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It's not just that they are obviously fans of the original story and did their research well. I think they also read all the various novelizations and watched what exists on film and maybe even dipped into fanfic. I swear I've read that "locked in a room til you produce a kid" scenario in one of the novel adaptations but it's been awhile and it wasn't Jonathan who got locked up.

And check out their detailed worldbuilding. It includes the weather patterns and mentions that they're on the metric system and love soccer.

"Indigenous foods: turkey, white-tailed deer venison, potatoes, corn, and squash." Those are 99 percent indigenous North American foods. So I don't know if that answers the "Where are we?" question.

When Silas takes David to see his Secret Other Family, David bonds with little Seth. Silas and Helen watch them and comment that Seth has "found a new friend". Considering which Biblical character Seth is based on (he grows up to try and seize the crown and fails, so so badly) this is amusing.

21) There's a flashback in "The Sabbath Queen" showing Silas with Michelle in the hospital. David's family is also there, because his dad just died (Silas used a Uriah Gambit on him). David is comforting himself by playing the piano in the hospital chapel. Silas hears him play and stops talk to him. This is in reference to the part of the original story where (a much younger) David is hired to come play music for Saul, to hopefully soothe his madness. When Saul and his family meet David again later, none of them remember him.

22)This is the painting Michelle and David make out against during "The Sabbath Queen". it's inspired by the New Testament parable of The Prodigal Son. Which ends up becoming relevant to this show's plot arc in a number of different ways, starting with the return of Andrew and the fact that Rose left him off the party guest list and going all the way to Silas's refusal to forgive Jack.

23)Are the Gathians the equivalent of the Philistines? I know the show is going away, but if there was an alternate alternate universe for the show, one where it enjoys 2 or 3 more seasons on-air, then perhaps we saw the Philistines "kill" Jack/Jonathan. Afterwards, Silas/Saul fell on his sword, aka snuck off to die. Therefore, our Jack will live on to be all pretty and pouty for years to come. Yes. I was thinking exactly the same thing. Jack was "slain on the high place", aka the dais/stage they were on for the official hand over of the Port. He's only shot in the arm, but pretty much after his coup attempt fails, he might as well be dead anyway and it's safe to say if he ever gets out of that bedroom he'll never be the same again.

24) At the official handover of Port Prosperity, someone in the audience hurls a shoe at Silas. HAH! Yeah, it comes literally out of left field, but I couldn't help laughing.

25) Apparently, Apparently the whole series was already filmed when the pilot aired so everything I said originally in #25 is a nice theory but totally wrong in actual fact.

No matter what, they were doomed to fail and no one could figure out why because it was at least as good as anything else on tv at the time, in most cases, much better.

And on the show, we have Jack, who desperately wants to be king. He's a decorated warrior, first born son of the king, who has served his king and country faithfully, at the cost of his own safety and personal happiness...and yet no matter what, he can't seem to make his life work out the way he wants it. He's not the one God wants for king, no matter how hard he tries, and God will never tell him why. Viewers can identify with the experience of losing something important for no good reason, seeing every dream of yours shattered forever. The total unfairness of being shut out of the only life you ever wanted or...watching your intelligent, high brow, beautifully shot,critically acclaimed, ambitious tv project fail spectacularly and not be able to do a thing about it because no one can figure out why this is happening.

26) Jack and Michelle are not as far apart from their original counterparts as it seems. Michelle keeps trying to have a voice in a world that doesn't want her to have one. She helps David escape and tries to stand up to Silas about his treatment of David. She has a reputation as frigid at the start of the show, which turns out not to be true but she does keep doing the "come here"/"get away from me" thing that David Shepherd seems to find a more than a little frustrating (this happens in one of the older novelizations of the Bible story). You can also see cracks already forming in their supposedly ideal relationship. She bails on testifying for him at his trial, which causes her halo to dim considerably for him, while she was clearly upset that he was acting as Jack's adviser during the coup. You can tell this isn't going to last if they ever get a chance to try living a normal life together.

Jack, meanwhile, was just starting to give in and accept David as a friend, and showing that he did have the ability to put other people's needs ahead of his own. And the landmine scene showed him as a capable, competent leader, protector and teacher of the less experienced David. They worked out a lot of their issues in that episode. And then he goes full on Pro David during the trial, scenes which deliberately echo the "New Moon Festival" debacle in the original text (read the real time reactions from fans).

On Jonthan versus Jack: Biblical Jonathan is a sacrificial lamb for the other characters. A giving, selfless guy who is the only person to give up what he wants and he pays for that so, so much. It seems, at first, that Jack Benjamin is nothing of the sort, like he's someone who only really ever thinks about himself and what *he* wants. However, that doesn't mean he's not a sacrificial lamb, he's just a mostly unwilling one. He's destined to lose everything he ever wanted, in service to other people and the tragedy is that he tries to fight it right up to the end. Any sacrifices he tries to make backfire horribly.

I've read views that argue that text!Jonathan's actions were so shocking to his father because he'd always been The Good Son. But just because tv!Jack's not always likeable, that doesn't mean he's not desperately trying to be a Good Son, he does everything his parents ask of him even when it rips him apart inside.

27) The Benjamin family loves each other. Despite everything they're going through, and all their issues, they love each other. The parents are hard on their kids sometimes- we might think of it as borderline abusive but they clearly see it as some sort of tough love to make their children into the ruthless people they have to be to rule. But Silas and Rose will do anything, hurt anyone, to keep their kids safe. Their children misunderstand this, Jack clearly believes Silas doesn't want him at the front lines because he thinks Jack can't do the job, but we all saw how Silas reacted when Jack came back on a stretcher. He wants Jack behind a desk because he doesn't want to lose his son. Silas and Jack do this adorable sort of face nuzzle thing when Silas tells Jack to pray for his sister (who might die any minute). That scene on the stairs in the pilot, yes, Silas is being a bit of a bully there, but that's not the only reason Jack freaks out and starts crying. If you have the sort of parents who expect certain things from you, you want more than anything to be the person they want you to be, putting you at war with your actual self and it's pretty terrifying when you have to honestly confront the fact that you've failed them.

And David loves them, and they love him. He's not just an employee, he's been taken into that passionately close knit tribal bosom almost immediately. Which is part of the tragedy of the original story. These people do not hate each other at all, they never did. The pain of being ripped apart from the inside comes from how much in love with each other they all are in various ways. David never hated Saul, he constantly begged Saul to just tell him what he'd done wrong, because he never wanted to hurt these people but Saul went mad and couldn't tell friends from enemies anymore. David has chances to kill Saul and doesn't, and then becomes inconsolable when he learns that both Saul and Jonathan have died in battle. This continues on into David's struggles with his own children.

Saul, he's not actually evil, he's a man with humble beginnings who had a great deal of power suddenly thrust on him, who has been told repeatedly that he's the hero of this story, only to learn that he might not be after all. He wants his kids to have everything he never did and now he's learned that this guy he thought was like a surrogate son is the one who will take everything away from him.

"Kings" portrayed thees aspects of the story excellently fairly well.

On the first page of our story
The future seemed so bright
Then the saint turned out so evil
I don't know why i'm still surprised
Even angels have their wicked schemes
And you take that to new extremes
But you'll always be my hero
Even though you've lost your mind

-Skyler Grey, "Love the Way You Lie" (original recording).


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