Thursday, December 31, 2020

Take Three: The Stand

The Stand: Season 1, Episode 3 “Blank Pages” (B)

Now I’m starting to understand what’s going on here, and I feel a bit frustrated that it’s taken three episodes for the plot to really become clear, but I get that it’s a storytelling style and also a good way to ensure that viewers continue to tune in to learn more. I’m never fond of creepy Ouija board scenes, but that was merely a necessary introduction to who Nadine is and the fact that she, unlike everyone else, willingly accepted Flagg’s offer to be his right-hand man. That’s not exactly what she is, of course, since she’s his “queen,” but it does make sense that a big name like Amber Heard, who I first encountered in her early starring role in the CW’s “Hidden Palms,” would have a more notable part than as just another member of the supporting cast. After everyone got to see Mother Abagail in their dreams, she was very much there in Denver with what Flagg described as her “five puppets.” It was obvious that Harold was the weapon Flagg said he already had, and we saw more of how Stu introduced himself and Harold began to feel more resentment toward him and Frannie as a result. We met Nick and learned his story, and were also introduced to the eccentric, caviar-consuming Glen, played by Greg Kinnear, and the well-meaning Tom, played by Brad William Henke. I don’t feel the need to see people who were crucified and then possessed to deliver a demonic message, but I do think that Alexander Skarsgard is terrific, and I’m interested enough to continue to see how this battle of good versus evil plays out.

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