> The first thread on goofs has become to long, so I'll start a second one
Well, the first thread was for goofs and "things you wonder about," so moving along in that vein ... Here's something I posted about way back when on the IMDB boards.
Why did Flagg send people out to look for Judge Farris when he was content to let Dayna come to him?
Sure, there are some things Flagg can't see. He can't find Tom because of Tom's mental handicap. And there are others with their own special attributes, e.g., Joe/Leo and his psychic flashes. Of course, Flagg isn't searching for Joe, but if he were his powers might be "blocked" in the same way as with Tom.
Problem is, Farris has no such special attributes. And Flagg clearly knows who he is, what his vehicle looks like, etc. So why the difference between his tactics with Farris and Dayna?
I can think of one possible reason. The point was made, when Farris was selected as a spy, that he was old and not in the best of health. Maybe, if left to his own efforts, Farris would not have made it but instead have died -- heart attack, accident, or whatever -- and maybe Flagg had some knowledge of this "alternate timeline," and so knew with certainty that he'd never have Farris unless he sent people out to get him.
That seems to make sense. Problem is, it's never even hinted at, and King just isn't that subtle.
OTOH, maybe it doesn't have to be supernatural at all; maybe Flagg just thought it was a prudent idea, for ordinary and rational reasons, to go grab Farris because he was old and *might* have an accident. But that's never hinted at either.
I think you hit the nail on the head.
Flagg wanting to grab the Judge before something happened to him before Flagg could try and torture any information out of him is as good an explanation as any, even though neither the book nor the mini-series touch on it. But it makes as much sense as any.
Only problem is Flagg's men screwed up and shot and killed Farris beyond recognition that Flagg couldn't even send the Judge's head back to the people of Boulder as his way of saying 'this is what happens when you send spies in my territory'.
Flagg had been unable to foresee that one of his guys, albeit unintentionally, would also screw up carrying out their boss' instructions to the letter.
Flagg's lack of insight, Tom as the third spy, the messed up hit on Farris, Dayna's and Nadine's suicides, a dying Trashcan Man bringing the bomb to Vegas, proved he wasn't as all powerful and knowing as he thought he was.
> [various things] proved he wasn't as all powerful and knowing as he thought he was.
Yeah, and some of these things are maddeningly confusing. Flagg knows what sort of vehicle Farris is driving ... but doesn't know what route he's taking ... but does know enough to narrow down the possibilities and cover only a few roads ... and yet, despite this merely approximate knowledge, somehow knows exactly where to go to punish Bobby Terry for his screwup (shooting Farris in the head) ... and later, when it comes time to intercept Stu, Glen, etc on their way to Vegas, he has no trouble knowing exactly where they'll be (there's no indication that Flagg sent out multiple teams to find them).
I'd bet some of Flagg's insights are sudden flashes, and that he doesn't know where they come from ... and that this battle isn't God vs. Satan, it's God playing both sides of the chessboard. IIRC, at one point Mother Abigail said that Flagg serves God's purpose too. Unfortunately I'm not sufficiently familiar with the Theology Of Randall Flagg to judge the merits of that idea -- he appears in several King novels, but The Stand is the only one of those which I've read.
Makes sense to me but like you say, there's no hint of it in the book.
> Makes sense to me but like you say, there's no hint of it in the book.
Yeah. There are limits to how far this sort of questioning, nitpicking, etc can be taken, and I do tend to step over those limits sometimes, but that's part of the fun of it.
BTW, I posted a couple of things in a thread in the "General Discussion" section. The thread has nothing to do with King, The Stand, etc, but you might find it of interest: https://moviechat.org/general/General-Discussion/5e9df2c0ee346205ae92e423/Garys