I really like this show. Some shows have a nifty premise that makes me really curious and I enjoy a few episodes and then I just get bored and give up . Revolution) but I feel Dome does a good job of continually moving forward, using individual episode stories, mini-story arcs (like the war between Jim and that farmer) and the ongoing story arc to keep viewers engaged. The series always offers enough new things - mini dome, military chatter, murders - to make it feel like its skimming along even if we never really seem closer to finding out what's going on. I do, however, feel Big Jim is becoming a problem; he's an interesting character, but where can you take him at this point, now that his evil is fully developed?
I am also fascinated by the reviews on this site, because almost everyone here either gives it a 1 or a 9/10. It's so weird how hostile/enthusiastic the responses are. A lot of the 1s seem to be from people who read the book, so I guess they're not getting the series they imagined in their head. But 1s or 10s, most people aren't bothering to really explain why they feel this way; they just say "it's awesome" or "it That's why, even though I wanted to start by talking about the reviews because it's such an odd phenomenon, I started with my take on the show and why I liked.
For me, Under the Dome and Haven are the two most successful King-based series. Now I'm going to go read the reviews of Haven and see if these weird review extremes have something to do with Stephen King.
I have read in another forum that Julia is pregnant with the Monarch? Is that possible. She is not the monarch but she will give birth to it, and that Barbie is the chosen Male donor. Yesss, that will be awesome.
Under the dome should now be call called Dead and Burried which is where it belongs. Especially the last few episodes. It's difficult to believe how bad Brian Vaughan & spellberg could get it so wrong.
The problem here, though, is that none of the characters is compelling or sympathetic. We just wanna find out what's up with that dome, but instead, we're forced to watch these poorly conceptualized folks interact with each other with eye-rolling dialogue like, "So they say you're passin' through town. What are you runnin' from?" Every now and then, someone mentions they're worried the dome may collapse onto Chester's Mill. Frankly, my fingers are crossed that's exactly what will happen. No town this boring should be allowed to stay on the map.
My partner has a saying for the DVD's we see. "That was a waste of 2 hours of my life". Watching this, it would seem to me that it was a whole lot more hours wasted in my life. I guess I kept watching because I figured hey, these guys are great writers and film makers! What the heck HAPPENED, guys? Wish there was a minus for my rating.
All i can say is that it has been good enough that I have watched all 13 episodes. Haven't read the book. King isn't my kind of author. But I like the premise of the story, which kept me coming back; however, this program has "milk it" written all over it. Anyone remember "Lost"?
It seems to me that producers have in their little minds that people are brainwave challenged. And yes, maybe more than half the country are challenged but that doesn't mean that a possible intelligent show (that it could have been) should suffer the consequences and be dumbed down itself.
Maybe it was the book? Can't speak to that but I do know that I think I'll just pass on Season 2 and beyond. I'm not going to be strung along for the dairy ride.
never thought i live to see the day stephen king ,screwed up a book was tv show sucked ass big time. nothing like the book at should have been left alone and done like the was a sure he could care less about what i have to say,but it was the worst thing he's done in my opinion.
I loved it it was one of the best t v show i have seen in a while steven spellberg is a great writer I am happy that the show will be back next season i love barbie not to grazy about big jim i do like . and all of the friends
For anybody who is enjoying the series do not read the book! It will ruin the series for you.... I think that Under the Dome is one of the best books that King has ever written and I have read every one he ever wrote including under Bachman. There has never been a book that I have finished and immediately re-opened and started over. The story is great, the characters perfect. The series took all that away. There are so many things that are different in the series, things that were very important to the story in the book that it makes the series not make sense and not anywhere near as good. It really is a huge dissapointment and I am sad that Stephen King allowed producers to chop up such a great story!!!
Talk about taking 60 seconds and turning it into an hour's show. Under the dome is like the old soaps where you could catch 1 show a month and know what's going up. Very upset with the so called finale and calling it "Curtains",,,,,,, maybe calling it "Quits" would have been a more fitting name.
So what's really going on here? Let's put a few of the "facts" presented on the show together and see if we can guess. (And no, I haven't read the book, even if the show was remotely following it, so no future spoilers will be found here... unless I'm right).
- Since the dome fell, Big Jim has gone from a minor role on the town council to effectively Emperor of Chester's Mill.
- He was curiously well prepared for it. A huge stockpile of propane... The only councilor not at the big game.. hmmm.
- He has a hidden agenda. He doesn't want the dome to come down. There's something he wants pretty badly inside.
- He seems pretty adept at murder and mayhem, even for a used car salesman. Could it be this isn't his first rodeo?
- The dome seems to want him dead, and is secretly recruiting and training agents to do the job.
- The military is involved but don't seem to be running things.
