The Stand: Season 1 Reviews

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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 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 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 20, 2020
The scattershot story didn't do a lot to pique my interest in what lies ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75
December 18, 2020
If The Stand can iron out its pacing issues and find ways to depict the scope of King's novel, its rocky start, like pre-Captain Trips society, will feel like a distant memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 18, 2020
As it is, The Stand has some great direction and terrific acting, even if some of the time management isn't on point. In the simplest terms: I wanted to love it (I still do) but ended up liking it.
December 17, 2020
Put a Skarsgård in every King project, I say.
December 17, 2020
It's not perfect by any means, but the series does about as well as anyone might reasonably expect considering the source, and never suffers a boring minute.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 17, 2020
It's a reasonably skilled and unobjectionable job of transcription and compression, stutter-stepping among time lines to keep track of King's manifold plot strands and characters.
December 17, 2020
"The Stand" provides something trickier: plague escapism. Pandemic fantasy. That it succeeds is a testament to its author, the durability of his vision and the adaptability of his imagination.
December 17, 2020
A sometimes dazzling, often frustrating, and undeniably assured effort that swings hard and occasionally connects. When it does, it's riveting television; when it doesn't, well, it's not boring.
December 16, 2020
The spirit and dread of Mr. King's epic have been successfully, if more succinctly, incorporated into the series. The drawback of its timing? It might distract us from how timeless a piece of fiction can really be.
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