She wants to know when Lisey is coming to see Amanda, who is sliding even further into a catatonic state, looking more emaciated and exhausted than last episode. While this is happening, Amanda is visited by Scott, and she can suddenly move again back in the real world. This interesting development is quickly ignored as Lisey decides she doesn’t want to talk about Scott’s bad past, where they went, and Paul. What do you think Stephen King calls his kookiest fans? They were given the honeymoon suite and directions to a gorgeous tree that they could sit under even in the middle of the harsh weather. Why? • I like the small shovel in the aquarium at Greenlawn that’s a nod to Lisey’s weapon of choice. Now he’s sent Lisey on a fateful Bool Hunt as a final gift. I keep having to remind myself it’s him. One wonders what he considers his personal Boo’ya Moon. It’s not your ordinary abuse, as dad says he has to cut Paul to “let out the bad,” which they call a Blood Bool. They do just that, and Scott tells them that he has visions. And then he turned it up, cutting Paul on the face and threatening to lop off his ear. The gist is that Dooley thinks Scott Landon should have won all the awards, including that Nobel one, and he wants the unpublished manuscripts so that his favorite author will get the credit he deserves. Back in the real(ish) world, Jim Dooley comes back to the Landon homestead. Scott’s dad mutters and goes on in circles about his kids and letting out the bad. He leaves a threatening voice-mail and a timer strapped to a device that lights a barn on fire, pulling the cop from protecting Lisey. • Speaking of King connections, Dooley’s video reveals a few covers that look eerily similar to King book covers. And what does it have to do with Amanda? I wish the show had more interesting visual flourishes like that one. You know there must be a similar name. He writes down his visions and people pay to read them, but they come from a place that he created with his brother, Paul, called Boo’ya Moon, a place they used to escape their abusive father Andrew, and the place in which Amanda is now mentally trapped. He gained some notoriety when he smashed a pie in the face of a man who dared to write a book called The Cult of Landon. (Greenlawn security — not great.) While she’s sobbing at Boo’ya Moon, she’s cutting herself in the real world, carving into her arm: “HELP ME LISEY.” Darla finds her and understandably freaks out. Tags: The scene drags, missing the tension that the show needs to be building at this point in the season. She can’t deal with it. Terms & Privacy Notice
By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. • Am I the only one who finds Michael Pitt nearly unrecognizable as the abusive Andrew Landon? One can’t help but feel like this 53-minute episode would have been condensed to about 10 or 11 minutes in the feature film and been more effective. Lisey is there not much later and tries to coax Amanda back to reality with memories and nicknames. After Darla leaves, Lisey goes to the house to look at the files again, and we see Jim Dooley looking out the window like Norman Bates watching his motel. It’s not that easy. In the first layer of flashback under the tree, Scott gets emotional talking about the death of his brother and the response creates water around them. A vicious snowstorm meant that Scott and Lisey were the only people there. No crazy driving scenes yet on Lisey’s Story, but one can dream. Landon’s Prophecy Dying looks a lot like King’s Cujo, and Night Fortress looks reminiscent of Night Watch. Lisey basically lucks into finding the cedar box that her dead husband’s “Bool Hunt” led her to, and it includes photos from the Landon honeymoon at a place called the Antlers Inn. If you’re wondering where you recognize the helpful officer Dan Boeckman from, yes, that’s Sung Kang, better known as Han Lue from the Fast and the Furious movies. Darla and Lisey have an interesting conversation about how Scott turned his refuge from abuse into a home of healing waters in his books, which feels almost confessional from King. Lisey’s Story
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While it’s beautifully shot and one can’t truly criticize this strong ensemble (except for perhaps Clive Owen’s wavering accent), the third episode of Apple TV+’s Lisey’s Story, adapted by Stephen King from his best-selling novel, succumbs to a common problem of the prestige miniseries: bloat. Scenes drag in a way that doesn’t feel like it enhances mood as much as it just fills a determined eight-episode run time. Lisey Landon senses something is wrong. Scott’s Epilogue

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Terms of Service apply. Everyone back on that shore shushes Amanda. There’s a heavy focus on Scott Landon’s background and some intense developments with Amanda and Jim Dooley, but it’s almost an episode that could be skipped in terms of narrative momentum, and that’s not a good thing only three chapters into a season. Scott Landon may be gone, but people keep visiting the world he’s created, the one that he and his brother made up. Dad smacked Paul, Scott’s brother, telling Scott that he had to jump to stop the abuse. While they smoke, drink, and chat, Dooley is going through Scott’s boxes. She’s able to walk and even able to get her hands on some scissors. A voice can even be heard over Amanda’s cries that says, “You’re home.”

Lisey comes home and opens a bottle of wine just before Darla arrives, Dooley not far behind her in the yard. Save for a bit of chitchat over wine and cigarettes that ends the episode, King is really turning Darla into a two-dimensional character here, a shame given what Jennifer Jason Leigh is capable of with material that challenges her. Bet it’s a short-story collection. Suddenly, they’re almost on an island, and then transported to a magical place called Sweetheart Hill. It turns out the “Pie of Death” is a bit from a Landon book called Relics, and Lisey finds Dooley’s use of it kind of funny, but the rambling video that follows is less LOL. The key is that Scott and Paul created something called Bool Hunts to entertain each other, the prize usually being something simple like a candy bar. VULTURE NEWSLETTER
Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! The bulk of the episode is a flashback in a flashback as Scott tells Lisey about his awful childhood, starting with an incident in which his father put him in a high window and then took away the ladder, ordering him to jump. Some clunky exposition is literally handed to Lisey in the form of a tablet of information about Jim Dooley. It’s too weird. • Lisey reveals that Scott Landon had a name for his most out-there fans: Deep Space Cowboys. What’s the power there? Lisey Landon is driving home with her trusty shovel and a police escort when her sister Darla calls.