Mark Watches ‘I, Claudius’: Episode 12 – A God in Colchester

I can’t believe this is almost over, and I can’t believe I AM SO SAD RIGHT NOW.

The video file for “A God in Colchester” is available for download here, and all Mark Watches videos are indexed in my Dropbox folder.

Let’s do this!

  • I apologize if this is short, but I’m running out the door to get my taxes done. MURRICA. So I’m really in a rush, but I wanted to get something up.
  • First of all, THIS MADE ME SO SAD. SO SAD. Like, the one moment in this whole episode that truly stands out to me is when Claudius finds out Herod died. Who does he have left? Pallas and Narcissus do support the man, but he just lost his last true friend, and it is EARTH-SHATTERING in its sadness. Granted, this episode is just as disturbing as all the others, but more for its depiction of a man broken by his attempt to do good. That’s what is so frustrating! The man tried, was betrayed (as Herod said he would be) and is probably going to die alone. UGH.
  • So much of I, Claudius has been a depiction of how the intersection of power and ambition RUINS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, and that’s certainly the case for Messalina and Silius. Lord, what a downfall.
  • My god, Messalina actually believed that Claudius would never have her executed. She honestly thought that she could manipulate him until the end. Granted, he drunkenly signed those execution orders, so it’s not like he gleefully put Messalina and Silius to death, but STILL.
  • He was made a god on the day he found out he outlived everyone he cared about. WHY DON’T YOU TWIST THE KNIFE FURTHER INTO MY HEART THANKS.

Oh god, just one more of these left!

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