Spike TV’s The Mist premiere turns a small town upside down (review)

The Mist
When The Mist came out back in 2007, I remember walking out of the film thinking how much I enjoyed the ending. I then looked at my now-wife, who thought it was the worst ending of all time. Even now, I still can rewatch it. Spike TV has adapted the Stephen King’s book and turned it into a series.

Synopsis: An unexplained mist slowly envelopes the city of Bridgeville, Maine, creating an almost impenetrable cloak of visibility. The residents of the town soon learn the situation is even more precarious as hidden within the mist are numerous monsters of various sizes that attack and kill anything that moves.

The show starts by introducing you to the small town Bridgeville, Maine. As a matter of fact, it’s near the Arrowhead military installation. (You might remember Project Arrowhead from the book and film.) There were soldiers from the installation that explained the project was opening doors to other dimensions. And that allowed these deadly creatures to invade.

In the opening scene, a soldier with an Arrowhead patch wakes up with his dog. He then finds himself surrounded by the deadly mist. After hearing his dog yelp after he disappears, the soldier sees something that frightens him and he takes off running. He is then found by the local police, locked up, and is deemed a crazy person.

More characters enter the story, each with their own complex storyline. They include a teacher who is on leave for teaching sex ed, her daughter who accuses a star football player (also the son of the local sheriff) of rape, her father who seems to be a good guy stuck in a bad place, the boy accused of rape, an older couple who can tell something is wrong, and lastly, a crazy girl with a violent or criminal past. Each of their stories begins to intertwine as the story progresses, making you invested in them pretty quickly.

Without giving too much away, the show brings in the terrifying mist slowly. It’s causing death and fear to spread as people begin to live out their normal lives in this little conservative town. Viewers will see some great interactions between the people that show where they stand in social status. And they must learn to adjust to this unknown terror that threatens their lives. As people begin to fall, some begin to lose their mind, even resulting in a murder-suicide that is reminiscent of the original source material.

The people affected by the mist seem to be the biggest threat as of now. Then again, the monsters will probably show up later. The premise keeps viewers interested, even though the first episode doesn’t show too much. And for those who aren’t at all familiar with the material but love horror shows, it’s definitely something to watch.

Imagine yourself trapped in a mall or shop where monsters are trying to kill you. Here’s the kicker, you’re stuck with people you’re very uncomfortable with. The mist creates feelings of anxiety and fear, as it gives people a terrifying look into surviving a complex social situation during an impending apocalypse full of monsters and frenemies.

The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

You can watch The Mist on Spike TV starting on Thursday, June 22nd at 10/9 c.

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.