I’ve seen S1 once, but it’s been a little bit. Posting my thoughts on each episode. Full spoilers. “The Stolen Eagle” (S1E01) 52 B.C. Eager to return to Rome after eight long years of war, Gaius Julius Caesar ends his campaign with a resounding triumph in Gaul--and news of a shattering personal loss at home. - The intro is OK. I did get the feeling that they just ran out of money, and this was what resulted. - They show Caesar and Pompey exchanging kisses on the cheek. How common was this then? - Ciarán Hinds was such a great choice to play Caesar. - A Roman centurion using a whistle in battle to coordinate movements. Accurate? - They show Julia dying in childbirth (she died in 54, not 52). - These sets. So good. - Many of the scenes would be great to show in a classroom. - Just as I write that, cue sex scene. - Young Octavius slapping a slave girl in the face. Well then. - Cicero and Pompey were the same age, yet the actors playing the two characters look 10+ years apart. Maybe they were trying to stress the toil of war? - Cato the Younger (born in 95, so 43 years old here) looks like he’s 60+. I assume that was a deliberate change. - Good casting for Brutus and Antony. - Great little exchange between Brutus and Pompey (Brutus pointing out that Pompey is technically “lower class”). - Funny banter between Vorenus and Pullo. - Young Octavius already incredibly aware. - The actress playing Cornelia Metella looks a lot older than she should (she was 21 in 52 BC).