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This one starts exactly where Season 1 left off, the assasination of Julius Caesar. Brutus along with his co-conspirators are chased away from Rome by Mark Antony with the help of the angry mob after they reluctantly make an attempt on him. Octavius returns from his military training after hearing the news of his uncle's death and the contents of his will stating him as the sole heir. Octavius assumes the name Caesar and starts plotting strategically into maneuvering Mark Antony to join hands with him and crush the rebellion with the help of his mother. After the rebellion is shown its door, Octavious and Mark Antony divide the territory and assumes positions in Rome and Egypt respectively. Mark Antony develops a bond with Cleopatra who cunningly talks him into going against Caesar by cutting the grain supply after closing the only trade route. But Caesar with his strategical prowess stays a step ahead and convinces the senate and people into going to war against Mark Antony, their most beloved son of Rome. More than his craving to go against Mark Antony himself, Caesar has a vested interest in killing his only threat to heirdom, Cleopatra's son - who she claims to be son of Julius Caesar. All this while, the central characters still remain to be Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo having their loyalties towards Mark Antony and Octavius respectively. Their personal stories are more fictious and irrelevant.
While the acting and presentation is still among the best the television could offer, there is a sense of disconnect compared to how it was received in the first season. There are many occassions history is taken for granted be it the conclusion of Caesarion, death of Mark Antony etc. The background score is still exquisite and costumes of Cleopatra are stunning. There are plenty more orgies and erotic scenes compared to the previous season and they are mostly associated in defining the lifestyle of Cleopatra in Egypt. Whatever may be the flaws in script or screenplay is well turned around in the season and series finale, 'About your father'. It is a deservingly spectacular finish by a series that raised by respect and expectation levels of what television could offer.
Could not reproduce the curiosity factor and the hype when Julius Caesar was around, however a satisfactory conclusion to an epic series.
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