Imagine that! And after all this time.
Of course, in the TV listings they call it “Kings”.
And I don’t think it’s intended to be a satire…!
Nevertheless, it’s a pretty good one. My one quibble is that the war hero’s housewarming gift was a piano instead of a TV. I actually laughed out loud, said “Oh God, please let it be a TV…!” Not because that would’ve been better — the piano was better — but because it would’ve been the most fantastically outrageous “fuck you” to the audience I think I’ve ever seen.
But the piano was better.
So here’s the way I come at TV shows and movies, myself: I’m interested in seeing the interplay of dramatic potentials, after they’ve been skilfully built-up. But a whole lot of TV shows and movies around about these days tend to do something a lot more ambitious than that: to make a good show out of establishing such potentials fait accompli, and then equalizing them as swiftly as possible back into a steady, boring state, and then keep on making show out of that. And in a certain way this is what you’re supposed to do — equalize. So a lot of people will look at something like that and conclude it’s good writing.
And every once in an extremely long while, that’s just what it is!
But it’s a hard trick to manage, and few get it right. More and more are trying for it all the time, and the number of successes is actually going down. Isn’t that amazing?
I’m damn lucky to have had this fall into my lap. I was going to do something else tonight, not watch TV at all. But then this. That fits so astonishingly well into my last several posts’ overall trend-toward-point!
Clearly, God has blessed my motion-picture entertainment watching. Two more like these and I ought to have it all wrapped up.
Oh yeah, almost forgot: don’t watch it.
[EDIT! David informs me that it sounds like I’m trying to insult this show by comparing it with Starship Troopers…actually I’m complimenting it: I’m a very big fan of ST: The Movie, and I just wish — maybe hope? — that Kings is more subversive than it looks, because reading it as a satire is possible, and it makes for a much more enjoyable viewing experience. Having said which: yeah, it’s kind of crappy, and that satire thing could just be my misreading, so…TV watcher beware.]