The Stand by Stephen King is my favorite book of all time. It’s a book I’ve read over and over again at various times in my life, in many different versions. At one time I even had a first edition (pictured above) that I sold.
If you haven’t read the book stop everything, and read it. Now.
The first attempt in 1994 to produce a mini-series was just okay. There were things I liked about the production and things I didn’t. Gary Sinise was perfect as Stu Redman. Molly Ringwald was annoying and whiny as Fran Goldsmith. Jamey Sheridan was a great Randall Flagg and I loved Bill Fagerbakke as Tom Cullen. I’ve watched it several times over the years and I just wish it could be better.
One of the few bright spots to 2020 was the anticipation of the new limited series on CBS All Access based on Stephen King’s The Stand. I looked at the cast and I liked that most of the names were unfamiliar to me. I still think to do the book justice, it needed to be longer than it’s currently set for, but I’m very interested in it.
I will be doing write-ups of each episode, comparing it to both the other mini-series and the book. I actually watched the first one already, so this is a bit of a prequel to those write-ups. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read the book (which is another reason to read it), but the story has been out since 1978 now, so you should have read it.