Spike (US), Netflix (NZ)
June 22nd – August 24th, 2017
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Stephen King, so it’s unsurprising that I would follow The Mist closely. While The Mist is based on one of King’s horror novels from the 1980s, (and in part, the 2007 film) there are some notable differences between the book and this series.
The most notable difference would be the main characters. In this adaption, the story focuses heavily on the Copeland family, which is made up of Kevin (Morgan Spector), Eve (Alyssa Sutherland), and their teenage daughter, Alex (Gus Birney).
The Mist is set in a small American town named Bridgeville, where Eve works as a high school teacher. Aside from that, life seems to be pretty good for the Copelands. Then Alex is raped by someone at a party. Soon afterward, their town is surrounded by an eerie mist, which proves to be quite deadly for anyone that comes into contact with it. This is something the town’s residents quickly discover when they meet the monsters of the mist.
The plot gets dull from this point on. Most of the townsfolk quickly barricade themselves inside the buildings they were in. Kevin is trapped at the police station, while his wife and daughter are at the mall. Then for the rest of the season, they try to reunite.
The show splits its focus, concentrating on these two groups of survivors. One of which is trapped inside a mall and trying to keep calm and civilized until help arrives. The other group is stuck inside a church and trying to figure out what’s going on with “the mist”.
The Mist became interesting again when it was hinted that the United States military was somehow involved. So it makes me think, was this an experiment that went out of control? Or maybe it’s a chemical weapon that was accidentally released?
Whether it’s an out-of-control weapon that is killing the townspeople or if a supernatural being is behind their deaths is unclear. But, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it’s the latter. Actually, who knows? It could just as well be a combination of them both. The Mist raises more questions than answers.