Saint Martin, Tad Edwards
In "The Kingfish," X, Flip, and Bobby are three city lads living in Phillidelphia. Two of the boys are playing a video game - the typical "dude" thing to be doing while chillin, right? Guy number three is reading a book on the Mathematics of Quantum physics! Wait a minute - what the hell, man! Something is not quite right - nobody's smoking weed or pounding back beers. Where are the scantily clad ladies walking around like in so many hip-hop videos? Well, reader, that's not what this series is all about.
People have forgotten that the most powerful things in this world are not AK assault rifles or stacks of bills. It's intelligence. A powerful mind truly is a force of nature, and these three lads are indeed a force to be reckoned with. I have to tell you, it's quite refreshing to see. "The Kingfish" as a series may be very short, but I believe it has the potential to be really successful - and as always, potential is the key to everything long term.
In "The Kingfish," the guys go on an adventure into North Philly. Now I'm a Canadian lad, and I have only ever been on the outskirts of Philadelphia, so I don't know much about its boroughs and whatnot. However, what I do know is that the Fresh Prince was born there... if you're into caring about that kind of thing. Know what I'm saying? This series actually "kind of" has that Fresh Prince vibe to it. No cussing, no drug use, no nudity, or "real" violence. There is, of course, some conflict as the boys encounter a couple of thugs. They seem to want to haze one of these lads for his Air Jordans. Then there's the equivalent of a rap war by comparing SAT scores. However, these guys never really seem afraid, and why should they be? They have the power of intelligence!
I like the message here. It reminds me of many after-school specials from back in my day. A little corny, perhaps, but does everything have to be so gangster and street all the time? Oh, did I mention that the guys all make these cute love connections? One of the girls is actually reading a Quantum physics book. Nice! I really enjoyed this little series, and I highly recommend giving it a watch - I believe it's good for the whole family. Tab Edwards has done a great piece of work here, and I give this "series that can" a solid four out of five stars.