It’s a putting visible, to make certain, and it will get the proceedings off to an ominous begin. The drawback although is that the sequence doesn’t soar again all the best way to the very starting of its story even after that opener. The Stand’s first episode, titled “The End,” hops round time and in consequence the e book’s many wealthy, distinct themes are muddled collectively right into a complicated mush. Not solely that however viewers unfamiliar with King’s unique textual content may discover it unclear as to when any of that is taking place and what order sure scenes fall into.
With that in thoughts, we’ve got down to distill this 2020 The Stand into as clear a linear narrative as doable. This proved to be a difficult endeavor, given the sequence pretzeled narrative however with the e book as a helper we’ve created a timeline that ought to clear up any confusion a viewer may need after “The End.”
As detailed above, the narrative of each the e book and this primary episode start in the identical location and timeframe: Arnette, Texas. This scene (which happens roughly midway by means of the episode) finds Stu Redman (Stu Redman) stress-free on a heat Texas night time along with his buddies at Bill “Hap” Hapscomb’s fuel station and comfort retailer. The gang’s hang around sesh is interrupted by a automotive dashing into Haps’ gas pumps. Inside the automotive is Charles Campion, a guard at a base the place the U.S. army was creating a superflu. Charles Campion will show to be affected person zero of the “Captain Trips” pandemic that kills 99% of the world’s inhabitants.
We know this scene happens greater than 5 months earlier than the primary scene as a result of the present flashes to “Five Months Earlier” in Ogunquit, Maine the place Harold is being bullied by some traditional Stephen King-ian younger dickheads. The second with Stu at Haps’ fuel station has to precede this as Ogunquit resident Frannie Goldsmith’s father is already displaying some signs of Captain Trips, as are Harold’s mom, sister, and one of the bullies tormenting him.
What Year is It?
The Stand makes no point out of what yr that is all occurring in, however we do have some clues if we wish to make an informed guess. King’s e book takes place in 1980 (1990’s unabridged model takes place 10 years later), however the present is clearly set within the modern-day on account of one of Harold’s bullies utilizing a smartphone and saying he’ll submit an image to Instagram. Instagram launched in 2010, and the standard of the smartphone in query means that this sequence of occasions is happening someday after 2015 on the very least. It’s a disgrace Hap didn’t have the worth of gasoline per gallon listed at his retailer as which may have helped nail issues down additional. Giving the same-year setting as King’s unabridged model of The Stand, let’s simply say this sequence takes place in 2020. And wouldn’t that simply make a grim quantity of sense?