This is a series that should be huge. A watercooler series the likes of Lost and season 1 of Heroes. Prestigious and smart like Battlestar Galactica. Combine those qualities and it shouldn’t be dying a slow death this Summer.
Kings isn’t so much a re-imagining of the classic Bible story (at least not in the same vein as SciFi’s re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica or Wizard of Oz to Tin Man), but really Kings is inspired by the Bible story, really just a now timeless tale of the underdog.
The series of course goes deeper than that. It is a sprawling epic drama of government, power, family, romance that draws upon its biblical inspiration, though not in a way that should turn off anyone on either side of religion.
In fact, Kings manages to weave these stories into situations and events that anyone can relate to. From interpersonal relationships to the greater issues of today’s society, the series becomes topical and relevant.
Kings very much harkens back to the “epic” miniseries the broadcast networks used to churn out regularly. The grand scale that Kings operates on is unique to today’s television, matched only by Showtime’s The Tudors but in a completely different way.
We are introduced to an alternate universe, really, one that imagines America as a monarchy. Even if it isn’t exactly the US, it presents a “What if?” a hypothetical world where the country is governed by divine rule.
It is an intriguing prospect and Kings mixes religion, mythology, and the real world into one engrossing drama. High emotion, light touches, the show is a ride you want to be on.
Ian McShane is a powerhouse. First leaving his mark on American audiences in Deadwood, now leaving a mark as the King of Gilboa on Kings. His performance is incredible that it is a shame it may get overlooked by award giving bodies.
Kings may not live longer than 13 episodes, but it certainly will not go away.
The Emmys, created to honor the best in television. This season, Kings was one of the best hours of drama.
Beautifully shot, outstandingly acted, excellently written, thoroughly engaging, Kings for your kind consideration.
For Your Emmy Consideration – Outstanding Drama Series
Executive Producers Michael Green, Francis Lawrence, Erwin Stoff
IAN MCSHANE Outstanding Lead Actor
DYLAN BAKER Outstanding Supporting Actor
CHRIS EGAN Outstanding Supporting Actor
SEBASTIAN STAN Outstanding Supporting Actor
WES STUDI Outstanding Supporting Actor
EAMONN WALKER Outstanding Supporting Actor
ALLISON MILLER Outstanding Supporting Actress
SUSANNA THOMPSON Outstanding Supporting Actress
BRIAN COX Outstanding Guest Actress
MCCAULAY CULKIN Outstanding Guest Actress
BECKY ANN BAKER Outstanding Guest Actress