Legion XIII: Heroes of the Repubic
Or the One Where Pullo's Wife Clues in to Who is Most Important to Her Hubsters
So yeah, life hasn't slowed down or cut me any slack. But it's all good, because things could always be worse. I don't say that sarcastically or negatively, I swear. Even amidst the craziness and chaos, I know how good I have it. I just happen to have it good while being exhausted and ready to fall asleep at any moment.
So this week is another just the questions post. But again, bright side? I'm able to post this week. I'm brightsiding the fuck out of everything right now...
My favorite part of the episode: I quite like that Eirene knows the deal - Pullo loves Vorenus more. Though he denies it to her, of course.
But I have to say, I really enjoyed watching Octavian outmaneuvering Cicero. And then Atia making an alliance between him and Mark Antony happen.
My least favorite part of the episode: I don't get why, and really do not understand why Vorenus felt the need to announce to everyone his daughter was prostituted adn all that. Just shut your mouth. Oh and to follow it, we'll never speak of this again....Yeah like that's going to happen, dumbass. *sigh*
OH! And I really get squicked out with the flirtatiousness when Octavia and Octavian are together. I may be imagining it. I don't know. It's just weird. It's like Octavia thinks if she's all sweetness and batting eyelashes, Octavian will do what she wants--and it doesn't have a sisterly feel about it.
Favorite costume: Octavia's Orgy Gown
Honorable mention? Antony all scruffified...
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why: Team Atia this week. Even though it's totally self-serving, she definitely helped Octavian and his cause this week. I enjoyed that.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet: Mostly because I could totally hear her in my head:
HORSES DON'T EAT OLIVES, OCTAVIAN. YOU DON'T GET TO BE CSESAR IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT. #LegionXIII
ROME - THESE BEING THE WORDS OF MARCUS TILLIUS CICERO
Or Dear God, Nothing Good is Happening Right Now
I have not been doing well with Rome posts, I'll admit. Honestly, it's been a bit of a rough patch for me, and blog posts have been shuffled toward the bottom of the deck as I've had to deal with other stuff. And that makes me sad. BUT I'm getting my balance back, I think. A little bit, at least, and I'm determined to, at the VERY least, get the questions done...
Basically, things are just not looking good in Rome right now. And we were left with the most ridiculous cliffhanger at the end. And by ridiculous, I mean incredibly effective as I've thought about it several times through the week--We don't know if Atia eats the stew that has been poisoned....ARGH!
My favorite part of the episode: Servilia dealing with the assassin she's paid to take care of Atia. Honestly, that was my fave scene of the night. She just wants Atia dead--whatever it takes. More money? Sure... You want a kiss? If I must...
Honorable Mention: Pullo returning and seeking out Vorenus, even after everything that has happened. He loves him, still. And wants to do right by him....
My least favorite part of the episode: I've a couple. One not completely specific to this episode--the abundance of rape/abuse. I'm not saying it didn't happen or it's not historically accurate in that matter, but this episode, in particular it was just RIGHT THERE. It could be because Jen mentioned that she hadn't thought to post a trigger warning, so I was just super aware Monday, but it's something that I didn't care for in other episodes as well.
Obviously, Vorenus flipping his shit at Pullo. Basically, who Vorenus has become (though I have conflicting feelings about this, I have to be honest and I don't want to talk about it...)
The weird Brutus in the river scene... I just don't... Okay, I'm guessing it's symbolically cleansing himself of his sins/wrong doings...but it was just weird, and it didn't seem to fit the rest of the episodes.
Favorite costume: Hey! The newsreader guy has swanky new threads. Go, newsreader guy!
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why: Team Servilia because of fave scene above. She's dedicated to following through with her plan. i admire that.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet: More than one tweet...actually this conversation cracked my shit up
What hairdo or costume would Bronwyn steal? I feel like I'm always saying Atia's hair for Bron. So, this week, I'm going with Octavia's hair and gown
What made Jenny super happy?
