Sunday, 22 March 2009

First Impressions - Kings

Kings is a new show from one of the ex-Heroes writers. Luckily he left just as the boat started to sink (like Bryan Fuller did and he made Pushing Daisies). So this show is a modern retelling of the story of David and this first episode is a retelling of the story of David vs. Goliath.

Over two hours we get introduced to this world that is essentially modern America but with a King and they're in the middle of a war. This pilot episode essentially introduces to everyone, in this story Goliath is a tank and David is armed with a rocket launcher (yeah I know bit more powerful than a slingshot). So we get introduced to the politics of the country, such as King Silas played amazingly by Ian McShane. Ian McShane is one of those amazing you can watch in anything and whilst the performance is as outstanding as Al Swearengen in Deadwood, it is still strong by all other standards.

The pilot is probably the best pilot I've seen since Pushing Daisies which is saying something. Whilst I'm not sure it'll reach the standard of Lost or Pushing Daisies, based on the pilot I'm going to give it a shot. It definitely starts out incredibly strong. Whilst some might call it pretentious, it's definitely an intriguing tale and possibly the only downside is whether they'll have to stretch out the main points of the biblical story to keep the show on the air (although I do have a feeling that the show won't make it past episode 13).

Yes some of the characters are different from the biblical story (the gay character is evil instead of being a help to David), but honestly there are far worse ways to spend your time and this show looks to have all the buildings of an amazing show.


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