait Caesar out, but Cato (Karl Johnson) and the other senators urge him to crush Caesar, once and for all. He masses his troops for battle. Caesar is massively outnumbered, but he knows his men will put up a fight. "We must fight or die," he tells Antony. "Pompey's men have other options." Back in Rome, a worried Atia (Polly Walker) sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again, this time to request some men to guard her home. Servilia graciously agrees, but later gets word of Caesar's startling victory on the battlefield. Uncertain as to the fate of her son, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), Servilia breaks down, and is comforted by Octavia, but the two soon find themselves in a more intimate embrace. The disgraced Pompey suggests his confederates flee to Egypt, where he has friends. Cato and Scipio (Paul Jesson) decide to leave on their own, while Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) decide to surrender to Caesar. Pompey is left alone with his family, a few slaves and soldiers, and some Greek mercenaries. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) survive a shipwreck, and find themselves alone on a desert island with no food or water. Eventually, Vorenus gets the idea to make a raft from the corpses that washed up on the island with them. They make their way to the mainland, and happen to wash up onshore just as Pompey's party reaches the coast. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Egeria Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is running things in Rome while Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) chases down Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and his allies in Greece. But soon, word reaches Antony that the battle has turned against Caesar, who orders Antony and whatever troops he can muster to join him in Greece in what seems a hopeless cause. Pompey sends a messenger to Antony (living in Pompey's house) to let him know that Pompey will reward him if he sits out the battle, while Atia (Polly Walker) tries to convince Antony to marry her and seize power in Rome. Antony bides his time reaching a decision. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is having problems at home. Lyde (Esther Hall), Niobe's (Indira Varma) sister, is worried over her missing husband, and has moved in with the couple. Niobe seems more concerned about her well-being than the state of her marriage. After listening to the frustrated, lovelorn, drunken Vorenus complaining through the night, Pullo (Ray Stevenson) tells Lyde that he's heard that her husband was murdered, and pointedly tells her, in front of Niobe, to get on with her life. Pullo, assigned with schooling Octavian (Max Pirkis) in the "manly arts," takes the young man to an upscale brothel. Atia, concerned that she'll be on the losing side of the battles in Greece, gets Ocatvian out of town, and sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with some "gifts" as a gesture of friendship. Servilia sees through the ploy, but treats Octavia kindly, telling the girl she's blameless for what her mother has done. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) crosses the Rubicon into Italy with a single legion, which the overconfident Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) sees as a suicidal act. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent ahead to Rome, to post Caesar's proclamation on the Senate door, but are told to return if they meet resistance. While the distraught Vorenus asks Pullo for marital advice, the father of Niobe's (Indira Varma) child, her brother-in-law, Evander (Enzo Cilenti), goes to see his son, and Niobe tearfully throws him out. Vorenus and Pullo surprise some of Pompey's troops, who run away. Pompey and his allies are panicked when they realize how quickly Caesar is advancing on the city. Pompey needs four days to amass enough men to fight him off, and Caesar is only two days away. Pompey tells Cato (Karl Johnson) and the rest of the senators that they'll have to retreat, gather strength, and then take the city back from Caesar. A proclamation is made that any noblemen staying in the city are allying themselves with Caesar and will be considered enemies of Rome. This causes a conflict for some. Brutus (Tobias Menzies) and his mother, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), hide out in Atia's (Polly Walker) home while mobs loyal to Pompey run rampant in the streets. But Brutus decides that despite his friendship with Caesar, he must obey the proclamation and leave the city, while Servilia chooses to wait for her erstwhile lover. Atia, irritated by Octavia's (Kerry Condon) continuing relationship with her ex-husband, Glabius (Roberto Purvis), decides to take drastic action. Vorenus and Pullo intercept a group of Roman soldiers dressed in civilian garb who are fleeing the city with a very important wagon. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Passover The first episode of Rome's second season begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rome: Son of Hades Tensions grow between Antony and Octavian in the wake of Caesar's death. Meanwhile, having lost everything, Vorenus takes a job keeping local gangs in line. