The Mist Withdrawal Recap Season 1 Episode 2 – The Mist left off in its pilot episode with the Copelands stranded in different parts of the town as the mist rolled in, and “Withdrawal” picks up with each of those storylines. Eve and Alex are hunkered down at a mall, while Kevin is stuck with the amnesiac solider Bryan, drug addict Mia, and Alex’s friend Adrian at the police station; they’re all separated by the impenetrable mist, which has so far shown to be dangerous only because the characters have experienced strange events that happened to others.
The Mist Withdrawal Recap Season 1 Episode 2
“Withdrawal” brings up some interesting ideas about the mist itself thanks to Eve and Alex’s mall setting. The manager questions a terrorist attack, and while it seems a bit farfetched to think that chemical warfare could possibly throw an entire town into a fog, it makes sense for the characters to be questioning more natural occurrences before jumping to the paranormal. It doesn’t help that mysterious military members are seen in the mall and, eventually, two of them commit suicide in a bathroom. Everything points to the government’s prior knowledge, hinting at something more sinister than just random occurrence.
The mall is the more dynamic storyline between the two as Eve journeys into a mist-filled hallway to track down a security radio to call out for help. There’s a tense scene here as Eve and a random fellow make their way through the darkened corridor, unsure of what they’ll encounter. Likewise, the audience is also not privy to what exactly haunts the mist – the hint of bugs has been used previously, but we’ve never actually seen the threat.
Kevin, Bryan, Mia, and Adrian head from the police station to the church after a car rollover accident, and their storyline takes on the religious overtones of Stephen King’s original story and the film adaptation from 2007. Frances Conroy’s Nathalie Raven shows up, too, mourning her husband’s death after he’s randomly shot in the head; it’s a sappy scene as the entire church congregation shares a few bottles of cheap wine in the man’s honor, but it does give some insight into these characters, even if Ms. Raven seems to be rather unimportant at this point.
One bigger quibble with character development is Mia, who at this point remains a bland and generic drug addict character. This trope has been done to death and it doesn’t look like The Mist is going to take it in any new direction – see Fear the Walking Dead for how this plays out (hint: not well).
Still, there is one thing that makes Mia somewhat important: she hallucinates a woman in the mist, or at least she thinks the woman is just a figment of her withdrawal. However, Bryan admits he also sees the woman, hinting at something more paranormal at work in the mist. This is one of the more intriguing elements of the show so far, and I hope to see more of that.
While The Mist is operating at pretty standard procedure in its second episode, it doesn’t let up thanks to some suspenseful scenes in the mall and a continuous push for more plot. That’s going to be important, especially due to the static settings. Hopefully, Kevin, Bryan, Mia, and Adrian continue to move through the town in search of Eve and Alex, too – that will create more of a threat than what The Mist has right now. Still, the show’s off to a good start.
The Mist Pilot Recap Season 1 Episode 1 characters and cast include:
Kevin Copeland – Morgan Spector (The Drop, Chuck, The Last Airbender, Homeland, Person of Interest)
Eve Copeland – Alyssa Sutherland (Arbitrage, Vikings, The Devil Wears Prada, Spencer)
Alex Cunningham – Gus Birney (Darcy, Best Day of My Life, Law & Order SVU)
Mia Lambert – Danica Curcic (Kriger, Darling, Nobel, Silent Heart, The Bridge, The Absent One)
Bryan Hunt – Okezie Morro (Red Tails, Shuga, World War Z, New Tricks)
Connor Heisel – Darren Pettie (Ghost Town, The International, Madam Secretary, Man Men, Prime Suspect)
Adrian Garf – Russell Posner (Louder Than Bombs, The Deuce, The Pirates of Somalia, The D Train)
Nathalie Raven – Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Casual, How I Met Your Mother, Broken Flowers, Six Feet Under)
Father Romanov – Dan Butler (The Silence of the Lambs, Enemy of the State, Banshee, Frasier)
Jay Heisel – Luke Cosgrove
Kimi Lucero – Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Into the West, Longmire, Smoke Signals, The New World)
Gus Bradley – Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Cedar Rapids, 25th Hour, Survivor’s Remorse, Veep, The Wire, Rubicon, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Chi-Raq, Cars 3)
Link – Dylan Authors (Unlikely Heroes, Murdoch Mysteries, Weirdos, The Husband)
Howard – Bill Carr (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Moving Day, Blackbird)