She has plans now....much to the dismay of the Oldest Boy
Quick rundown of the episode: This is going to be uber-quick as this week has been a huge clusterfuck of chaos and it hasn't eased up at all. Watching Rome on Monday - one of the highlights of my week.
Basically Caesar and Niobe - still dead. Octavian is pretty smart and convinces Antony that they should make some sort of deal with those that murdered Caesar, since if Caesar is declared a tyrant and all his work undone, that means the men who took his life lose their positions of power as well since Caesar put them in those positions.
Vorenus is pretty much freaking out because he cursed his children and they are now missing. Pullo pretty much taking care of him - role reversal, yeah? When they learn that the mafia dude took the kids, they go to him. He's chilling in a steam room - still wearing the hideous gold chain around his neck. He tries to leave and finds out that my boys have killed all his men and want to know where Vorenus' children are. He says he took them as payment owed him by Vorenus. He claims to have raped and killed them before dumping them in the river. He seems awfully smug about it...until Vorenus cuts his head off.
There are other things that happened but that's the big things I remember.
My favorite part of the episode: Vorenus and Pullo taking care of each other. Even in the wildly dysfunctional way they do it. It just makes me happy.
My least favorite part of the episode: That the woman who Antony basically rapes because Atia's not in the mood looks like she's had the best time ever. And that the kids are missing. I don't like any of that.
Favorite costume: Some of the costumes this week were awful - particularly Antony's and Brutus's. I think it was Jen who said it and it's so true - they look like they're wearing drapes. Don't really have a fave this week.
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why: I don't even know. They've both proven they are ruthless when pursuing what they want. I can't choose this week.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet:
This is where Vorenus gets his supervillain backstory. #LegionXIII
Or The One Where Pompey Thinks He's Home Free...But Not So Much...
Gonna be a short one this week. Apologies. For an in depth recap, if you'd like, check out the Rome Wiki page.
My favorite part of the episode: Couple things - Servilia/Octavia getting together, Pullo and Vorenus surviving the shipwreck, Pullo thinking about finding his mom in the afterlife and worrying about her not recognizing him, and when Vorenus is all aggressive and the Greek dude looks at Pullo and is all what's wrong with him, and Pullo just smirks and shrugs...
My least favorite part of the episode: That Pompey's wife and kid had to watch him get killed and have his head chopped off. That wasn't cool.
Favorite costume: Octavia
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why: Team Servilia. She got hers, this week, that's for sure. I really like her and Octavia finding comfort with each other, but I'm waiting for it to all fall apart and go horribly wrong, because I can't imagine it's going to go any other way. Octavia is my favorite and things are bound to go bad for her...
Favorite watch-a-long tweet:
"Okay 12 other guys survived, but...did they make a raft of human corpses to do it? I didn't think so." #LegionXIII
My apologies - this week has been mad. I'm out of time so I'm just going to focus on answering the questions. (and point you to this general recap at the Rome Wikia page, if needed)
My favorite part of the episode: How can it NOT be Atia, looking out for herself, sending Servilia a slave with a big penis. I mean we know what the real gift was, and it wasn't the fancy turtle he was holding.
My least favorite part of the episode: When Niobe and her sister, Lyde, fought. Lyde calling Niobe a thief and a whore for taking up with her husband. And Niobe assertion that Evander came to her and maybe he wouldn't have if Lyde was a better wife and had given her a child - That was tough to watch.
Favorite costume: One of Atia's...
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: I don't know why I have such a hard time with this question... There's a lot about Atia I don't care for, but damn, girl knows what she wants and does all she can to make sure it happens.
Haven't seen as much of Servilia but I think she handled the "gift" sent and Octavia's delivery of it well. Though, I can't shake the feeling that she is up to something... I mean we all know she cursed Atia and Caesar but I think there's something coming.
So I guess, easy answer? I'm still not firmly on a team.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet: When Atia tells her servants to put some flowers on the head of the big donged slave she was sending to Servilia as a gift....