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero As the split between Antony and Octavian worsens, Cicero aligns with the latter. Meanwhile, Vorenus attempts to quell a burgeoning gang-war. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Death Mask With Brutus dead and his army defeated, Octavian and Antony discuss dividing the empire. Meanwhile, Levi contemplates assassinating Prince Herod. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus In Egypt with Cleopatra, Antony attempts to use their grain supplies to provoke war with Octavian. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: De Patre Vostro The series finale finds Antony and Cleopatra's armies defeated by Rome's forces under Octavian. Fearing a threat to his position, Octavian orders Pullo to assassinate young Caesarion. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: A Necessary Fiction Eirene is secretly poisoned by Gaia. Meanwhile, Octavian takes a wife and forces Antony to leave Rome for Egypt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Philippi With their forces combined, Octavian and Antony plan an attack against Brutus and Cassius' army. Back in Rome, Pullo and Vorenus are tasked with killing Brutus' supporters. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Heroes of the Republic The return of his children leaves Vorenus a changed man, leading him to broker peace among the local gangs. Meanwhile, Atia encourages Octavian and Antony to unite against Brutus. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) Pullo informs Vorenus that his children are still alive. Meanwhile, Atia survives a murder attempt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide
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    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:Rome: The Stolen Eagle (2005) Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (2005) Rome: The Kalends of February (2005) Rome: The Spoils (2005) Rome: Triumph (2005) Rome: Utica (2005) Rome: Caesarion (2005) Rome: Pharsalus (2005) Rome: Egeria (2005) Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush (2005) Rome: Stealing From Saturn (2005) Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (2005) Rome: Passover (2007) Rome: Son of Hades (2007) Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) (2007) Rome: Philippi (2007) Rome: A Necessary Fiction (2007) Rome: De Patre Vostro (2007) Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (2007) Rome: Death Mask (2007) Rome: Heroes of the Republic (2007) Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (2007) Rome: The Stolen Eagle As HBO's Rome opens, Gaius Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is reaching the end of his war against Gaul, and his popularity in the republic has reached a new high, arousing the concern of Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham) and others in the senate that he will attempt to seize power. During the ultimate battle, a Centurion, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), upbraids one of his men, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), for breaking ranks. Pullo is later flogged and jailed for his disobedience, and misses out on some sacking. Caesar gets word that his daughter, married to Pompey, has died during childbirth. Both Pompey and Caesar see this as a further threat to their longstanding alliance. Caesar sends word to his conniving niece, Atia (Polly Walker) to offer Pompey a new bride on Caesar's behalf. Atia chooses her own daughter, Octavia (Kerry Condon), despite the fact that Octavia is already happily married. Atia convinces her to divorce, and offer herself to Pompey. Meanwhile, in Gaul, Caesar's standard, a golden eagle, is stolen, and he tasks Mark Antony (James Purefoy) with its recovery. Caesar also manipulates his young friend, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), the son of Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), his erstwhile lover, to report back to Rome that the eagle's been stolen, so that his enemies there will think Caesar is weak. Atia sends her son, young Octavian (Max Pirkis), to Gaul to deliver a white horse to Caesar, before the great man arrives back in Rome and everyone is giving him gifts. Octavian's party is assaulted, the horse stolen, and the boy abducted. Vorenus, assigned by Antony to the seemingly futile task of tracking down Caesar's standard, selects Pullo to assist him. The two have a stroke of amazing luck when they come across the party that captured Octavian. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) sends the gruff Mark Antony (James Purefoy), back to Rome to serve as People's Tribune. