Venit, vidi, blogi. Rome arrived this week and so far I've watched the first three episodes, the three that were already on Channel Nine. I watched them again for two reasons. One) to see if the show is any better than it first appeared; and two) to see which bits they'd cut.
Regarding the first point: is it better? Most definitely, yes. Regarding the second: which bits were cut? Those bits, if you catch my meaning. Rome on DVD is a lot more revealing than it is on television. Not sure if there is any cause-and-effect. Is Rome better because it's being shown in full? Well, how much does the addition of sauce advance a story? Bugger all, I would have though. But watching anything without the ads, or fast-forwarding through them, is a definite advantage. One wonders how concerned television stations are about this becoming a full-blown phenomenon. If viewers (who can afford it) regularly "go to the videotape" the likes of Nine might seriously have to rethink their modus operandum. (Latin for modus operandum.) That would include passing up the rights to so-called quality programs, which would suit me fine.
Anyhoo, Rome's a winner and so far there hasn't been even one "You would do well to remember it" or even a "Come, let us hurry".
When I ordered Rome, I also ordered a show called The Wire. No idea whya*. I'd never previously heard of it, but when it popped up on Amazon and said buy me, I bought it.
On the drug-infested streets of West Baltimore, there are good guys and there are bad guys. Sometimes you need more than a badge to tell them apart.
Sounds just the thing. However, Tuesday night I noticed it's on Fox 8 which surely means it's a load of rubbish. Hope I'm wrong.
* Bakelite encased electrical joke, circa 1943.