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#1 Posted on 13.7.06 2331.16
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Anyone check it out Wednesday night? I taped it and just watched it tonight. The first episode was well done considering there was no dialogue. The "army men coming alive" could've gotten cheesy, but I thought they avoided that angle pretty well.

The second one was really intense. I was especially into the acting of Eion Bailey. Kinda confusing toward the end, but overall, really spooky.

This looks like it'll be a successful outlet for King, who hasn't had a ton of success in the TV-Movie department (even though I love even his cheesiest movies). Keeping it to one hour is smart, so it avoids some of the pitfalls of King's longer movies.
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#2 Posted on 14.7.06 1051.00
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I caught "Battleground", but skipped "Crouch End" since I didn't care much for the story anyway (which was to me, disjointed and uninteresting). "Battleground" was true enough to the short story (from Night Shift), so that bodes well for the other episodes that I am waiting to see. I agree with geemoney with the choice of keeping them to an hour (or less). With some of the short stories that have turned into full movies (Maximum Overdrive, Lawnmower Man, and Children of the Corn), it seems like a good idea...

Next Wednesday is "Umney's Last Case" (which was decent enough, and as a bonus stars William H. Macy), and "The End of the Whole Mess" which has been one of my favorite King short stories.
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#3 Posted on 14.7.06 1122.36
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I was pretty satisfied with the results as well. I thought Battleground was well done in that:

1. It left some ambiguity about why the toymaker was being assassinated, and his Mom(?). Considering the connections it must have taken to create the army men.

2. I kind of wanted Hurt's character to "win"...even though I know that wasn't going to be the outcome. Nice pad he had by the way.

It was a decent story, with enough left for the viewer to create their own back story.

Crouch End was unique. I happen to like stories like this...where it's not all spelled out for you. Just the creeping sense that "some thing's not right" was conveyed very well I thought.

I'm looking forward to the rest of these a great deal.
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#4 Posted on 20.7.06 1053.09
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This week's episodes were really well done. William H. Macy classed up "Umney" and watching him play each role reminded you of how good an actor he is.

"The End of the Whole Mess" was fantastic. Ron Livingston and Henry Thomas both were great. The story was incredibly depressing, but very good.

This show has been excellent so far.
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#5 Posted on 21.7.06 0821.05
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I would concur about each episode this week.

Macy really made you believe he was two different people.

Henry Thomas played the eccentric genius perfectly.

I enjoyed them both very much and they both had kind of an O. Henry feel to the endings.
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