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TV Series Review

Bryan Hawk 's the first guy to see something amiss with the mist.

The soldier wakes up on a forest floor, unable to remember anything. He knows his name because of his wallet. He sees a dog standing beside him and assumes it's his. But then the mist comes and … no more dog. What's left hangs on a tree, beheaded.

He runs away into the hamlet of Bridgton, Maine. As the strange, thick fog rolls over the hills, he dashes into the local police station to warn them. Warn everyone.

"I'm telling you, there's something in the mist!" He says.

They don't believe him, of course. Why would they? But boy howdy, the guy's right.

It's not just the creatures in the mist that the folks of Bridgton need to worry about, though. The creatures in town—neighbors, classmates, friends—may be just as dangerous.

Cloudy With a Chance of Monsters

"The Mist" first wafted onto the pop-culture scene as a 1980 Stephen King novella, published in the Dark Forces horror anthology. In 2007, Frank Darabont directed a ferociously disturbing movie based on the novella. In both, the action takes place in and around a supermarket enveloped by an otherworldly fog and populated by creatures straight out of Lovecraft.

Spike TV's weekly series take on The Mist broadens King's original story. Gone is the supermarket, and in its place stand a shopping mall, a police station and a church, each stuffed with a handful of seriously stressed-out characters.

The Copeland family sits—separately—at the heart of the action.

Before the mist rolled in, Eve Copeland and her daughter, Alex, were at the mall, picking up some sedatives that Eve hopes might help Alex better deal with an apparent sexual assault that she suffered at a party two nights earlier. (The boy Alex accused of the rape is locked in with her.) Alex's father, Kevin, begins the foggy siege at the police station with Alex's gay best friend, Adrian; mysterious prisoner Mia; and Bryan (the guy with the dog). Kevin's determined to find his way back to his wife and daughter and protect them by any means necessary. Meanwhile, at the local Catholic church, newly-widowed gardener Nathalie wonders whether nature is flexing some glorious muscle, while Father Romanov prepares for the end of the world.

The beasts outside get very little screen time by comparison. But when they inspire some screamtime, they make the most of it.

Thick as Pea Soup

Spike's Mist can be an incredibly bloody show. Living, breathing people become mangled corpses in short order—often staggering into view missing a body part or two. And the beasties aren't the only ones who do the killing: Nervous, angry, gun-toting humans cause plenty of havoc themselves. And as the situation grows increasingly intense, the citizens of Bridgton grow increasingly testy.

If that was all we had to worry about, that'd be reason enough for many folks to steer clear of The Mist. But the show also wants to dole out quite a bit of social commentary with its slaughter.

Eve, a high school teacher, got suspended from her school for teaching some explicit aspects of sex education to her students—teaching the show seems to support even if Bridgton parents did not. (An uptight, conservative mom is, naturally, one of the first people to be grotesquely killed.) Adrian wears makeup and makes crude references about other guys. It's unclear what will happen in the church, as Nathalie and the priest parry over end-of-times belief systems, but I suspect the show's creators have some sort of environmental/theological point to make.

Brief nudity and same-sex dalliances may be a part of the show's menu, as well. Crass language can include s-words and censored f-words.

Yes indeed, the mist enveloping Bridgton is plenty dangerous. The Mist enveloping your television may be less physically threatening. But it's still not a place I'd like to go.

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The Mist: June 21, 2017 "Pilot"



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Morgan Spector as Kevin Copeland; Alyssa Sutherland as Eve Copeland; Gus Birney as Alex Copeland; Danica Curcic as Mia Lambert; Okezie Morro as Bryan Hunt; Luke Cosgrove as Jay Heisel; Darren Pettie as Connor Heisel; Russell Posner as Adrian Garff; Frances Conroy as Nathalie Raven






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Paul Asay

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