10 WAYS THE CBS ALL ACCESS ADAPTATION OF “THE STAND” BROKE MY FANBOY HEART

Anthony Roberts
7 min readFeb 15, 2021
CBS All Access: THE STAND

Broke my heart? Ok, that’s a little melodramatic and click-baity but you’re in so let’s whinge. A less-than-thrilling adaptation of a Stephen King novel is not the end of the world (it’s not even that uncommon), it’s just a poor retelling of King’s grand opus about the end of the world.

DISCLAIMER: I know that everyone who worked on this mini-series is talented. I know they worked hard on something they believed in it. I have nothing but respect for them all and I’m not going to call out the director or the actors for the final project. Sometimes the stars don’t align for a myriad of reasons and this is one of those times. Plus, this is one guy’s opinion — mine.

BEYOND HERE THERE BE SPOILERS! AND HEAPS OF THEM! SPOILERS, I SAY!

I’m an Annie Wilkes level fan of Stephen King and THE STAND is one of his classics — I love it! To say that I was looking forward to this mini-series is like the Trash Can Man saying he enjoys a nice cozy fire.

Why do I love THE STAND so much?

  • It tells an EPIC tale told on a grand scale — no less than the end of the world!
  • It’s an atheist’s bible story — a great ‘what if’. What if the Old Testament were actually true and Jehovah is still out there being all mysterious and old school smiteful?
  • The characters are some of the finest King’s ever written — Mother Abigail, Randall Flagg, Lloyd, Nadine, Harold, Stu, Frannie, Tom, Glen, Larry, Kojack — and of course, the Trash Can Man. There are hundreds of characters and mountains of backstories and you get to know them all.
  • It’s LOOOOOONG and it still leaves you wanting more. It’s epic world building with a classic good vs. evil story populated by people you care about.

10 Ways THE STAND Falters On Its Feet:

  1. Those Early Time Jumps. The beginning episodes jump all over the place robbing the first third of the book of all its power. The fall of civilisation is a real page-turner and it lets us watch critical characters navigate the downfall of man through their own personal stories. Cutting back and forth from the fall of man to the safety of a rebuilt society in Boulder neuters the first act completely…

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Anthony Roberts

Elder Nerd Storyteller who loves speculative fiction and a wee bit of whiskey. Novel: SONS OF THE GREAT SATAN. www.Patreon.com/CherokeeRefugee