Critics were divided on the 2020 version of The Stand, and many of the show’s alterations to Stephen King’s original novel weakened the series.

2020 version of The support ran into a critical divide, and the changes the show’s creators made to Stephen King’s original novel weakened the show. Released in 1978, The support was a post-apocalyptic bestseller from horror icon Stephen King, which followed a small group of survivors who are forced to choose sides when caught in a battle between good and evil after a deadly pandemic ends most of human life on earth.

The support was previously adapted into a highly successful and historically expensive miniseries in 1994, one whose success prompted a host of small screen adaptations for the remainder of King’s considerable catalog. The miniseries was recently remade as a less critically adored adaptation airing on CBS All Access, with the 2020 iteration of The support from New mutants director Josh Boone. Unfortunately, many fans of both the original miniseries and the source novel found the remake to be lacking.

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The 2020 version made a number of major changes to The supportplot and characters, and while it is admirable that the creators tried to leave their stamp on this new interpretation of the text, almost all the changes made by The support 2020 flopped with the fans. The biggest changes include reducing the role of the military’s villain in the original novel, thus leaving a major antagonist lost, adding an unnecessary and complicated narrative restructuring that undermined the outbreak of its shocking impact, and rewriting the role of the villain of the Randall Flagg series to make it more comprehensive. -Range and ironically less effective.

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The problem of the rhythm of Stand 2020

Unlike the original novel (and the 1994 miniseries), the 2020 version of The support It opens after the end of the world and works in reverse to complete the backstory through various flashbacks of the extensive cast of characters. The decision is in line with what many modern miniseries use to keep the stories fresh, but in the case of The support, this choice makes it difficult for uninitiated viewers to imagine the impact of Captain Trips without an opening sequence that illustrates how dire the effects of the pandemic are. Instead, viewers unfamiliar with the original novel wonder how much it will affect society, where will fans The support miss one of the most chilling elements in the book, the destruction of society by the initial plague.

The missing military villains of The Stand 2020

In the original novel, the army plays a fairly considerable villain role and remains a major antagonist for the opening sections of the book until they are killed in substantial enough numbers to cease to pose a major threat. In the 2020 miniseries, The support describes the military as well-meaning heroes, all of whom worked together to contain the superfluous Captain Trips and did nothing to hide their origins. The originally foreboding figure of General Starkey, in particular, is reworked to become a bland and cliche heroic general, going from the novel’s villain assassinating a journalist exposing the outbreak to a Yeats-quoting hero who lets Stu leave the gold facilities and poses no threat. to him during their encounter. The supportThe first few episodes could have benefited from more vile threats, and the depiction of a universally good and well-intentioned army seems imported from a more idealistic and saccharine tale than this bloody post-apocalyptic horror.

(More or less) Randall Flagg’s biggest role

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Where in the novel, Randall Flagg is an opportunistic monster who takes advantage of Captain Tripps to build his cult of the end of the world and gain power through the support of his followers, in 2020. The support miniseries, he is explicitly responsible for the outbreak in the first place. What was originally a terrifying tale of a relatively human (though certainly supernatural) man using disaster to build a chilling army thanks to massive despair becomes a more conventional tale of an invincible demon trying to take over the world, and the role of the military in the Once again, the pandemic is downplayed and written down.

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The change makes Flagg a less interesting figure and makes the military and its followers more innocent and less morally complex, as anyone under his influence can reasonably argue that he appears to be close to God in his powers. However, this increase in Flagg’s power doesn’t make the villain any more effective. The main antagonist of The support You are given limited screen time for the show’s first few episodes, and where the original novel frequently cuts out its version of the story, here Flagg’s version of events is rarely glimpsed that the all-powerful villain fails to have. a huge shock despite Alexander’s appropriately creepy version of Skarsgard of the role.

Randall and Nadine

What is a haunting rape scene in the original novel between Randall and Nadine turns into a mainstream sex scene complete with cheesy music and low lighting in 2020 The support. Usually it can be a positive development to see gratuitous sexual assault scenes removed when possible, but The supportThe rape scene is an important, if difficult moment. The scene serves to establish Flagg as a more monstrous villain than the creepy cult leader he appeared to be up to this point in the story, and is a major turning point in Nadine’s twisted plot, with the lesser villain beginning his redemption. gradual after she becomes catatonic from the traumatic incident. The non-consensual nature of the encounter also makes Nadine’s arc a more tragic and emotionally resonant plot, while in the 2020 miniseries, she seems inexplicably shocked to discover that Flagg is a literal monster when she momentarily shows her true face as she ends ( a decision that was unintentionally funny in itself).

Nadine’s new redemption

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The 2020 version of The support He strives to give Nadine a more immersive story by turning her murder at Flagg’s hands into a self-sacrifice that sees her choose death over bearing a child. It could be an effective rewrite that gives the character more agency, but 2020 The support has already made Nadine a more villainous character than the novel’s brainwashed anti-villain, as she plays an active role in Harold’s death. It’s admirable that the 2020 miniseries gives Nadine a shocking death, but that she chooses to kill Harold slowly and painfully (particularly when Harold blames Flagg for his misdeeds before he died), enhances the effectiveness of her sacrifice, as the Nadine. of 202o. The support he is already a more villainous figure than his novel counterpart.

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