Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Season 1 Episode 5

The Road Virus Heads North

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2006 on TNT

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  • A good start leading to a bad ending.

    This episode started off really well, and it progressed steadily, but halfway through, it got messed up. Firstly, I thought it ended too abruptly. I still don't get why the ghost of Bobby Hastings was following Richard through the painting. What did it want from him? Also, why did Bobby attack only Judy, and not Trudy (Richard's aunt) or Sally (Richard's friend whom he leaves his dog to)? When you build on a story for an hour, you are expected to see a good end to it. What's even worse is that, the suspense in the beginning of this story was very good, but because of the end, it later seemed like a total let down. Due to the end, you feel like the characters such as Richard's aunt Trudy and his friend Sally were a waste of time, because they don't add to the plot in anyway, except give him the same advice, and provide the same remark on the painting.

    On the other hand, the plus points of this episode were Tom Berenger's acting, and the scene where the sales lady Judy gets murdered (since that was the only scary part of the episode). Unfortunately, even Berenger's acting cannot balance the awful end of this episode.

    All in all, I think 'Road virus heads north' had great potential, if only they had provided more information as to what was going on.