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Under the Dome – 101 – Pilot

Posted by The TV Critic on 28 June 2013 | 9 Comments

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Under the Dome – 101 – Pilot

Airing now “Under the Dome” is a CBS adaption of a Steven King novel about a town being surrounded by a giant invisible force field (like in “The Simpsons” movie). It stars Dean Norris (Hank from Breaking Bad), Jeff Fahey (Frank Lapidus from Lost) and Mike Vogel (Bates Motel, Pan Am).

As you would expect the sci-fi aspect of this was really interesting as the confused residents of Chester’s Mill watch cars and planes bang into their invisible walls and try to wrap their heads around this strange new development. There seemed to be a good ensemble cast with various sub plots to be curious about.

But (you knew this was coming right) I’ve reached a point where I only feel I can write about new shows which break from the network TV formula. I will watch a few more episodes of “Under the Dome” because I enjoyed the pilot just fine. But I’m sceptical whether this will turn into anything more than a knock off of Twin Peaks, Lost, Bates Motel, Jericho etc. I was very wary of the strong hits that the dome was the result of some kind of conspiracy as I’ve yet to see that idea lead to good television. I also began to smell silliness when the attractive reporter invites the attractive stranger to stay at her house while another resident turns out to be a sociopath who locks his girlfriend in his fallout shelter. Those elements felt like soap opera stuff and unless the direction changes quickly I don’t imagine I will write it again.

As the lessons of Lost seem to always be well, lost, I just want to reiterate the one which is relevant here. I only cared about what the Dharma Initiative was or what was in the hatch because of the emotions it would provoke in Jack or Locke. Mysteries on their own are not enough to carry a TV show.  


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  • This is an amazingly funny review of Under the Dome. I really enjoy the review and it's all true. :)
    http://www.tv.com/shows/under-the-dome/community/post/under-the-dome-season-1-episode-13-curtains-season-1-finale-review-137936504881/

    Posted by Fluids, 29/07/2014 3:16am (5 years ago)

  • I decided to watch the first episode of Season 2. Dean Norris nearly hangs himself because he's stuck acting in such an empty construct. Characters are flatter than the first season. Even Stephen King couldn't save this thing. Avoid! Avert your eyes!

    Posted by Fluids, 02/07/2014 5:01pm (5 years ago)

  • Looks like there is a second season:
    http://www.tv.com/shows/under-the-dome/community/post/under-the-dome-season-2-season-1-catchup-140414624673/

    This comment was interesting: — Executive Producer and co-creator Brian K. Vaughan decided he would rather go back to writing comics graphic novels and spend time with his family than attach his name to the show anymore, so he quit his job as Dome boss earlier this month. Supposedly he still mapped out all of Season 2 with showrunner Neal Baer, though.

    Posted by Fluids, 01/07/2014 8:55pm (5 years ago)

  • Dean Norris was a draw for me, however for me I lost interest as soon as they started to delve into mini domes and handprints and the parallel story of the drug manufacturing. Funny how they put Dean into a Breaking Bad style role where he's the 'Gus' of the operation.

    Posted by Fluids, 27/02/2014 8:28pm (6 years ago)

  • Spare yourself for worthier pursuits. This show should be served up for Thanksgiving feast.

    Posted by Yogabon, 17/09/2013 9:37pm (6 years ago)

  • The show is slipping IMHO, I fell asleep before the end of Ep3. Not a good sign...

    Posted by Yogabon, 11/07/2013 10:15pm (6 years ago)

  • There are changes in the characters, too. I don't have a strong impression. They all have flaws and the "good' people fall like sheep.

    There are over 100 characters in the novel. It's kinda bloated.

    Posted by Yogabon, 03/07/2013 7:43pm (6 years ago)

  • Did you like the characters in the book?

    Posted by The TV Critic, 29/06/2013 11:44am (6 years ago)

  • The novel itself was diverting but not King's best work. It will be interesting to see what comes. So far the commitment is only for these 13. If the characters click enough, it has promise.

    The pilot had a lot to accomplish. And it did a decent job of putting the major players on the board.

    I heard it is to unfold one day at a time, stretching the novel to 13 days (v about 8 in the book).

    Thanks for the review.
    My understanding is that this TV show is not a direct adaptation and that is actually promising.

    Posted by Yogabon, 29/06/2013 1:03am (6 years ago)

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