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!