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    So here's Jackie Torrance in a nutshell:

    She named herself after her uncle Jack because her family didn't want to talk about him. Jack tried to kill his family with an axe. She talks about going to the Overlook to write her book.

    According to what King actually wrote in The Shining and later Doctor Sleep:

    1. Jack never used an axe. He used a mallet.
    2. The Overlook Hotel blew up. It is never rebuilt.
    3. The official story that Wendy used was that Jack heroically died trying to prevent the boiler from malfunctioning.

    So in other words everything Jackie does is a direct contradiction of King's story.

    I get that this is basically nerd nitpicking but given that the show makes such a big deal about taking place in Stephen King's universe for them to basically jettison what he wrote and use Kubrick's version in its continuity really frustrated me and prevented me from viewing it as being part of King's canon. (And yeah I know they can just handwave it as "Different levels of the Dark Tower" or something.)


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    That irked me as well.
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    https://comicbook.com/horror/2019/01...-stephen-king/
    One of the more ambitious Stephen King projects to debut last year was Castle Rock, which took place in the fictional Maine town created by the author. The success of the series resulted in the confirmation of Season Two, which will reportedly head into production in March.

    Production Weekly reports on the series' production, which will return to Central Massachusetts to film the new episodes for Hulu.

    A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rockhas figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT, and Needful Things, as well as novella "The Body" and numerous short stories such as "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon,while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

    The freedom of setting the series in the King locale without actually adapting one storyline means each season can be its own self-contained mystery, as co-creator Dustin Thomason previously detailed.

    "Each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle, and end," Thomason previously shared with The Hollywood Reporter. "But I think that just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that's the kind of anthology that we would like to tell."

    He continued, "One of the things about the King universe or multiverse is that some very strange things can happen when it comes to the ways that the stories unfold, and hopefully there'll be surprises along the way in terms of how the anthology works in that way. It's pretty delicious that Kathy Bates played both Dolores Claiborne and Annie Wilkes when you really think about that question in the movie adaptations. But I think that there's something for us about being faithful to the way that Steve does it in the books, that almost feels like the anthology format has already been laid out for us."

    The credits of Season One's finale included a tease about The Shining, one of King's most iconic works, though it's unclear if this new season will have any connection to that story.

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    I just signed up for a free month of Hulu.

    I watched the first Castle Rock episode. It was pretty good. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

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    That's on the Audience network. You can watch it with a free trial of DirecTV Now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    That's on the Audience network. You can watch it with a free trial of DirecTV Now.
    Yes, MM is an AT&T production and was very good IMHO. If you can, watch it!!!!

    Now, Castle Rock. I had very high expectations for this and looked forward to its release. I had my daughter order Hulu so I could watch it (we trade passwords) and well, I wasn't impressed. I mean it wasn't bad, but then again it wasn't good either. Maybe ny expectations were too high IDK, but I expected more. I also thought that they would delve more into Mid-World (I'm sure some will say they did) but I didn't make that jump from the plot. I also expected a little more cross reference/easter eggs in the episodes. What references they gave were a bit more hidden then I would have expected and did not really intertwine with the plot IMHO. As of now I told my daughter to discontinue Hulu, but I may give it another try. We'll see.

    I guess bottom line I just expected more from this series. Of course that's just MHO.

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    Thanks, Mae and Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    That's on the Audience network. You can watch it with a free trial of DirecTV Now.
    Yes, MM is an AT&T production and was very good IMHO. If you can, watch it!!!!

    Now, Castle Rock. I had very high expectations for this and looked forward to its release. I had my daughter order Hulu so I could watch it (we trade passwords) and well, I wasn't impressed. I mean it wasn't bad, but then again it wasn't good either. Maybe ny expectations were too high IDK, but I expected more. I also thought that they would delve more into Mid-World (I'm sure some will say they did) but I didn't make that jump from the plot. I also expected a little more cross reference/easter eggs in the episodes. What references they gave were a bit more hidden then I would have expected and did not really intertwine with the plot IMHO. As of now I told my daughter to discontinue Hulu, but I may give it another try. We'll see.

    I guess bottom line I just expected more from this series. Of course that's just MHO.
    Yeah I kept on waiting for some big reveal that never happened. Like someone turns out to be an incarnation of R.F. for example.

    It didn't even *feel* like a Stephen King story the way a show like Fargo feels like a Coen Bros. movie each season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberGhostface View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mae View Post
    That's on the Audience network. You can watch it with a free trial of DirecTV Now.
    Yes, MM is an AT&T production and was very good IMHO. If you can, watch it!!!!

    Now, Castle Rock. I had very high expectations for this and looked forward to its release. I had my daughter order Hulu so I could watch it (we trade passwords) and well, I wasn't impressed. I mean it wasn't bad, but then again it wasn't good either. Maybe ny expectations were too high IDK, but I expected more. I also thought that they would delve more into Mid-World (I'm sure some will say they did) but I didn't make that jump from the plot. I also expected a little more cross reference/easter eggs in the episodes. What references they gave were a bit more hidden then I would have expected and did not really intertwine with the plot IMHO. As of now I told my daughter to discontinue Hulu, but I may give it another try. We'll see.

