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The Stand

Season 1
 (123)
5.52021X-Ray15
The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

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  1. 1. The End
    17 December 2020
    59min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    When the “Captain Trips” flu epidemic wipes out more than 99% of the population, the remaining few immune to the disease, including Stu Redman, Frannie Goldsmith, and Harold Lauder, set out in search of other survivors, all the while, experiencing visions of the nurturing Mother Abagail and the menacing figure of The Dark Man.
  2. 2. Pocket Savior
    24 December 2020
    1 h 4 min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Musician Larry Underwood is on the cusp of his big break when “Captain Trips” strikes New York. Alone and wandering an empty city, he meets an alluring new acquaintance also desperate to escape. Meanwhile, an incarcerated Lloyd Henreid comes face-to-face with Randall Flagg, The Dark Man himself, who makes him an enticing offer.
  3. 3. Blank Page
    31 December 2020
    53min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mother Abagail selects a surprising voice to be her conduit to her chosen Committee in Boulder: the young deaf man Nick Andros. The arrival of a disturbing visitor to the Boulder Free Zone, shakes the Committee and Boulder residents to their core. Elsewhere in the Free Zone, Nadine Cross is haunted by a childhood memory.
  4. 4. The House of the Dead
    7 January 2021
    60min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    The Boulder Free Zone Committee looks to solidify their leadership and bolster the community with a town hall meeting, but Flagg continues to make inroads as he plots to destroy the newly-forming society from within.
  5. 5. Fear and Loathing in New Vegas
    14 January 2021
    1 h 1 min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Nadine and Harold’s dark intentions continue to take shape. Meanwhile, the Committee’s spies entrench themselves in New Vegas, where Flagg is building his own society, where officially-sanctioned sin and debauchery disguises a ruthlessly-enforced order. Back in Boulder, Frannie hatches a plan to confirm her suspicions of Harold while Mother Abagail seeks divine council.
  6. 6. The Vigil
    21 January 2021
    57min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    While all of Boulder fears for Mother Abagail’s safety, Stu organizes search parties to ensure her return, presenting an opportunity for Harold and Nadine. In New Vegas, Flagg recruits a dangerous new follower.
  7. 7. The Walk
    28 January 2021
    57min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After tragedy strikes the Boulder Free Zone, Mother Abagail tasks members of her Committee with a dangerous mission. Meanwhile, Harold and Nadine begin their journey to New Vegas to unite with Flagg and claim their reward.
  8. 8. The Stand
    4 February 2021
    49min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Risking everything, the Boulder travelers face off with Flagg’s followers in New Vegas, among them a very different - and pregnant - Nadine.
  9. 9. The Circle Closes
    11 February 2021
    49min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Limited series finale written by Stephen King. After seeing both the light and the dark, Frannie makes her stand.

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Directors
Josh Boone
Supporting actors
Henry ZagaWhoopi GoldbergJovan AdepoOwen TeagueBrad William HenkeDaniel SunjataAlexander SkarsgardEion BaileyKatherine McNamaraHamish LinklaterGreg Kinnear
Season year
2021
Purchase rights
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Format
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2.4 out of 5 stars

123 global ratings

  1. 22% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 49% of reviews have 1 stars
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Ash BennetteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Extra subs? No thanks
Why, when we pay for Amazon Prime, do we have to pay yet more to subscribe to Starzplay, just to watch this?! No thanks, ill watch it by other means.
197 people found this helpful
ConstantGardenerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why has ANYONE rated this highly?
This is a really, really poor adaptation of The Stand. Certainly nothing in comparison to the 1994 mini series.

As is the downfall of many American TV shows - lazy writing that would suit people with ADHD. Without going through every aspect of their failure, one of the biggest is that they have created a disjointed narrative by cramming all the character development into staggered timelines which don't gel together, at all, leaving you unable to connect with any of the roles and ruins the general atmosphere of the end of the world.

The acting was OK by some of the main protagonists but let down by others which was compacted by poor casting. Did the virus just kill all the ugly, rugged people? This feels too fresh, again taking a hammer to the atmospshere.

Essentially, they've ruined the formula that makes Stephen King's books impossible to put down, then laced it with some pretty, z-list actors that would be more suited to a rom com and topped it off by letting a director with no talent oversee it all.

I was so looking forward to this!

