Throughout my long 39 years on this planet (whew), I have discovered something…
Things are not always what they seem to be.
Sometimes, the cookie appears to be a chocolate chip cookie, but it has…
Raisins! And that is why I have trust issues, in case you were wondering!
And my ex masquerades as a human being. Not the reason I have trust issues, I still blame the cookies on that, actually.
People can surprise you too. And sometimes this is a good. Sometimes a bad thing. And sometimes, it can be seen as either.
This also applies to fictional characters.
Wait for it…
*Insert shocked looks right here, in case you forgot which blog you were reading*
But that is the beauty of a King story.
Characters behave in all kinds of ways.
Sometimes, they are cringe-worthy at best, or downright vile and disgusting at worst.
Sometimes, characters step up.
And then there are characters who fall on both ends of the spectrum.
We peg them as bad guys (or even good guys), but these characters surprise us with their actions, and make us re-think their motives.
Characters such as Jack Torrance and Larry Underwood would be good examples of this. And these characters are often King’s most interesting characters, since they are complex, and often easy to relate to.
King writes about people, and how ordinary people behave in extraordinary circumstances. That is one of his strengths as a writer (other than being able to scare people into a change of pants!)
Sure, there are monsters in this adaptation (a couple, at least), but so far, the story is being told in true King style.
In other words, we are focusing on the human horrors. And there seem to be more than enough to go around, on that front.
So, without further ado, here is the recap and review of episode 3 of The Mist, titled Show and Tell.
And, as always:
The episode begins in the mall, where Gus, Jay and a security guard named Kyle are working on removing the dead bodies from the bathroom. The men discover that the bodies contain dog tags, and Gus realizes that these people were members of the Army, and likely connected to Project Arrowhead.
Gus decides to put the bodies in the mall’s freezer, to avoid decomposition. He also proposes searching the other people at the mall for dog tags, to determine if anyone else may be a part of Project Arrowhead and have information in regards to the situation outside.
The fourth and final member of the group affiliated with Project Arrowhead attempts to run away. He is held down by Kyle and Jay, and tells the men that he is only a private and has no useful information. Gus questions the young man as to why his friends committed suicide, and the young man states that his friends knew what was outside.
Gus then confronts two young men who work at the video game store. The young men have dragged the bodies of the group who committed suicide out into the parking lot, to determine if they can lure anything from The Mist. However, the rest of the group catches the young men in the act, and the remaining member of the group of friends tries to attack the two young men, for not respecting his friends. Gus then decides that the group needs some rules, if the members are to survive long term.
Eve attempts to comfort Alex, who is missing her father, and frightened because she is trapped in the mall with her accused rapist. Alex decides that she and Eve should move their camp, and sets out to look for supplies.
As Alex is looking for supplies, Jay confronts and states that he did not rape her, despite of what Adrian has told her. Alex is frightened, but allows Jay to touch her hand, as proof that he does not wish to hurt her.
Alex tells her mother what happened, and Eve promises that Alex will not have to see Jay again.
Eve and Alex join the rest of the group. Gus, Kyle and the other members are trying to make rules, to ensure long term survival. Kyle suggests that any member of the group who is seen to be endangering the others be thrown out into The Mist. This suggestion upsets Eve and a few other members, who see it as too extreme.
Eve attempts to break off from the group, which upsets Gus, who reminds her that there is safety in numbers. Jay tries to convince Alex to tell the truth about the assault, but Eve points a gun at him, and escapes to a warehouse with her daughter and a few other survivors in tow.
Alex and Eve write notes requesting help, and tie the notes to red balloons, releasing the balloons into The Mist, in the hopes that someone will find them.
At the church, Kevin is determined to find his wife and daughter. He requests that Connor release Mia and Bryan, so that they can help him hot wire a car so he can travel to the mall. Connor refuses the request, on the grounds that Bryan and Mia are prisoners.
Mia and Bryan are placed in the basement. Bryan uses a paperclip to free Mia from her handcuffs, and confesses his amnesia to Mia. He also comforts Mia, who wishes for amnesia so she can forget her past sins.
Adrian speaks to Father Romanav, and tells the priest that he is frightened. Romanov tries to convince Adrian that God loves him, regardless of his sexual orientation.
Connor interrupts Romanov’s attempts to minister to Adrian, calling Adrian a liar, as he did nothing to try to stop Alex from being raped. Adrian points out Jay’s friends held him back, so he was unable to defend his friend.
In the meantime, Nathalie bonds with a young man, and recounts her odd experiences with the area’s wildlife before The Mist settled in. Nathalie points out that something like this has happened before, in 1860. The young man tells her that the people in town refer to this as Black Spring, and that it is more of a story to scare children.
