The Stand Teaser Trailer: “Standard Fare” with Promise

Aaron Katzmarek

In our first maddening glimpse at The Stand miniseries, beginning in earnest on December 17th, we find ourselves with a quick hitting teaser, and a whole heap of nothing ‘cept for conjecture. I caught glimpses of characters, but when CBS drops a teaser like this, all you can do is watch, and get fairly excited that things are at least moving along smoothly. Cinema and TV in times of Covid have become a thing of happenstance and probabilities.   The Stand, by all accounts, looks like it will indeed stream on CBS All Access as scheduled.  

We can pick out a few things of note, but mostly this trailer seems to hint at the plot lines: the virus destroying the population, the internal struggle presented as the characters choose sides between good and evil, the partnerships that see the main players through the trials of surviving the apocalypse. The rest is just finger food before the feast. Of particular note is Randall Flagg, played by Alexander Skarsgård, with an actual credited spoken line.

Boo.

Otherwise, this trailer appears to be pretty standard fare: grab some attention with a haunting female on the introductory vocals; throw in a plead for humanity (is anyone there?!) to get on the dance floor; get everyone together with a slow song starring Whoopi (you come see me at Hemingford Home) as lead singer; and then leave em breathless with some fast beats and quick chops of self-harm, guns and wolves. Thanks everyone, goodnight!  It’s a bit like the DJ from all your 6th grade dances was in charge of editing this trailer.  

Hang in there, Kingophiles, more on The Stand 2020 is coming!  

The Stand stars James Marsden as Stu Redman, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, Odesssa Young as Frannie Goldsmith, Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Amber Heard as Nadine Cross, and Owen Teague as Harold Lauder.

The Stand debuts on CBS All-Access on December 17th.

 

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