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) accompany him, and are charged with returning Octavian (Max Pirkis) to his mother, Atia (Polly Walker). Invited to dine at Atia's home, Vorenus expresses his strong belief in the divinity of the Republic, while, prompted by Octavian's astute appraisal of Caesar's mindset and the state of the empire, Titus proclaims that he would follow Caesar if he rebelled against the Republic. Vorenus returns home to his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), whom he has not seen in more than eight years. He finds her cradling an infant, and immediately assumes the worst. She tells him that the baby is his grandson by his eldest daughter, who is now 13. Pullo spends his first day in Rome whoring and gambling, and runs into some trouble deep in Pompeian territory. Pullo murders a man who cheats him at dice and is critically injured in the ensuing melee. He makes his way to Vorenus' home, and Vorenus brings in a doctor who performs a gruesome operation on Pullo's skull. As he recovers, Niobe confides in Pullo, telling him how much she's missed her husband, but bemoaning the lack of affection Vorenus has shown his family since his return. Antony meets with Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and members of the Senate at Atia's house, and insults them with Caesar's demands, according to the general's plans. Pompey decides to issue an ultimatum to Caesar in the Senate, and enlists the reluctant Cicero (David Bamber) in his cause. Caesar is ordered to surrender or be declared an enemy of the Republic. The senators are counting on Antony's veto, but pandemonium erupts before Antony can say his piece. Caesar decides to march on Rome. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Kalends of February As the first season of Rome draws to a close, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) learn that they are heroes on the streets of the city, "symbols of brotherly love and redemption." On a trip to consecrate the land he and his wife have been given, Vorenus tells Niobe (Indira Varma) that Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) might exile him for disobeying his orders by helping Pullo. But Caesar later explains that it's politically unfeasible to punish the heroes, and if he does nothing, he'll appear weak, so, as part of a larger plan to incorporate (loyal) "plebs" and foreign citizens into the Senate, he makes Vorenus a senator. Of course, Caesar's ulterior motive is to have the "ferocious" Vorenus at his side so that no one will try to kill him. Pullo, near death, still manages to make his way from his sick bed, eager to reap the bounty of his newfound celebrity. Instead, he ends up collapsing at Vorenus' home, where Niobe assigns his care to Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), who contemplates murder. With Vorenus joined to Caesar on the Senate floor, the growing group of conspirators fears they will not have the opportunity to kill Caesar. While some would be content to poison him, or murder him in his bed, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) insists that the deed "must be done honorably." Then Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) realizes where she's heard Vorenus' name before, and sets a plot in motion to separate the hero from the dictator at the pivotal moment. While the plot is unfolding, Servilia invites Atia (Polly Walker) and Octavian (Max Pirkis) to her home, and tells them of her further plans for vengeance. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Spoils A fellow veteran, Mascius (Michael Nardone) approaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), now a magistrate, about severance for the 13th Legion. They are supposed to be receiving land. Vorenus asks Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to act. Caesar, unwilling to give the veterans land in Italy, offers land in Pelonia. Told that this won't be acceptable, and eager to keep the former soldiers on his side, Caesar discreetly suggests that Vorenus bribe Mascius to persuade his comrades to accept the offer. Mascius reluctantly agrees. Caesar also invites Vorenus and Niobe (Indira Varma) to a dinner at Atia's (Polly Walker) home. When Vorenus responds nervously, Caesar tells him, "You shall get used to good society." The walls of Rome are filled with graffiti depicting Brutus (Tobias Menzies) murdering Caesar, and Cassius (Guy Henry) tries to convince Brutus to claim his family's legacy of fighting tyranny. Brutus initially refuses to betray his friend, but has second thoughts when Caesar, well aware of whispers and the power of Brutus' family name, suggests that Brutus rule over far-off Macedonia. Pullo (Ray Stevenson), now miserable and friendless, has found work as an assassin, but his lack of discretion gets him arrested for murder. At Atia's dinner, Octavian (Max Pirkis) suggests that Vorenus or Caesar himself do something to save Pullo, but Caesar points out the political implications such action would cause. Octavian acts on his own, sending Timon (Lee Boardman) to find Pullo a lawyer, but at Pullo's public trial, the crowd demands the brazen killer's head, and Pullo is sentenced to death in the arena. