OMG! What a huge disappointment! And the worst part? I’ll still need to watch the second season to find out what happens.
That’s even if there will be a second season. Judging by ratings, I would say no.
The Mist: TV Series (2017)
After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.
Creator: Christian Torpe
*Based on the horror novella of the same name by Stephen King
I don’t know if you guys have read “The Mist” but if you’re a fan of horror, you probably have. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, then you most probably should.
It’s a fantastic story about monsters from another dimension wreaking havoc on a small town. That’s the obvious plot anyway. I would say the real story is about human nature and what happens when you cram dozens of small-town folks into a grocery store, all with very different personalities and values. Then watch them deteriorate into vicious animals under attack. It’s brilliant!
In 2007, a film adaptation was released and I really liked it. It didn’t deviate from the book too much with the exception of the ending, which was far more heartbreaking. All in all, I would say it was a good rendition of the original story. So, when I heard there was a TV series in the works? Man, I was pretty stoked. It was the perfect opportunity to flesh out the story even further and finally get answers to so many unanswered questions.
Unfortunately, the creator deviated so far from the original plot, I was left with more questions than before, the biggest being “What were they thinking?”
Introducing a teenaged daughter instead of a young son, and having the wife survive in the mall with her was an interesting switch and I liked it. Unfortunately, the “Husband” played by Morgan Spector, came across as weak and short a few brain cells. Harsh I know, but he’s really bad! Every judgement call or obvious misstep made me want to scream at my TV. I don’t know what was worse, the bad acting or bad writing probably a combination of both.
Having eyes all over the town was pretty cool! Concurrent storylines taking place in different locations was what I was hoping for as we only had a glimpse into the one store in both the book and movie.
New characters are introduced and some are a welcomed, while others are completely unnecessary.
The SFX are pretty decent for a TV show. I would guess that a decent budget was used and it shows.
The acting!!! Omg, some of it was so horrible! Like the previously mentioned husband and some of the smaller roles were just awful! Also, the dialogue at some points was pretty cheesy too.
The writing was a problem for me as well. Mr. King actually has credit for several episodes which was really disappointing to discover, as the story deviates so far from the original plot. For example, the Mist was supposed to have come from a parallel dimension, carrying with it, all sorts of humongous and terrifying creatures. In the show, it would seem the Mist is like some sort of phantasm, plucking your worst fears and using them against you while it feasts on your soul or something. I just don’t get it.
Will I continue watching it? Probably. If only to find out what happens but as I mentioned before, the show is not doing well so I’m not very confident it will get a second season.
I’m very curious to hear your thoughts are on the show. Did you watch it? All of season 1 is on Netflix if you want to see for yourself. Maybe you will like it. If you’ve never read the book or seen the movie, there’s a small chance you may.
Anyway, let’s have a chat, shall we?