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I'd have enjoyed a prolonged back-and-forth with Cuco in the cave.

It wasn't gonna be "try to kill the unkillable monster," so turn the scene into an existential/metaphysical exploration, an exercise in confronting or struggling with the absolute mystery of where we come from, how/why we're here, etc.  A decent writer could've made that scene fantastic.

You had the perfect participants for that type of discussion.  The staunch empiricist, agonizing over the loss of his son, somewhat cynical but kind and decent.  The freakishly gifted Holly, outcast due to her abilities and resulting insecurities.  

Instead of making the creature ignorant or just plain forgetful of his own origin, turn him into a wealth of knowledge and wisdom like the sphere in ST Discovery. Could've made him even somewhat sympathetic.  It's not his fault nature created him to feed on death/grief/fear.  

That could have been really compelling.

Instead, they just shot and crushed the skull of an ordinarily mortal monster with alzheimers.  No insight or exploration whatsoever.  I can't believe King wrote the character like that.  Or maybe I can.

 

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6 hours ago, Augustus said:

I'd have enjoyed a prolonged back-and-forth with Cuco in the cave.

It wasn't gonna be "try to kill the unkillable monster," so turn the scene into an existential/metaphysical exploration, an exercise in confronting or struggling with the absolute mystery of where we come from, how/why we're here, etc.  A decent writer could've made that scene fantastic.

You had the perfect participants for that type of discussion.  The staunch empiricist, agonizing over the loss of his son, somewhat cynical but kind and decent.  The freakishly gifted Holly, outcast due to her abilities and resulting insecurities.  

Instead of making the creature ignorant or just plain forgetful of his own origin, turn him into a wealth of knowledge and wisdom like the sphere in ST Discovery. Could've made him even somewhat sympathetic.  It's not his fault nature created him to feed on death/grief/fear.  

That could have been really compelling.

Instead, they just shot and crushed the skull of an ordinarily mortal monster with alzheimers.  No insight or exploration whatsoever.  I can't believe King wrote the character like that.  Or maybe I can.

 

Good call.  Having read almost all of Stephen King's books, I had warned my wife about what might happen at the end.  That is, cast of good guys fight the ultimate evil at the end, some of them die, then the bad guy dies.  The end.

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We binged this over the last 2 weeks and finished last night. I really liked it for 4 episodes, then I kinda liked it for 4 more episodes, then I wanted it to be over for 2 episodes.

In the end I kind of regret watching it. Maybe I was desperate for a new show and I thought HBO plus Stephen King would be a winning combination.

I sort of blame myself. I don't typically enjoy supernatural monster type stuff, but I guess I hoped this would be a solid character driven story and that would make it worth the watch. I was wrong.

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