The Trials and Triumphs of Rome, Season Two
The introduction examines how Season Two of Rome was intendedto build on the success of the first season, as it continued a character-driven television drama utilizing Roman history for its narrative backdrop. While Season One had followed the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, Season Two was to chart the beginnings of the conflict between Mark Antony and Octavian, and cover the period from the death of Caesar to the defeat of the assassins at Philippi. Yet the decision to cancel Rome in the midst of the second season had huge repercussions for its narrative arc, resulting in an uneven sequence of episodes that affected audience, critical, and studio responses to the series. The introduction looks at the ensuing narrative trajectory, and considers how the choices made by both writers and producers were influenced by budget cuts, the decision to prematurely curtail the series, and the otherwise positive critical reception and commercial success of Season One.
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