The Mist - Season 01, Episode 04: "Pequod" TV Episode Review
Written by Jersey John
Directed by Nick Murphy
Written by Stephen King (based on the novel by), Christian Torpe (developed for television by), and Peter Biegen (written by)
2017, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on July 13th, 2017
Alyssa Sutherland as Eve Copeland
Isuah Whitlock as Gus Redman
Bill Carr as Howard
Holly Deveaux as Zoe
Gus Birney as Alex Cunningham
Luke Cosgrove as Jay Heisel
The end of the world never seems like any fun. It's either a giant meteor, a flesh eating zombie horde or in this current predicament, some gnarly mist that happens to be harboring enormous insects and other undesirable creatures. It's never a crescendo of pleasantries or just slowly falling asleep at the end of a well-lived life. I suppose if that were the case, horror wouldn't exist and I wouldn't have the privilege of seeing a giant moth monster burst from a man's back. Such are the simple things in life. Life isn't so simple, however, for the people of Bridgeville, Maine as our story progresses in episode 4, "Pequod".The end of the world never seems like any fun. It's either a giant meteor, a flesh eating zombie horde or in this current predicament, some gnarly mist that happens to be harboring enormous insects and other undesirable creatures. It's never a crescendo of pleasantries or just slowly falling asleep at the end of a well-lived life. I suppose if that were the case, horror wouldn't exist and I wouldn't have the privilege of seeing a giant moth monster burst from a man's back. Such are the simple things in life. Life isn't so simple, however, for the people of Bridgeville, Maine, as our story progresses in episode 4, Pequod.
Kevin, Bryan, Adrian and Mia have fled the confines of the church and wind up in a nearby gas station as they try and make their way to the mall in search of Kevin's wife and daughter. As the group has discovered, the arrival of the mist has rendered modern cars inert. There they meet a man who is looking for his lost son. He explains how he came across a working vehicle. Mia suggests to Kevin that they take his car by force but Kevin thinks he can be persuaded. What the man doesn't know is that they have information he needs. An accident also puts Bryan in a dire situation.
Back at the church, a bit of cabin fever begins to set in as those still there deal with the horrors that have unfolded. Father Romanov begins to prepare his followers just in case this happens to be Judgment Day. Nathalie displays increasingly strange behavior, saying the moth that burst from a man's back outside the church is her friend. Her and Romanov discuss a bit of church history as a creepy spider appears, only further a divide between believers and non-believers.
Those trapped in the mall find ways to occupy their time. Alex takes a scared little girl, Lila, to a bookstore as Eve and another group of women discuss marital woes. The two obnoxious guys who tried to feed the dead soldiers to creatures are up to some more antics. This time a harpoon gun is used to retrieve the shopping carts that were outside. An act of stupidity unleashes mist into the bookstore where Alex and Lila are reading. This brings them face to face with a new monster and the group's first decision to exile one of their own.
Approaching the middle of the season, plot lines have become somewhat stagnant as far as revealing what may have caused the events that brought the mist to Bridgeville. Many people are holed up in their same locations from the first few episodes. Tensions are rising but in an almost too deliberate manner, not leaving much guessing room for viewers. A clear divide is being formed between nature and religion. Mall survivors are having their own rifts as Alex is seen as someone who can't be trusted (for lying about her incident with the mist monster). A few characters are offed but their departures have little to no consequence to anyone else. Although this version of The Mist is paving its own path in terms of story (since the novella was much more ambiguous), episode 4 feels like a bit of filler, save for a couple key events.
One aspect that The Mist is displaying rather well is that no one is safe. Adults and children alike are on the chopping block. This is important because it adds a heavier sense of dread as the story moves along. Aside from the body count that is sure to rise, the mall group's quick decision to exile the first person who has endangered them adds an interesting dynamic which will surely be tested by future events. Hopefully this will make up for the obnoxiously slow trickle of monsters that both the movie and novella are known for and excel at displaying. The Mist needs to gets its own bearings or it will continue to be harshly judged against its predecessors.