The Mist comes out swinging this week, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Though it hasn’t been *that* long since the mist rolled into town, the groups are already experiencing breakdown. As Eve puts it, we’re all only 9 meals away from anarchy. Which is definitely true for her at the mall. The hospital is at least somewhere you think you sholuld feel safe, cared for. But with their generator going out and Dr. Creepy performing experiments on dying patients, maybe that’s not the best place to stay. The church, another sanctuary, a peaceful place for some, fearful place for others. Each character is really starting to tap into what makes them unique in the story line, and I love it. Outside of Eve and Mrs. Raven, in the first episodes everyone else fell a bit flat. But now this richness is being found in all of the main cast, and the supporting cast is stepping up to the plate. Making The Mist one of the must watch shows on television this summer.
At the mall, Eve is struggling. Yes she’s kept her group safe in the loading dock area of the mall, but Jay has now joined their group and she’s worried more than ever for Alex. She want’s to hurt him, and that has nothing at all to do with the mist. Though it’s difficult for her, keeping Alex safe is her number one priority at the moment, and if that means Jay stays so be it. He doesn’t feel safe in the main group of the mall any longer. It was all fun and games when people were making and voting upon rules to abide by, but that turns into a totally different story when they sentence one of their own to death. If the main group is going to start kicking people out of the mall and into the mist, Jay doesn’t want to be a part of it.
Eve explains that as humans, and societies in general, we’re all only 9 meals away from a total breakdown. “9 Meals To Anarchy” she calls it. Take away people’s food and water, one of the most basic, necessary needs for human life. After just 9 missed meals, all hell can break loose. After 9 missed meals is when people start doing bad things. And seeing as how her false hope from last week didn’t stay long, it’s time she start to worry about what bad things might happen. Not only is there clearly a target on her daughter’s head, but the main group is going to run out of food eventually. They all will. Deciding to act, she finds old baby monitors that run off regular batteries, they’re old school enough that they still work, despite electronics being wonky in the mist. Sometimes basic and old school is the best choice. Under the pretense of asking to borrow some board games, she approaches the main group and leaves one of the monitors hidden in a plant near their main area. At least now they’ll have some kind of idea when the crazy decides to come for them.
It isn’t long after the monitor is placed that they start to overhear some pretty scary things. All it takes is for one person to be adamant enough to start a witch hunt, in desperate times others will eventually follow. Distraught over the loss of her own daughter, one member of the group has decided that Alex brought about the mist, she lied about being assaulted and that’s when all of this started. She’s also the only one who has seen the mist up close and come out unscathed. Add that factor in with the reality that food is becoming scarce for those in the mall, and it becomes a pretty terrifying situation. The main group as already proven themselves capable of murder, by sending another into the mist. I don’t think they would hesitate to do it again if driven there.
At the hospital, things have gone from bad to worse in the blink of an eye. At first, it’s great because they still have a medial staff working, there’s an emergency generator. But after Kevin is subject to weird experiments in the mist, his body isn’t ready for a journey yet. The only way to stay alive is to stick it out in the hospital for a little bit longer. Of course, when the generator fails and mist comes pouring in, the best place to go is the psych ward. Mia is quick on her feet in suggesting the safest place they go is the one area of the hospital that they doors always stay shut at.
She and Jonah (Bryan) reconcile their relationship and she tells him the little bit of background she knows about him. Being in a hospital, she raids the pharmacy again, but this time not for the reason you’d expect. She tells Jonah about how at home, when she saw her mother, she realized that she didn’t want to die. Which surprised her as she didn’t think she had anything to live for. That is enough of a wake up call to her that she needs to be a person the rest of their group, especially Jonah, can trust. She gets him to promise to tie her down and not let her up no matter what she might say, and goes into a full detox. If she takes the opioid blockers, it’ll be a painful 6-8 hours, but then she will be clean. It is indeed a painful day for her, she does anything she can think of to get Jonah to let her up, but he stands strong.
In her agony, she promises that she knows more about his life, his parents, where he lives. Which he calls BS on, and rightfully so. However, amid her pain and screams he does start to have flashbacks of something in his life previous to the mist. At arrowhead, getting repeatedly shocked over and over while a woman calmly reads him random words. He uses this same technique with Mia and she comes out clean. But the rest of their crew hasn’t fared so well in the psych ward.
Adrian and Tyler share an evening where they bond even more. Tyler admits that the worst things he’s ever done is beaten up a kid at school that others didn’t like. He says he is sorry and in turn Adrian says he’s forgiven. Tyler clearly has some issues that he needs to work out with who he is and being comfortable in that skin, but Adrian is already accepting of himself in a way that Tyler hasn’t reached yet. Adrian kind of pushes that onto him, which is both good and bad. However, Nash, the only guy left in the psych ward turns out to be a way more interesting character than anticipated. He kidnaps Adrian, claiming that the evil is inside of him. It’s all his fault you see, because back in primary school a nun asked him to beat the evil out of her, which he did, thus releasing it into the world.
The doctor’s had him medicated, which kept him from seeing the evil in others, but once those medications where gone he was back to full on crazy and basically killed everyone else in the ward with him. He claims that the evil jumps from person to person and right now it’s in Adrian. Tyler and Kevin try to talk Nash out of doing anything stupid, but it isn’t until Kevin proves that the evil is inside him that Adrian is set free. Kevin gives a speech about what he would like to do to the boy who hurt his daughter, and there is nothing but rage in his eyes. Kevin has changed the most thus far in the mist, and his true colors are beginning to shine. Not that he is a bad person, or an evil person, but he is learning that he will do whatever it takes to protect those he considers family, and the lengths that he goes to I think shock even himself. He ends up in the room with Nash, where after a struggle he ends up killing him. Tyler decides to stay at the hospital, it’s close to his home, so when everything is all over and done with he can go back to being normal. A very clear message to Adrian, everything that we’ve shared here has just been circumstantial and not who Tyler really is. Kevin gives him one last chance before that group ventures out into the hospital to try and find a way to the car, and then the mall.
The church group was definitely the best group to witness this week, as the tensions between Father Romanov and Natalie Raven fester to an all time high. He isn’t the most popular of the group right now, with many assuming that he had Link, the alter boy, beat up Mrs. Raven for stealing his persuasion over the group. In the end, they agree upon a trail by ordeal. They both agree to walk into the mist, if both return, well I don’t think either of them expected to both return. If only one returns then the people in the church will know who to follow and how to best stay alive. If neither returns, then the group is just left to fend for itself. Both of course believe that they will be the ones to return. After taking a moment to pray, Father Romanov is ready to face his maker and Natalie changes into her birthday suit to greet the mist.
It isn’t long after that the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse show up and take Father Romanov with them, dragging him further into the mist behind their horses, arrow through the chest to pull him along. It was a chilling scene and once again the idea that the mist is this ever growing, ever adapting entity who can play on your own personal fears and beliefs makes this a standout show. Yes there are still monsters in the mist, but it’s so much scarier when those monsters change depending on the person who is facing them, and gives us the room to explore the scariest monsters of all, us.
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