KINGS

Re-imagining the Story of David

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Release Date: March 15, 2009

Starring: Christopher Egan, Ian McShane,
Susanna Thompson, Sebastian
Stan, Dylan Baker, and Wes
Studi

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 48 minutes

Distributor: NBC TV

Director: Francis Lawrence

Executive Producer: Michael green, Francis
Lawrence, John A. Smith, and
Erwin Stoff

Producer: Barry Berg

Writer: Michael Green

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman/CEO
Bob Wright, Vice Chairman
General Electric
(Owner of NBC Universal)
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Website: www.ge.com

Content:

(BBB, CC, Ho, Ev, LL, VV, N, A, MMM) Very God-centered, Juedo-Christian worldview talking about God’s anointing and God’s miracles, with a prophetic black preacher, opposed by war mongers, corrupt officials and hedonists, plus homosexual character and a mention that God used evolution; 10 obscenities in the first episode, two obscenities in the second; warfare and violence including hospital scenes of bloody wounds and people dying; barroom scenes of couples kissing and Jonathan is clearly homosexual and rebuked by his father, plus David kisses; upper male nudity; drinking at state dinners; and, assassinations, corruption, bribery, blackmail.


Summary:

KINGS is a modern re-telling of the story of David. With some foul language and violence, it is a mostly faithful modern updated version that has God as the star of the TV series.


Review:

KINGS is a modern re-telling of the story of David.
The first episode opens with David’s brothers fighting the tanks of Gath, which are called Goliath. David comes to help them. When he hears the troops of Shiloh have been captured, he charges the tanks on foot, destroys them with a grenade and rescues Jonathan, the son of King Silas. Silas has rebuilt the kingdom from rubble. When he addresses his people, he always tells the story of how God anointed him. One day he saw a shadow over his head of butterflies, and they alighted on his head, forming a crown.
Silas has been faithful to the advice of the Reverend Samuel not to instigate war but to protect his people. However, he bends to the avarice of some of his confidants and decides to initiate attacks on Gath. Samuel declares that Silas has lost God’s favor and anoints David.
David becomes a great hero and Silas’s jealousy is incurred as he sees the butterflies alight on David’s head as a crown. Furthermore, Silas’s daughter falls in love with David.
In the second episode, Silas, thanks to David, makes peace with Gath. However, wary of David’s attentions, he commands Abner, his general, to get rid of David.
KINGS is a well produced re-telling of the biblical story of David. Ian McShane, the lead actor who plays Silas, is absolutely terrific. Some of the dialogue is a little arcane, but the story itself is very convincing and intriguing.
Regrettably, a few liberties have been taken. Jonathan is clearly homosexual. Silas, however, tells Jonathan he’s got to get over it if he wants to be king, a very politically incorrect speech. David appears at times to be less courageous than the David of the Bible, but his vulnerability makes him more sympathetic. Also, there are at least 10 obscenities in the first episode, though there are only two in the second episode. Finally, there is some bloody violence.
The good news is that God is clearly the hero of the series. It is God who calls Silas, and it is He who tells Samuel to anoint David. This theocentric perspective is itself a worthwhile reason to watch this entertaining series.


In Brief:

KINGS is a modern re-telling of the story of David. The first episode opens with David’s brothers fighting the tanks of Gath, which are called Goliath. David comes to help them. He charges the tanks on foot, destroys them with a grenade and rescues Jonathan, the son of King Silas. David becomes a great hero, and Silas’s jealousy is incurred as he sees the butterflies alight on David’s head as a crown. In the second episode, Silas, thanks to David, makes peace with Gath. However, wary of David’s attentions, he commands Abner, his general, to get rid of David.
KINGS is a well produced re-telling of the biblical story of David. Ian McShane, the lead actor who plays Silas, is terrific. Regrettably, a few liberties have been taken. Jonathan is clearly homosexual. David appears at times to be less courageous than the David of the Bible, but his vulnerability makes him more sympathetic. Also, there are at least 10 obscenities in the first episode and some bloody violence. The good news is that God is clearly the hero of the series. This theocentric perspective is a worthwhile reason to watch this entertaining series.