After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain their morality and sanity.
I do like the 2007 movie but that movie's biggest moment is its shocking ending. Presumably, that cannot be done on the TV show unless it intends to ends quickly. When it does suicides early, they're unearned emotionally and it lacks any shock value. The problem starts with the characters. None of them are likeable. Everybody has some deep dark secret or other crazy characteristics. Their actions are questionable. A guy is willy nilly letting out prisoners without authorization and that's before it gets crazy. Drawing lot is silly especially only a few people would know the location of the radio and how to use it. It makes little sense to send random strangers stumbling into the office searching for the thing and why aren't people waiting for them on the other side of the door? I know why. They would hear the gunshot and the writers needed to connect the dots no matter how ugly the line. Almost none of the characters make sense unless the mist turns them into non-sense. That's certainly possible but it would leave nobody with rooting interest. They want the girl to be that but she is too infuriating to be appealing. I don't care about anybody and I don't care about their secrets.
The show still has the creature feature aspect. It should have started with a scary horror scene at the base but it meanders around with a slow reveal of some teenage drama. Stranger Things started with a monster at the base and that show does OK. It's a standard move which this show fails to understand. The start is off-putting, boring, and tiresome. As for the creatures, the small insects come with certain issues and the show leaves some nagging questions about the logic of this world. The smoke monsters are problematic for different reason. Neither are satisfying although not bad enough to be decisive. The logic of people is so upside down that the crazy lady actually makes sense. The creature feature aspect gets morphed into body horrors territory. I can roll with all these differences if I actually cared about anybody in here.
- Jun 21, 2018