Nathalie then steps outside. She states that she wants to be reunited with Benedict. The young man follows her outside, and begs her to reconsider.
However, a moth flies into the man’s ear, and multiplies inside of him. The man grows wings, and he spews a swarm of insects from his mouth.
Nathalie runs back into the church, and states that she saw God, but not the God of Romanov.
Adrian asks Romanov for a baptism. The priest forces Adrian to repent for his sins, and Adrian awkwardly embraces the man. As he embraces the priest, Adrian steals the keys to the basement from his pocket.
Kevin and Adrian rescue Mia and Bryan, and the four barely escape Kevin’s grasp, and leave the church, heading out into The Mist.
So, lots happened this week.
You could say shit got real. Or maybe unreal, since this is something based on a Stephen King story.
And one of the most significant is that there was a confirmed monster sighting…yay!
I know it’s only the third episode, but it’s about time! So yay for monsters!
And, as far as monsters go, this one was pretty effective.
After all, a moth flew into a guy’s ear. Gross.
And then a bunch of baby moths flew out of his mouth.
And there was blood too. Bloody moths, in fact.
Coincidentally, the unfortunate victim had a tattoo of moth wings on his back.
Or was that coincidental?
In fact, I am not even sure if that was an actual tattoo, or something that Nathalie was seeing.
Like I said before, coincidental much?
Is it possible that The Mist can make someone see something, like the way Bryan and Mia both saw (and heard) the dead woman in The Mist?
Or did The Mist conveniently mark that guy, for whatever reason? I noticed that the camera seemed to focus on Nathalie looking at that tattoo, for whatever reason.
Whatever the case is, I do believe there is some kind of significance in that tattoo, along with the unfortunate victim of The Mist. And it will be interesting to see where this leads.
But, again, this is Stephen King.
And like anything else based on something written by Stephen King, The Mist appears to have its share of human monsters.
Like the two previous episodes, Show and Tell spent much of its time building up the human monsters, along with bringing up some questions as to who those monsters actually are.
Take the case of Jay, for instance.
In the first episode, he stood up for Adrian when Adrian was being harassed by bullies at a party, and even apologized to Alex and Adrian for his friends’ boorish behavior.
But then he was accused of a heinous crime: raping Alex when she was incapacitated, due to alcohol.
But did he actually rape Alex?
We know for certain that Alex was raped. And that is about all we know.
Jay did appear innocent for the first two episodes. He seemed like a good person, who was possibly set up.
In fact, Adrian looked much guiltier (more on that in a bit.)
And then the third episode rolled around.
Jay was outed as a creep in this episode. I have no other way to put it.
That scene where he demanded to touch Alex, and would not relent until she allowed him to touch her hand was one of the most uncomfortable moments I have seen in the series so far, and possibly even on any TV show I have watched recently.
Jay also demanded that Alex tell the “truth” as to what happened, and almost forcefully reminded her of how he stood up to the bullies.
In other words, someone wanted to be recognized for what any decent human being would do. Definitely a sign of a narcissistic personality, and perhaps someone who is indeed capable of assaulting someone while she is in a vulnerable state.
And speaking of the unexpected…
How about that Adrian?
Now, I do admit that I have not particularly liked this character. There is just something about him that rubs me the wrong way.
I am still not sure on how to feel about him after this episode, but wow!
When Adrian asked the priest to baptize him, I was pretty sure that he had something up his sleeve. After all, it is Adrian. Why can he be trusted?
And then there was the scene where the priest baptizes Adrian. That scene itself was amazing, just because of how creepy it was, with Adrian getting told that he was a sinner, and repenting.
I was right, Adrian did have something up his sleeve…he stole the key from the priest after pretending to get baptized, and awkwardly hugging the priest after the pretend baptism!
Now, I could be wrong about this character. I still don’t know if I trust him.
But his actions surprised me, and there may be hope for him yet.
Also, maybe he is actually telling the truth about what happened at the party, and did not actually rape Alex. He is someone who has shown some integrity, even if that integrity was shown by duplicity (an extreme situation, as Kevin reminded us earlier.)
I have found myself becoming invested in what happens to these characters, and wanting them to be able to escape The Mist in safety. I don’t know if that will actually, but I can hope, right?
This is Stephen King. He creates characters that you get attached to, and then he turns the monsters loose (to paraphrase The Master himself.)
Well, that’s it for Show and Tell. Tune in next week as we review and dissect episode 4, titled Pequod.
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