CBS All Access’ The Stand released its official trailer earlier today, and for those of us who have read the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name, it was well worth the wait! Staring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, and many more, the limited series will also feature an all new conclusion written by King himself. Check out the trailer below:
For those of you who haven’t read the book, I’ll give you the gist: a weaponized super-flu developed by the U.S Military is accidentally released into the public, wiping out 99% of the total human population. The world’s few survivors are haunted by dreams from Mother Abigail (Whoopi Goldberg), who tells them to all meet in Boulder City, Colorado and align themselves against The Dark Man (Alexander Skarsgård), or Randall Flagg, who is also gathering a following in – where else? – Sin City itself Las Vegas. With a war of Biblical proportions brewing, which side will prevail?
What I’m a little concerned about is that the show isn’t going to handle this Holy War’s opposing sides as subtly as King handled them in the book. While he makes clear which side is good and which side is evil to the reader, the characters within the context of the novel are more or less left on their own, drawn to both side with equally compelling promises, for as the Bible states, the Devil will come cloaked as an angel of light. With the brief glimpses of carnal consumption and sexual debauchery we see displayed in the scenes in Vegas, I hope that this miniseries doesn’t portray the side of darkness as the obvious bad guys à la Star Wars.