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The Mist

Spike, Thursdays, June 22 at 10/9 Central

Jun 22, 2017 Web Exclusive
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Stephen King fans might be wondering how The Mist went from a novella with a single location to a serialized drama/thriller. Executive producer Christian Torpe has described Spike's newest scripted series as a "weird, twisted cousin" to the source material, taking the primary elements from King's original short story while taking liberties with the reactions and ultimate outcome.

The Mist asks what happens when we find ourselves completely surrounded by the unknown. Torpe himself relates it to his own struggle with panic attacks as he asked the question, "What if the feeling of being out of controlled by fear never went away?" For the residents of a small town in Maine, a literal mist rolls in and demands a response to that very question, as it not only obscures the world around them but houses hideous creatures as well.

Unfortunately, the thriller insists on setting up a number of two-dimensional dramatic situations before unveiling the mist. Some character depth would help maintain interest for 10 episodes around a scary fog, but from the town's cops to the high school jocks, it all feels like a mediocre horror movie. That's a hard sell for 10 weeks. (

Author rating: 5/10

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