> I never read the novel. The 1994 series had a good cast
I had read the book before that miniseries. Funny thing, my reaction was that none of the major characters looked close to what I had imagined them to be. Of course, that's always going to happen somewhat when you read a book which is later adapted for television or into a movie, but in this case it was much more than usual. Just my opinion, and worth what you're paying for it, which is nothing. :)
> good performances and an interesting plot
> with the exception of that last disappointing twenty minute ending which was complete rubbish.
God quite literally reaches out with his hand and kills all the bad people. The ultimate deus ex machina. Yep, the ending could have been better.
> I decided to continue watching this one [...] with hopes that the ending will be somewhat different than the 1994 version
The last episode is titled "Coda: Frannie in the Well," which implies a different ending. And IIRC King said before this series premiered that he had written a new ending for it. I can't imagine what "in the well" refers to, but if it's focused on Fran (whom I've never liked) I suspect it will be a disappointment to me.
I watched the fifth episode last Friday. I did like the last bit of it; they've set the story in the present day but haven't been obnoxiously blatant about it, so Harold's use of video surveillance was a surprise. Still, I'm continuing to watch out of inertia more than anything else. On the fence, as you say. Considering that discussion here has dwindled to a trickle I think we're not the only ones who feel that way.