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…
Stephen King story!
*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.
Characters such as Jim Rennie, Henry Bowers and even Roland Deschain have all fallen on this spectrum.
Sometimes, characters step up.
Danny Torrence, Jack Sawyer and Nick Andros are also characters who fall on this end of the spectrum: the good guys, who we can count on to save the day, when we need them to.
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!)
Spike’s adaptation of the novella The Mist is no exception.
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: