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Talk Back: NBC's "Kings"

"Heavy is the head that wears the crown."

By now, you've read my advance review for the first few episodes of NBC's newest drama offering, Kings, which launched last night with a two-hour pilot episode.

But, now that Kings has aired, I am curious to know what you thought of the first episode.

Did you like the alternate universe/vaguely futuristic setting of Shiloh City? Were you turned on or off by the pseudo-religious imagery, Biblical retelling of David's story, and the war-torn setting? Did you love Ian McShane as the morally corrupt King Silas Benjamin? Were you captivated by the story of David Shepherd? Or amused by the vaguely Shakespearean royal retainers? And most importantly: will you be watching Kings again next week?

Talk back here.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I thought it was OK. Not great and unrealistic at times and REALLY slow. Seems more like a cable show than NBC. Would give it one more shot before deciding whether or not to keep watching.
Page48 said…
I'll bet the King of Gilboa couldn't sit thru 2 hours of that, so what chance would I have?
Anonymous said…
Meh. I watched the first 20 mins and then started to fall asleep. BORING!
Anonymous said…
I liked King Silas and was impressed by his son, but I really didn't like David. They should've cast a better actor. The show was a bit too unrealistic as well. In this major war the enemy completely takes their eyes off the front line, there are no mines in no man's land, and there's no security around the two hostages?
Mazza said…
@Mrs James Ford YES! Someone agrees with me! :) I didn't like Chris Egan AT ALL. Thought he was dull as David and I didn't feel invested in him one bit. Plus someone needs to do something about his skin. ICK.
Anonymous said…
I thought it was great. I was completely captivated the entire time. Definitely a deliberate pace, which is nice. I'm tired of seeing everything happening at rocket speed on network television. It definitely does feel like more of a cable show, but since so much network TV is becoming more and more irrelevant, that's a good thing.

Can't wait to see next week.
technotory said…
Wow, another "gay is bad" show on primetime. Just what we needed.
R.A. Porter said…
Liked it enough to watch a few more, mostly for Ian McShane's scenery chewing. I think if they don't tone down the biblical parallels and tell a difficult story, this could be interesting enough to stick with.
Page48 said…
@Chris, you were just tuned into the wrong network, dude. ABC has the "gay is the way" story covered with their snoozefest, "Brothers & Sisters".
tony libido said…
I can see the potential for some fun here, but it also felt loaded down with too many cliches and general nonsense.

The business about re-starting the war after the truce because of the evil dick cheney-esque dude.

and when our aw shucks, down home mechanic sat down to play a flowery Liszt piano piece I lunged for the remote.

Gonna pass.
Anonymous said…
I tohught this was a perfect 2 hours of TV. For awhile I was had a rank of favorite TV shows:
Lost
Jericho
30 Rock
The Office
Heroes

and now Kings is #2 behind Lost what an amazing show!
Brian said…
It reminded me of a a low, low, low-rent version of HBO's Rome. Rome was good; Kings, not so much.
Anonymous said…
The best new show of the season. I loved it from start to finish. Well almost, that speech David gives the Goliath towards the end was over the top cheesy and I had to look away from the tv. But overall it's a great show.

I love the setting and I love the twist on this old story. I fear it may be canceled as most good shows, like HBO's Rome, end up.
shinas said…
I loved Kings through and through. The soundtrack was amazing and the plot and acting was superb. Personally, I loved the cast.

Had heard some time ago about Kings not getting picked up for a second season so already went through the 'withdrawal' stage, but...

If Kings came back next season I would definitely watch every episode!

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