@shortbreadtom: I'm afraid that if you're looking for TRIGGER's specific brand of bombast, you're not going to in Code Geass at all. The first season is more of what you've already seen, and if the revenge angle doesn't hook you, probably nothing will. In retrospect, the first season is more or less a setup for R2, though it does tell a perfectly functional story within its own narrative. R2 goes balls out with the plot and all, but Lelouch's arc is unexpectedly well written, albeit at the expense of a few notable major characters.
@azrailx: The ending is kinda great. It's even better if one tries to peel back the layers and look past the surface. For me, it was a lot of what might have happened that makes it so wonderful. The wagon scene with C.C. was both a "Wait... oh, shit?" moment and an amazing troll. Sure, the "true ending" was eventually clarified and we even got an OVA that put the nail in the coffin to all of the conspiracy theories, but man, the sheer suspense it created at the time sure was something.