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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Katrina Ghent.]] But handled so well that it's almost a CrowningMomentOfFunny / CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Katrina Ghent.]] But handled so well that it's almost a CrowningMomentOfFunny / CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/{{Funny|Moments}} SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

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** Also to some extent, William to Jack.


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* FateWorseThanDeath: Almost word-for-word what [[spoiler:Silas]] hopes [[spoiler:Jack]] will see his punishment as.
-->'''[[spoiler:Jack]]:''' There's nothing left for me but to die.
-->'''[[spoiler:Silas]]:''' We can think of worse things for you than death.


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* MoralityPet: It's quite subtle but Joseph seems to be this to Jack. While Jack was never really a good person, he's at his best when he has Joseph around and he ''really'' goes off the rails after [[spoiler:Joseph's death]].
** Also David [[spoiler:(and to an extent Helen and Seth)]] can be seen as this to Silas. [[ForegoneConclusion To begin with, anyway...]]


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Implied by the finale. David could have been Silas' most loyal subject if only Silas wasn't so terrified of [[ForegoneConclusion David becoming King]] that [[spoiler:he systematically destroyed David's faith and trust in him by repeatedly betraying him and then almost beating him to death ''after'' the two had "made up".]]


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* UnwittingPawn: Jack seems to be this for pretty much anyone with political ambitions.


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* WellDoneSonGuy: Jack frequently displays shades of this. [[spoiler:Up until his father tries to have David unfairly convicted of treason, anyway...]]

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* DivineRightOfKings: This is a major plot element in the show, which is set in a sort of PresentDay SettingUpdate with the modern western-ish nation-state of Gilboa ruled by an absolute monarchy, as it loosely adapts various stories from the Bible about Judaic monarchs. King Silas Benjamin rose to power with explicit consent from god, or so he claims from a story where he was given a divine message when [[PrettyButterflies butterflies flocked on his head to form a crown]]. His conflict with his protegé David is based on the fact that the latter is his prophesied successor, and Silas himself worries that he has [[GodIsDispleased fallen out of favor with God]].

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* GodIsDispleased: King Silas Benjamin ascended to the throne of Gilboa by the [[DivineRightOfKings grace of God]], as he loves to recount the story where butterflies flocked on his head in the shape of a crown as a sign from the Lord. His rule causes a rift between him and his head priest, before the same butterfly crown is bestowed on David, thus indicating to Silas that he has fallen out of favor with God and starting his rivalry with the young war hero destined to replace him.


** OlderThanTheyThink: Gilboa is actually a mountain in the book of Samuel, and Gath is the city that Goliath came from in the Bible.


Debuting on the [[GeniusBonus 15th of March]], 2009, Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Kings'' is like some bizarre tonal clash of ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It tells the biblical story of King David, but set in another world not unlike PresentDayPresentTime, in which the kingdom of Gilboa, where King Silas Benjamin (played by Creator/IanMcShane) has just inaugurated the new capital of Shiloh. Two years later, when Gilboa is at war with the neighboring kingdom of Gath, a plucky young soldier named David Shepherd goes behind enemy lines to rescue hostages, singlehandedly destroying a [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tank on the way. Then one of the hostages turns out to be Jack Benjamin, the crown prince... and so David's political life begins. Also stars Creator/SusannaThompson (the second [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Borg Queen]]), Christopher Egan, Eamonn Walker, Creator/SebastianStan, and Allison Miller.

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Debuting on the [[GeniusBonus 15th of March]], 2009, Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Kings'' is like some bizarre tonal clash of ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It tells the biblical story of King David, but set in another world not unlike PresentDayPresentTime, in which the kingdom of Gilboa, where King Silas Benjamin (played by Creator/IanMcShane) has just inaugurated the new capital of Shiloh. Two years later, when Gilboa is at war with the neighboring kingdom of Gath, a plucky young soldier named David Shepherd goes behind enemy lines to rescue hostages, singlehandedly destroying a [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tank on the way. Then one of the hostages turns out to be Jack Benjamin, the crown prince... and so David's political life begins. Also stars Creator/SusannaThompson (the second [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Borg Queen]]), Christopher Egan, Eamonn Walker, Creator/EamonnWalker, Creator/SebastianStan, and Allison Miller.

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** Given the series' premise, this becomes less surprising, since it would mean Jessie is a JewishMother


* SinglePreceptReligion: The show is maddeningly vague on what sort of church "Reverend Samuels" heads, and why a population of no visible ethnicity thinks that "God gave this land to us."

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* SinglePreceptReligion: The show is maddeningly vague on what sort of church "Reverend Samuels" heads, and why a population of no visible ethnicity thinks that "God gave this land to us." Since it's pretty clearly based on Saul and David from the Bible, we can surmise it's similar to Judaism though.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: During official occasions, the characters use a "Court Speech" that is almost Shakesperean in how it's spoken. William Cross finds this to be a quaint habit that has no place in the modern world but slips into using it anyway.


