Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Season 1 Episode 1

Battleground

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 12, 2006 on TNT
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8.1
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  • Command Performace

    10
    Without a doubt my favourite episode. The plot pits two well matched protagnists against each other. An exceptionally talented hitman, must survive against a formation of lethal plastic toy soldiers on a mission of vengence.

    The bulk of screenplay pits the protagnists against each other in an old fashioned battle to the death. Once this mortal duel ensures each and every scene is full of life-threatening action between the equally matched sides. The location for this battle is apt and provides both parties with the environment to wage their own private little war. Though there is little in the form of dialogue, the nightmare for our human protaganist feels very real as with each setback the toy soldiers are dealt, their level of response increases in tenacity and danger. It is this gradual and believeable increase in attack that really builds up from the initial tame disbelief Hurt's character felt, into one of raw unchecked will-to-survive.

    I loved the way the toy soldiers animations and the and increasingly potent weaponary and equipment the soldiers had at their disposal. While allowing Hurt's character to use ordinary objects brought a another level of believeability to proceedings.

    Moreso, where the casualties inflicted on both parties by the other. This really brought home the nightmarish reality of the situation as the story progressed.

    However, the real star of the show is the encounter at the end. What a twist and took a great/superb story, filled it with the resonance of the ultimate futility of waging war and provided a knockout ending with few rivals in all the TV shows Ive watched.

    A fantastic story gets an utterly amazing makeover for TV and is one of those episode that you should not miss.
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