The Stand: Season 1 Reviews

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February 20, 2021
In 2021, when there's more content out there than any but the shut-in or chronically unemployed can hope to consume, being ignored - as The Stand deserves to be - is perhaps the unkindest fate of all.
February 11, 2021
Stripping this story of pretty much every shred of dramatic weight and emotional engagement is no easy task, but CBS has accomplished it
January 29, 2021
This adaptation of The Stand is content to scratch the surface of these individuals. It's an oddly revealing failure of nerve.
January 27, 2021
Stephen King's 1100-page apocalypse has unfolded in captivating style, maintaining the vibrant Stephen Kingyness of the characters and ratcheting up the tension at will -- even if all the bouncing around in time makes it feel rather choppy.
January 21, 2021
I genuinely did enjoy the first four episodes. But it's by episode five where I start to turn around, but because it's King, I still want to see these built-up characters follow through...
January 21, 2021
The source material itself keeps it from being great. But it does keep you interested, and that is the power of King's storytelling.
January 17, 2021
With its many subplots, some more compelling than others, it's an uneven series that's not so much a must-watch as a can-watch.
January 16, 2021
While it may sound as if this would be particularly frightening to watch right now, the truth is that this much-awaited series is a bit of an anti-climax.
January 15, 2021
With a cast that also includes Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Nat Wolff, J.K. Simmons, Heather Graham, Ezra Miller and a cameo from King himself, there's plenty of reasons to keep watching.
January 13, 2021
Amber Heard is a little iffy as Nadine Cross, and the magnificent Whoopi Goldberg needs no introduction, but Marsden's Stu Redman is an engaging and buoyant hero and Alexander Skarsgard's Randall Flagg is compelling in every way
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2021
'The Stand' aspires to be the definitive Stephen King's adaptation, twisting the novel's narrative and capturing all its essence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2021
As befits King the horror maestro, there's lots of nasty business with corpses, rats and wounds, and the virus does grisly things to people's necks as they die in a spew of green froth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 7, 2021
[A] faithful and gripping translation of King's end-times drama about the dangerous allure of individualism (and tyrannical leaders), and the vital necessity of togetherness in times of turmoil.
January 5, 2021
The first episode of the series shows potential, but chooses a not so easy to follow way of telling the story. It may alienate those not familiar with Stephen King's work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 30, 2020
[The novel] captured a crisis through small stories that converged to form a larger reality. Had the show retained the novel's pacing, and opted for grief over gore, King's message of humanity's resilience might have carried more weight in these times.
December 29, 2020
It is to Marsden's credit that all he needs to do is show up and we clock him as the hero this apocalypse needs. Likewise, Owen Teague is superbly deployed as a bitter young incel named Harold Laude.
December 22, 2020
This new version of The Stand is off to an intriguing start, whether you're a fan of the book or not.
December 22, 2020
Sadly there is very seldom any notion of stakes, of consequence, or of danger in this ultimately lifeless adaptation.
December 22, 2020
Boone and Cavell make a series of choices that not only diminish the awesome terror of the first part of King's novel, but the characters themselves, their journeys, and any reason we should care about them.
December 20, 2020
The scattershot story didn't do a lot to pique my interest in what lies ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75
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