Goliath, Part 1

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/15/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Part 1 of the special two hour premiere episode, in which battles between the neighboring nations of Gilboa and Gath rage. One soldier named David Shepherd, takes action when he sees prisoners of war taken. After crossing enemy lines to rescue them, he is told he just saved the king of Gilboa's son. His life forever changes in that moment.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christopher Egan

    David Shepherd

  • Ian McShane

    King Silas Benjamin

  • Allison Miller

    Michelle Benjamin

  • Sebastian Stan

    Jack Benjamin

  • Wes Studi

    General Linus Abner

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • This pilot episode starts off on the day that a new country's King Silas is dedicating the completion of the new capital city, Shiloh. A parallel story of a country boy named David's experiences are shown to us as well.

    By Words4theSoul, Apr 18, 2009

  • A great start to a great new series.

    By friendserking, Mar 19, 2009

  • A King with no crown huh? Weird. Could be mistaken for anyone. Good show, though.

    By RobGrizz, Mar 18, 2009

  • I would have liked a show like Kings not to live on the mercy of the ratings and instead see it be able to lead a quiet and conclusive life on a cable network like HBO, AMC or Showtime.

    By jberghei, Mar 17, 2009

  • It's the King! Doing King things! :D

    By tjaman, Mar 16, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • 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 entrĂ©es 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.

    Notes (2)

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

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

    Trivia (4)

    • 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.

    Allusions (2)

    • 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.

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