When last we saw Pullo and Lucius, their ship's mast had broken in a storm, and now they're dragging themselves onto a beach after a great deal of suffering although it's nothing compared to the suffering of Caesar's screaming, wounded men (and the 2000 dead ones). Pompey intends to keep Caesar's forces bottled up, but Cato and the other senators insist he finish him off, which is yet another example (there are so many these days) of what happens when politicians play soldier. Later, Pompey remarks that the decisive battle is about to begin, and Caesar points out that he and his own forces who are outnumbered by between three to one and five to one must win or die, which gives them an advantage, since Pompey's men have other choices. Good point, but I have to say that as much as I like this show, the big battle scene was a letdown. I'm not a blood-and-guts guy, as regular readers who suffer my squeamishness know well, but I would have liked to have seen something of the battle drama rather than a simple, "Hey, Caesar won after all!" Back on the deserted island: "I'm not meant to die this way," Pullo says. "You were misinformed," Lucius replies. And then they row out to sea on a raft made of corpses. Now that's a will to live. After which our boys, rescued by Pompey's party after they wash up yet again, declare Pompey their prisoner before letting him go. Right before Octavia and Servilia... whoa I saw their alliance coming, but it turns out I was a letter short. It's a dalliance. Oh, Atia, you are so hosed. And speaking of hosed, Caesar doesn't take kindly to Lucius letting his enemy go, but says he won't kill him or Pullo since they so obviously have powerful gods on their side. That they do; they're called network execs, and they've given our guys a second-season order. Which Pompey won't see, since he's kind of lost his head.
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