HBO's Rome ep 2
Anyway, I just finished watching the second episode of Rome, and I'm excited! This show feels good. The pacing is good; it's entertaining, and I think it does a really great job giving a sense of Roman culture. It's not 100% accurate, but I cannot reiterate enough how this is the most accurate and well-researched show I've seen in a long time.
It's impressed me so much that I can mostly forgive it for its gratuitous sex scenes. Even those (and they're getting a little better being equal with male and female nudity) aren't entirely gratuitous, as the brothels were just as much a part of Roman culture as anything else.
Other details I liked were eating doormice, the surgery that Titus Pullo got done on his head, the exploration of male and female relationships (and I don't just mean Atia's sexual appetite), and exploring the plebs vs the nobility. I especially loved the scenes between Vorenus and his wife. They were rich with Roman culture and practices. What's more, these characters were alive. The entire show really makes the Romans alive. It's really those little details I enjoy--like the doormice and the dice games.
I think David Meadows did a wonderful job recapping and giving details, so I won't blather on any further.