Anytime you take something like this that was already enjoyed by many and then make a made for TV version it is going to be pretty lame. I always keep that in mind when watching them and try to judge it on its own merits. Having said that I thought it was just ok.
It's not. The original was in b&w and this is in color, and the new version still pales in comparison. Poor casting, a plot the meanders away from the book and the original movie...it's just a mish mash.
This was my biggest complaint. Actually enjoyed most of it, but part II, especially the last 30 minutes were terribly rushed. It almost seemed like things that were written and probably filmed were just completely edited out.
Very similar to many episodes of Medium. The show needs to end when everyone realizes, oh shit, we've got loose ends all over the place, better just show something, wrap it up and call it good. Who cares about the overall pacing of the story.