I laughed so freaking hard at this. I was so proud at the quick response, and yet, at the same time, horrified by the response. Yes, this is one I made. 🙂
What hairdo or costume would Bronwyn steal? Atia's hair. (I think Atia is going to totally rule this question, as well as my fave costume, quite often.)
The Ram Has Touched The Wall
Or When Things Get Real
Quick rundown of the episode: So Pompey accepts Caesar’s offer of truce, which puts a wrench in Caesar’s plan because he never expected that. But he uses Pompey’s refusal to meet with him face-to-face as a reason to move forward.
Asia has gotten Pullo to tutor Octavian in the masculine arts—basically fighting, sex and the like. Octavian isn’t really digging the fighting thing, but the two seem to bond and Pullo confides that he has suspicions about Niobe and her bro-in-law. Octavian says the must know the truth before saying anything to Vorenus.
Vorenus isn’t doing so well. Most of his slaves have died and he still has to pay their transport and food—really, sucks that that idol was smashed during your party, eh, boy-o? He asks Erastes Fulmen for a loan. The man refuses but hires Vorenus—and it all seems really shady.
Atia hires her man Timon to paint graffiti all over of Caesar and Servilia—she’s not happy with the power the other woman has over Caesar. Caesar’s wife gives him an ultimatum—end things with Servila or she will divorce him.
Since he needs her family’s financial and political connections, Caesar agrees. He breaks it off and prepares to go after Pompey and his forces, leaving Antony in charge in Rome.
Pull kidnaps Evander—Niobe’s brother in law—and Octavian comes along. They torture Evander, and Octavian is quite cold about the whole thing.
Evander eventually confesses he had an affair with Niobe and the child Vorenus believes to be his grandchild is actually Evander and Niobe’s son. Pullo kills him and dumps his body into the sewer. Octavian says Vorenus can never learn about this and Pullo agrees.
Vorenus, after seeing and ultimately refusing to be Erastes’ bodyguard/enforcer, goes to Antony and pleads for the position he was offered before. Antony doesn’t seem thrilled but needing good soldiers around him, he makes Vorenus Evocati prefect. Though he does give him a smaller “signing bonus” than he was offered before.
Servilia is less than pleased at having been tossed aside after waiting and standing by her man for years. She inscribes on tablets, cursing both Caesar and Atia, and has a slave shove them between stones at their houses.
Caesar and his army reach the coast and find that Pompey has escaped to Greece.
My favorite part of the episode: I hate what leads to hit but Servilia? She is NOT messing around. Caesar and Atia better what their backs...
Honorable mention: Pullo and Octavian. I don't know why that pairing...friendship?...whatever it is, is oddly compelling, right now.
My least favorite part of the episode: I have two, this week.
One, Atia being all happy and basically congratulating her son when she things he and Caesar were fucking in the closet (last episode when Caesar had his episode). It was just icky.
And two, Caesar. When he breaks it off with Servilia... He actually had my sympathy a bit - he clearly loves Servilia; his marriage is obviously a convenience (which is common for that time. Marrying for love is a relatively modern thing). But as soon as he starts hitting her... Nuh uh. Nope. Done. He was not worth waiting nearly a decade for.
Favorite costume: See the pic of Mrs. Caesar. 🙂
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: Totally Team Servilia, this week. She didn't deserve what happened to her and I'd like to see her get her own. Though I'm guessing nothing is going to be good for anyone....
Favorite watch-a-long tweet:
Look at Vorenus, he's like, "Shit. I just joined the mob, didn't I? Shit. I am in the mob. I let this happen." #LegionXIII
Stealing from Saturn
Or Jess Was So Drugged Up on Monday She Missed Full-Frontal Antony, But NEVER FEAR, She Rewatched....Again and Again....
(and here is your warning: there's a screenshot below of said full-frontal...so think before you scroll...scroll responsibly, my darlings)
Quick rundown of the episode: This is super basic and not hitting everything. My apologies. It's been a rough week... So Pompey and his buddies are out of Rome, discussing the situation. They expected Caesar’s men to desert when they found the treasury empty, but are concerned because the team Pompey et al sent to rob the treasury never made it to them. They learn that they were intercepted by Caesar’s scouts—led by Vorenus and Pullo. Pompey’s son, Quintus is convinced they kept the gold, and is sent by his dad to find out what really happened.