    I guess bottom line I just expected more from this series. Of course that's just MHO.
    Yeah I kept on waiting for some big reveal that never happened. Like someone turns out to be an incarnation of R.F. for example.

    It didn't even *feel* like a Stephen King story the way a show like Fargo feels like a Coen Bros. movie each season.
    Yeah,I hear that, my friend!!! And I had such high hopes. I'll probably give it one more season and then cut bait if it doesn't raise the bar.

    Sissy Spacek & Scott Glen are actors I like and they didn't disappoint too much, but I feel like they just wasted their talents in this show. Shame really.

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    Yeah the Sissy Spacek episode was the best IMO. The only moments where I really felt like 'geeking out' as a King fan were seeing her and Bill Skarsgard. Felt like a mini-crossover when she had her scenes together with him, like seeing Pennywise and Carrie face off.

    Speaking of Skarsgard, this really sold him as a great actor to me. I actually thought he was scarier here than he was in 'It'.


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    According to sources close to Revenge of The Fans, Castle Rock will feature a special appearance by none other than the star of Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins.

    As of now, the details and scope of his role are undisclosed, but simply knowing they’ve secured his services for Season 2 of Castle Rock should be enough to make fans of Castle Rock, of Shawshank Redemption, and of Stephen King quite happy.

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    Awesome, didn't love the last half of the series but did enjoy the series. The first half was great.
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    ‘Castle Rock’: Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Garrett Hedlund & Elsie Fisher Among 7 Cast In Season 2 Of Hulu Series

    Masters of Sex alumna Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins (Here and Now), Garrett Hedlund (Mosaic) and Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher are set to lead the Season 2 cast of Hulu’s psychological horror series Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Also set as series regulars are Yusra Warsama (Assassin’s Creed: Origins), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049) and Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why).

    In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

    Caplan’s Annie Wilkes is a nurse and superfan battling to overcome mental health issues.

    Robbins is Reginald “Pop” Merrill. The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family.

    Hedlund plays John “Ace” Merril. Castle Rock’s legendary bully, Ace is taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot.

    Fisher is Joy. Annie’s home-schooled teenage daughter, Joy is starting to have questions about her mother’s sanity.

    Warsam is Dr. Nadia Omar. The Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot, Dr. Omar’s rational and scientific mind will be put to the test.

    Abdi will portray Abdi Omar. The tough, older brother of Nadia, Abdi leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.

    Alan plays Chris Merrill. Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, Chris struggles to keep peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

    Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Dustin Thomason, Vince Calandra, Sam Shaw, Stephen King and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock hails from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

    Caplan starred as human sexuality research pioneer Virginia Johnson in Masters Of Sex, which ran on Showtime for four seasons. The role earned her an Emmy nomination. She’ll soon be seen opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple’s upcoming drama series Are You Sleeping? She is repped by WME, Rise Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

    Robbins is coming off a starring role in HBO’s Alan Ball series Here and Now. He’s next set to star on the big screen alongside Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal.

    Alan is best known for his recurring role on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. He can next be seen on HBO’s upcoming Lovecraft Country and recurring on Season 3 of FX’s Snowfall. Alan is repped by AKA Talent and Main Title.

    Hedlund is coming out in Triple Frontier and Dirt Music. He is repped by Brillstein, WME and Sloane Offer.

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    Season 2 already sounds a lot more interesting.
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    It sounds interesting but I take it at this point that they've pretty much abandoned the whole "this is in continuity with King's novels" thing by having Annie Wilkes and Ace Merrill around? Unless this is a period piece?


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberGhostface View Post
    It sounds interesting but I take it at this point that they've pretty much abandoned the whole "this is in continuity with King's novels" thing by having Annie Wilkes and Ace Merrill around? Unless this is a period piece?
    That's what I actually find interesting about it. We've all read the books and seen the movies. I'm up for a different take on things. Otherwise, it's just re-fried.

    Season 1 was a real struggle for me and I have yet to finish it.
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    Was able to watch all episodes this past week and, for the most part, found it to be an intriguing and compelling series. The acting was top notch, the cinematography was superb and the mood was reminiscent of the oppresive atmosphere SK weaved throughout 'Salem's Lot. Based upon what I saw I would relish a 4-5 episode J.J. Abrams treatment of 'SL.

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    Just finished Castle Rock. I enjoyed it overall, but I think I was expecting something a little more plot-centric. I enjoyed the characters and thought they were developed well, but it seemed like not enough happened overall. I liked what they did with Alan Pangborn (
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    was sad to see him go, but they could still do a season in the past and have him appear
    ), Shawshank, and the overall King-y tone to the show. Wasn't a fan of some of the minor characters that, while I loved, didn't seem to go anywhere. Also wish there was more of a concrete answer to the "is he or isn't he?" in the final episode. I'm all for open-ended questions and half-answers, but I felt like this one needed an answer (and wouldn't have taken away anything from the show).

    Overall, good, fun show. Thought the episode count was just right but the storytelling didn't really seem to have a sense or urgency. I'll be checking out Season 2, though.
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    Some Castle Rock info on season 2

    https://www.indiewire.com/2019/05/ca...ls-1202130563/

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