In "Kings," NBC's contemporary re-imagining of the Old Testament story of David, Goliath and King Saul, Goliath is an enemy tank, the slingshot is a grenade duct-taped to a wrench and the king's son is party-boy magnet for the paparazzi.To read the full thing, click here. I'll have a separate post for the pilot episode on Sunday night.
The concept of translating classic tales into a modern context is by now so familiar that it's almost a surprise when a new Shakespeare adaptation isn't set in the 21st century. But where a project like Fox's short-lived "Skin" ("Romeo and Juliet" in the LA porn industry, complete with Ron Silver barking, "His father is the district attorney!"), borrows the traditional framework and little more, what sets "Kings" apart -- for good and maybe for ill -- is how faithful it tries to stay to both the content and the spirit of the original.
Friday, March 13, 2009
In today's column, I review NBC's "Kings," which I found interesting but which I'm not sure I actually liked: