DVD Releases: September 29, 2009

Out this week we have two DVDs to feature:  Kings - Season One, Monsters vs. Aliens.kings-show

  • Kings - Season One: This show is just an amazing piece of surreal speculative fiction and drama.  The political intrigue and drama rivaled that of West Wing and Battlestar Galactica.  Kings was not renewed for a second season because of the ratings which I think was due to the poor time slot and promotions that did not do the show justice.  The cast is amazing.  This is a must own and I hope that with enough DVD sales they will get to do another season.

  • Monsters vs. Aliens: DreamWorks fun animated tale drawing inspiration from a lot of the classic 50's monster movies but this time they are here to help defend earth from the attacking aliens.  It is a renter for me but did receive good reviews from those who have watched it.

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Kings Is Back!!!


A new episode of Kings airs on NBC this Saturday at 8pm.  I'm glad for it's return after the break.  Kings is a great dramatic show exploring family, loyalty, and political intrigue in a magic realism setting.  I know what I'm watching Sunday night on Hulu.

"Brotherhood" is the episode to air in which Jack and David go to Gath to shore up the peace treaty, which is threatened by Gath's dangerous request. Elsewhere, Michelle encounters problems stemming from her health-care bill, and Silas takes steps to prevent a plague from ravaging the city.

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Check out the Kings podcast "Of Gods and Kings" which will also be returning to discuss the events in Brotherhood.

Kings moved to summer

I have some bad news for the Kings fans like me:

"Kings" will return to its Saturday 8 p.m. slot June 13 and will finish its run through July 25 (Hollywood Reporter).

There will not be a new Kings this week.

  • Future of Of Gods and Kings

Our podcast, Of Gods and Kings will go on hiatus untill June, and finish out the series then.

If you are a fan of Kings, now is the time to tell your friends about the series.  Let's try to surprise NBC with great ratings for the series when it returns.

Review: Kings 105 Judgment Day

Review of:  Kings 105 Judgment Day Kings - Kings, Season 1 Overall Rating: 9

Loyal Citizens of Gilboa, Gath and the disputed territories in between: When David's brother Ethan is sentenced to death for treason, David is asked to betray King Silas to save him from the gallows.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

This episode really featured the art of subtlety to enhance the feel and to tell the deeper story.  There were many instances where the use of subtle changes in the lighting enhanced the scene or to give us pause.  The imagery it’s self was subtly changed to give the feel of an absence which was a reoccurring theme throughout the episode.  There were also some beautiful scenes where the spoken conversation was on one topic and the subtle action was on a second completely different topic at the same time.

In this episode King Silas is officiating over Judgment Day.  It is one day a year where the king will officiate over 10 cases whether they are civil or criminal and regardless of whether a court has already given judgment.  The cases are without lawyers only the parties involved and the Kings ruling is final.  The spirit of judgment day is supposed to be about fasting and forgiveness.

The manner in which this episode approaches the path to power and the dangers to the individual is fascinating.   They set up a path to power that requires a hardening of ones heart, taking in cruelty and becoming cynical.  The characters exemplifying this best is Queen rose and King Abadon.  Through Michelle they show the other side of the spectrum where she is very caring and kind and has little power.  This creates a neat drama within the series with the characters of David and Katrina Gent as we watch them both move into power and must find a new path to avoid becoming cruel and cynical.

Isolation was a reoccurring theme throughout this episode.  I really enjoy how they do this through the king as he interacts with those around him.  They also do this through the subtle dulling of the grandeur of the palace and his environment.

This episode was also a Jack heavy episode.  I find it sad when watching Jack and King Silas.  Although they are on different sides of the fence they both struggle so hard for character growth and with all of that effort only seem to manage only a few steps in any direction.  For Jack if he would only get some recognition he might be able to improve.

Moment’s in magic realism

  • The imagery of David in pain between the flag and his family
  • The envelop with the medal in it falling to the floor just before Katrina Gent walks by.
  • Andrew opens the drawer and Cross closes it.