Now on to the wild speculation: Big Jim's wife (Junior's Mom) died under mysterious circumstances some time ago. Suppose before she became an artist, she was a clerk or secretary at a nearby defense lab or think tank? After leaving to marry Big Jim, she stayed in touch with some of the old gang. One day, a former colleague and lover, Jeff Goldblum, arrives at her door, warning of a new secret "fringe science" project in the early planning stages, of the dire consequences of technology gone mad, and how Chester's Mill might fare if things go really sideways. He also gives her some insurance, "just in case". She can't tell anyone, because she's still sworn to the official secrets act, so she takes up "art", hoping her childish watercolors will be enough of a hint to warn people. Becoming more erratic under the burden of her big secret, she finally breaks down and tells Big Jim. Big mistake. The next thing you know, she's dead. Was it an accident? Suicide? You tell me, but Big Jim seems pretty comfortable with dirty deeds, so maybe this is where it all started. Of course, it could have been the CIA or military, but my money's on Big Jim. When she died, her insurance kicked in, capturing her psychic energy and storing it in a mysterious egg hidden in the woods. Years later, when the project finally reaches testing stage, Jeff's worst fears are realized, and Chester's Mill is cut off from the world. The egg may not be powering the dome, but it's certainly controlling it, and Big Jim's dead wife is controlling the egg. Why else would Junior be one of the dome's chosen ones? The military is locked out, because the control unit is inside, where they can't get at it. Their only hope is Barbie, a former black ops guy with the skill set to turn the thing off, if they can only contact him. So if Big Jim knew this was coming, why didn't he just leave? Could the chance of being the absolute ruler of Chester's Mill be enough of a reason to stay? I think not. There's something else about the dome or it's technology that Big Jim wants enough to kill for. Either that, or he knows that bringing it down involves him getting killed himself. Either way, he'll stop at nothing to maintain the status quo, and won't let Barbie or anyone else get in his way. Being top dog in town is just a means to an end.
Of course this doesn't explain all of the bad acting, or the mindless stupidity exhibited by most citizens of Chester's Mill. Maybe the dome is sucking away their minds, so it can turn them all into zombies.
PS. Could Jeff Goldblum be Junior's real father? Did you notice how much taller he is than "Big" Jim?
Under the Dome started out great but I'm becoming disappointed in it now. It looked like it would be a series about people pulling together to help each other, and that might be going on in the background but we've only gotten a few small glimpses of it. The show seems to have gone the way of all shows with uninterested writers at the helm, just cranking out the same old plot for a paycheck. It is now just another show about people vying for power and creating misery and destruction in the process. So sad. This COULD have been a different, interesting, enlightening show about humans teaming together and helping each other survive when they were lost from surrounding civilization. There was a farm under the dome and sources of water and electricity. There were skilled people in the town. The show should have centered on the people working the farm, distributing the water, sharing the available food while they created more, the few medical staff teaching new people the bare bones of medical knowledge needed in case they (the present medical staff) died, women who sewed or spun yarn teaching willing young women the skills needed to continue to clothe the town, carpenters, plumbers, farmers, electricians, librarians, and other skilled workers taking on youngsters interested in learning those skills in case those who had them passed on. It should have shown mothers teaming up in groups and taking turns as caretakers for each others children so four out of every five could help work the fields to feed their kids or create clothing for the town, or even assist in other skilled labor. Sooo much could have been addressed here to make it a special and different show. Instead the writers have resorted to shoot-em-up-bang-bang, fight, kill, manipulate . Boring, boring, disappointing, predictably repetitive and nothing disappointed.
If you didn't read the book, the TV show at best is mildly entertaining. Just don't look for anything too deep. If you read the book, the show is a train wreck waiting to happen. You can't help but watch to see how badly they butchered the story how how they'll wrap it up.
at the start UTD was good but now under round fighting what next.... agree with flowergoddess nothig like the book i started reading it after started watching UTD but more differences than similarities for example in book linda married to rusty and have 2 kids and rusty stuck in dome and linda just part time police in prog rusty stuck outside dome and they have no kids. also angie and joe are not related in the book and in the book they can hear people through the dome unlike the prog...... only half way through book so will see....
the only thing that has any resemblence to the book is the title every time Stephan King sells the rights to a book they change so much of the story you can't recognise it..... book was so much better and more layered, much more of a study in what happens to power under stress in the wrong more ineresting thanthis poser of a story.. after the cow it went down hill for back me anyone read the sucks in comparison!!!!!
Pilot layed the grounds for an interesting series with great potential! However, by the 4th or 5th episode realized this one should have been a mini series, at least with the slow momentum and disappointing progression. Not impressed with what could have been a keeper, maybe hiring a few decent actors? With Spielberg and King thought I was in for a great ride, ended up on the merry go round.
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