Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Stand: A Great 90's Mini Series

Post contributed by Fletcher Vargas

Stephen King
stories make for great television, and his novel The Stand is no exception. In 1994, it was turned into an award winning mini series by the same name, starring Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, and Gary Sinise. It is one of my favorite mini series to watch as a rerun on my Direct TV.

The story is about a virus that wipes out the majority of the population within the United States, and how the people who survived it cope and exist with one and other. As with all of Stephen King's stories, it includes elements of the super-natural and dream sequences that become central to the plot of the story. It is a very character driven story, with focus on the individuals who survived and their past problems and personalities. As former factory worker Stuart Redman, Gary Sinise stands out in the series for his leadership and acting ability. The series follows different groups of people as they come together in the post epidemic chaos and attempt to establish some kind civil order. It ultimately ends up as a battle between two main groups - each representing sides of good and evil. The Stand is a great mini series to watch on a rainy weekend, curled up with popcorn and a blanket.

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