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Triumph In the Senate, Cicero (David Bamber), feeling that he has no choice, calls for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to be made emperor. Brutus (Tobias Menzies), also under tremendous pressure, speaks passionately in favor of the motion, and it passes unanimously. Caesar exhorts the senators, "Join with me in building a new Rome, that offers justice, peace, and land to all its citizens." Posca (Nicholas Woodeson), Caesar's slave, coaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) as he campaigns to be magistrate of the Aventine district. When Vorenus grows weary of studying laws and such, and wonders if they should wait and see if he's elected first, Posca lets him know that his opponents in the election are "straw men." Pullo (Ray Stevenson) wants to march in Caesar's Triumph, but is told that he can't because he's no longer a soldier. At a loss, he impulsively decides to free Eirene (Chiara Mastalli) so that he can marry her and move to the country. Vorenus agrees to help him, but his plans go badly off-course. An innocent man is murdered in a moment of passion, and a severe rift develops between Pullo and Vorenus. Octavia (Kerry Condon) has run away and sought shelter with a religious order, but Octavian (Max Pirkis) goes to retrieve her in time for the Triumph. Octavia still believes (and rightly) that Atia (Polly Walker) was responsible for Glabius' death. Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) gains a new ally against Caesar when Quintus (Rick Warden) arrives on her doorstep, looking for Brutus. With help from Quintus and Cassius (Guy Henry), Servilia composes a screed against Caesar's tyranny, to which she puts Brutus' name. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Utica Cato (Karl Johnson) and Scipio (Paul Jesson) have just suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Thapsus in Africa. They retreat to Utica, where Cato quietly commits suicide. After the funeral ceremony, Scipio has a soldier take his life as well. Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) returns home and begins preparing a celebration of his triumph. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) retire from soldiering. On his return, Pullo is delighted to find that the slave girl he rescued, Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), now speaks his language. Soon, at a loss for how to earn a living, the two former soldiers join Niobe (Indira Varma) and her sister in the butcher business. Vorenus breaks up a confrontation in the street, and a ruffian mocks his military service to Rome, for which he gets slapped. The thug makes it known that he works for Erastes (Lorcan Cranitch), who runs the neighborhood, and makes quick work of his enemies. (Erastes is the man for whom Vorenus briefly and unhappily worked as a bodyguard.) Erastes later goes to Vorenus' home and threatens to rape and kill his wife and daughters if Vorenus does not publicly apologize and kiss his feet. Vorenus and Pullo send the children away and prepare for a fight, but Caesar arrives before Erastes can get there, and asks Vorenus to run for the local magistrate position. Meanwhile, bent on revenge against Atia (Polly Walker) and Caesar, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) tells Octavia (Kerry Condon) that Atia had Glabius killed, and convinces her to seduce her own brother, Octavian (Max Pirkis), in order to get information about Caesar's mysterious affliction. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Caesarion Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) goes to Egypt, and goes to the court of the boy king, Ptolemy XIII (Shaka Bunsie), to demand that he turn over Pompey. Instead, Pompey's head is produced, and Caesar is not grateful, but enraged. He in turn demands that Ptolemy turn over the man who killed Pompey. The Egyptians have their own political strife, with Ptolemy's sister, Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal), having claimed the throne. Caesar decides to stay in Egypt and mediate the dispute in order to insure Egypt's grain supply to Rome isn't affected. But he sends Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and most of his men back to Rome. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent to find Cleopatra, before Ptolemy's advisors have her killed. They rescue her, and she immediately plans to seduce Caesar, but on the road back to Alexandria, Cleopatra decides that since she is "between the tides" she must conceive a child immediately, before she reaches Caesar, and pass the child off as Caesar's own. She makes a surprising choice for the father. Upon returning to Alexandria, Cleopatra and Caesar have Ptolemy's advisors executed, which causes a massive public uproar, and Caesar ends up under siege in Alexandria for many months. Back in Rome, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) receives a cold welcome from Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) due to his capitulation. Antony keeps a sharp eye on Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) while Caesar is away. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Pharsalus This episode of Rome examines the events surrounding the historic battle of Pharsalus. Things look grim for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) by the time Mark Antony (James Purefoy) joins him in Greece, and to make matters worse, he's lost thousands of men at sea in the journey over. Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) is prepared to wait Caesar out, but Cato (Karl Johnson) and the other senators urge him to crush Caesar, once and for all. He masses his troops for battle. Caesar is massively outnumbered, but he knows his men will put up a fight. "We must fight or die," he tells Antony. "Pompey's men have other options." Back in Rome, a worried Atia (Polly Walker) sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again, this time to request some men to guard her home. Servilia graciously agrees, but later gets word of Caesar's startling victory on the battlefield. Uncertain as to the fate of her son, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), Servilia breaks down, and is comforted by Octavia, but the two soon find themselves in a more intimate embrace. The disgraced Pompey suggests his confederates flee to Egypt, where he has friends. Cato and Scipio (Paul Jesson) decide to leave on their own, while Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) decide to surrender to Caesar. Pompey is left alone with his family, a few slaves and soldiers, and some Greek mercenaries. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) survive a shipwreck, and find themselves alone on a desert island with no food or water. Eventually, Vorenus gets the idea to make a raft from the corpses that washed up on the island with them. They make their way to the mainland, and happen to wash up onshore just as Pompey's party reaches the coast. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Egeria Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is running things in Rome while Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) chases down Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and his allies in Greece. But soon, word reaches Antony that the battle has turned against Caesar, who orders Antony and whatever troops he can muster to join him in Greece in what seems a hopeless cause. Pompey sends a messenger to Antony (living in Pompey's house) to let him know that Pompey will reward him if he sits out the battle, while Atia (Polly Walker) tries to convince Antony to marry her and seize power in Rome. Antony bides his time reaching a decision. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is having problems at home. Lyde (Esther Hall), Niobe's (Indira Varma) sister, is worried over her missing husband, and has moved in with the couple. Niobe seems more concerned about her well-being than the state of her marriage. After listening to the frustrated, lovelorn, drunken Vorenus complaining through the night, Pullo (Ray Stevenson) tells Lyde that he's heard that her husband was murdered, and pointedly tells her, in front of Niobe, to get on with her life. Pullo, assigned with schooling Octavian (Max Pirkis) in the "manly arts," takes the young man to an upscale brothel. Atia, concerned that she'll be on the losing side of the battles in Greece, gets Ocatvian out of town, and sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with some "gifts" as a gesture of friendship. Servilia sees through the ploy, but treats Octavia kindly, telling the girl she's blameless for what her mother has done. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) crosses the Rubicon into Italy with a single legion, which the overconfident Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) sees as a suicidal act. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent ahead to Rome, to post Caesar's proclamation on the Senate door, but are told to return if they meet resistance. While the distraught Vorenus asks Pullo for marital advice, the father of Niobe's (Indira Varma) child, her brother-in-law, Evander (Enzo Cilenti), goes to see his son, and Niobe tearfully throws him out. Vorenus and Pullo surprise some of Pompey's troops, who run away. Pompey and his allies are panicked when they realize how quickly Caesar is advancing on the city. Pompey needs four days to amass enough men to fight him off, and Caesar is only two days away. Pompey tells Cato (Karl Johnson) and the rest of the senators that they'll have to retreat, gather strength, and then take the city back from Caesar. A proclamation is made that any noblemen staying in the city are allying themselves with Caesar and will be considered enemies of Rome. This causes a conflict for some. Brutus (Tobias Menzies) and his mother, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), hide out in Atia's (Polly Walker) home while mobs loyal to Pompey run rampant in the streets. But Brutus decides that despite his friendship with Caesar, he must obey the proclamation and leave the city, while Servilia chooses to wait for her erstwhile lover. Atia, irritated by Octavia's (Kerry Condon) continuing relationship with her ex-husband, Glabius (Roberto Purvis), decides to take drastic action. Vorenus and Pullo intercept a group of Roman soldiers dressed in civilian garb who are fleeing the city with a very important wagon. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Stealing From Saturn Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators who fled Rome get dreadful news about their war chest, and Pompey sends his son Quintus (Rick Warden) out to find the scouts who found the gold. Back in Rome, Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is short on funds, and has instituted martial law in order to keep the peace. Atia (Polly Walker) is holding a dinner in his honor, and is unhappy to see Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) on Caesar's guest list. