Stephen King’s The Stand

Finished watching The Stand. I forgot how much I liked that show. Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke. “M-O-O-N that spells moon.”

I watched it back when it was originally on TV in 1994. I don’t remember my reaction then, other than that I liked it, and after watching it, I read the book. (That’s big for me, I NEVER see the movie first. In fact, I’m taping Under The Dome, and will not watch it until I finish the book. Which I just started.)

(This morning.)

Jamey Sheridan was creepy as hell. If they do make the Dark Tower books into movies (AND THEY SHOULD REALLY REALLY DO THIS) they should get him to reprise Flagg. So he’s older. So what? He aged well.

jamey sheridan

(Sheridan in Law & Order:Criminal Intent, and as the devilish Randall Flagg)

Speaking of aging well, here’s a recent random pic of Rob Lowe.

Rob-Lowe

His character was really interesting, and very much against type. Yeah, he was a pretty boy, he couldn’t help but be, but it was still a very different role for him.

And here’s a pic of Gary Sinise, because I like pics of Gary Sinise.

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And speaking of aging well, (let’s just roll with this, shall we?) Bill Fagerbakke. A favorite of mine from his role as Dauber on Coach-

COACH-- Bill Fagerbakke

and then as Tom Cullen in The Stand-
bill MOON
M-O-O-N that spells moon….

And Bill aged well, too. Here he is today:
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About the only actors I didn’t really enjoy in The Stand were the two women. I think the reason I didn’t get into Laura San Giacomo was her clothes. Whoever did costuming for the show missed the boat with her. And with Molly Ringwald as well. They dressed Molly as if it was 1962 and she was an Army wife. It was ridiculous, and it was only Gary Sinise’s acting ability that convinced me Stu was really in love with Franny.

I wanted to like Molly Ringwald’s character. There’s not a lot of Franny’s out there, and we must stick together. And I loved her in so many other things-The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Tempest – but she was just so – awkwardly WRONG in this role.

Still, I enjoyed watching it again. I teared up when Mother Abigail told Larry and Ralph to come home. I respected Lloyd’s loyalty to Flagg. And I crowed like a fangirl when I recognized the face playing Teddy Weizak. In 1994, I wasn’t a huge Stephen King fan. I’d only read one or two books, and had no idea what he looked like. Today I do, as he may be one of the most recognizable authors next to J.K. Rowling. And his just-slightly-over-acted-yet-happy-making-because-hell-he’s-Stephen-King take on Teddy made me smile every time he was onscreen.

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Laura San Giacomo and Stephen King

One last word: “Don’t screw with my disco, Nadine.”

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