Kings Premiere: Too Predictable or Preparing for Greatness? - Featured

NBC's soapy drama, Kings brought us a full 2-hour introduction for its premiere that delivered much of the epic, overly-dramatic juiciness promised. While I predicted it to be just over the top and doomed for the same fate of last season's primetime soap, Cane, I was left feeling torn about this newbie.


I found the characters relatively interesting, but the plot both confusing with many holes that seemed like they were supposed to be intriguing mysteries (for instance, what's the deal with the Reverend and David Sheperd?), and the rest of it very predictable. So the poor, attractive, nice boy has the happy accident of saving the king's son at war, the son's a screw-up, the daughter is gorgeous, bright, ambitious, and immediately in love with our "hero," and the king is both loved by his people and his family, plus of course has plenty to wrestle with when it comes to politics.


Yet with all that predictability, I'm still pretty interested in where it's all going after it not just leading to David becoming the king's new protege wooing the daughter while the naughty son sits and stews for years. Instead, it looks like the king's brother-in-law could really do some damage for the king, and if they follow that plot with the son (who's "secretly" gay which could or could not be interesting), maybe it was just the set up in this first extended episode that was predictable and the rest will get a lot more interesting.


So what did you think? Did you find the premiere just plain predictable or intriguing enough to give Kings a chance?


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Mar 16, 2009 2:20PM EDT

i agree that it was all a little predictable. and, may i say, overloaded with story plots for the series premiere. save something for the future!
i mean, in how many directions can one show go? we got a brother-in-law's plot to ruin the king, a secretly gay son who wants nothing more than to become a worthy king some day, a HOT farm kid gone soldier who either has a death wish (the blood soaked sheet, come get me in front of the tanks was too cheesy btw) or an over zealous need for bravery, the king's secret affair and son/potential heir to the thrown, the love connection of david and the king's daughter, the stepford wife/queen and the creepy reverend!!!!!!!
i'll keep watching because you should never make a final decision based on a pilot episode. the second could be way better/a total downfall. but i'm not holding my breath for a winner here...

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Mar 16, 2009 2:21PM EDT

1 question. Why is there a gay charachter in every single show these days? Isit a rule or somthing lol..

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Mar 16, 2009 6:15PM EDT

Agreed Adamjr! I enjoyed watching the show but I'm unsure how long they can keep my attention in the future.

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Mar 16, 2009 9:04PM EDT

i enjoyed the show, but i think a 2 hour pilot is a bit overly ambitious.

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Mar 17, 2009 12:14AM EDT

I finally got to watching this and I'd like it to stick around for a little more. It's funny that we're all complaining its predictable - and while I don't disagree - I think it gets bonus points for being different enough and more ambitious than a lot of the other new shows that NBC especially has been presenting us with lately.Of course - like many pilots - it leaves a bit to be desired, but I definitely see a lot of potential.Gotta tone down those butterflies though...!

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Mar 17, 2009 8:56PM EDT

i liked it, it had everything; drama, romance, murder, assasination, blackmail, biribery, adultery, lol. i can just go on and on.

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Mar 20, 2009 4:10AM EDT

TV is about life and how we live it. I love the setting of a modern day monarchy. This show really has me intrigued. It is about people and how they make decisions in life, yet its TV and its more than real, its inspiring.I know this show is going to be a hit. For those wondering about the Reverend, just read 1 Samuel starting from chp 1.This is the story of David who became King. Its predictable because it already happened, just like most shows, but its all about the details. How things happened. I can't wait for the second episode.

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Mar 21, 2009 9:13AM EDT

I really enjoyed this! TV is full of unimaginative shows lately, and I'm glad to see that this show isn't one of them. Just because its end has been written doesn't mean the story has been. I definitely look forward to watching this. I just hope other people feel the same.

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Mar 21, 2009 12:23PM EDT

adamjr, the show is based of the book of 1 & 2 Samuel, So jack is equal to johnathan, who was gay.

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Mar 23, 2009 1:12PM EDT

I loved the pilot of this (even with the predictable and slightly cheesy parts) and i just hope that future episodes don't let it down. I'll definately continue watching 'cause like scullmulder1234 said just because you know the ending doesn't mean the story isn't going to be great and worth watching. Oh i do hope this isn't going to be one of those shows that gets canceled before their time (sigh :)

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Mar 23, 2009 4:53PM EDT

it actually is pretty close to what it says in the bible. i think thats why its seems a bit predictable. but i love it! i really hope it doesn't get canceled...

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Rosehannah
Mar 25, 2009 7:47PM EDT

I really liked it. As for predictability...I mean, it's the story of King David. It's in the bible. how "unpredictable" is it supposed to be? That's like complaining the plot of, I dunno, Ever After is predictable. It's freaking Cinderella.

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Mar 26, 2009 1:24AM EDT

I think this series has a lot of potential. Hopefully it is not wasted or goes off on a crazy tangent as nbc series are know to do (ie heroes). If it does follow the real story of King David I cant wait to see how he overthrows King Silas (Saul), has jack assassinated, and who he chooses for his right hand man. These are going to be three high points of the series, even tho we might not see them until season two.
P.S. Apologies if I spoiled parts of the story of King David for anyone, besides you should know it haha :P

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Mar 26, 2009 1:24AM EDT

I actually thought that the pilot was a little boring. I found my attention waning during the show. I do think it is going to peek up speed and get better, so i'll keep watching.

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Mar 26, 2009 4:16PM EDT

I love that we are getting a biblical story with a modern twist.Monarchy basically does not exist in this day and age (all those that do exist wield power very unlike that depicted in this classic story) and it is interesting how the writers are able to transform old ideas into the modern world.King Silas is our Barack Obama with a whole lot of corruption added to the mix

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Mar 26, 2009 6:12PM EDT

Great show, cant wait for more.

King Silas is our Barack Obama but with A LOT LESS corruption.

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Mar 28, 2009 12:05AM EDT

You idiots, this is based on a biblical story. lol.TOO PREDICTABLE!!

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Mar 29, 2009 12:18AM EDT

I really wish they considered how many people watch online. I felt the premiere was a good set up of plot fames. I'm interested to see how they fill in.

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Mar 29, 2009 11:47PM EDT

I've read the story of David... I get how it has the same basic outline. But its in really broad strokes. I don't think anyone can predict what will happen next (except for the obvious David for king part, which the show itself told us about in the season premier).

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Apr 13, 2009 4:43AM EDT

This show is predictable yet fun to watch.

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