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) prepares an expensive feast in honor of the god Janus to inaugurate his merchant business. He rejects Mark Antony's (James Purefoy) generous offer to make him a prefect, preferring civilian life to participation in Caesar's campaign, which Vorenus sees as blasphemous. But things get rocky at the feast when his sister-in-law, Lyde (Esther Hall), arrives with her husband, Evander (Enzo Cilenti). Lyde, jealous over her husband's apparent continued passion for Niobe (Indira Varma), gets drunk and makes an embarrassing scene. At Atia's dinner, Caesar, who has asked for an augury at Jupiter's temple, to show Rome's citizen's that the gods favor his actions, takes the opportunity to offer the chief augur (Roger Hammond) a bribe in the guise of a late birthday gift for his wife. Back at Vorenus' home, things get worse after the party when Quintus shows up with some men, threatening Vorenus and Niobe and demanding to know where the stolen gold is. Vorenus has no idea what he's talking about until Pullo (Ray Stevenson) arrives, throwing money around, and the two get the better of Quintus. Vorenus finds out about the cart full of gold and orders Pullo to deliver it to Caesar. Caesar, meanwhile, sends Pompey and the Senate an offer of truce. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators send word to Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), disappointing him by accepting his offer of truce. But Caesar decides that Pompey's vain refusal to meet with him face-to-face is excuse enough to reject the truce. Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is pleased, and ready to go after Pompey, but he soon realizes that Caesar is biding his time. Antony suggests to his lover, Atia (Polly Walker), that Caesar won't go after Pompey because he refuses to leave Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again. This spurs the jealous Atia to find an anonymous way to humiliate Caesar into breaking off his affair. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), meanwhile, learns that nearly all of his slaves have fallen ill and died on the way from Gaul. With his nascent merchant business already in ruins, Vorenus is forced to work as a bodyguard, which he quickly learns is not for him. Desperate, he turns to Antony, hoping to rejoin the 13th Legion as a prefect and a member of the Evocati. Meanwhile, Atia has hired Pullo (Ray Stevenson) to teach Octavian (Max Pirkis) the "masculine arts," but Octavian admits that he was not cut out for fighting. "It's not the killing," he explains. "It's the waving about of swords I find tedious." Impressed with Octavian's intellect, Pullo asks him for advice. He suspects that Niobe (Indira Varma) has been unfaithful to his comrade Vorenus, but he has no proof. Octavian recommends that Pullo hold his tongue until he's certain, and the two kidnap Evander (Enzo Cilenti) in hopes of forcing him to confess. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Passover The first episode of Rome's second season begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rome: Son of Hades Tensions grow between Antony and Octavian in the wake of Caesar's death. Meanwhile, having lost everything, Vorenus takes a job keeping local gangs in line. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) Pullo informs Vorenus that his children are still alive. Meanwhile, Atia survives a murder attempt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Philippi With their forces combined, Octavian and Antony plan an attack against Brutus and Cassius' army. Back in Rome, Pullo and Vorenus are tasked with killing Brutus' supporters. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: A Necessary Fiction Eirene is secretly poisoned by Gaia. Meanwhile, Octavian takes a wife and forces Antony to leave Rome for Egypt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: De Patre Vostro The series finale finds Antony and Cleopatra's armies defeated by Rome's forces under Octavian. Fearing a threat to his position, Octavian orders Pullo to assassinate young Caesarion. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus In Egypt with Cleopatra, Antony attempts to use their grain supplies to provoke war with Octavian. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Death Mask With Brutus dead and his army defeated, Octavian and Antony discuss dividing the empire. Meanwhile, Levi contemplates assassinating Prince Herod. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Heroes of the Republic The return of his children leaves Vorenus a changed man, leading him to broker peace among the local gangs. Meanwhile, Atia encourages Octavian and Antony to unite against Brutus. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero As the split between Antony and Octavian worsens, Cicero aligns with the latter. Meanwhile, Vorenus attempts to quell a burgeoning gang-war. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide
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