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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)