So here we are at episode three and for my money, we still don’t have anyone to truly root for. Sure, there are a lot of characters that you wish the mist would swallow hole, never to be seen again, but then there wouldn’t be many people left. While “Show and Tell” did it’s best to begin to separate people into different groups, and create some much needed tension with the always popular ‘let’s make some rules’ idea, it really didn’t work too well and the viewer was left without a real true hero/anti-hero yet again.
You have to love Frances Conroy as Nathalie Raven. We all knew something was a bit off with her and her walking out into the mist routine, wanting to join her dead husband, not only resulted in someone else dying but her having a revelation that is sure to cost more division among the people at the church, let alone more lives. It was a very cool death scene though, bringing flashes of the TV show Hannibal to mind in more ways than one.
Speaking of the church, there is a power struggle going on between Sheriff Heisel and Kevin Copeland, tied into what is going on between their kids and a general dislike for one another. While Heisel is easy to dislike, even though he makes some good points about people’s views on law and order, Kevin is still just sort of there. His outrage isn’t really believable and while he wants to get back to his family, he’s a fumbling mess most of the time. I just can’t buy into his character and if they choose to kill him off sooner than later, it really might help the overall mood of the show. Also, the ‘baptism’ was all around creepy for all the wrong reasons and I’m pretty sure you’ll understand what I mean when you see it.
Meanwhile over at the mall, the real fun is beginning as Gus tries to lay down the law with some rules for everyone to follow. Ok, he tries to make it a group thing by letting everyone chime in on what they’re idea of rules are but this…this never works out well, good intentions or not. People just don’t like to be told what to do, especially by someone who has no real authority over them. I think this is where the story might actually begin to get interesting, as people begin to break off into groups and the people trapped in the mall begin to turn on each other instead of thinking of a good way to deal with the mist. (I like the balloon idea though)
From the suicides of the two army personal and the ‘I don’t know anything’ private, it’s obvious the TV version of the mist is going to go deeper into the army’s involvement, something the movie only touched on. I’m not sure where this story line is going to go but I’m smelling clichés lurking around the corner. It’s hard to get viewers to buy into the whole government/army cover up, especially after The X-Files did it so damn well. But hey, I could be wrong and man, I hope I am.
Besides the brutal death outside the church, the mist stayed relatively gore and horror free again this week, which wasn’t really surprising but disappointing after some great blood and guts in the pilot episode. Finding characters to root for and balancing that with the dread and horror of whatever is in the mist is the key to this series succeeding. That isn’t really news so I guess I’m just hoping it really does turn out this way.
Three stars out of five
- Frances Conroy is alway welcome on screen
- the mist still have some horrific fun inside it
- Still have no real hero to cheer for
- Taking too long to drum up any interest in these characters