The Stand

Posted: June 5, 2013 in Op-ed, Uncategorized
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Over the past weekend I decided to undertake the daunting task of finally watching The Stand miniseries from start to finish. Seeing as I was only 7 when it originally aired in 1994 I’ve managed to never watch the whole thing, only catching bits and pieces here and there over the years. This time I was committed to so through it all.

For those unfamiliar, The Stand is essentially a social commentary, good and evil, morality tale type thing about a man made virus that gets unleashed on humanity and effectively pulverizes man and animal kind except for a few who have a genetic predisposition for immunity. A good/evil battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues with some pretty important players and events. The series opens with incredibly well done opening sequence and superb opening credits set to Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear The Reaper.

This series was cast with a virtual who’s who of “that guy/girl from that one thing”. Actors such as Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Bill Fagerbakke, Ray Walston, Laura San Giacomo and even Ken “Dr. Bob Kelso” Jenkins in a small supporting role. The supporting cast is rounded out by many very talented familiar faces/unknown names such as Ossie Davis, Matt Frewer, and Miguel Ferrer. It even features some great cameos from Stephen King, Sam Raimi, and Ed Harris.

The original novel written by Stephen King was very strong material to begin with and considering he wrote the screen adaptation, that should say that it is strong enough to stand on its own. At six hours it is a taxing task to undertake but well worth it in the long run. Fantastic writing, great acting, and good directing from frequent King collaborator Mick Garris makes this series very easy to watch. It has a great social moral as well in that mankind has the potential to bring its own demise if not careful. Ultimately, it’s well worth the watch and still holds up after nearly 20 years. If you have managed to never watch it like me, give it a chance sometime. This one gets a fully erect.

-Heath

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