The Stand (1994) is an American fantasy adventure television miniseries that was based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Stephen King had a cameo role in the series and also wrote the teleplay. Stephen King fans should be warned that this miniseries is approximately 360 minutes (6 hours) long. The Stand is a masterwork that excelled in giving the characters time to grow and give the audience enough information to connect with the characters. Viewers will dislike some of the characters where, on the other hand, they will be feeling all sort of emotion towards other characters and rooting for them to stay alive. The miniseries explore and show good against evil and how the human mind works when influenced. The series contains extreme violence, graphic, disturbing images, good vs. bad, suspense, drama, fantasy, thrills, sitting on the edge of your moments and a few frightening scenes.
Project Blue is a version of influenza that has been weaponized at a government laboratory in rural California. Project Blue was accidently released which resulted in killing almost everyone except for Military police officer Charles Campion. Charles (Ray McKinnon - The Blind Side (2009), Mud (2012), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Apollo 13 (1995)) fled the lab with his family after the deadly influenza was released. Charles thought everything was fine and did not know he was infected with a superflu (Captain Trips) that he eventually spreads to people in the outside world. After a few events, Charles told a few friends that "You can’t outrun the Dark Man" and a mysterious figure from the base has been following him. The U.S. military quarantines the town soon after as some of the townspeople die from being ill with the flu. Quarantining people did not help because ninety-nine percent of the world’s population was dead in less than two months by the superflu.
The immune few survivors reside across the country and soon began having visions from Mother Abagail and Randall Flagg. They were told in their visions to meet either Mother Abigail in Nebraska or Randall in Las Vegas. Randall Flagg (Jamey Sheridan - Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), The Ice Storm (1997), Game Change (2012), Life as a House (2001)) is a demonic entity and releases Lloyd from prison in exchange for him to become Randalls second in command. Lloyd Henreid (Miguel Ferrer - Crossing Jordan (2001), Iron Man 3 (2013), RoboCop (1987), Mulan (1998)) was a criminal in Arizona that was stuck in his prison cell. Trashcan Man (Matt Frewer - Max Headroom (1985), Watchmen (2009), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), 50/50 (2011)) is a scavenger and mentally ill arsonist that destroyed fuel tanks in Indiana in order to win Randalls attention. Larry Underwood (Adam Storke - Death Becomes Her (1992), Mystic Pizza (1988), Broadway’s Finest (2012), The Phantom of the Opera (1990)) is a rock star that meets Nadine who is having visions of Randall. Randall commanded Nadine Cross (Laura San Giacomo - Just Shoot Me! (1997), Pretty Woman (1990), Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), Quigley Down Under (1990)) to be his concubine. Teenager Frannie Goldsmith (Molly Ringwald - Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008)) living in Ogunquit, Maine and a few others join forces and travel together. Nick Andros (Rob Lowe - The West Wing (1999), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Wayne’s World (1992), Parks and Recreation (2009)) is a deaf man in Arkansas that travels to meet Mother Abigail. Nick and his group reach Mother Abigail’s (Ruby Dee - American Gangster (2007), Do the Right Thing (1989), Guiding Light (1952), Jungle Fever (1991)) farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska. The huge group is living by Mother Abigail’s teachings and travel on to Boulder, Colorado with her.
The remainder of the series contains numerous violent events from both parties involving explosions and other deadly violent acts. The entire cast performance with their respective roles was almost perfect. The director did an amazing job picking the cast members and should be applauded for making this masterpiece. The music department rock because they match the music accordingly to the scenes, and it appeared as though it was meant for those scenes. I would recommend viewers to watch the entire miniseries in one day if you have the time too because it is worth it. Have a Stephen King marathon with loads of popcorn. I gave this miniseries a nine because it was a spectacular watch, and it continues to be something that we watch when in the mood.
About Stephen King's The Stand (1994)
Starring: Matt Frewer, Stephen King, Cynthia Garris, Shawnee Smith, Dan Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Rick Aviles, Tom Holland, Gary Sinise, Bill Fagerbakke, Sam Anderson, Max Wright, Warren Frost, Kellie Overbey, Bruce MacVittie, Ruby Dee, Molly Ringwald, Corin Nemec, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, Adam Storke, Ray Walston, Peter Van Norden, Bridgit Ryan, Laura San Giacomo, Chuck Adamson, Billy L. Sullivan, Sarah Schaub, Kevin Doyle, Robert Knott
Director: Mick Garris