Season one of Spike’s original series The Mist, based on the Stephen King Novella of the same name, has come to a close and left us questioning our own judgement of it. We want the answers we’ve been waiting for since the beginning that were left out of the novella, and we think that season 2 would do that in its exploration of Arrowhead and the government’s involvement — but then season 2 would be a completely different show than the “human-emotion” that was played up in season 1, of which we are still on the fence about the execution [ie: mobs that don’t lose control and go full out, an unnecessary and uncomfortable rape plot line, and an odd obsession with a mother’s sexual history from 17 years ago–is the town truly that small?]
Now that we’ve seen the entirety of season one and given it time to sink in, we can’t help but realize the plot lines introduced in the first episode were slowly dragged out through the entire season and mostly responsible for the pacing issues.
If we break down our lookback into the three main groups, as we did with each episode, it becomes shockingly obvious that the church was almost always the center of the bigger budget scenes, and the other groups screen time suffered for it. It also makes a realize no one from that group survived, except Connor, who we would argue started his journey at the Police station and becoming a temporary cult follower tgat sacrifices his son to the Mist doesn’t change that.
The church gave us the most interesting looks at the actual Mist with the most interesting deaths.
We got mothman
The trial by ordeal, where Father Romanov gets dragged away by the Mist’s personification of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, as a very naked Nathalie Raven walked through the Mist unharmed.
And we got the Mist unexpected and glossed over twist when Nathalie decides to burn down the church and all its members that refused to follow her on an almost literal witch hunt.
But it really took away from Kevin Copeland’s constant action packed struggles. People dropped like flies around him and his group, but it always felt like they’d make it out alive, and the “out of fhe frying pan and into the fire” set up became so overused we just couldn’t be at the edge of our seats for it.
Any chance at redemption for him and his group went out the window when they did a 180 with Mia’s character when she flips from snarky criminal taking care of herself to making her too dependent and clingy on the enigmatic plot device Jonah (formerly-known-as-Bryan).
We were satisfied with the hand wrought justice he brought on Adrian, who provided an unusual addition of lgbt representation for the show with the most unlikable character imaginable, but it was another interesting layer.
Kevin’s final show of badassery that saved the mall group from starving to death (the Mist is arguably a quicker death but we aren’t condoning murder (even if it was a cool twist)) and the potential character shift that Kevin demoinstrates in the last 3 episodes gives us hope that if season 2 happens it would be even better than the first. Imagine Eve and her self preservation with Kevin’s newfound strength and determination? If only we could be left Alex behind….but we’d love a second season of the Mist that learned from it’s season 1 mistakes.
In that sense, we imagine the Mist could be the new “The Strain” and might find a welcome place in the rebranded Paramount Network that Spike is transitioning to, but only time will tell if we will ever get closure on the truth of The Mist.