Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kings, for the final time

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Blogging the final Kings episode. This is very sad, but I hope things end on a high note. And my Saturday night is just beginning! Some buddies coming over later, let's see what they have in mind for tonight.

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Explosive start as usual. Silas going on air and basically telling everyone that they're f*cked when he gets back. It's hard to compare this with the actual Biblical text. From what I remember, David is made king and makes war with Saul. Saul is then killed by his own soldiers, who go to David asking for a reward. They are then killed by David for their treachery.

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I love these subtle references to God. Jack wants to be king so bad he's willing to be a puppet. And he's trying to convince the Reverend to bless him? OMGOMGOMG! He just executed that minister!! In front of his court, just bam! Wow.

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Ian McShane is such a wonderful, multi-faceted actor. He asks God to show him a sign. David replies, ''Maybe he doesn't talk to bastards.'' Silas understands how little he is - how much he has wronged David and how he can never become the man he is. Wow. So God did tip the glass over. I love how this series is so sympathetic to Silas. He never got that kind of treatment in the Bible. An incredibly conflicted, complex character.

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I am positively sweating. Silas leading a squadron of Gath tanks into Shiloh? I was not expecting him to just stroll up the street. But was there any doubt? There was no way the soldiers would fire on their king. This is a man who's been through countless wars - there is never doubt of any fear. Just wow. And the Queen stealing the real crown? Is he really going to kill his son? I don't see David allowing that to happen.

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David's doing the right thing by leaving. And he doesn't even know that Michelle is pregnant. What does Silas have planned for Jack? A fate worse than death? What, like making him bang a woman? For a second, I imagine that Andrew would say that he placed a bomb in his father's jet or something. Ridiculous. So he wants to be the crown prince? Macaulay Caulkin is the damn creepiest man I've ever seen in my life. I don't see Silas letting any of his ministers live.

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What a wonderful soliloquy by Silas. For the first time, we see that God speaks directly to Silas. And now Silas understands that God means for David to be monarch. This is a much more wiser version of Silas. He understands God's meaning, and seems to be willingly stepping aside.

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Such a powerful scene. Silas unleashing his paranoia and jealousy. Did David just kill him? And I just thought Silas was listening to God's will. So this is true to the Biblical turn. Silas is unable to let go of his jealousy of David - how could he...David is a younger, better, wiser version of himself. Power corrupts and consumes until the strive to maintain and control it eats up all of your humanity.

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So the Reverend's risen from the dead. David fleeing to Gath - I see where the parallels with the Bible begin. David must lead Gath against Gilboa and eventually swallow it. The issuances against Jack and Michelle are perplexing. Jack being forced to produce an heir that he then must give up to Silas is indeed a fate worse than death. Michelle being exiled is for the best - I think it's Rose protecting her from any retribution for carrying David's child. Reverend Samuels hovering in like an apparition is a bit unsettling, but he gets his (and God's) message across quite clearly. And Silas has completely forsaken God.

This follows the plot of the Bible. David flees into Gath, where he will find allies who will help him overthrow Silas. Silas will be assassinated by his own soldiers. And David will finally become king.

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What an amazing series. I am completely disillusioned with the state of today's networks. I've said so many times - the networks have no courage. How can you not support such an innovative, creative, and thought-provoking show? I just cannot understand how feces like the America's Got Talent is still on the air in place of this absolute jewel.

My goodness. Please, please, bring this masterpiece back.

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