Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King TV Series

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  1. baggio

    baggio Well-Known Member

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    Coming August 9th 2017

    On the Audience Channel.

    “From Executive Producers Stephen King, David E. Kelley and Jack Bender comes the story of a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails. This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.”


    Looks good, I would definitely watch it ............... If I had that channel :(


     
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    One of my least favorite King novels. I will pass.
     
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    My brother swears by the novels. I couldn't get pass the first one. I will checkout the show to see if it's any good.
     
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    You have Direct TV or AT&T Uverse ?
     
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    Keeping my expectations as low as possible.
    Been burned on too many new horror/thriller shows.
     
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    Still got a couple of episodes to watch but this is so fucking good. :) Great dialogue, casting. characters, acting, directing and music + just the right amount of sleaze and violence and laughs make this a 9/10 for me and the best series I've seen in a long time. OK, some of the computer stuff is a little silly, but I've seen much worse so it's not too hard to overlook when everything else comes together so well.

    After The Mist and Under the Dome I was reluctant to watch another King adaption but so glad I took a chance on this one.
     
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    Is this on any streaming or rental services?
     
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    Yeah, I heard about this a while ago but could never figure out how / where to watch the damn thing. Never heard of the Audience Channel.
     
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    I watched the first five episodes. So far it's SLOOOOOW... but in a really good way. King is somewhat known for his lengthy exposition, and this is basically that in cinematic form. Even though not a lot of ground has been covered in five episodes, I've still found it all rather engrossing and fun. Although we don't need to follow Brendan Gleeson every time he goes to the bathroom. I feel like maybe he has a UTI or something in the book, and that is their way of conveying that?

    I really love Holland Taylor in this, and the chemistry between her and Gleeson is fantastic. However I did get a little bored when Mary Louise Parker entered the picture. The whole cast is pretty great though.

    My biggest peeve is that the show is set in Ohio, yet there are palm trees. I don't know why, but this always bugs me. I don't think people in Hollywood have ever been to the midwest. It's filmed in Charleston, same place they filmed the new Halloween, so I imagine that will be an issue there as well. Amityville: The Awakening and Ash Vs Evil Dead (specifically the militia episode) also have this problem.

    Palm trees aside, yeah, really enjoying this. Definitely recommended if you're okay with SLOW. Thanks sinister!
     
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    Finished the series last night. Overall, I thought it was really good. It may have worked better at six episodes instead of ten, or even as a four hour miniseries over two nights like they used to do in the '90s. There wasn't enough here to fill the time they had, and it could have easily been tightened.

    Season two is coming August 22nd, and I'm wondering where they will go with it. The first season was pretty self-contained, everyone has closure, and there's really nowhere left to go. I never read the book, but I would assume the first season is the entire book, beginning middle and end.
     
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    Season two premieres tonight at 10PM.

    Also, looks like Sony released the first season on DVD last week (no blu-ray).

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    Season two is officially at the half-way point.

    I'm still enjoying the characters, but I'm not sure how I feel about the sci-fi mind control aspect of season two. It's definitely not as good as season one. Also, the slow pace works for the show, but looking at season two so far, it hasn't really gone anywhere. It's more of a where-are-they-now with the characters in the wake of season one. Fortunately, the characters are great, so i can't say I'm bored.
     
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    Mr. Mercedes returns for season 3 on Tuesday, September 10th at 10PM.

    I'm really not sure where there is to go from here, unless they start a new storyline with these characters. Season 2 stretched things pretty thin. Still, I'll be there, as this is easily the best of the recent Stephen King TV adaptations (Castle Rock, The Mist, etc).

    I've never read the Bill Hodges books, but I did read The Outsider and was surprised that it ties into the trilogy, specifically with the Holly Gibney character. It also spoiled what happens to Bill Hodges, but whatever. I wonder if the upcoming HBO adaptation of The Outsider will tie directly into this series (specifically in the casting of Justine Lupe as Holly)?
     
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    I haven't seen the 2nd season, but it sounds like it's an adaptation of the 3rd book, for some reason. The 2nd book had nothing to do with Brady Hartsfield so maybe that's what they'll do.

    I too read The Outsider before I read the third Hodges book and was a little pissed about the spoilers, but I have been working on the Outsider show since early February and wanted to see what to expect for the character for which I am the stand-in (to see how long the job would last). No, there is no tie-in between the Audience and HBO shows; so much so, that Cynthia Erivo (BAD TIME AT THE EL ROYALE) has been cast as Holly. Knowing the Internet, this will be a huge issue for a lot of people.
     
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    It would have been neat to have that continuity, especially since Holly is a late reveal in the book, coming in around the half-way mark. However, Cynthia Erivo was outstanding in Bad Times, and she was good in Widows too, so I'm game to watch her in anything. If anyone here missed Bad Times At The El Royale in theaters last October, it's currently airing on the HBO networks (it premiered last Saturday).

    That's pretty exciting about your involvement, I didn't realize this was already in production (and since February!)! After the series has aired, you'll have to come back and tell us about the experience and which character you were the stand-in for.
     
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    Trailer for season 3:



    Looks great!
     
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    Finished season 3, which is an adaptation of the book Finders Keepers, and overall I thought it was a terrific season. They wrap up the loose ends with the Mr. Mercedes crime from the first two seasons, but also have a new case going on at the same time (this one reminded me a bit of A Simple Plan, with a teenage boy finding stolen money and manuscripts in the woods, putting him in the cross-hairs of the killer who originally stole them).

    Breeda Wool is incredible in this show, and has been from the start. However, this season guest stars Kate Mulgrew, fresh off of Orange Is The New Black, and she looks like she is having so much fun here! Her character is ten tons of crazy, even chopping up bodies to Liza Minelli songs, but Mulgrew is just a joy to watch in the role.

    It does have the same pacing issues that the previous seasons had, but by now I'm accustomed to it. The show plays the way a Stephen King book reads, and it feels like you're getting a complete picture.

    I think with this season, the Bill Hodges trilogy is complete. However, I do hope the show continues regardless, perhaps with an original story. I love the dynamic between Brendan Gleeson and Holland Taylor, it reminds me of Grier and Forster in Jackie Brown.

    Castle Rock wishes it was this good!
     
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    Really liked season 3 as well, even more than season 2 which I felt was a little disappointing after how great the first season was.

    It did wrap everything up well but I thought they also left it temptingly open for another season with that closing shot. Hope it continues in some form anyway, as every character has been great.
     
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    Probably deserves it's own thread, but The Outsider premieres tonight on HBO.

    2 episodes beginning at 9PM.
     

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