First Impressions


Aired on: NBC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            When I first saw the previews for Kings, I saw something rather interesting – an entirely new concept for a television show.  This show wasn’t set in our present world.  It wasn’t set in our future either.  Rather Kings takes place in a sort of parallel universe.  The characters have all of our modern convenience technology and our military technology, but the events surrounding the characters take place in a sort of Kingdom, not completely unlike England, yet not quite the same.  Interesting concept, I thought to myself.  I decided to check it out for myself when the show aired on NBC on March 15, 2009.

            Kings stars Christopher Egan as David Shepherd, a young man who lost his father to the Unification War that shaped the nation he now lives in, known as Gilboa.  David is an earnest young man with a strict sense of values.  His sense of duty to the country that his father served to help create brings him to enlist in the army to fight against Gilboa’s enemy to the north, Gath.  Upon learning that two members of one of their infantry units have been captured by the opposing army, David defies orders and attempts to rescue them, facing the enemies’ feared Goliath tanks little besides guts and determination – a modern day David and Goliath story.  And of course, as in the biblical tale, David beats Goliath, saving the two infantry soldiers.  Unbeknownst to him, one of the soldiers is King Silas Benjamin’s son bringing David hero’s notoriety.

            A trip to the palace brings him face to face with King Benjamin (Ian McShane) who, feeling indebted to David, offers him whatever he may want in return for having saved his son.  Although David doesn’t really want anything further from the King, Silas Benjamin notices the interest David has shown his daughter Michelle (Allison Miller).  Having seen little in his son Jack (Sebastian Stan) that would present him as a good candidate for King once Silas’ reign is complete, Silas begins to wonder if David might not be a suitable replacement.  He elevates David to a seat of power as Captain in the military and Military Liaison to the public.  It is in this new position of power that David must learn to face even larger foes than a tank named Goliath as enemies press in from all corners threatening his very existence.

            Through the first couple of scenes, I was bored with Kings.  I suppose that the fleshing out scenes were strange – watch the first episode for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.  Yet, as things progressed, I became more and more interested in the storyline and more at home with the character of David Shepherd.  The significance of names in this series has not been lost on me and as significant as the name David is, one must also realize the significance of the last name, Shepherd…as in shepherd of the flock.  I believe that as this story progresses, David’s heroism, bravery and natural charisma will propel him forward in the public’s eye and offer him the opportunity to lead the people of Gilboa into greatness.  But first, he must deal with his enemies – Jack, son of the King and obviously jealous of his notoriety and view in his father’s eyes; Silas’ brother-in-law and kingdom financier, a man who only cares about profits at the expense of lives; and, quite possibly, King Silas himself who has begun to realize that David may be the true chosen one.

            I found d Kings to be rather interesting.  There is a sense of mystery and intrigue as we learn that all is not what it appears to be in the Kingdom of Gilboa.  What will happen next?  Only time will tell.  One thing is for certain – I’ll be sitting in front of the television next week to find out!


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