In Rome, Atia is being seen by many who want Caesar’s favor. She’s worried about Servilia’s influence over Caesar and plans a lavish party in his honor.
Vorenus is offered a post by Antony but since he sees Caesar’s actions as illegal he refuses. He plans on going into trade. He and Niobe host a feast in tribute to Janus. At that feast, Niobe’s sister puts up a fuss—because it is her husband who had an affair with Niobe and fathered her child. During the scuffle, the bust of Janus is destroyed—not a good omen.
While cleaning up, Quintus and his men come in asking about the gold—which Vorenus has no knowledge of. They are ready to kill Niobe when Pullo comes in with Eirene, both in rich clothing. He and Vorenus manage to overpower the men and tie up Quintus.
Pullo’s idea is for them to flee the country with the gold, but Vorenus wants it retuned to Caesar. With the gold and the captured Quintus, he thinks Caesar will show mercy. Pull isn’t so keen on the plan but since he hasn’t exactly kept his newfound wealth a secret, he reluctantly goes along with Vorenus’ plan.
At Atia’s dinner party, Caesar is called out to see Pullo. He does show mercy to him, but surprises Antony when he orders Quintus released and sent back to Pompey with terms of a truce. Antony obeys and goes with Pullo and some men to retrieve the gold.
Caesar confides in Octavian, who was watching. The younger man quickly works out what Caesar’s reasons were: Pompey will never accept, never surrender but Caesar’s show of clemency will push the other senators to abandon Pompey and seek out mercy from Caesar. Caesar is pleased with Octavian’s figuring things out but is then struck with an epileptic attack. His slave, Posca, hurries Caesar into an empty closet, telling Octavian no to call for a doctor. Saying his master’s condition must be kept secret. Once recovered, Caesar makes Octavian swear to never speak of it. One of Atia’s servants however has heard yelling and groaning from the closet and, when Octavia and Caesar emerge, hurries off—I’m assuming to tell Atia what has happened.
Returning to the party, Caesar orders his wife escorted home. He goes to Servile, who is quite happy to see him after his less than enthusiastic attitude toward her at the party.
Now, with the gold from the treasury, Caesar is given the formal blessing of priesthood in the temple.
Oh and Titus Pullo is totally putting two and two together about Niobe, her brother-in-law and the baby.... That cannot bode well.
My favorite part of the episode: Um, full frontal Mark Antony/James Purefoy. I know, shallow, shallow Jess but...
Honorable mention? That Pullo doesn't get the frick out of Dodge when he gets the gold. No, he pretties himself up (and his new gf) and heads on over to see Vorenus. It gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies and my (J)armada continues to sail without a hitch.
My least favorite part of the episode: The revelation that it was her sister's husband Niobe had the affair with. I did not like that, at all.
Favorite costume: Not even gonna lie...naked Mark Antony/James Purefoy. No question.
But, I feel the chick behind Servilia...honestly that hair...deserves to be pointed out. 🙂
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: This one is still hard for me. I don't know why. I admire Atia and what she is willing to do (even if I don't agree with it). And I really don't feel like I know enough to be firmly in Team Servilia. So I'm leaning Team Atia, but reserving judgement at this time.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet: I had to go and scroll through (again, I was super-medicated during the actual watching so I didn't remember much) all the tweets. There were some good ones but I actually snorted tea when I saw this one...because I don't remember saying that!
It's good to know I'm still pretty much ME when I'm out of it. 🙂
What hairdo or costume would Bronwyn steal?
What made Jenny super happy? Same as my favorite part of the episode... (Though to be fair, I think this was EVERYONE'S fave part and made EVERYONE super, super happy)
An Owl in a Thornbush
Or...My Love For Octavia Grows
Quick rundown of the episode: Going to rely on Bron and Jen's recaps this week. It's been a horrible, no good, very bad week for me, so my plan is to answer these questions and just go to bed. And it will be better in the morning, damn it!
