The Circle Opens: A Podcast for Stephen King's The Stand

The Circle Opens: A Podcast for Stephen King's The Stand

A podcast devoted to a chapter by chapter review of Stephen King's The Stand... Show More

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May 23, 2020 42 min

In Chapter 53, The Free Zone holds its first community wide meeting, Larry makes a choice, and Nadine's fate is sealed.

I also give my thoughts on the May 20th Vanity Fair article about the CBS All Access miniseries and what we can expect from Josh Boone's take on The Stand.

VF: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/05/stephen-kings-the-stand-exclusive-first-look

 

 

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May 16, 2020 38 min

Mother Abagail receives a message from God, Harold connives to get Stu alone, and Glen finds an unexpected visitor on his front porch.

TCO debuted one year ago today. Thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey!

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May 9, 2020 30 min

Larry meets Harold and he is not quite what Larry expected. The ad hoc committee finally meets to make some important decisions, and Fran finds something disturbing in her journal.

I also give my spoiler-free review of If It Bleeds.

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April 25, 2020 51 min

Our characters settle in Boulder and realize they need to start reforming a society before things get out of control. Mother Abagail and Nadine finally come face to face and Harold has plans of his own.

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April 18, 2020 32 min

50 miles from Boulder, Lucy and Larry discuss an unraveling Nadine, who continues to feel drawn to her dark bridegroom, Randall Flagg. 

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April 11, 2020 48 min

Trashcan Man completes his journey to the promised city, aka Las Vegas, but has quite the adventure on his way, including a run-in with The Kid.

Do you believe that happy crappy?

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April 4, 2020 39 min

A gun battle breaks out, leaving behind casualties and new survivors to join Stu and Fran's party. The group decides to head for Colorado, and Harold makes some choices that will have long-term consequences for them all. 

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March 28, 2020 46 min

Stu and company deal with a deadly case of appendicitis and King gives us some interesting insight into Harold from the point of view of Fran's personal diary.

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March 21, 2020 51 min

In Chapter 45 we finally meet Abagail Freemantle, aka Mother Abagail, and the first of the survivors arrive in Hemingford Home, Nebraska.

 

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March 7, 2020 67 min

"No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don't."

Larry Underwood meets three new survivors on his journey, gets some help from Harold Lauder, and discovers that he's not the only one dreaming of an old woman in Nebraska... or the dark man.

Recap...

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February 29, 2020 54 min

On his way to Nebraska, Nick Andros meets three very different survivors of the superflu.

Welcome to On the Border, Book 2 of The Stand. 

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February 15, 2020 18 min

"For a moment they all seemed helpless to proceed further-a group of three dots which, when connected, would form a triangle whose exact shape could not yet be foreseen."

In the last chapter of Captain Trips, Stu meets Fran and Harold.

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February 8, 2020 24 min

"The worst is being alone. Being lonely."

Larry and Rita's stop in Bennington, Vermont takes an unexpected turn in Chapter 41. 

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February 1, 2020 20 min

In Chapter 40, Nick Andros is tempted by Flagg... and finds comfort with Mother Abagail. 

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January 25, 2020 24 min

In Chapter 39, Randall Flagg hands Lloyd the key to his freedom... in exchange for a promise.

 

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January 18, 2020 34 min

Survivors of the superflu experience something known as the second epidemic. No great loss. 

I also chat a bit about when to expect The Stand miniseries in 2020, and Fiona Dourif's casting as Rat Man!

 

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January 11, 2020 32 min

In Chapter 37 Stu gets to meet Kojak (yay!) and Glen Bateman, a former professor of sociology who has some thoughts on the future of mankind. 

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January 4, 2020 30 min

Being the last two living people in Ogunquit, Fran and Harold decide to leave Maine and head for the Stovington CDC in Vermont, because surely there are people there who will be able to help them, right?

Intro/Outro: Project Blue by WG Snuffy Walden

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December 28, 2019 30 min

In order to escape Manhattan, Larry and Rita must navigate the Lincoln Tunnel, which is now a tomb of the dead...

I also give my non-spoilery thoughts on The Institute!

Intro/Outro: Project Blue by WG Snuffy Walden

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December 21, 2019 32 min

Take a journey through the life of Donald Merwin Elbert, better known as Trashcan Man, as he prepares to set the world on fire... literally.

Happy Holidays!

Intro/Outro: The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

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