The Mist Pilot Recap Season 1 Episode 1 – Just ten years ago Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” (from his collection Skeleton Crew) was adapted into a full-length feature film of the same name, and it was pretty good despite some noticeable alterations to the source material. Now, The Mist gets its own television show as well, one that hopes to take a relatively self-contained storyline and expand it into a longer-running series. While a series with similar hopes – Under the Dome – never managed to successfully elaborate on King’s giant novel, Spike TV’s The Mist pilot seems like it at least has some tricks up its sleeve.
The Mist Pilot Recap Season 1 Episode 1
“Pilot” primarily follows the Copeland family after a few setbacks start them off in a bad place. Eve’s the school sex education teacher who is ousted from her job after parent complaints about her more sex-positive stance. Her daughter Alex has been fairly sheltered all of her life, and the one night her father Kevin lets her go out to a teen party, she’s date-raped. It’s not a good series of events for the Copeland family, and things get even worse when a mysterious mist develops and coats the town in fog and, presumably, dangerous giant insects bent on eating all of the residents.
The Mist has a few other characters besides the Copelands, like soldier Bryan Hunt; he wakes up in the midst of the mist unsure of who he is and what he’s doing in an army uniform. Likewise, drug junkie Mia seems to accidentally get caught up in the midst of all this strife avoiding other unsavory drug dealers.
The pilot’s setup works for the most part because it does focus on multiple characters and settings. The original novella really only takes place in a supermarket for its entire length, limiting the scope of the storyline; here, Christian Torpe ensures that there are multiple subplots going on at the same time, areas where the show can check in each episode. While I question how much plot The Mist can actually wring from a limited idea, the show is off to a good start setting up different characters and locations.
However, the pilot’s flaws shine through when it comes to character work. In particular, the show doesn’t seem to know what to do with Eve; through her work, she’s quite progressive, but her home life shows a more controlling parental figure with authoritarian undertones. The show wants her to seem like a strong female character, but it also makes it hard to root for her. It doesn’t help that the one thing that she’s constantly been worried about – Alex getting hurt – happens immediately after she’s allowed a little freedom. It feels contrived and included in this pilot for the sake of it, not organically written.
Another big issue that will probably remain is the mist itself, which is visually unappealing due to its CGI. It’s most noticeable when the characters are enveloped in mist, but it doesn’t bode well for a show that will presumably be constantly taking place in this kind of environment.
There are some promising moments in this introduction to the series, though, and I’m curious to see where The Mist takes the audience. There is potential for the show to expand with the threat happening outside of the town as well, leaving the characters no place to run. However, forcing the characters to remain stationed in one location seems like it could get old fast. But “Pilot” at least makes the audience want to find out where The Mist spreads from here.
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