I’ve been attempting to resolve which line of dialogue in The Mist’s sixth episode, “The Satan You Know,” finest sums up the problems with this sequence as an entire. An early contender comes from Nathalie Raven, spoken to Connor Heisel contained in the church: “Few issues are extra lovely than destruction. Doesn’t imply I take pleasure in it.”
Now, faux this assertion is even a bit of true—when you walked exterior proper now I believe you possibly can see, a minimum of, ten issues extra lovely than “destruction”—and apply it to The Mist. This present is stuffed with storytelling points, however it’s onerous to disregard that episode to episode it’s typically simply as shockingly beautiful to simply take a look at. Director David Boyd turned episode two, “Withdrawal,” into a very memorable hour of The Shining-esque horror visuals, however each episode has a minimum of a couple of moments the place it rises above its CGI limitations and gives an attention-grabbing flourish or screenshot-worthy shot. The balloon-filled child room from episode 5 involves thoughts; in “The Satan You Know” it’s the small touches, just like the picture of the mist puffing by a keyhole, or from the cracked cranium of Mia’s hallucinated mom.
However that doesn’t imply I take pleasure in it.
As a result of beneath the spectacular imagery there is no such thing as a logic behind a single factor occurring on The Mist. So perhaps essentially the most becoming line comes from mall supervisor Gus Redman: “How did we get right here, Eve?” That may be a improbable query, Gus, one you possibly can conceivably ask a number of occasions all through “The Satan You Know.” How did we get right here? When did Hyperlink rework from a considerably awkward however comparatively regular church attendee to a violent zealot, prepared to lock an aged lady within the attic and threaten her with God’s justice? What led that physician to start out performing mad scientist experiments on unwilling sufferers? At what level did the decrease stage of the mall turn out to be a Lord Of The Flies state of affairs, the place first offense will get you despatched exterior to your loss of life and an assumedly once-normal particular person is now prepared to mild a teenage lady on hearth?
The issue is that, with greater than half a season gone, showrunner Christian Torpe and his writing employees appear content material with answering these questions and extra with, “due to the mist.” However that’s not adequate, as a result of the one factor we all know much less about than these characters’ motivations is the mist itself. At this level, it’s simple to surmise that no matter it’s, the mist digs up some manifestation of your biggest concern. For Mia, it’s her previous. For a small youngster, it turns into a hulking storybook monster. For Alex, it’s nothing, the good vacancy of a highschool child’s concern of going unnoticed and undesirable.
However that, in itself, is a matter; as a result of the mist modifications by the particular person, this present is basically juggling a dozen storylines without delay—all in several types— and failing to elucidate any of them. So perhaps it’s acceptable that essentially the most telling line of dialogue doesn’t even come from a foremost character, or perhaps a human being. It comes from a hallucinated owl who solely says “what?” That owl is straight-up essentially the most relatable character on The Mist. Hell, by the tip of “The Satan You Know” half the viewers in all probability was that owl.
Bryan Hunt shouts at his former pal “inform me who I’m” whereas additionally choking the life out of him. What?
Father Romanov primarily condones kidnapping and torture as a result of he disapproves of a grieving widow calming his panicked parishioners. What?
Eve decides the perfect plan of action is to unfold false hope utilizing faux rescue fliers. What?
In a method, The Mist definitely lives as much as its namesake; it positive is intriguing to have a look at, however you possibly can’t clarify a single factor that’s occurring beneath the floor.
- What was funnier? The nurse categorizing a couple of lacking sufferers as “nothing to fret about” or the very fact she was speaking this info in a whisper so loud it carried down a complete hospital hallway?
- When Mia tells her mist-induced mom (so, herself?) that “somebody is ready,” is she referring to Bryan? As a result of she simply met that dude, and he doesn’t even keep in mind who he’s.
- Alyssa Sutherland deserves an award for placing even an oz of realism right into a line as clunky as “If I see you touching her, I’ll put a bullet in no matter physique half you contact her with.”
- Finish end result apart, Father Romanov desperately hopping on the organ to try to appeal to consideration away from Nathalie was a stellar instance of creating a personality look pathetic.