That was a hell of a first episode you started out so lost and slowly the pieces got put together. I don't really see the comparison to the Sopranos it seemed more like The Sheild with a main character you cann't quite hate. One big disapointment was the wife. She was strong character that really complimented the main character but did they need to bring in the drug use this early?
The way of Hercule is the philosophy of daily training, constantly pushing your limits, and never giving up to build a powerful body and mind... and having a wild time all the time. I am a H-Fer.
One tip: Write down a page of things that you like and/or love about this woman that you've chosen to committ yourself to and put it somewhere that you will be able to find it in a year. (Is there such a place? i know, i know....)