So I apologize for my quick post for this week. 🙁
My favorite part of the episode: Atia and Octavia arguing about who will kill Octavia if the unruly mob succeeds in breaking in. That was brilliant. I adore Octavia.
And honorable mention - Vorenus going to Pullo for advice on women, particularly when it resulted in this...
My least favorite part of the episode: Atia having Glabius killed. I did not like that.
Favorite costume: Servilia's dress
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: Still not firmly on either team. Atia delights me. But I have to admire Servilia. Staying behind, waiting for Caesar with all that is happening - I actually see that as a pretty strong move. Though I'm guessing it's not going to turn out well for her. Just a gut feeling.
How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic
Or Admiral Jess Adds Another Ship to her Mighty (J)Armada
Quick rundown of the episode: Caesar’s proconsulship in Gaul is expiring and will lose any immunity he had. To get around this - since all ties with Pompey are cut - he has ensured Mark Antony is elected Tribune of the People. Antony will now have veto power in the senate.
Vorenus and Pullo return to Rome. After bringing Octavian home, and an awkward meal with his mother, Vorenus goes home to his wife, Niobe. Finding a baby in her arms, he assumes the worse and is a general dick. She says the chid is his grandson by his 14-year-old daughter.
Meanwhile, Pullo is busy with prostitutes and gambling. When he discovers he’s being cheated, he stabs the man in the throat and a huge fight breaks out. Pullo is injured but manages to make his way to Vorenus’ home. There, Vorenus hires a physician to perform brain surgery.
Mark Antony, after officially becoming Tribune of the People, goes to Atia and gets his groove on.
Her daughter is less than thrilled with her mother, for so many reasons, and seems quite disgusted with her mother screwing Mark Antony.
Pompey is a busy little bee - trying to pass a motion in the senate that Caesar surrender his command or be declared an enemy. He wants the motion to pass and Mark Antony to veto it so any resulting fall out can be laid at Caesar’s feet. But when the motion passes, chaos breaks out and Antony’s veto isn’t recorded. Pompey tries to arrange for the session to continue the next day so it can be recorded and gives orders to his people that Antony is not to be harmed.
Antony calls on the 13th Legion—Vorenus and Pullo, included—for protection as he feels his association with Caesar puts him in danger. With this protection, Mark Antony makes his way to the forum to record his veto. A man attacks and is quickly killed, but this results in a bloody fight as Pompey leaves the senate.
Vorenus and Pullo escape with Antony, though Vorenus is injured, and go to Caesar in Gaul. Now publicly declared an enemy of Rome by the senate, Caesar marches toward Rome. News arrives in Rome that Caesar and his army have crossed the Rubicon River.
The episode ends with Niobe nursing the baby, which is obviously hers, not their daughter’s.
My favorite part of the episode: Octavia! (Sorry for all the GIFs but it's glorious!)
My least favorite part of the episode: Vorenus being such a dick. I kinda get it, to a point, ya know? But it was a bit much.
Also, I KNEW the baby was Niobe's. I KNEW IT. BUT what I want to know is how the HELL did Vorenus not know his wife was lactating??? I mean, she obviously didn't feed the baby around hi to protect her secret but I feel he'd have noticed her breasts being full, particularly during the sexy time. Just saying.
Favorite costume: Atia's gown.
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: Didn't really see Servilia in this episode (or did I totally space?) so still not firmly on either team. I do admire Atia's determination to secure her and her family's position, even if I don't particularly like how she does it.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet: It is so hard to pick just one! I see this being a problem each week!
What hairdo or costume would Bronwyn steal? Octavia's hair.What made Jenny super happy? Can't find a GIF of this to save my life, but when Vorenus takes Niobe to task for her "tone" and she yells back...
"The Stolen Eagle"
Or The One When Enemies Act Like Rival Sports Teams & Steal Each Other's Mascots and/or Trophies
Before I get to my post, a huge thank you to my girl, Isabel, for making a gorgeous banner for our watch-a-long posts. She created out Merlin Club banner and deliver again for Legion XIII. You can check out her deviant art page here.
