The lack of "And even you, my Brutus" in the end was dissappointing, I was so looking forward it…
I think that the writers were going by the ancient writers accounts of his death (the pulling of his toga over his face) and not the Shakespearian one. I actually was glad they went in that direction, because personally I think "Et tu Brutus?" is too clique. Also I don't think Caesar's death should not of been the last episode, they should of left it to the second season (the beginning of it). It was way too predictable (but it was bound to be), I felt like the series was a count down to Caesar's death at times; oh well, but at least it was done good.
I admit too that I would of enjoyed seeing a good battle, but it probably would of cost too much to create the weapons, costumes, they most likely would of needed horses for calvary; the CG effects. Pharsalus was not a very long battle it was more like, fight then stall a few days, fight then stall a few days more, then one big battle and Pompey loses everything in a few hours (that's what he gets for celebrating BEFORE he actually wins).
My favorite character was Lucius Vorenus, I think over all his character was the best. I felt so sad for him when his wife died, I believe he would of forgiven her if given the time. I also find that his character has more potential in the next season, with him now being a magistrate he has a political career to pursue. With his wife now gone I think he will more than likely be pulled in that direction, he might get married to some woman in a highly influential (and maybe Patrician) family for a political alliance.
Pullo is not a bad character either, but I find him to basic. He has to change allot in the next season. He most likely will side with Octavian later on and be against Mark Antony (where Lucius might be for Antony…maybe). I see him gaining more of a military influence and not political which would side him with Octavian and not Marc Antony.
I also loved the actor who played Marc Antony, while 'Marcus Antonius' is not my favorite person (one that I dislike honestly) in Roman history I loved the way the actor pulled the character off. While not completely true to history, but in the series Rome (and I have to keep reminding myself that the series is more fiction then accurate history) his character stands out as as a strong performance.
Some sex scenes felt a bit forced…
I do agree and some relationships too, for example; Servillia and Octavia, while I have no problem with the pairing except for it felt forced. Also I don't remember reading anywhere where a Patrician boy's coming of age was to send him to a brothel. I think that would do more harm than good and would be scandalous. A boy was considered a 'man' at the age of 16 and it usually was followed by a family ceremony where a boy was given a toga to wear, a mans haircut and other things (can't remember right now). I just know that it was NOT followed by a night out in a brothel; I'm not saying it would not of happened, but the family would not approve of it. Some Roman families were so strict that they would punish their children for that.
Although a small part in me wishes that the characters wouldn't be speaking in English. It's like if you were watching a western and characters would speak italy .
You mean Italian, and they would not be speaking Italian then; since it is ancient Rome they would speak Latin. I am fine with it being in English, while having then all speak latin woukd be fine and all it would be costly. You would need script translators (from English to Latin and maybe Greek), then you would have to get Latin teacher to teach the whole cast Latin, the dialect and tones; subtitlers, since people now days don't commonly speak Latin and etc…
They're making a second season? I don't know if that's really needed.
Yes, it should be out sometime next year. I think it would be great, I can't wait to see what they do with the characters. All in all even with it's faults I still like the series, I am just happy that someone bothers with this kind of genre at times.