6 replies on “Kings Discussion: ‘Goliath’”

  1. TheDawgLives says:

    weird
    I originally thought it was going to be a story of "what if America had a king?" But that wasn’t it at all. I recognized it right off as a retelling of the story of David and Saul from the bible.
    The story was pretty good with a few obligatory "suspension of logic" moments. It’s Soap-Fi, heavy on the soap, but I liked it.

    • spideylinux says:

      Re: weird
      In short, Ian McShane makes the show. The more stuff I see him in the more I wish somehow he and Edwards James Olmos could have been enemies on BSG. McShane makes a perfect villain. But it’s a bit late for that.

    • Alexius says:

      Re: weird

      I originally thought it was going to be a story of "what if America had a king?" But that wasn’t it at all. I recognized it right off as a retelling of the story of David and Saul from the bible.
      The story was pretty good with a few obligatory "suspension of logic" moments. It’s Soap-Fi, heavy on the soap, but I liked it.

      I heard it was going to be Xian in origin, and decided to skip it based on that alone. Anyone who saw it care to comment on if it’s still worth it?

      • TheDawgLives says:

        Re: weird

        I heard it was going to be Xian in origin, and decided to skip it based on that alone. Anyone who saw it care to comment on if it’s still worth it?

        I have a feeling it won’t be on for long. Not because of the quality, but because the religious people won’t like the fact that’s it changes the bible’s story, and heathens won’t like that it’s based on the bible.
        I think it’s a good story, but not any SyFy going on.

        • republibot says:

          Re: weird

          I think it’s a good story, but not any SyFy going on.

          Last time I checked, Alternate Universes fell into the Skiffy department. This is definitely an alternate universe.

          I thought it was very well done- There are a couple of reviews on my site Republibot.com- don’t be afraid of the name…., so I won’t go into too much detail here, but the acting was excellent, the direction pretty good – the writing was a bit uneven… but more than anything else, the show has ‘testicular fortitude’. It’s not Xian- in fact although God is mentioned frequently, there are no overt religious symbols anywhere. (If this is trying to time-shift the story of David, Christ won’t be born for another 600 years or so.)

          It’s definitely worth watching- if only to see something that’s never been done on TV before.

          • theangrymob says:

            Re: weird
            I finally got a chance to watch and was pretty impressed. No, it’s not Sci-Fi, but you’re right Alternate History falls in Speculative Fiction. Also, there’s a thread underneath about God having an active role in choosing kings. That and that last scene with the butterflies cements it as genre. Not overt, but subtle. And I’m OK with that.

            Based on the ratings report, don’t get too attached, hardly anyone watched it. We’ll see what happens week by week.

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