The Mist: Season 1 – Review

The Mist premieres June 22, 10pm on Spike TV.

By Jack Faivish

More than anything else, The Mist is a character study. It’s another fast-paced Stephen King horror adaption, which pits man against nature in an attempt to see how we would react.

The show’s pilot provides viewers context for future decisions these characters will make. We get a glimpse of the people and relationships in the little town of Bridgton, before “the Mist” changes everything. There is the over-protective father, the rebellious daughter, the drug-addict, the soldier, the sheriff and the star High School football player. The main story revolves around a rape allegation by the protagonist, Kevin Copeland’s daughter, against the star quarterback. Then things take an even darker turn.

When the Mist first appears, most of the characters are bewildered yet comfortable, noting the beauty of it. Someone even stops to take a selfie inside the big cloud of smoke. We see him later in the episode as a mutilated, insect-infested zombie.

The killing powers of the Mist are incredibly strong, and the terrifying scenes with the victims of the phenomenon are fantastically surreal. Similar to the Black Monster in Lost, the origins and abilities of the Mist are a mystery. It also appears that there are various dangerous and deadly creatures living inside the town-covering cloud.

The show is reminiscent of another Stephen King novel-turned TV show: Under the Dome. In that series, a town is completely enveloped in a colossal, indestructible dome, denying them access to the outside world. The man versus nature motif appears in both shows, and even more importantly, the man versus man battle that exists within the factions of those stuck in the town.

The show’s central theme is using the situation to create scenarios to show character attributes. For example, we see that Kevin has a clear head and is able to make rational decisions in a time of crisis, whereas other leads would stand back and play a more recused role.

The Mist is Under the Dome with a smaller ensemble, better writing, and a genuinely scary threat.

I give The Mist a B.

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7 thoughts on “The Mist: Season 1 – Review

  1. When you can’t see the pattern … when you need to have the pattern pointed out to you … it invariably means you have no problem with that pattern. I have yet to see an exception to this rule.
    And this review is, I fear, no exception to “no exception to this rule.”
    Yes, I am talking about this series’ insistence on reinforcing fashionable tropes about identity politics and social justice paranoia. These things are RAMPANT on this show, but I’m guessing that, since you fail to allude to this in your review, you have no problem with it.
    Okay, fire away.
    And yes, I am a white man. A straight white male. Whitey white white white. Lily white. As white as the driven snow. I guess what I’m saying is, I am a white man.
    And angry, too! Grrrrrrr. An angry white man!!! Afraid to lose his position of dominance in the white patriarchy. Afraid to face the truth! Afraid to surrender his Privilege!
    But seriously, I do hope you can (possibly) speak to the prevalence of all the social justice tropes and sermonizing on display in this show.

  2. Right. My point exactly. But here we go…
    I’m talking about the reinforcement of the modern, fashionable tropes of contemporary Victim Politics. The plight of women and the transgendered, for example. The rampantness of homophobia and predatory white jocks and racist white cops, etc etc etc. Those tropes.
    Watching The Mist, one can almost see the producers checking one box after another on the Hierarchy of Victimhood.
    But once again, as ever, if you need to have these things pointed out to you, it means that –inevitably — you have no problem with their abundance in modern storytelling. (“Listen,” SJWs might argue. “These are urgent problems in real life, aren’t they? Don’t you read the New York Times? Or listen to NPR? Or watch Rachel or Trevor or Stephen Colbert?”)
    And no, I do not watch Fox News. Perish the thought. And no, I did not vote for, nor do I support (God knows), the presidency of Donald Trump. I probably despise him and the modern GOP a lot more than you do.
    ….But not as much as I despise political correctness, the SJW mindset, and the rampantness of identity politics in popular culture. I think it’s toxic.
    Look, you don’t have to agree with me that it’s a problem. The fact that you had no idea what I was even talking about indicates that you don’t agree with me that it’s toxic. But can we at least agree that these tropes are more pervasive than ever in modern-day storytelling? And certainly in the new adaptation of The Mist?

  3. Wait a minute. I looked at the timestamp on these posts just now and they appear to be four hours ahead of my own time. (I’m in New York).

    Jack, are you by any chance in Ireland or Great Britain?

    If you are… well, that would explain a great deal, wouldn’t it, Europe being even more politically correct then we Yanks are. (Although we’re catching up fast!)

  4. Filmklassik, I totally agree with your comments. I only saw the pilot and all the ‘subtle’ Social Justice and Identity Politics-referrals made me sick. I looked up several reviews about the series and this element is almost completely ignored, while so obviously there and forced down your throat.
    It is not coincidentally a Netflix-original and it just states wat Netflix’ views are on society or how it ought to be.
    I’m from Europe by the way…
    Furthermore, the first episode brought nothing new. The selfie-cop scene was pathetic. Perhaps the only thing about it I will remember from it a year from now.

  5. I agree with Filmklassik’s analogy 100 %, as a white man myself I am so sick of everything in film, on t.v. and in the media constantly focusing on how evil the white man is in society hey here’s a news flash I had nothing to do with slavery, or mistreatment of minorities, racism, islamic terrorism, police brutality or any other of a number of perceived and I emphasize perceived injustices perpetrated on people of a certain race, gender, or religion and I am proud to be white, and proud to be a man and pray for the day when liberalism is dead, political correctness DEAD!!! When we as a society can really have equality, true harmony and it will not ever happen if we continue to believe we must keep certain people down in order to raise others because of historical events that have absolutely nothing to do with the present, and quit blaming white people for all the ills of society.

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