Kings

Season 1 Episode 3

Prosperity

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2009 on NBC
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9.1
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A peace treaty signing ceremony could be jeopardized when the leader of the Gath military inquires as to why David Shepherd isn't there. Tensions mount as King Silas and General Abner come up with a plan to get rid of David, while William plans to get rid of King Silas.moreless

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  • Captain America helps usher in the peace. A special guest helps elevate the show even more!

    9.0
    Kings fascinates me. I didn't know about the biblical inspirations until after the pilot had already aired. If anything, it felt very Shakespearean to me. And to be honest, I prefer to look at the show in this way. The characters, the conspiracies and politics are all worthy of something along the lines of Hamlet or MacBeth. (Take the comic relief guards for example: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern perhaps?) Biblical or theatrical, I was basically judging Kings purely on entertainment value (as we should with anything on TV). But I've gone into this second episode with a new mindset now.



    In this episode, King Silas hopes to confirm a peace treaty with the Gath, but they had no intentions of doing so- using David's brash actions (who looks an awful lot like a young Matt Damon, now that I think about it) as an excuse to continue to war. It was great seeing Silas get really hands-on in trying to quell the situation, and he visits the great BRIAN COX in a fantastic surprise appearance! Looks like his majesty has some secrets of his own!



    David's mother, the Prince's shopping spree, and a secret involving the King's daughter were all played nicely, and I loved the skits with the guards and the birds. At the end, there was a botched assassination attempt on young David that I found: 1) premature.

    2) contrived and predictable.

    3) annoying and conveniently dodged.

    I expect attempts on lives to be made, sure, but not so soon, and not so poorly executed (He went radio silent, just so no one could reach him? Aren't these professionals? Really, guys?)



    Leave the cheap stuff on Heroes...moreless
  • Change of Pace

    9.5
    A peace treaty signing ceremony could be jeopardized when the leader of the Gath military inquires as to why David Shepherd isn't there. Tensions mount as King Silas and General Abner come up with a plan to get rid of David, while William plans to get rid of King Silas.



    This show just had the biggest change of pace from Pilot episode to second episode. The pilot episode I think really worked on the "epic" image of the show. This episode was a huge slow-down and progress the plot episode. I was surprised that it didn't build too much on the characters. A lot carried over from the very first episode, with King Silas looking to take out David from the moment the episode started. I liked the couple of scenes where the guys were trying to get rid of the birds, once you saw David about to get shot those random scenes didn't seem so random. Love how everything came together like that. Couple of things surprised me. Surprised that the treaty didn't work out and then by the end of the epsiode it did work out. Makes me wonder what's going to happen from here on out. Looks like for the moment the external conflict is gone, but I think the David / Silas relationship is going to get interesting here in a couple of episodes. Silas gives David the warning about his daughter, who happened to change her mind it seemed all of a sudden. Not exactly sure what happened there. Overall, still heavily buying into the show and its characters and I am hoping that the numbers look a little better for tommorrow then they did for the opener.moreless
Wes Studi

Wes Studi

General Linus Abner

Eamonn Walker

Eamonn Walker

Reverend Ephram Samuels

Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan

Jack Benjamin

Christopher Egan

Christopher Egan

David Shepherd

Susanna Thompson

Susanna Thompson

Queen Rose Benjamin

Allison Miller

Allison Miller

Michelle Benjamin

Mark Margolis

Mark Margolis

Premiere Shaw

Guest Star

Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley

Eli Shepherd

Guest Star

Steve Rosen

Steve Rosen

Perry Straussler

Guest Star

Marlyne Afflack

Marlyne Afflack

Thomasina

Recurring Role

Jason Antoon

Jason Antoon

Boyden

Recurring Role

Joel Marsh Garland

Joel Marsh Garland

Klotz

Recurring Role

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    • 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)

    • Vesper Abaddon: Being mad means you'll never be lonely again.

    • Jessie: I don't want him to leave because he doesn't belong. I'm scared he does. He's my son. I knew before anyone he was born different. Seven sons--a mother knows. This one, you protect from what wants to happen. He has a destiny in him. People with destinies--things don't go well for them. They die old and unhappy or young and unfinished. No, not for him.

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