Episode 3 of Spike TV’s The Mist ended with the fatal transformation of Mikhail (Steven Yaffee) into a humanoid moth and Sheriff Connor (Darren Pettie) losing control of the church group’s malcontents. In the aftermath, the church survivors are understandably shaken. But with Nathali’s obsession with the Mist growing, Kevin’s group faced with an awful decision, and terrible tragedy striking the mall population, it’s starting to look like Mikhail might have gotten off lucky.
Episode 4 is titled Pequod after the iconic ship of Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. The episode introduces a new character who, much like the protagonist of Melville’s story is on an obsessive quest who can’t be reasoned with. Straight-laced Kevin (Morgan Spector) and hardened criminal Mia (Danica Curcic) clash over how to handle the problem. Meanwhile, Father Romanov (Dan Butler) fears that Nathali’s adoration of the the Mist’s unnatural insects will bring down the very wrath of God. Romanov continues to be both benevolent and menacing by turns and it remains unclear whether he is a true man of God pushed to his limits like everyone else, or a dangerous fanatic whose circumstances will finally reveal his true nature to all. His treatment of Nathali (Frances Conroy) doesn’t quite reach the intensity of episode 3’s uncomfortable and bizarre baptism scene, but it is becoming clear that the priest is a dangerous man whether he means to be or not and that Mikhail’s is probably not the last fatality that will occur in the church.
The best action, however, is easily reserved for the Mall. Without giving too much away, Pequod shows us that there is indeed something in the Mist other than flesh-eating cockroaches and moths. The consequences of this confrontation leave the Mall survivors struggling with fresh fatalities and how best to deal with those responsible. It is chillingly apparent that the Mall is becoming a cruel place and no one is in more danger there than heroine Eve Cunningham (Alyssa Sutherland) and her daughter Alex (Gus Birney).
It is a testament to the episode’s strong writing by Andrew Wilder that the confrontations that do not involve supernatural beasties are every bit as riveting as the ones that do. Pequod ends with more than one character’s fate uncertain or hanging in the balance and it is very satisfying to see that the show does indeed (SPOILER ALERT) have actual monsters. Overall the episode pays off in a very big way and given that the season is already almost at its halfway point, it needed to. As the storyline plays out, it is becoming apparent that creator/showrunner Christian Torpe and crew have a very good handle on pacing and seem to have a good idea of where they want their adaptation of Stephen King’s story to go. For viewers who found the ending of each of the first three episodes making them want to find out what happens next, they will be pleased to see that Pequod continues this trend.