1/10
71 people found this helpful
EclectichickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Heavily dependent on being familiar with book/previous series
I have read the book several times, most recently last year so know the story inside out. I am not convinced this series is delivering the plot in a comprehensible way if you don't know the story already. I am not sure why the chopped up timeline has been chosen, it really does a disservice to the richness of the narrative. It does seem that this is only 9 episodes, so how they will cram all the plot into 9 hours will be...interesting. Certainly there's no sense of the apocalyptic so far, even the devastation of the plague is pretty underwhelming.

Casting wise, my only real complaint is Jame Marsden - yes, he is youthful looking, but he is very clearly way older then Stu should be - not to mention 25 years older than the actress that plays Frannie, and that is a trend Hollywood really ought to have grown out of by now. He might have been perfect for the role 15 years ago, but not now. I'm not huge on Whoopi playing Abagail, but to be fair that is because I mainly associate her with Sister Act and the Lion King, so maybe she'll surprise me.

I was really excited for this new version of an epic story, but so far it's been a bit disappointing. I think it's a real shame the producers felt they had to be clever when a straight delivery of the story would have, in my opinion, been much better.
64 people found this helpful
Nicky HughesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Oh dear!
This is my all time best Stephen King book which I have read many times over the years. When I pick up this book it feels like I'm with a group of old friends. Then comes this new adaptation. Why oh why did they not stick to the clear narrative from the book? It is now a jumble! The book is to me about a long, hard journey to arrive in Boulder. This is the interesting part to me and the way I got acquainted with each character, There is very little indication that everyone is dead and this is a post-apocalyptic world. BTW, The Walking Dead does this so much better. Where is the Lincoln tunnel that needs to be navigated at the start of the book? Oh yes, they changed it to a sewer. What a shame! Hope it gets better!
39 people found this helpful
AndreyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It could be better
I liked the cast and the acting but storytelling oh dear... Such a mess instead of timeline... Why not send it back to the editor? Call it director's cut but please present in the way it could make some sense!
34 people found this helpful
StarbuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 February 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Stand - this should be renamed The Falls Flat on its Face!
Why oh why is it impossible for today's Media Industry to produce a decent film or show?????. The technology has leapt forward in leaps and bounds BUT the ability to produce anything credible with it has regressed proportionately.

Another travesty "graces" our screens. Thank goodness the rest requires a separate subscription to Starzplay, it will save me from forcing myself to sit through any more of this inane bilge.

If you are reading this review and wondering whether or not to buy or subscribe to the rest of this REHASH, then do yourselves a favour and DON'T. Buy the Original 1994 production of The Stand on DVD. Stephen King and Mick Garris did a very credible job writing the screen adaptation and production and followed the book very closely resulting in 2 Emmy Awards for the TV mini series. You will enjoy it far far more AND be able to follow the excellent story arc properly. The suspense and the menace and the feeling of a world falling apart and being pulled in two directions is missing in this 2020 farce. ( £5 on Amazon at time of writing this review )

To fully appreciate the Stephen King novel you would need to read it or listen to the unabridged audio book.

I will NEVER understand why acclaimed and successful Authors allow their work to be butchered so mercilessly in these remakes.

I would award zero stars if the option was available.
24 people found this helpful
YvonneBReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Had a promising start.
I am a big fan of the 1978 mini tv-series and I hoped that I would not be disappointed by this new version. It does have a slightly different timeline layout and it does retain some of the dark humour. Enjoyable start and one I will definitely be sticking with.

Update. Now a few episodes in and it is falling flat for me. Unless you know this series either from the book or the previous series it is confusing. Some of the main characters are ok, but for me there is not enough about Mother Abigail or Flagg. I am going to keep sticking with it but it’s not turning out as I hoped it would.
17 people found this helpful
William DarlingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great start
Two episodes in so far. I'm watching it with someone who has never even heard of the Stand, and one other who vaguely knows the story. Both (and myself) are enjoying it a lot! Good casting, acting and great visuals so far.

The first episode mostly follows Harold, skipping between the past and 'present'. A real nice touch that lead my friends to think that he would be the main protagonist, while I was happily knowing all that was to come.

This series feels very close to the books with very minor (and irrelevant) differences, and some additions that really add to the story (what was the cause of the gate malfunction that let Campion escape...). For those of you with rose-tinted glasses who think the old mini-series was the best thing since sliced bread, don't forget the absolutely tiny role Joe played compared to the books and the replacement/merging of Rita with Nadine.

Can't wait for more
7 people found this helpful
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