Recently it was brought to my attention (Thank you Jason!) that ABC was planning on airing a tv series based on the biblical story of King Saul and King David. My first reaction was excitement, but then fears crept in. I mean, it could be just like Kings, a TV series that was tried before placing David in a futuristic world. A concept I am not apposed to, I just didn’t think it was done to well. Other fears are that it follows in the footsteps of previously done movies where in the name of telling a “fresh story” they decide to make several changes to the biblical story. Of course these are just fears and I do have every intention of trying out the series and I intend to encourage others to give it a shot too.
Yet, even so, there is so many things already going wrong, and I am not simply talking about the biblical integrity. I don’t have near enough to make any such complaints.
First Complaint – Yesterday the trailer for the show came online. Why is this a complaint? Well, because I was shocked to find out a project like this was in the works, I still would not have known about it if it wasn’t for a friend sending it to me. Do you see my complaint? This show is dead center to my interests… and I look for projects like this on a daily bases… I was surprised someone else found it before me (I am not perfect but things do slip by me) then to find out that it was so far into production that they where releasing it this fall and had enough for a trailer. It makes me wonder if they would prefer that someone like me not watch this show. Maybe it only seems to be in my wheelhouse and I am not the crowed they would like.
Second Complaint – The trailer has now been viewed by me and I have to say, some scenes look fantastic… but some others seem off. The quality does not quite seem what I was hoping for. I mean, if you look at other period shows like Vikings, Rome, Turn, and other shows of this nature this quality seems lacking… Now, I do realize some shows have a budget problem for their pilot episode because they have no series commitment. My hope would be that the quality would improve. With that said, I would like to say that the quality doesn’t look horrible. It looks better then that of the Bible Miniseries and A.D. Beyond the Bible. It looks better than the Dovekeepers in quality but lacking when compared to other mainstream hits.
Third Complaint – David… See, David is a boy. A small boy, which is why Goliath laughed at him. It is why his father didn’t even think of him for the kingship. I look at the actor who they chose and he seems too old, he looks too manly. I can’t see anyone underestimating the actor they chose. Now keep in mind, the reason this is a complaint is also because, if I like the show I want it to stay around. I want to watch David grow into being king. This actor is already grown. I believe they really should have gone younger.
Fourth Complaint – The promotional material. I have already mentioned that I fear I am not the viewer they would like. Well, the promotional material does nothing to calm those fears. As you can see from the above promotional art, they seem to be relying heavenly on “sex sells.” Sure, if you are looking for the Game of Thrones viewers then this is the promo art you would use. I am not part of that viewership so this only lends itself to more skepticism on my part.
It seems that they are really trying to go for the Game of Thrones viewers. I understand, it is a popular show. But I have to say, everyone who I know that loves that show does not love it for all the sex and nudity. I have heard a lot about it’s superior writing.
It seems to me that a good writer could find a way to write a good story that does not need to revolve around sex. Or at the very least, a good director would be able to find a way to portray what is going on without walking the viewer through every aspect of the sexual experience.
I think the show looks like it has potential, but this trailer has done more to alienate me then to excite me about the project.
With all that said, I still intend to give it a shot and I would still like it to be good. I will say that I think the best approach, and I have said this in other blog posts, would be to enter the story from the point of view of someone who is not talked about in scripture, or talked about very little. This way the writers could have told a fresh story, an unpredictable story, but have the backdrop be Biblical events. This would lend to good stories and would please the people who do not like the changing of biblical events.
Check out the trailer below
Of Kings and Prophets (Warning: it has graphic content)