Kings

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    The New King (Part 2)

    Aired 7/25/09

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The New King (Part 1)

    Aired 7/18/09

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Javelin

    Aired 7/11/09

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Chapter One

    Aired 7/4/09

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    Pilgrimage

    Aired 6/27/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ian McShane

    King Silas Benjamin

  • Dylan Baker

    William Cross

  • Wes Studi

    General Linus Abner

  • Susanna Thompson

    Queen Rose Benjamin

  • Eamonn Walker

    Reverend Ephram Samuels

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  • show Description
  • Inspired by the biblical story of King David, this contemporary soap is about a typical small town guy who becomes involved with high society and politics and rises to the top against all odds. Kings is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Media Studios and distributed by the NBC Television Network. The series has been given a 13 episode initial order.

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  • Quotes (53)

    • King Silas: Is there a problem? David: I'm not sure I can answer that without insulting my king. King Silas: Well, your king hears insults with alarming regularity. David: I just don't think I'm cut out for the city, sir. King Silas: (to bodyguard) Walter, next time you hear Captain Shepherd say, sir, I want you to take out your sidearm and shoot him. (To David) What have you got against our city? David: Well, I'd probably have an apartment the size of my dog shed at home, and no one talks about the war here. My company is fighting just a few hours from here, and it's as if nothing is happening except on TV. Plus the city sort of smells like trash.

    • Eli: (On field hospital bed) Hey, tell me something, how did you know those tanks weren't gonna shoot? Come on; don't make me die before I know. David: Their tank teams like to use the exhaust stakes to heat up their field rations. They drop the entrées in when they're idling. You can hear them gun the engines to blow the packs up. They always do it before they shell. Eli: So they can have a hot meal in peace while we had our heads in the sand. (Coughs) It's not good out there. David: It's gonna get worse. I don't know what to do. Eli: No, no you'll figure something out. You're always good at fixing things. David: They're so much bigger than me there. Eli: Bigger than you? You're the kid in front of the tank. You're a hero. David: I'm not what you think I am. I'm not a hero. That whole picture's a lie. Eli: But you stood up to them. David: When they took that picture I wasn't standing up. I was surrounded. They had me, so I surrendered. I dropped my gun, my grenade went off. I got a lucky shot off. It wasn't even luck, it was stupid. I surrendered. Everyone thinks I'm brave. But I'm not. Eli: Be brave now.

    • David: You want blood? Come here and take it. It's fresh, still warm from the life that just left it. The blood of my brother. So take it, take his blood and call it enough. If you need more, take mine. Do it. I surrender! Shoot me and call that enough. Or can one of you come down here, and show me your face. Show me that you're more than tank, metal, and shell. That you're human like we are, that you breathe, that you bleed, that you feel, and feel pity. That you live for more than our death. Come, any of you who have lost a brother. Come and tell me it's enough.

    • Reverend Ephram: You are very polite, David. David: This is the way I was raised. Reverend Ephram: Well, do something about that before you grow up.

    • Jack: I know it's been hard. You've given your bones, stopped the clock on your lives. I don't have the power to change all that, as much as I do well with it.

    • King Silas: People ask how I cope with all the responsibilities – millions of souls relying on all the good air in my lungs. It's an easy secret – every day I look for signs in my life and try to read into them God's intentions. Take a good look at your life right now, captain, and thing hard: what does God want you to do today? David: To shut the hell up? King Silas: So be it.

    • David: When I read the signs in my life, they say that I was sent here to help you. What I can do for you, I will.

    • Premier Shaw: And what about you Captain? What do you think about our treaty? Do you believe your people are willing to accept sacrificing to their hated enemy? I want to hear a simple soldier's opinion. Is your country ready for peace? David: To be honest, I was instructed not to speak for fear of saying something stupid and jeopardizing the treaty. It's that important to everyone here, and it's that important to me. My brother died, and this treaty is the only thing that can give that any meaning. So, if it's not too rude, I'm gonna follow my orders for once. Keep my mouth shut and try to use the right glass. (Premier Shaw laughs)

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    Notes (2)

    • Susanna Thompson, Queen Rose Benjamin, also played the Queen in Voyager.

    • Ian McShane was the first choice to play King Silas.

    Trivia (5)

    • The Goliath tanks were modified Soviet T-54/55 Battle Tanks.

    • The song David plays on the Broadwood Grand is Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt.

    • The military vehicles of the opposition seems to be Swedish. The registration plates are the same as used in the Swedish military, and when David meets with the Gath-officer, a glimpse of an Volvo L3314 (also known as Pltgb 903) with the Swedish text "Maxlast 570kg" on it.

    • The skyline of Shiloh is a CGI-modified New York City. The capitol building is actually the New York Public Library.

    • Although credited Wes Studi and Dylan Baker do not appear in this episode.

    Allusions (3)

    • Biblical Allusion: Samuel the Prophet: The character of Rev. Samuels is clearly an allusion to the Biblical prophet and last of the Hebrew Judeges, Samuel. In the Bible Samuel was key in installing Saul as King of Israel and acted as his counsellor, sometimes giving advice Saul disapproved of. This episode makes clear that Rev. Samuels was a king maker in Silas's rise to the throne.

    • Biblical Allusion: Gath Kings has been marketed as a modern re-telling of the Biblical story of David. The premiere episode sets the stage immediately as the country Gilboa is at war with is called "Gath." In the first book of Samuel, the Philistine warrior Goliath is referred to as Goliath of Gath, one of five Philistine city-states of that period.

    • Sila's use of a fireplace poker against David refers to Saul's attempted murder of David with a spear from Biblical scripture.

  • Fan Reviews (51)
  • NBC's Kerfuffle ... In My Humble Opinion

    By MissMsMoviesNTV, Jun 10, 2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/NbcKings

    By SolicaMapete, Aug 29, 2012

  • Overwhelming

    By TobyCruz, Mar 08, 2012

  • Would sign for a second season immediately.

    By MaximeSpruyt, Dec 05, 2011

  • What Happened To Kings? It merits a return season don't you think? It was a great show!!

    By mandandarino, Oct 16, 2009

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