Friday, March 20, 2009

Kings


Kings is a modernized retelling of the Biblical story of David and Saul found in 1 and 2 Samuel. I finally got around to watching the pilot episode last night on Hulu, and I have to say, I enjoyed it. Things I liked:
  • It takes the source material seriously. The source material being the Bible. No, it doesn't follow things exactly, but the central characters are present (David, Saul, Samuel, Jonathan, etc.) including God's active role in all their lives. I haven't seen too many shows where God is directly addressed in a way that doesn't seem overtly cheesy or forced, so this is refreshing. Even smaller characters, like Eliab and Abner are present.
  • It creates new themes and ideas that are true, but not directly from Scripture. There is this question of what makes a good leader? The current king, Silas, is a mixed bag, having lots of experience and building an entire kingdom from the ground up, but sacrificing integrity for power. David, on the other hand, seems inexperience and a bit unsure of himself, yet has incredibly potential due to his honesty, boldness, and willingness to do the right thing even when it's difficult. 
  • For a moment, I felt like I was watching Flags of Our Fathers again. When David singlehandedly defeats a Goliath tank and saves the king's son, Jack, the king uses his act of heroism for self-promotion as a media figurehead. David feels uncomfortable in the national hero role, knowing his own insecurities and fears and disagreeing with some of the king's decisions. It's a great look at how integrity plays out in the public eye. Plus, actor Christopher Egan bears a strong resemblance to a young Ryan Phillippe.
Did anyone else watch Kings? What'd you think?

4 comments:

  1. Glad to see that you like the show.

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  2. Woah...super interesting. I had not heard of this show. I will totally be watching it.

    p.s. Go Dollhouse!

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  3. Have to start off by saying that I did not watch the full show. I was actually looking forward to this not because of its Biblical ties (because I didn't know it would be based on scripture), but by the looks of their adverts I thought it was going to be a big drama in the vein of West Wing only with a king. I thought it was a good idea. In fact, after seeing a little over half an episode I think this show is exactly that - a lot of good ideas. I left kinda disgusted. I get it. It is based off the David and Saul story. You can not miss that. It is everywhere, but when those butterflies landed on David I was uneasy. When the butterflies formed a crown, I just about threw up a little bit. I am pretty sure that even if I knew nothing about David and Saul I could have forseen the David character being a potential rival for the king. But now no one is surprised not me, and not even the characters in the story.

    Weak sauce.

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