Favorite quotes

  • “Eggs without yokes sacrilege… Prometheus on the rocks gave better breakfast.”
  • “What's the point of having power if you don’t use it “
  • “Justice is in deferent to your own mood.”  “As is my own wife.”
  • “I wasn't sure about God or how he deals with any of us.  Now I see God works through you.”

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Next Week:

King Silas (McShane) sends Jack (Stan) and David (Egan) to Gath to reinforce the peace agreement. David quickly learns that the trip is much more than just a diplomatic tour when Gath asks for an unusual and dangerous favor. Michelle (Allison Miller) discovers that her health care bill may have created more problems than it solved. Meanwhile, Silas faces the potential crisis of a deadly plague entering his city.

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Review: Kings 104 Insurrection

Review of:  Kings 104 Insurrection  Kings - Kings, Season 1 Overall Rating: 10

David's loyalties are torn when his brother joins the resistance after King Silas offers Gath the territory where David's family lives.  Watch the episode streaming online above.


  • great plot twists and political intrigue
  • the kings plan was awesome and calculating like he is playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers
  • how no character is a stock 2d character even the guards have more depth
  • David had to choose between his family and his family.  They live and hate you or are dead.
  • Katrina Ghent’s character
  • How the press is bought and sold to highest bidder and shows the news based on who owns the station not based on the news.
  • When William Cross and Rev. Samuels are talking in the church: it’s like satin showing up to tempt the Rev. and in turn the Rev. tempting satin.
  • Thomasina stood up to him and questioned him… “I don’t know how to protect this cold Silas”
  • The symbolism with the flag and the winds changing
  • the continued subtle use of political words like: “some ministry positions have recently opened.”  He opened them by terminating them.

Favorite Quotes

  • “The position of your loyalty.  With your family or with your king?”
  • “our blood our land”
  • “keep your mood where it is and the staff will dust off the guillotine”
  • “your like a cat on the edge of a bathtub”
  • “he was a syphilitic walrus”
  • Gen. Abner "I don't know why you think he deserves special treatment.”  King Silas “Only Concern Yourself With That I do."

Question for the Week

  • Does the the queen really know who serenity is?

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Next Week: Judgment Day

Judgment day arrives and David fights to get his brother's case heard before the King. Macaulay Culkin guest stars.

Spoiler Alert

I really like Gen. Abner’s betrayal… maybe.  He also demonstrates his prowess at playing chess with the king.  Who is the master and who is the student.  He executed everything so cleanly making it look like a message from Rev. Samuels, coming up with a legitimate excuse and being sent by the king to the church where Cross would be arriving.  Is Gen. Abner in league to betray the king or is he just a double agent flushing out the dissenters?

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Review: Kings 103 First Night

Review of:  Kings 103 First Night  Kings - Kings, Season 1 Overall Rating: 10

King Silas makes a sacrifice to save the life of his illegitimate child, while Jack, who has ulterior motives, takes David on a wild night out.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

  • theme of the show what is the cost?
    • Michelle: paying her cost for getting the proposition
    • Queen Rose: the cost paid to save the country
    • David: paying the cost for being popular
    • Jack: paying the cost for being the Kings son
    • The King: paying the cost for defying Gods will
  • I love how they showed the value of David in comparison to the value of the king with the value of the seats at the ballet.
  • The unmasking of the queen where we get to really see more about her character
  • Jack is takes David out on the city:  we get the rules of partying with the prince.
  • Get the answer to: does Rev. Ephram Samuels really talk to God and the proof is in the picture.
  • do you think jack is jealous of Michelle?
  • does the queen know about King’s “serenity”?

