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March 10, 2004

Tonight on the Season Finale of Seem

by Ron Hogan

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital continues to surprise. Having viewed two episodes now, I'm feeling more and more confident in my assessment of the miniseries as the most complete filmed representation of King's literary style, particularly the dual manipulation of quotidian detail and internal monologues. Not to mention the musical riffing; I for one will never be able to listen to Fountains of Wayne's "Red Dragon Tattoo" in quite the same way. But perhaps more interestingly, tonight's episode features an allusion to Wallace Stevens, as a minor character in the midst of a near-death experience runs into the soul of another minor character who declares:

Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

At which point, the vampiric shade that's been set up as the demonic presence haunting the hospital appears in a Good Humor outfit.


Okay, this is the first assessment of Kingdom Hospital I've seen that makes me want to start watching it.

Posted by: Bondgirl at March 12, 2004 08:51 AM
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