Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TV: Kings

As I said in my opening post, I'll be using this space to write about all sorts of things, and TV series will be a big one. For years I didn't watch TV except casually or with only half my attention, but ever since I was home bored one Saturday night four years ago and decided to rent the first disc of Deadwood, I've seen the light.

Whenever there is an adaptation of a famous book that comes to the big screen people always complain that the book was better--because it was richer, had more depth, so on and so forth. Well, television series, when given their freedom, have the ability to develop at their own pace and slowly reveal character and plot the way a great novel does. Honestly, at this point I don't even waste much time with movies that are dramas, because two hours is just not enough time to spend with characters for me.

Anyways, expect to see many entries on whatever stable of shows I am currently watching, because while many of my favorites have ended, there are always more. In that vein, we have NBC's Kings, a new Sunday night drama that is a re-imagining of the David and Goliath/David and King Saul story from the bible. The setting has been updated to a kingdom named Gilboa, which looks every bit as modern as our society, but is of no specific era. There are computers and cell phones, paparazzi and night clubs, taxis and traffic--but people speak like it's the 1500s. It stars Ian McShane (Deadwood) as King Silas, and Chris Egan, a relative unknown, as David Shepherd. Also with Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat), Eamonn Walker (Oz), veteran That Guy Dylan Baker, and recurring roles for Brian Cox and Sarita Choudhury, the cast is very strong, and most are equal to the task of series creator Michael Green's flowery dialogue, which has a vaguely Victorian or Shakespearean quality to it. If you've ever seen McShane as Al Swearengen on Deadwood, you know he can tackle this kind of writing in his sleep, and he is, as always, a joy to watch.

I'll avoid a plot synopsis of the first three hours of the show, if only to encourage you to go online and catch up. The show melds political intrigue with theological undertones and character spotlights, and it definitely only tells you what it wants you to know and when. If you don't have the patience for that, then steer clear. But all who are in search of a grand, slowly unfolding epic, Kings is just the ticket.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Step Right Up to the Soapbox

I know what you're thinking. Really, I do. "Oh, fabulous, it's another (insert pejorative here) with a blog." And you couldn't be more right, but ask yourself this: who's the bigger asshole, author or reader?

OK, now that I've attempted to insult any readers right off the bat, let's get to the point. Welcome to I Think It Has Something To Do With Oatmeal! From here on out I plan to fill this space with all that is inconsequential. Well, I suppose there will be the occasional political rant or human interest piece, but for the most part I'm here to opine about music, movies, television, sports, food and just about anything else pop culture-related. I find if you write about "important" things people get way too upset and hostile. With that said, I encourage hostility, especially since anyone slinging insults about bands and plot twists is probably crazy enough to be interesting.

I think that's enough for now, but I hope to be putting things up soon. Just know that this is absolutely for me and my desire for attention, but I'd love if you came along.