I could use just one word to describe the first season of Rome -- brilliant! HBO spent their money wisely in producing this series. Bruno Heller is a wonderful writer and he has created compelling characters in Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo. Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson (respectively) bring both characters to life and by the end of the first few episodes you feel as if you've known them forever. Other actors are also at the top of their game whether you're talking about Ciaran Hinds as Caesar, James Purefoy as Marc Anthony, Polly Walker as Atia or any of the others. Even bit players like the herald who reads out declarations in the Forum leave their mark with you as the season progresses. The sets and costumes for the show are amazingly well done and the attention to detail is probably the best I've ever seen in a TV show. Make sure to watch the specials on the DVD to fully comprehend the scale of the whole production. One outstanding feature of the DVDs is the segment titled All Roads Lead to Rome which gives you greater detail on various items, gods and goddesses and the culture of ancient Rome. This feature along with the commentaries by historical consultant Johnathan Stamp make this first season of Rome a must have for any collection.