Friday, May 02, 2008

The Mini Series--A Dying Art Form

Christian and I tivoed the 1994 mini series The Stand. Have you seen it? I remember it being a big deal because it was filmed in Utah. But I didn't watch it back then because I hadn't read the book yet. I have since gone through kind of a Stephen King phase. He's really a good writer! He's really crazy frightening! Some of his books are too much for me, but he's totally fascinating and much more interesting and nice since he got hit by a car and sobered up.

I absolutely hated watching The Stand. It was so early 90s. It really bothered me and totally gave me the creeps--not because of the story. I'm all for a mythical tale of good versus evil. What really got to me was the clothes and the background music. It was dated enough to seem totally dated to me, but what really bothered me was that I'm not removed enough from it to appreciate it even one bit. It's not like the 70s. The 70s are quaint to me. I was old enough to know better in the 90s though. It's like, even after I graduated from high school I thought light-washed high-waisted peg-legged denim was awesome. If I would have watched The Stand in 1994 I would have thought it was cool. I would have loved the clothes and the music. That makes me not feel good inside. Maybe in 50 years when late-century ugly becomes all the rage I will be able to deal with it better. But it's still too soon.
Still, I did watch all of The Stand until the very weird end. It's kind of bad acting. What was so great about Molly Ringwald again? As for the pacing, watching The Stand is basically like reading The Lord of the Rings.It's really horrible. Don't watch it. Just try and remember how much fun mini-series were. How come we don't have those anymore? Is it the same reason we don't have high-waisted light- washed pleated denim anymore--because it's ugly, unflattering, and reminds us of things better left forgotten? Maybe. But I have fond memories of Shogun, The Thornbirds, and V. V was incredible!

14 comments:

  1. What about "The North and The South"? Patrick Swayze was totally not my type but I still dug it. Or what about that miniseries where America was attacked by a nuclear bomb. What was that called? The Morning After? Something like that. I started going to a bunch of peace rallies after I saw it. Until I realized that people who go to peace rallies are chumps.

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  2. I can't believe I disgree with you. It must be a dog vs.cat personality issue but, I love The Stand. Mitch and I rewatch it every year or so.That opening montage of dead people with "Don't fear the reaper" playing gets me every time. But, I watched it in the 90's too... so the clothes and music weren't a shock to me.

    Have you read "The Lanogoliers"?
    That's my favorite story by the demented Mr. King.

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  3. Favorite line: "Watching The Stand is like reading Lord of the Rings." That's funny.

    Remember how the Feee Zone group saunters from Denver to Las Vegas? Who saunters for miles?

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  4. carly9:43 PM

    I watched The Stand when it came out without the benefit of having read the book, or having an older sister watch with me and explain it. I thought it was AWESOME. But I bet that if I saw it now, it would be ridiculous. Just like Bed of Roses, old Friends episodes, the Gin Blossoms, and Tori Amos songs all seem ridiculous and embarrassing to me now. But I DO remember V and V ruled.

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  5. Those pictures kind of freak me out (because I'm a chicken.)


    North and South was so awesome.

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  6. my husband brought this on vacation when we went home for Christmas and i HATED it! I think I stopped watching after hour three.

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  7. Never had the attention span for a mini series. Especially one with funky dead people. Now I have more reasons not to watch it.

    Carly, Bed of Roses was on TBS the other day and of course I had to watch it. I hadn't seen it for years, and I had remembered liking it. Stupidest movie ever. I cannot think of one reason why I would have liked that movie. Unless it was the soundtrack.

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  8. Steven King is one of my favorites. And I LOVED V. I used to play V as a kid. Ah, good times.

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  9. V is the best! I watched it when it was on tv, and then again in college. When the twins are born. . . THAT'S good tv!

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  10. So, what do you think they were REALLY eating when it showed them devouring their mice?...We always thought it was some sort of powdered pastry...?

    Aww...Good times, indeed!

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  11. May I recommend "Storm of the Century" and "Rose Red", two GREAT minis by Stephen King. Also, he re-made "The Shining" more to his liking and I like it better, too. It is a made- for- TV movie situation. If you want my opinion, two of his best books are The Green Mile and Bag of Bones. Whether, watching or reading Stephen King, you are in for a good scare.

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  12. V still gives me nightmares. Remember when that lady was playing with that canary and then SHE SWALLOWED IT? So scary!

    And then remember when those twin babies were born and one was a lizard and one was normal but with A LIZARD TONGUE! Freaky.

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  13. Thank you for posting that terrific picture from "V." That's Jane Badler as Diana. What great memories!

    One piece of television from the early 90's that is cooler than ever is "Twin Peaks." It never goes out of style. Cool, cool, cool!

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  14. The 70's were not quaint - they were pathetically fashion-impaired. I lived through them. I had the red, white, and blue pants (for the bicentennial), I had the flares that would get caught in my bicycle chain all the time, I had the ugly peasant blouses and the Farrah Fawcett hair. It was not a good time to grow up. Believe me. I liked the early 90's way better.

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