HBO's Rome

I don't watch a lot of TV, but I have made it a point to catch HBO's Rome on Sunday evenings. Wow, what a series. This is a collaboration between the BBC and HBO. It is filmed throughout Italy and has the largest sound stage in the world. I assume HBO has creative control over all the erotic bits, and the BBC has creative control over all of the historical accuracy. For those sensitive to erotic activity and who isn't, you might want to give it a miss depending on whether you view it as good or bad. There's not a lot of it but just enough to bring some cultural authenticity to the time period. The acting, writing and production values of this epic make it equal to anything I've seen on the screen. The episodes are very riveting and compelling as we journey through the historical events of this time witnessing it largely through the perspective of two Roman soldiers Lucius Verenus and Titus Pullo. Though, not without their faults, I have to admire the qualities of honesty, integrity and loyalty that these two characters display as well as their simple direct approach to solving the problems in their lives. True, they do serve the most despicable of men, yet they maintain these qualities for the most part as they make their way through the world of 50BC.

HBO has reshaped television. Watching regular network channels after viewing first rate productions like Rome, Six Feet Under, Sopranos, Carnival, Curb You Enthusiasm and Extras is more than a little disappointing.

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