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.
I really enjoyed the ending, it seemed like they were really trying to trick the viewer as they were already going into the standard split screen look at all the players before the clock ticks away the end of the hour...but then BAM!