The Stand | Pilot review

Josh Boone (The New Mutants) & Benjamin Cavell (SEAL Team) adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand

Review: The cast that they’ve gathered for this show is astounding, I was impressed. Even knowing what the premise was, it didn’t occur to me why that was. The pilot is eerie, despite the decaying bodies, but it leans toward horror.

The flashbacks and flash forwards helped telling the story without having to show to much. We know that they’re living through a pandemic, a deadly virus that kills anyone who’s infected, so every cough and/or sneeze in the show are noticeable and I viewed them like a death sentence. I didn’t need to see everyone agonize and die but they’ve showed enough for me to grasp what the symptoms are, what the infected look like in the end, and how dangerous the virus is.

The first episode is used to introduce characters, namely Stu Redman (James Marsden), Harold Lauder (Owen Teague), and Frannie Goldsmith (Odessa Young). I don’t know how they factor in the overall story but they’re among the immune. It’s also clear that there is more at play here but the fantasy elements are, for now, hinted at.

The Stand seems to be a bit of a slow burn but it’s interesting so far. That said the pilot is still an intro, it’s world building. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

If you’re interested in the source material, it’ll help if you get it from the links bellow:

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