Bag of Bones Part 2 Review: Custody Has Its Responsibilities

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So much of the Bag of Bones miniseries just left me scratching my head. After reviewing part one yesterday, I get into the concluding two hours of this Stephen King-based special below...

First head-scratcher of the evening? Why did Mattie, who Michael barely knew, go to his house to share good news about her daughter's custody battle? Could she really have that few friends in town? I assumed she grew up there. It was also amazing what his quick run-in with Kyra did to derail a multimillionaire's case against his daughter-in-law who killed her husband. It just didn't make sense.

Devore and Rogette

Mattie is pretty, and Michael is hot, so I guess that was good enough for the writers. Two attractive, slightly spunky outsiders come together at time when neither of them have anyone. Seemingly as strong a reason as any other, I suppose. I prefer more depth in my relationships, and I just don't feel it here.

One thing is for certain, old Max Devore and his pal Rogette wanted to see Michael gone, and if not gone, dead. He was not welcome in their family business. But what did he do, really, to raise their ire to such a degree? He merely used his smart-ass tone to tell the guardian ad lied-em what he didn't want to hear. Hardly a death sentence, I would think, even though that surly old bird was trying to knock his head a good one with the pelting of those rocks.

Did anyone else just cringe in pain when Noonan's cell phone fell to the bottom of the lake? Oh, how I would have cried!! Even one day without my beloved cell phone is one too many. Devore's obvious punishment was a shot of morphine and a bag over his head. That it was in a warm bath was too sweet, but he did get kissed by a crone, so perhaps even sugar has its price. By this point, I admit I was sorely lost within a twisted storyline that seemed to have no end.

The group of mad junior men raping a woman, especially a woman of color, back in the day, has been do too many times and with no new results. The story is old, ugly and not worthy of repeating. Granted, this was based on a book written about 20 years ago, so there is some room for forgiveness, but if I never see the storyline again, I wouldn't miss it nor what it represents one tiny bit.

"Custody has it's responsibility. Now you go and bring that whorlette over here and stick her in the water where she belongs." THAT's what the phrase meant? If you have custody of a girl in the line of the men who killed Sara Tidwell, you must drown them?I don't believe Sara would have thought so little of all men; after all, she made a living off of making those men swoon.

A curse was a fitting ending to the legacy of Sara Tidwell. Drowning their daughters for generations to come. I liked that Mattie figured Jo was worried about their daughter and her future due to the curse. It gave Mattie a purpose in this story, brought her closer to Mike and allowed him to forgive Jo and let her go. Had they waited one second longer, it would have been too late. Jo, Mattie, Kyra and Sara were all severely underdeveloped in this passion play about a woman done wrong.

By the end, I felt like I was watching an episode of Supernatural, as the only way to stop the curse was to decimate Sara's bones (remains? They looked amazing) in lye. I still think she got the raw end of the deal overall. Sure, she cast the curse, but shouldn't the bones of those men who committed the crime have had some culpability as well? And the blow-back of the lye; no damage to Mike? Note to self, look up the consequences of lye on skin. Finally, if ever there was a need for a little leftover lye, it was for Rogette.

Because I am a liar, and good to my word on being one, I will leave you with one last comment in relation to the book and the adaptation: The adaptation, as far more macabre than the book, left me far more unsettled and lost much of the beauty portrayed in Stephen King's masterful tome. If you enjoyed the miniseries, don't hesitate to try the structure that came first.


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Do you think Mike killed the little girl when he took her out on a canoe ride. Especially since he was now her "daddy" and his grandfather was one of the original "sinners" regarding the rape?


As an avid Stephen King fan, I was highly anticipating this adaptation for about 2 years. But I had my doubts with Pierce Bronson being cast as Mike Noonan. Then when A&E started promoting the movie I started to get excited again.
I lasted about 45 minutes before I turned the channel.
I am thoroughly disappointed with this adaptation. It is so far removed from the original story, that it doesn't remotely resemble the haunting love story that Stephen King wrote.
I hope that Mr.King didn't have any creative input on this movie, as he didn't with the original "The Shining" movie. I hope he gets enough negative feedback that this farce is never shown again, and maybe someone in the movie industry could produce a movie that would do this amazing book justice!
And the Green Lady was more like the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter (I watched the 2nd part in hopes that it was better than the 1st, 2 hours of my life that I won't get back!!)


i was so disapointed in this,it was so far off the book ,that i was wondering if someone just skimmed the book saw names and made up their own screen play. maddie never kills lance he falls of a ladder,rogette is devores daughter,he didnt inherite the cabin from his grandfather him and jo bought it together,he was friends for years with his caretaker and housekeeper,maddie was 21 and ki was 3 and the list of changes goes on and on. next time you want to ruin one of mr. kings best books do us all a favor and dont!!!! shame on whoever concocted this for a&e.


Terrible!!! That is my one word comment for the "Bag of Bones" mini-series on A&E!


Glad to read that I was not the only one who was laughing when Mike stabbed the bizarre old lady in the neck with the scissors. That was hysterical and even thinking about it now makes me laugh. This movie was twisted and ludicrous. As it fell apart more and more, I don't even know why I continued to watch it. This movie was macabre in the sense that it was a horrific "horror" film. AND it was a "horror" film, not that it was scary but it was a horror to watch.


WTF? (Was that a Punch Drunk Love remake) We are Kings "No.1 Fan" minus the Annie Wilkes. A&E please don't do us anymore favors and re-write his books. You could have re-titled this and called it The Guessing Game and NOT have even put SK name anywhere in it and NO ONE would have known it was a King novel. Next time you want to re-do one of his novels please call me to do the re-write. I have no experience but you obviously don't either. Seriously, A&E, next time, take a note from The Stand, and do a longer miniseries, I feel like more of this was left on the cutting room floor than made it to my screen. It was insane, disjointed, and just plain lazy. We're left wondering why the characters did what they did, why they say what they say, with absolutely no character development whatsoever. I was under the impression SK had artistic license in his movies after The Shining (or is that just a myth?)? This seemed like SK had no input whatsoever. Stephen, if you're reading this, I'd just like to say, WE DON'T BLAME YOU FOR THIS!!!


I couldn't believe how bad this series was, and I wasn't even expecting much to begin with.
One thing that bothered me the most was that Mike would have an encounter with something horrific and disturbing, then momets later he would be going about his business as normal. If I touched a cursed tree and had a seizure so severe that I vomited on myself, I wouldn't have my wits about me well enough to calmly converse with someone afterwards.
It made all of the events in the series seem disjointed and left me thinking "wat."


Hi Mike - Actually Stephen King IS and author with amazing story lines - they just do not seem to translate to film very well. It's more often the case than not. This was no exception and I was extremely disappointed. The book excels in 100 places where this one fails. It is truly one of Stephen Kings finest novels. I had been looking forward to this adaptation and was severely let down. And you're right - I finished it just so I could say I did. Bad job, A&E!


Well, that was 4 hours of my life I will never get back! I always thought of Stephen king as a author who had amazing storylines, but this one had me scratching my head and thinking this was one of those "trunk novels " that they referred to in the movie; if so, they should have just left it in there! This movie was actually offensive to my intelligence and I found myself just watching in order to say I finished it. Have to say the ending was true to form with the rest of the movie where brosnan takes the little girl he just met the day before out on a canoe ride as the police and coroners are still removing the body of the woman he just killed from his house! I am sure everyone would naturally do the same in that situation, right? I actually found myself laughing as he stabbed the old woman in the side of the neck with a pair of scissors, that was the most rediculous scene I have ever seen and was actually comical! This movie completely missed the horror genre and went straight to horrendous.


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