The pacing of the show is really interesting as is the sense that something weird is going on but they never show it. The show seems to be moving slow and it seems like not much is happening, but I can't take my eyes off of it. The cinematography and editing are top notch.
If nothing else, it's one of the most beautiful-looking things I've ever seen on TV: highly creative use of set design, costume, lighting, sound, crowds, kangaroos. I found the director's Oscar-winning movie The Great Beauty a slog, but this is more consistently entertaining.
As for the plot, it starts out as if it will be a black-comedy campfest, but then seems to get more contemplative and even a little serious. Not sure how the last week's shows will move the story along, but since they've announced a second season I guess we can assume Lenny will still be Pope.
My son and I have watched steadily, my wife was bored and checked out quickly. And the show has taken on additional weight with its modest parallels to changeshere, and perhaps even more so because of the assorted reports about current real-world Vatican intrigue and our administration's possible involvement therein.
This is the best one word post I have seen in a very long time. Nicely done.
I have to admit, I checked out early too, but HBO has a way of continually showing an episode as to ensure that you end up watching it anyway. It has gotten better in my opinion. It's not heading to where I thought it was heading, so that's good. I think I will actively watch now.