** Meet Abadon, the king of one of the nations existing before Silas unified them into Gilboa, a real tyrant and monster, or so it is implied. He's played by Brian Cox, chats amiably with Silas, gives him advice on kinging, and shows real depth of humanity at one point... as well as a severe lack of it at others.

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** Meet Abadon, the king of one of the nations existing before Silas unified them into Gilboa, a real tyrant and monster, or so it is implied.monster who cheerfully admits to committing rape whenever he got bored as King. He's played by Brian Cox, chats amiably with Silas, gives him advice on kinging, and shows real depth of humanity at one point... as well as a severe lack of it at others.


Debuting on the [[GeniusBonus 15th of March]], 2009, Creator/{{NBC}}'s '''''Kings''''' is like some bizarre tonal clash of ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It tells the biblical story of King David, but set in another world not unlike PresentDayPresentTime, in which the kingdom of Gilboa, where King Silas Benjamin (played by Creator/IanMcShane) has just inaugurated the new capital of Shiloh. Two years later, when Gilboa is at war with the neighboring kingdom of Gath, a plucky young soldier named David Shepherd goes behind enemy lines to rescue hostages, singlehandedly destroying a [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tank on the way. Then one of the hostages turns out to be Jack Benjamin, the crown prince... and so David's political life begins. Also stars Creator/SusannaThompson (the second [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Borg Queen]]), Christopher Egan, Eamonn Walker, Creator/SebastianStan, and Allison Miller.

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Debuting on the [[GeniusBonus 15th of March]], 2009, Creator/{{NBC}}'s '''''Kings''''' ''Kings'' is like some bizarre tonal clash of ''Series/GossipGirl'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It tells the biblical story of King David, but set in another world not unlike PresentDayPresentTime, in which the kingdom of Gilboa, where King Silas Benjamin (played by Creator/IanMcShane) has just inaugurated the new capital of Shiloh. Two years later, when Gilboa is at war with the neighboring kingdom of Gath, a plucky young soldier named David Shepherd goes behind enemy lines to rescue hostages, singlehandedly destroying a [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tank on the way. Then one of the hostages turns out to be Jack Benjamin, the crown prince... and so David's political life begins. Also stars Creator/SusannaThompson (the second [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Borg Queen]]), Christopher Egan, Eamonn Walker, Creator/SebastianStan, and Allison Miller.


* TankGoodness: Gath's [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tanks ((Awesome Yet Practically though, yeah, they're clearly Russian T-55s in all but name]]). David becomes a celebrated war hero after rescuing the crown prince and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic taking down one of the tanks single-handedly]].

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* TankGoodness: Gath's [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tanks ((Awesome Yet Practically though, (though, yeah, they're clearly Russian T-55s in all but name]]).name). David becomes a celebrated war hero after rescuing the crown prince and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic taking down one of the tanks single-handedly]].


** [[HollywoodTactics 21st century]] soldiers with modern gear and modern tanks fighting via WorldWarOne trench warfare tactics.

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** [[HollywoodTactics 21st century]] soldiers with modern gear and modern tanks fighting via WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI trench warfare tactics.


* TankGoodness: Gath's [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tanks ([[AwesomeYetPractical though, yeah, they're clearly Russian T-55s in all but name]]). David becomes a celebrated war hero after rescuing the crown prince and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic taking down one of the tanks single-handedly]].

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* TankGoodness: Gath's [[MeaningfulName Goliath]] tanks ([[AwesomeYetPractical ((Awesome Yet Practically though, yeah, they're clearly Russian T-55s in all but name]]). David becomes a celebrated war hero after rescuing the crown prince and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic taking down one of the tanks single-handedly]].


* AffablyEvil
** Meet Abadon, the king of one of the nations existing before Silas unified them into Gilboa, a real tyrant and monster, or so it is implied. He's played by Brian Cox, chats amiably with Silas, gives him advice on kinging, and shows real depth of humanity at one point... as well as a severe lack of it at others.
** Similarly, Cross, during an outbreak of plague, offers every medical lab he has in the city to the public, free of charge.
** To a degree, Silas himself.



* ArcWords: In "The Sabbath Queen", every time that some one mentions that "the lights are off," take a shot.
** FridgeBrilliance: Not operating lights (usually leaving them off) is part of Jewish/Israelite Sabbath observance.
* AffablyEvil
** Meet Abadon, the king of one of the nations existing before Silas unified them into Gilboa, a real tyrant and monster, or so it is implied. He's played by Brian Cox, chats amiably with Silas, gives him advice on kinging, and shows real depth of humanity at one point...as well as a severe lack of it at others.
** Similarly, Cross, during an outbreak of plague, offers every medical lab he has in the city to the public, free of charge.
** To a degree, Silas himself.


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* ArcWords: In "The Sabbath Queen", every time that some one mentions that "the lights are off," take a shot.
** FridgeBrilliance: Not operating lights (usually leaving them off) is part of Jewish/Israelite Sabbath observance.

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