Saw this article crop up on my Facebook feed, got excited, noticed it was from February 2014, got bummed out, read it anyway, and realized there's never a chance for this piece of magnificence to come back.
HBO ushered in the "second golden age of television" with the launch of THE SOPRANOS in 1999 (I personally mark the wrap-up of BREAKING BAD as the unofficial end of that era... though there are still some fine programs out there and television continues to eclipse movies in quality and standards... but I digress...). I still regard the saga of Tony and his two families as my favorite drama series of all time. But ROME runs a very close second.
ROME, seen by far too few, set a different standard for story telling. A standard that has been fully realized with GAME OF THRONES (thank you again, HBO...). But make no mistake, ROME raised the stakes in terms of viewer investment in a period/fantasy setting (ROME is a mix of historical drama with historical personalities and events, very much intertwined with fictional characters and altered events). It also boasts one of the finest "bro-mances" since BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID... long live Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.
Bruno Heller, the shows creator and show-runner, has now moved on to other things. His new series GOTHAM is launching in a few weeks and I have very high hopes considering his track run.
But the brilliance of ROME will only shine, it seems, in DVDs and blu-rays... along with the rest of the Second Golden Age.