Best Lines

  • “when we have art we have inspiration”
  • “I’m not a saint.  No i bet you are just lack for opportunity”
  • “Ice doesn’t melt in her mouth no one does”
  • “I can not tell you of gods mind.  He shares with me at his pleasure”
  • “Not even god is that cruel”
  • “we were nothing but stone age clans warring with each other”

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Review: Kings 102 Prosperity

Review of:  Kings: Prosperity  Kings - Kings, Season 1 Overall Rating: 9

A peace treaty signing ceremony could be jeopardized when the leader of the Gath military inquires as to why David Shepherd isn't there. Tensions mount as King Silas and General Abner come up with a plan to get rid of David, while William plans to get rid of King Silas.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

  • Great symbolic beginning
  • The message of this episode “Don’t Go”
  • There is comic relief so the show is not all bleak and dramatic
  • Miguel Ferrer as a general for Gath… brilliant!
  • I love the use of the doves
  • The courtly politics are amazing to watch
  • This show reminds me so much of Ike and his warnings against the military industrial complex.  Great corporatist line… “This country is at it’s best when it has a leader that listens to me.”
  • What do you think was Michelle’s vow?

Great Magic Realism Moments

  • Shiloh with a storm overhead raining on king Silas and the king crying to the heavens only to be rejected and the only shaft of light closes.
  • The light on the wall makes a cross and David sat on the bench.  He sat at the foot of the cross.
  • The Doves are use several times in a great way.

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Review: Kings 101 Goliath, Parts 1 and 2

Review of:  Kings: Goliath, Parts 1 and 2 Kings - Kings, Season 1 Overall Rating: 8.5

When David saves the life of the King's son in battle, he's thrust into the limelight and politics of the kingdom.  Watch the episode streaming online above.

Plot: Kings is a magic realism series that is a retelling of the biblical story of King David.  Set in the nation of "Gilboa" after the "Unification War" which was ended by King Silas.  He built the city of "Shiloh" as a shining symbol to his nation.  At the dedication ceremony for the new capital at Shiloh, there are some fears of conflict with Gath, a country that borders Gilboa to the north. Flashing forward two years later to the present, the situation has erupted into open war between Gath and Gilboa.

What is Magic Realism? Magic Realism style of story that is based as close as possible on reality yet use surreal moments to further the story and/or message.



  • The hooks are really good leaving me curious about where they are going with this episode and wanting to know more of the story.
  • I love how accurately they maintain the biblical story yet kept this one free of religiosity and gave kings it’s own voice.
  • Rev. Ephram Samuels he has such a compelling style about the character and a great turn of phrase ie. “your like the woman in red”
  • David is so likeable as the simple farmer who wants to do right and is free of greed.
  • Ian McShane does a great job as King Silas I love the sense of determination, desire to do well by his people and tragic lot.  He really pulls off the funny and dramatic parts well.
  • The use of Goliath as a devastating tank.
  • They really capture the feeling of courtly life well.  The intrigue, mystery and subtle social interactions.
  • I love that they put in the real power behind the king being the corporate industrial military complex.
  • I was very impressed that they kept Jack, the son of the King gay.
  • loved David’s soliloquy towards the end when he was facing Gath
  • Many will find the pace a little slow but premiers tend to be slow so I won’t hold it against them.  After all they need to establish the setting, characters, and plot in one episode… it’s a lot.

did they set up an alternate earth or an alternate timeline?

Spoiler Alert

  • The scene when his authority of God was revoked was powerful.
  • the butterfly scene is really cool and with the king watching… that was powerful nice touch for the ending

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Kings Premiere Date Set

Kings NBC's new magic realism drama show Kings will air on March 15th at 8 p.m.  I'm really curious about this show after watching the trailer, Watch the trailer here.

King Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane, “Deadwood”) is the well-entrenched king of Gilboa, whose flag bears a divine butterfly symbol. Gilboa has its capital in Shiloh, a clean new city that is unspoiled by time or litter. Silas must deal with the tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young soldier, David Shepard (Chris Egan, “Eragon”), defies orders and crosses enemy lines to save them. Unknown to David, the soldier he saves is Jack Benjamin (Sebastian Stan, “The Covenant”), the son of the king. From that day forth, David’s life will never be the same.

(viaSCI FI Wire)