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Silas says, in “Insurrection” that he had Michelle “chipped” at five. Was he kidding, or serious? Because if Silas...has tracking devices implanted in his children, this changes so many people's fan fics. And explains why Jack doesn't run while he has the chance (besides the fact that he's suicidal). And that this is a world where parents do this to their kids, another moment exposing the truth that this is a far darker world than it appears to be at first.

In the original pilot script (I had to look it up because I needed it for a fic) Michelle and David have sex, or something close, twice. Once up against an ice cream truck (wrongly reported by some fans as in an ice cream truck, which is way funnier). In the pilot that actually aired, they only kiss, they don't have sex until The Sabbath Queen. Also, in the pilot, there's actual swearing. Not a flood of profanities but about three instances of words you cannot say on network tv, which makes me think they really did intend to pitch this to cable first.

9) In the text, Jonathan is married, but his wife is a total non entity. I think she's basically just there to explain why he has a child and because a prince has to be married. The show takes this and actually works with it. Lucinda is beautiful but dumber than a box of hair and about as helpless. The fact that everyone thinks she's useless and stupid is played for laughs, and then for pathos when the plot heats up. Because the poor thing thought she was marrying a glamorous prince and now she's trapped in this family of scheming bastards who don't want her around and see her as a baby incubator and nothing more(no, Jack's mother openly spells this out for Lucinda). And that final, heartbreaking whisper of “I don't understand...” as Thomasina locks the door...

10) Apparently, the “half my kingdom” line is a reference to the Esther story? And guess who's a descendent of Saul's line? Which is its own Fridge Brilliance in the Esther story.

11) The King commands his ten thousand and David his hundred thousand" ...donations for a chance to sit next to him at the ballet.

12) There are a few symbolic paintings that show up in the background of scenes, one of a person holding a severed head.

13) In a reference to Abraham and Isaac, Silas thinks the “sacrifice” God wants him to make involves turning his back on his lover and son, and then God provides a deer that Silas hits with his car instead.

14) In the text, Samuel claims that one of the reasons Saul lost favor with God was because he was supposed to obliterate some people they conquered, but spared their king and kept the best of their stuff for himself. On the show, we learn that Silas is, in fact, keeping the former king imprisoned in a secret cell. There's some connection with the names "Agag" and "Abbadon" as well. In this case, it's made clear that Silas is in the wrong, because it would've been far more merciful to kill the guy, and the man in question is also evil and totally psychotic.

15) On the Sabbath, you light a candle to welcome the Sabbath Queen. When the power goes out in Shiloh in the episode with the same name, everyone has to navigate by candlelight.

16) In the original text, Saul forces his men to fast until they achieve a certain goal, anyone who breaks the fast will be put to death. Jonathan was not present for this announcement, and stops to eat some honey off a stick while he's traveling. Saul finds out, and feels like he has to punish Jonathan so the people won't think he's playing favorites- even though Jonathan was not informed of the rule before he broke it and none of their people want him to kill his own son over something so trivial. The whole “Jack is blamed for getting his men ambushed” scenario on the show might parallel this. Jack is upset at the possibility that he might be court martial-ed, but his mother advises him to put up with the inquiry because an investigation will secure his image as the injured party. And when Jack tries to confront Silas about the unfairness of being removed from the battlefield, Silas yells at Jack about his secret sin (In other words, he's been “dipping his rod in honey” and Silas knows).

17) In the pilot, David rescues Jack and another guy from a hostage situation, Twelve out of fourteen people died in the ambush that got them captured, out of fourteen people, Jack is one of two survivors, and these were his troops. When we first see him, he's tied up and on the ground, blinded by a bloody bandage. And the guy who rescues him gets all the credit, while he gets all the blame. No wonder he's acting like a brat. "That's hardly fridge brilliance," you're thinking, "Wasn't it pretty obvious?" Well...but stop and think about what he really just went through and how uninterested everyone else is in how he feels about that. And in fact, the mission in "Brotherhood" may have been Jack's first time back on active duty. So the crying, the hair trigger temper, the wildly swinging between sadism and masochism, the stupid decision making...I think we're watching a veteran with undiagnosed PTSD having a nervous breakdown.

18)King Lear references

19)In the text, how come Jonathan doesn't run away with David, but instead remains loyal to his father, literally to the death? It could just be that showing disloyalty to your father, especially if he's a king, was such a taboo that a man wouldn't do it even for someone he "loved as his own soul"...or he was physically prevented from leaving?

20) This story is operating under, if not all of, at least *some* of Old School Judaism's rules. In "The Sabbath Queen", Michelle mentions that someone kissed her when she was twelve, at a "party they had for Jack". Why is twelve year old Jack getting a party when his twin sister isn't? Bat Mitzvahs are a late twentieth century tradition, that's why.


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