|l-r: Sebastian Stan (Jack Benjamin), Allison Miller (Michelle Benjamin), Susanna Thompson (Queen Rose Benjamin), Ian McShane (King Silas Benjamin) & Christopher Egan (Captain David Shepherd)|
Kings is a wonderful mini series that NBC cancelled after one season. Such a shame.
The show takes place in our time, but in an alternate reality, in a kingdom called Gilboa. The show follows the royal family and a soldier called David Shepherd. David literally confronts Goliath at the beginning and as result becomes a reluctant hero and finds his way into the court. Themes in Kings are quite biblical and that's something that usually doesn't appeal to me, but somehow they've made it work. So the show is biblical, but not religious.
I love all the actors in Kings. All the characters have their inner demons, some win their battles some don't. The characters are far from black and white, which I love. You can hate someone and in the next moment feel sympathy. I "found" Sebastian Stan through Kings. He plays king's son Jack Benjamin. Jack is gay and his parents just can't handle the crown prince to be anything but "normal". The subject is still relevant and the way it's handled in Kings makes me want to cry some times.
Kings is quite serious show, but it has its lighter moments. It's political, but under all that we have human needs, relationships and feelings. The atmosphere is weird, it's both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. I highly recommend this if you have the possibility to watch. I bought my DVD box from amazon.com after seeing this on TV couple of years ago.