April 30, 2008

...The Stand (1994)

I kept watching The Stand, an excruciatingly long television mini-series that attempts to act as a treatise on good and evil but fails miserably, in the hopes that it might get better but, because the underlying post-apocalyptic tale seems a separate film from the morality tale (between Mother Abigail and Randall Flagg), the whole series was just disjointed and uninteresting. Although it seems a precursor to the current crop of multiple story line television series' (like Lost and Jericho), the performances, script and production values of the latter are more intriguing and expensive than those in the former. And if that doesn't cap it all in a top hat, the banal ending was poor manipulation; if you're gonna manipulate my emotions, do it right.

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