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...