Quick rundown of the episode: The episode begins with a battle, ending with the surrender of the Gallic leader to Caesar. Not long after Caesar learns of his daughter’s death in childbirth. She was married to Pompey, Caesar’s friend and ally.
In the senate, Cato moves to have Caesar stripped of command and ordered back to Rome to answer charges of misusing his office among other things. Pompey vetoes the motion and insists he stands beside Caesar and will not betray him.
That night, Scipio introduces his daughter, Cornelia, to Pompey as a prospective wife. After, Cato tries to get Pompey on his side. Pompey holds his ground, even though, privately, he is concerned about Caesar’s growing power and gives orders to a slave heading to Gaul.
Atia of the Julii, Caesar’s nice, has ordered her son Octavian to bring a horse to Caesar to make sure he remembers them and their gift above all others. While on the road, Octavian’s party is attacked and taken prisoner.
At the 13th Legion’s camp, the standard—a gold eagle—is stolen. Mark Antony orders centurion Vorenus to retrieve it. Believing it to be a doomed mission, Vorenus chooses Titus Pullo—condemned to death for drunkenness and disobeying orders—to assist him.
Caesar welcomes Brutus—son of his lover Servilia of the Junii, into camp. When he returns to Rome, Brutus confides to Pompey that the loss of the eagle has made Caesar vulnerable and his men are close to mutiny.
In a letter from Caesar, brought by Brutus, Atia learns her uncle wants her to find a wife for Pompey. She is determined it will be her daughter, Octavia, who will marry Pompey. Atia has her daughter divorce her husband, Glabius, even though Octavia is resistant and in love with him, and presents her to Pompey. He says he must wait to officially marry—until after the mourning period for his late wife to pass—but agrees to the match, essentially. And Atia offers Octavia for sex basically—why wait, right?—and Pompey is on board with that.
Vorenus and Pullo search for the eagle—and saves Octavian from his captors along the way. He thanks them and promises they will be rewarded. They then discover Pompey’s slave with the eagle under on the cart—and realize that the men who took the eagle and Octavian were hired by Pompey. Octavian—who despite appearing to be a spoiled brat seems to be quite astute politically—says that Vorenus’ and Pullo’s mission was just for show. The theft of the eagle was actually a blessing. War between Caesar and Pompey is inevitable, but Caesar needs Pompey to be the aggressor.
The three ride into camp, triumphant and carrying the eagle. Caesar sends Pompy the head of his slave and a message that the 13th Legion will spend the winter at Ravenna. Pompey breaks away from Caesar completely—taking Cornelia, not Octavia, as his wife. Atia is furious at this turn of events while Octavia feels humiliated, and says she wants Pompey dead.
I think I remembered the important bits! LOL Now to the questions...
My favorite part of the episode: Being able to say "Holy Cow!" at this part...
...and having Oldest Kid groan and ask if I was proud of myself for that one. (Which I was. I really, really was.)
Also, this... After Titus Pullo is whipped...
My least favorite part of the episode: It being so chaotic in my house that I could hardly follow the episode?
Honestly, though, one of the things that bugged me was the way Atia pushed her daughter into marriage to Pompey. While I can admire her determination (and even the lengths to which she would go) to secure her family's place, and even elevate it, the oh just fuck her now, no need to delay bugged me a bit.
Even though I would guess it her mind, she was making sure that the marriage happened? Though, that didn't turn out so well.
Favorite costume: Octavia as her her mother was getting all bloody.
Team Atia or Team Servilia, and why: It's too early to tell, for me, I think. Despite not liking some of the things she did, I admire Atia's determination and schemey-ness. But I do like Sevilia (and I love Lindsay Duncan so so much...she was Queen Annis in Merlin!) and sympathize with her.
Basically, I'm not firmly on any team quite yet.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet:
Pull yourself together, your tears are washing the arsenic off your face. #LegionXIII