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A potential Error With Randall Flagg

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by Lee9900, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. Lee9900

    Lee9900 Deleted User

    Early on we see a guy (Played by Shaquil O'neil (sp?)) going on RING OUT YOUR DEAD!

    then, from who knows how many miles away, Flagg snaps his fingers and just kills him.

    however, we never see him use this ability again.

    i think this has potential to be a plot hole.

    Because if he had this ability before, why couldn't he use it on anyone over in Boulder?

    It seems to me if he wanted to stop them so badly, he could have done just that.

    And if he did just that, then there would have been no one to take a Stand, and no one for god to work through.

    what do you think?
     
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  2. Tery

    Tery I want to look at life In the available light Moderator

    Good point. Maybe overuse would cheapen it dramatically
     
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  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    TV movie malarky. The Monster Shouter (closest analogy to the character in the TV show) did die in the book, but Larry didn't know how. There was no evidence in the story as written that Flagg had anything to do with it. It is definitely a plot hole for the show :)
     
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  4. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...plus there is a reference made in the novel, somewhere, that all Flagg need do is to give one the evil eye and they would fall dead-or something to that effect, it seemed an all encompassing tool to cover numerous "acts" by the "Dude" with no further explanation of powers needed.....
     
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  5. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    He wasn't played by Shaquille O'Neal, it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
     
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  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....I caught that, but thought maybe he'd watched the series on another world than this.....:biggrin2:
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's because Shaq played Jabba the Hut that he got confused?
     
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  8. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    In the series, Flagg snaps his fingers and kills a deer on the road at night. 'Rubba, dub, dub, thanks for the grub.' So Flagg does use it twice in the TV movie.
     
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  9. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    Oh. Good people. Yeah, I've met a girl( a woman?) and she likes me.
     
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  10. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    The problem with the white Americans now is because they've turned soft. Who give's a ****? Life now is dog eat dog. I screw.
     
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  11. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    Flagg's sight and powers get blocked in several places, I think it's the idea that God or the Power only allows him to get away with so much, and then even Flagg has to play by certain rules. Things he can't just do or see anytime he wants because there are cosmic laws and forces out there behind the scenes that prevent him from doing so.
     
  12. mymaria

    mymaria Sower of discord

    I never really understood the Randall Flagg character. Didn't seem convincing as Satan himself. Not as powerful as I would expect, had too many human characteristics like letting Glenn? get under his skin. Seems a bit strange that a mere mortal could affect him that much.

    Maybe he was meant to be a human embodiment of one of Satan's minions?

    Well I would think that the people of Boulder might have some divine protection, and Flagg might not be able to just drop them dead.
     
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    In The Stand, he's a demon, not Satan himself (at least as proposed in this book and movie. In the context of the DT series...who the heck knows. He's just evil).

    As far as Flagg being susceptible to being taunted, it seems to me that Mr. King hangs on to the idea that evil is small minded and arrogant, and massively prideful. He says as much in 'Salem's Lot, when Ben, Jimmy, and Callahan (I'm pretty sure those are the three involved, though it might have included Matt, as well) are talking about Barlow. That characteristic shows up in other books as well. Truly good people do what they do and get along in life, while bad people are much more likely to hang on and react to what others think of them. It's kind of interesting, and raises some questions about Mr. King's thought process and where it comes from that are really outside the scope of this topic. :)
     
  14. mymaria

    mymaria Sower of discord

    Makes sense.
     
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  15. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    [​IMG]
     
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