LAST TIME ON CORIOLANUS: The people of Rome, angry at the patricians for hoarding food while they starve, take to the streets in protest. The senate responds by granting them five tribunes - elected officials who help protect the interests of the people. Meanwhile, reports of a Volscian army marching on Rome have emerged. General Cominius is appointed to lead the Roman army against him. He takes Titus Lartius, another general, and Caius Martius with him. Caius Martius is a fantastic warrior, but is despised for his derisive attitude towards the people.
Sicinius and Brutus are.. well, they're not really the villains of the piece, since they're just trying to defend the interests of the people, which, I think we can all agree, is admirable. However, they are politicians, which makes them as easy a target as anyone.
And here is Tullus Aufidius, the famous Volscian general with whom Caius Martius has fought many times. As much as Martius is obsessed with Aufidius, it seems that Aufidius is even more obsessed with Martius, as we'll see later on. It's kind of cute, in a "I totally want to kill you" sort of way.
Stay tuned tomorrow, when we'll check in with the womenfolk and start on the Battle of Corioles!