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Reviewed By: Ichabod NoodleReview Date: 2/19/17 2:52 am
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******Spoilers Ahead*******

Though how you can "spoil" a two thousand year old well documented historical event is a little beyond me.

I really quite liked this one. The acting was great, the script well realised. Updated while keeping it grounded in the time.

Cicero had a long and illustrious career, and while this case is his best known, there'd have to be more worthy of dramatisation. So I really hope they'll make further episodes.

What I would have liked though is a post script. As soon as it finished I was like, "but did he get his farm back?" Well apparently yes, and Chrysogenus was thrown off the Tarpein Rock for corruption. A neat little post script telling me this would have been nice.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/17/17 7:31 am
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This adaptation of the novel adds up to a six part Doctor Who story, but with two doctors and five different companions running around and a massive epic plot involving a battle of survival between two universes, the story is definitely not padded.

The story has a great sense mystery. Wisely, the play focuses on the Fifth Doctor who has arrived after the Seventh Doctor and is trying to figure out what's going on, including what role his future self was playing in all this. (Although, he doesn't know it's his future self at the time.) Peter Davison is wonderful in this, managing to combine earnestness with a righteous fury at injustice that I really wish we'd seen more of on television. Sylvester McCoy is good as the man in the Shadow who really only begins to move slowly on to the stage in the second half and doesn't meet his past self until the last story.

Tegan has a very solid story and gets to show her anger at Chris for his "racist" attempt to impersonate an Australian with her last name. Roz and Adric also play off each other beautifully.

The plot is epic and we really only learn the full scope of what's going on in the final episode. My only big regret is that they didn't explore some aspects of the plot more fully. Still, this is a very impressive production and this has become the novel adaptation I'd recommend most.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 2/14/17 9:44 pm
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How does anyone get in the army if they have such a fear of water that they can't have a bath?
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/14/17 3:11 am
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Cicero is a solid historical mystery that finds the young brother Cicero defending a man accused of parricide (i.e. the murder of his father.) Marcus Cicero is the thoughtful, introverted genius who sets about investigating the case and has the courage to continue on even as veiled threats from powerful people begin to be made against him.

The story has a lot of authenticity in terms of reflecting the Roman world, currency, and legal system among other details. Although some of these details tends towards the more lurid side of Roman life, particularly from the younger brother Quintus. If this story is picked up and made a series, based on the pilot, I think it'll be more explicit as Dorian Gray was.

Regardless, story has a great mystery plot and the last twenty minutes is magical. The series is courtroom drama, and before this is when the younger brother Quintus proves his worth. Quintus had great chemistry with Marcus throughout the story, but outside of that his contribution was often being the cowardly hedonistic one. However, the way he helps young Marcus prepare his speech shows his worth to the team and the final speech is just a great summation. Overall, this is a worthwhile release whatever happens in the future with it.

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