*This review contains spoilers*
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.
The Mist is, for all intents and purposes, a monster story — and a bloody good one at that. I was incredibly excited for this as it’s one of my favourite King Novellas. I spent a lot of time on youtube checking out all the predictions on which of the book’s monsters were used for the 2007 film adaptation and which we could possibly be expected in the TV adaptation. There were analysis and explanations of how each creature worked, fan theories, concept art…really nerdy stuff, but all about the monsters. The revelation in the novella is that we’d successfully opened some kind of gateway to another world and that world’s atmosphere (The Mist) was pouring into our own, bringing with it otherworldly creatures.
We are one season down and have no fucking giant man-eating bugs, no creepy spider-things, no giant Cthulhu-esque tentacles….Nothing. Nada. Zip. We get some leeches and the spooky shadow thing from Lost. Not only that, but the pace is so slow. We have three or four subplots (none of which are interesting) that barely develop each episode. The final episode pretty much then ends all the existing subplots and reunites the main family. Yay? Woohoo? Yahoo?
The acting wasn’t bad, the characters were well written, there were some clever plot devices employed in the latter half of the series, such as the truth about the rape coming to light…but in all honesty, I couldn’t have cared less by that point. We have no idea what The Mist actually is, why the soldiers are feeding it, what the creatures are or how they kill, or why. It’s a mess of a series that took a fantastic story and amazing creatures — all the things that made the film and novella amazing — and replaced them with arbitrary aberrations and hellish hallucinogens. To say that I am utterly disappointed would be one hell of an understatement.
This entire hallucinogenic, esoteric, shadow-creature-loving bullshit is so far removed from what fans were expecting that I am honestly and earnestly discombobulated as to who thought this would be a good idea and why. Whoever signed off on this reimagining is exactly the reason why we rarely get good horror on TV. If it ain’t broken…
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