Jul 27

Castle Rock: Ending TV’s Mediocre Streak


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Except for Season 2 of Stranger Things, there had been nothing really good on TV for the past months.  I didn’t think this mediocre streak would end until the last season of Game of Thrones.  It was quite a pleasant surprise to discover Hulu’s Castle Rock.  Produced by Warner Bros. and JJ Abram’s Bad Robot, Castle Rock is a psychological horror story set in Stephen King’s scary and mysterious universe.

Yes, I know some people are saying that the new mini series Sharp Objects is good.  But stories about a person going back to her hometown to uncover the mystery behind deaths of several girls while confronting old demons in her past has grown old.  Watching the first episode of Sharp Objects felt like an old, familiar story I’ve seen so many times.  At some point, I can almost anticipate the entire plot.  So, forgive me if I prefer a Stephen King – JJ Abrams collaboration.

After binge-watching 3 episodes, a lot of things are still a mystery.  The only thing I know for certain is that the previous Shawshank warden Dale Lacy (Terry O’Quinn) imprisoned a young man (Bill Skarsgard), believing him to be the devil.  Lacy also believed he was called by God to perform this mission and save their beloved town of Castle Rock.  I still don’t understand though why he decided to commit suicide before advising his prisoner to look for Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) once he is discovered.

What also makes it exciting to watch Castle Rock are all the easter eggs in the show that reference so many works by Stephen King.  The most obvious one is Shawshank prison and Alan Pangborn who is character in more than one of his stories.  I am also pretty sure that Jackie Torrance (Jane Levy) is a reference to The Shining.  Whether or not the character will be tied in to The Shining’s Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), we just have to wait and see.  I am not familiar with all of Stephen King’s short stories and novels, but it has been reported that other easter eggs include references to Cujo, Needful Things, Children of the Corn, Stand by Me, Christine, and probably more.

With 3 episodes in, I am still hooked and can’t wait to watch and learn more.  The actors are doing a great job, especially Bill Skarsgard, as he manages to exude a creepy vibe, yet there still appears the possibility that he is innocent.  All we know is that he is not ordinary as he was able to get one of the prison guards to hallucinate.  We would likely see the extent of his powers in a few more episodes.  I can only hope the story lives up to the great start and doesn’t bomb out in the end.  Please please do not disappoint . . .

 

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