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Ah, yes, the fall of Rome. And fall it did. Not only is this glorious, high-end series kaputz after two short seasons, but the set recently burnt to a crisp while in its Italian storage space, nixing any plans to hock those fancy backdrops on eBay. Season Two opens with an even greater bloodbath than the freshman year of “Rome.” The story leads Lucious Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) to a bittersweet reunion with his remaining family members and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) to wedded bliss, if only for a short time. By the end of the season, all the storylines are drastically sped up to squeeze it all in. Wars are rushed, unfortunately, and we don’t get to savor the viciousness as we did in season one. As Kander and Ebb once said, “He had it coming,” and Mark Antony (James Purefoy), like everyone else, gets slapped by the gods for all his naughty behavior in the final moments. All the family turmoil, black eyeliner (when they ship off to Egypt) and sassy jabber do make the show worth sitting down with. I mean, really, the series could go on forever. It could be like ‘EastEnders’ for cryin’ out loud. But HBO had to produce it so beautifully that there will be no more to nibble on. At the very least we can bask in the 20 episodes we do have in their fancy-shmancy boxes.