Friday, February 12, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Stand (Series Finale)

The Stand: Season 1, Episode 9 “The Circle Closes” (B)

I wasn’t sure what was still left to happen in this episode, which interestingly did keep the door open for another season, one that would presumably feature an entirely new set of characters aside from Flagg, who now calls himself Russell Faraday. The unexpected circumstances that led to the destruction of New Vegas didn’t result in Flagg’s demise, though Frannie was quite shocked to see him when he showed up to entice her to give him a kiss after she fell into the well. She proved to be one of the most resilient characters in this show, ignoring his temptation and seeking out Mother Abagail, who calmly explained to her the way things were. I thought that more might happen in this hour aside from those worrisome moments with Frannie and Stu patiently dealing with his flat tire, the kind of obstacle that might seem a bit more concerning in the course of a cross-country road trip. It’s hard to have all questions answered, and Stu didn’t spend too much time dwelling on how the girl who helped him save Frannie knew his name. They made it in the end to Maine to return to what was closest to her former existence, and though a lot of people died – most of the show’s main cast, in fact – the notion of preserving the future with a handful of kids does mean that the good guys won, I suppose. This isn’t necessarily my typical fare but it was engaging at the very least, and I’d probably tune in for a second series if one did end up being commissioned.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Alexander Skarsgard as Randall Flagg

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