Picking up just seconds from the season one finale, “Rome’s” sophomore premiere, “Passover” (airdate Jan. 14, 2007), finds Caesar in puddles of his own blood and Vorenus cradling the body of his beloved Niobe.
In “Rome’s” epic season one finale, one character makes an anticipated exit, while another quite unexpectedly suffers a brutal fall from fortune.
In this week’s episode of “Rome,” Niobe shows off her new dress, Vorenus bribes and blackmails an old friend, and Caesar and Brutus meet for a round of checkers.
What I’m trying to say is that this episode is one of the finest hours of television ever made, one that sealed my devotion to the HBO series and its makers for all time.
You want to know why I’m still writing about this series 15 years after it debuted? This episode is the best example I can cite. It’s astonishing.