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Kings 1 Season 2009

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (271) IMDb 8.3/10

King Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane, "Deadwood") is the well-entrenched king of Gilboa, whose flag bears a divine butterfly symbol. Gilboa has its capital in Shiloh, a clean new city that is unspoiled by time or litter. Silas must deal with the tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young soldier, David Shepherd (Chris Egan, "Eragon"), defies orders and crosses enemy lines to save them. Unknown to David, the soldier he saves is Jack Benjamin (Sebastian Stan, "The Covenant"), the son of the king. From that day forth, David's life will never be the same.

Starring:
Ian McShane, Christopher Egan

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1. Kings Pilot-Goliath

King Silas Benjamin (Golden Globe winner Ian McShane, "Deadwood") is the well-entrenched king of Gilboa, whose flag bears a divine butterfly symbol. Silas must deal with the tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation Gath.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 23 minutes Release date: March 15, 2009
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2. Prosperity

Complications arise when Gath and Shiloh military officials gather to sign the much anticipated peace treaty - Emmy Award-Winner Brian Cox and Miguel Ferrer Guest Star.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 22, 2009
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3. First Night

While a medical crisis threatens King Silas' (Ian McShane) secret family, Jack (Sebastian Stan) introduces David (Christopher Egan) to life on the wild side.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 29, 2009
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4. Insurrection

When King Silas (Ian McShane) sacrifices Port Prosperity to reach peace with Gath, David Shepherd (Christopher Egan) must decide where his true loyalties lie. Leslie Bibb guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: April 5, 2009
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5. Judgment Day

Judgment Day arrives and David (Chris Egan) fights to get his brother's case heard before the King (Ian McShane). Macaulay Culkin, Leslie Bibb and Brian Cox guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 18, 2009
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6. Brotherhood

While Jack (Sebastian Stan) and David (Christopher Egan) embark on a dangerous mission to Gath, King Silas (Ian McShane) acts quickly to prevent the outbreak of a deadly plague.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 13, 2009
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7. The Sabbath Queen

Macaulay Culkin Guest Stars as a citywide blackout puts the life of the Royal Family in danger.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 20, 2009
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8. Pilgrimage

King Silas takes David on a pilgrimage while Queen Rose tries to protect her children--Leslie Bibb ("Confessions of a Shopaholic"), Macaulay Culkin ("Home Alone") and Michael Arden ("Bride Wars") guest star.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 27, 2009
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9. Chapter One

David goes on a mission to retrieve a national treasure while Jack's engagement garners attention. Leslie Bibb guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 4, 2009
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10. Javelin

David finds out where his true loyalties lie when he goes on trial for treason.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 11, 2009
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11. The New King - Part One

With Jack and David in prison, King Silas plans to finally make peace with Gath - Macaulay Culkin guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 18, 2009
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12. The New King - Part Two

Jack decides to take his father's place as King before Silas can return to Shiloh and reclaim his power. Season Finale. Macaulay Cullkin guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2009
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"Kings" is a contemporary re-telling of the timeless tale of David and Goliath. This series is an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances -- and a young hero who rises to power in a modern-day kingdom.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 7 minutes Release date: March 4, 2009
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By The Taminator VINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
Format: DVD
This show does have its faults. The biggest one is how modern speech is intermingled with Shakespearean dialogue... it gives the show gravitas, but it cuts back on the realism. There are some unlikely events, but since this is a retelling of a Bible story in a modern setting, I don't mind it, and as a sci-fi enthusiast I even like it. The show does take things very seriously, with two unlikely security guards providing comic relief that quite frankly, isn't very funny. There is a lot about the world that we don't know, and there is little exposition, which will drive alternate universe fans up a wall. Additionally, if you jump into the series mid-stream, it may take you a few minutes of viewing to become acclimated.

If you can get past those faults, you'll find some of the best there is on TV right now, especially network TV. Sub plots that seem to have nothing to do with one another cleverly weave together throughout the hour to come to surprising twists at the end. Though the characters are mostly archetypes, they are very interesting, and you want to know more about them-- especially Silas and how he became king. The way religion is portrayed and how it affects things is very reminiscent of the new Battlestar Galactica; the multi-ethnic cast reminiscent of Star Trek, politics will have you waxing nostalgic for The West Wing, and best of all, it's not another cop, lawyer or doctor show. It's not insipid reality TV or a recycled sitcom. This is truly original, intelligent programming.

Unfortunately, due to the worst viral marketing campaign I have ever seen, I don't think we'll get another season, so get this show and watch it on your own. NBC did very little to promote this series, but is going out of its way to push another cheap cop drama on us.
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Rarely does a television series come along that challenges the norms, takes things a step further from what we already see. Television is a hit and miss industry in the first place. When a high concept series comes along, it is an even tougher sell. That's why it is such a rare occurrence when shows like Lost and Heroes break through.

Though for every breakthrough hit, there's probably 5 other shows that fail. Which is very unfortunate, because there such creative, well-written, well-produced, and well-acted shows that go unnoticed. This isn't a new phenomenon, but it doesn't make it any less sad.

Visually stunning cinematography, outstanding cast, and excellent writing... Kings deserved to be a hit. But alas, one season is all we're going get. One season that is not like anything else on network TV.

And thankfully, it can live on on DVD so one day, its greatness can be truly realized.
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Kings is one of those rare series which comes along once in a decade. Loaded with Biblical allusions, well written stories, intrigue at all levels, and fabulous sets, it is the story of Captain David Shepherd, King Silas Benjamin and the Reverend Ephram Samuels. The sitting is the futuristic city of Shiloh.

There is growing romance between David Shepherd, the national hero, and King Silas's daughter, Michelle, who cares about the people. Her passion is to convince her father to institute universal health care for the kingdom. The growing tension between the spiritual leader of the nation, Reverend Samuels and its king is like a dance of dragons before the fire storm begins.

Butterflies play an integral part in this series. There is a scene where David is surrounded by butterflies as King Silas watches and wonders if David will replace him as king of Gilboa. General Linus Abner, military chief of staff, is concerned as well about David. Abner wants him out of the way-permanently.

Of course, you have Queen Rose Benjamin. She would give Lady Macbeth a run for her money. She is cool, calculating and lethal as well as poise, beautiful and intelligent.

A word has to be said about Jack Benjamin, heir apparent. He is a disappointment to his father and loves to party with his friends. He views David Shepherd with an envious eye-David is the son that King Silas always wanted. Jack sees how David is treated by his father and loved by the people. In fact, it was David who saved Jack in the beginning from the enemy forces which propelled David to the national hero status. David is the kind of man that Jack should be.

It is a drama with elements of science fiction, alternate realities, etc. It is sad that more viewers never made it a contender.
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... television produces true art. In this decade, it's been "Battlestar Galactica" (in terms of drama) and "24" (in terms of innovative form). "Kings" is both; it mines the Bible (of all things!) for deep content about the human condition, and flies in the face of political correctness in generating a format that is just staggeringly innovative and paradigm-shattering. Ironic that the evangelicals and fundamentalists missed this brilliant series, with its penetrating insights, dramatic consistency and deep honesty. BUY THIS DVD SET.
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This show is by far the best I've ever seen, the script is nearly perfect, the acting is outstading, and the story is completely engaging.

And as a smack in the face NBC not only cancels the show but also fails to deliver a Bluray edition? NBC not only slams their viewers but also the art of filmaking as a whole, caring only for what gives them the highest number of viewers and revenue.
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