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Okay, here is another question for you wonderful people. I remember a show where a man dies and wakes up on a beach with a bunch of other people. They are all from different periods in time, with one of them being a caveman. All of these people try to build a society but of course conflict ensues. One of the people who end up on this beach is a Roman emperor (I think maybe Nero or Caligula, but it could have been any of them). One scene I remember vividly is the Roman emperor seeing a steam engine and remarking that if he had access to such technology, he would have taken over the world. If I had to guess, I would say that it was a mid-90's American production, and it was either a movie or a mini-series. I saw it in South Africa on the Sci-fi channel back when it knew how to spell it's name.

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That's Riverworld from the SciFi channel in 2003. Based on the book series. They have since remade it (now from SyFy).

promo shot

Nero is the villain. Here he can be seen (on the right) fighting the main hero.

Nero fighting

Here is one of Nero's minions can be seen threatening Samuel Clemens here. (Thanks @Steve-O for pointing this out.)

Nero minion & Twain.

Here are several people after just waking up, heading to the food dispenser (grailstone).


Other characters of note are Alice Lidell (Alice in Wonderland) and an alien caught up in the whole thing.

Alice Lidellalien

  • Damn! You answered faster that I could turn around. Now I have to wait 10 minutes to tick this answer. – Magikarp Master Jun 17 '17 at 15:26
  • Remembered watching it myself. – eshier Jun 17 '17 at 15:28
  • FYI: The guy threatening Sam Clemens in that screenshot is not Nero, just one of his goons. Nero had longer, curly blond hair – Steve-O Jun 18 '17 at 3:28
  • @Steve-O Thanks. Corrected that. Honestly, I wasn't sure since it's an odd angle and it could be that actor. Not easy to find pictures of Nero from this, honestly. – eshier Jun 19 '17 at 20:36

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