The Mist: Episode 8 Recap and Review

Well, how about that?

Many times in my life I have uttered that phrase, for both good and bad reasons.

Often, I have uttered those phrases when reading…

You guess it…

A Stephen King book!

Or something on screen based on something written by King as well.

That is the nature of a King story:  characters make decisions, both good and bad.  And there are consequences, both good and bad.

After all, King is not just a writer of horror stories.  He also writes about people.  And people are capable of being monsters just as much as the homicidal clown living in the sewers, the little boy zombie resurrected from the dead or the rabid St. Bernard.

I uttered that phrase this week, after watching episode 8 of The Mist, titled The Law of Nature.

Things happened.  Decisions were made.  And there were consequences to those decisions.

Only two episodes are left, and the season is coming to a close.  Hopefully, we get some more answers to the questions that keep arising.

So, without further ado, here is my recap and review of episode 8 of The Mist.

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The Mist: Episode 7 Recap and Review

If you are a horror junkie, one thing is certain when it comes to horror movies:

The final 1/3 of the movie (or show) is usually when things start to get interesting.

This is true for most of my favorite horror movies, like Poltergeist and Phantasm.  Scream is another great example of this, along with The Nightmare on Elm Street.  Stranger Things is a TV show, but the last 3 episodes or so also follow this pattern.

This is even true for some of the not as good ones as well.  In fact, with movies like ‘Salem’s Lot, the last third or so of the act is what saves it and makes it watchable.

The show The Mist is also following the same pattern.  It has started off a bit (okay, a lot) slow, but has picked up some steam.

In other words, shit gets real.

The characters are forced to continue to make choices, due to The Mist and their predicament of being trapped by The Mist.

Some of these choices do not always make sense, but we are starting to finally see some action.

Perhaps, The Mist will be saved by its final act, where everything comes together and becomes cohesive.

So, without further ado, here is my recap and review of episode 7, titled Over the River and Through the Woods.

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The Mist: Episode 6 Recap and Review

So, we are on to the sixth episode of The Mist, titled The Devil You Know.

To be fair, I had pretty low expectations of this series when I first heard that this story was going to become a television series, even though Frank Darabont gave us a movie based on the source material a decade ago (I know, naive me, given Hollywood’s tendency to revisit, to put it nicely.)

And has this show been perfect?

Far from it, to be sure.  It has its issues, with a plot line that seems to meander off the path sometimes, and with characters whose actions don’t always make sense.

But its not terrible.  Far from it, actually.  The show actually seems to be finding a footing of sorts, especially in the latter half of the season.

It is introducing some interesting ideas, such as what is the nature of the mysterious Mist, and what people will do when resources begin to run low, and they must confront something that no one really understands.

Overall, I had low expectations going in regarding The Mist (almost no expectations, really), but I have been at least somewhat pleasantly surprised, especially over the last couple of weeks.  And I hope to continue to be surprised, as the show builds on what it has established over the past few weeks.

So, without further ado, here is my recap and review of episode 6, titled The Devil You Know.

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The Mist: Episode 5 Recap and Review

So, over the past few weeks I have been spending some quality time with The Mist.

It is true that some episodes have had a little more quality than others.

As I stated before, the early episodes have that “first date” feel, where it is awkward and kind of bumbling, not quite sure what it is doing.

But, you cannot judge an entire relationship by its first date.  Sometimes, it is hard to get past the awkwardness, and there are no sparks.

But sometimes, the sparks start to appear, even after the initial awkwardness, and you come back for more.

And that is exactly what is happening with The Mist.

The first few episodes are a little awkward, although intriguing enough to make you want more.

But the previous episode, Pequod, was a different beast, so to speak.  Things started happening, and things started getting interesting.

And this episode, titled The Waiting Room, is building on that material.  So now, the stakes are being raised, and I have actually become invested in at least some of the characters and those characters apparent arcs, along with what may happen in the future.

As with any horror story, emotional investment in the characters is crucial, at least in this blogger’s opinion.  You can have monsters, sure.  And a jump scare here and there.  But we also need people to root for, and people to root against (heels need love too, right?)

And finally, we are getting that with The Mist.  It’s been slow in coming, but we are finally getting it.

Without further ado, here is my recap and review of The Waiting Room.

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The Mist: Episode 4 Recap and Review

Sometimes, meandering can be a bit fun.

I get it, there are times when you are headed some place, and you want to arrive at that place as quickly as possible.

But other times, it is fun to wander, and maybe even take a detour.

You know you will (hopefully) end up at your final destination, wherever that may be.

But there may be sights to see along the way, that you otherwise may miss out on.

I have had a few enjoyable road trips, where we traveled off the beaten path, and made some fun and interesting discoveries, whether that discovery was an off beat restaurant, or perhaps a funky store to shop at.

Now, I am watching The Mist.  It is based on a Stephen King novella, so it is similar to a road trip of sorts, given King’s style of writing, aka his need to describe even the SMALLEST detail (really, I think the man wrote five pages describing a plastic bag blowing in the wind and all the trials and tribulations of the plastic bag, whose spouse was cheating on him with a paper bag, and who was also laid off from his job of 20 years at the local grocery store…)

All kidding aside, The Mist has been meandering a bit, with the plot and the character arcs.  Sometimes this has been interesting, sometimes not so interesting.

However, this week’s episode, titled Pequod, did not meander.  Rather, it set the show back on the road to whatever its final destination is.

In other words, stuff happened.

And since this is a Stephen King novel, some of that stuff was far from pleasant.  However, getting to the final destination is not always pretty, and you do have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, after all.

So, without any further ado, here is my recap and review of episode 4, titled Pequod.

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The Mist: Episode 3 Recap and Review

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…

*Gasp*

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.

Especially characters…

In a…

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.

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