Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Episode 1 of Kings

Here is the first two hours of NBC's Kings, directed by Francis Lawrence, who made Constantine and I Am Legend, both of which were surprisingly watchable(even good) and surprisingly literate spiritually.  I was impressed by the opening episode, which is operatic and gripping, even if it is a bit silly.  Sure, Ian McShane gives at least 4 monologues in these 2 hours, but he sells the heck out of them.  Sure, David shouting at tanks doesn't quite have the dramatic ring of a true "David vs. Goliath" battle, but that works too.  Mostly because it is operatic, and in opera you expect over the top theatrics and emoting.  Its not Battlestar Galactica, but Battlestar Galactica is the first show that I thought of after watching this, and that is a very good thing.

Biblically, it has some issues.  For one thing, it is far too prudish and bloodless for being based upon one of the most violent and lascivious books in the Bible. But until a "real" adaptation of the Old Testament is made, then this will do.  Kings airs Sundays on NBC, or you can watch it like I do, on Hulu

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