Alan Pang­born

New Stephen King show Cas­tle Rock seems to be guest-star­ring Stick from Dare­devil

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Rather wor­ry­ingly in a show as blood-drenched and stabby as Cas­tle Rock, Scott Glenn is cur­rently only listed as a Spe­cial Guest Star; and on IMDb he’s only listed as ap­pear­ing in nine of the first sea­son’s 10 episodes. Pray that doesn’t mean his time is lim­ited, as his cur­mud­geonly Alan Pang­born is the best thing about the show.

On pa­per, the role doesn’t par­tic­u­larly stand out. In the Stephen King mash-up show fea­tur­ing char­ac­ters from across the King of Hor­ror’s lit­er­ary out­put, Glenn plays the former sher­iff of Cas­tle Rock, a char­ac­ter who pre­vi­ously ap­peared in The Dark Half and Need­ful Things. Dis­af­fected lawyer Henry Deaver re­turns to Mur­der Cen­tral to de­fend a mys­te­ri­ous youth found in­car­cer­ated and for­got­ten in Shaw­shank prison’s nether re­gions, only to find that Pang­born has shacked up with his de­men­tia-suf­fer­ing adop­tive mother.

While Pang­born ini­tially seems like a dodgy geezer, Glenn’s sig­na­ture gruff, take-it-or-leave-it ex­te­rior dis­guises a char­ac­ter of un­ex­pected depth and mer­cu­rial moral­ity. In a show awash with char­ac­ters whose mo­ti­va­tions are a com­plex mix of self­ish and al­tru­is­tic, Glenn’s Pang­born pulls it off most con­vinc­ingly. Deaver may be the hero here, but Pang­born calls him out for his fail­ings with a cranky and worldly-wise wis­dom.

And there’s the cu­ri­ous thing. It’s al­most like Cas­tle Rock has cast Dare­devil’s Stick as Pan­born. What’s more, both Stick and Pang­born are re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to Glenn’s other re­cent genre role, The Leftovers’ Kevin Gar­vey: the surly, quirky, hard-love fa­ther fig­ure. Typecast­ing is usu­ally a dirty word, but it’s hard to think of a show that wouldn’t be im­proved by hav­ing Glenn do his S(h)tick all over again. Dave Golder

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