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 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

This starts in the UK tomorrow night (Monday 19th Aug) on Channel 5 at 10-00 pm.
Just a heads-up.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I'm like Tom. I am a bit underwhelmed. Under The Dome started well, but now it has descended into Cliché Land. It should have been a 10-12 part mini series...period. Because is was possible and popular, the network will keep the characters under the dome for another season, so they will stretch out King's novel which is too bad.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I have seen all 6(?) episodes so far, and I think it's very good, but maybe not quite The Stand quality. I would also have loved to see some well-known actors in some of the roles, for a start.

And I agree that we don't neccessarily need another season. I hope it won't go on forever, like LOST.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

For me "Under the Dome" started very uneven and didn't get going until the Big Jim - Ollie power feud (and not to mention that terribly borefest of a bomb shelter hostage situation), now it seems the characters have fallen into place and Junior is less of a unstable plot twisting machine than he is just an unpredictable baddie.

The show is nowhere near as good as "The Stand", considering this is produced by Spielberg & King, I expected a ton more. "Under the Dome" at times plays like it is based on a children's book than it is on a King novel, with people rioting in one instance and in the next holding hands and dancing in the rain.

Disappointingly, the score by Snuffy Walden is bland and outdated and whatever hopes I had of him revisiting 'Stand' quality, have gone out of the window with the episodes I've seen so far. But as I said, for me the show does seem to improve, so who knows where it will lead and the music with it. Surprisingly, there is a sizable following and viewership, but I wonder if they can retain them after the dome gimmick runs out of steam (in so far it already hasn't by this season's end).

King is set to write the first episode of season 2, I am interested in how they will change the backstory of the dome itself to further the show.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Well, having lasted this long watching it, you either have to go along with the mountain of changes they have made from the original and take it for what it is(or is not) or simply stop watching it.

It seems the former has occurred for the American viewing audience in that it still is the most watched tv show in America this summer, week after week, and that in high numbers for the regular season.

The show itself has gotten better as it has plodded along but is still not nearly gripping or mysterious as it could or should be.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I really like it but....

its really the same story as THE MIST. One, the group is trapped in a grocery store. the other they are trapped in a dome.
and, they both feature a religious fanatic!

check it out!
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I really like it but....

its really the same story as THE MIST. One, the group is trapped in a grocery store. the other they are trapped in a dome.
and, they both feature a religious fanatic!

check it out!
bruce


Well, the religious fanatic has been eliminated from the mix. And now, Ollie. Now the conflict is potentially down to Big Jim and his whack-job son.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

It's my understanding that this story has been picked up to be a series for the next season.

What can that mean, I wonder, to a resolution for the story line we are currently watching?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Ron, the book has an ending. I think for this season, there won't be an ending. There will be some cliff hanger last episode for this season, and we'll start next season with all still under the dome without any knowledge of why they are there. Hopefully, it won't drag out for 3 seasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Ron, the book has an ending. I think for this season, there won't be an ending. There will be some cliff hanger last episode for this season, and we'll start next season with all still under the dome without any knowledge of why they are there. Hopefully, it won't drag out for 3 seasons.

Same here, Joan. I started watching because I thought it would be a finite miniseries.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/08/16/sdcc-brian-k-vaughan-and-cast-look-to-the-future-of-under-the-dome/
From a few days ago (no spoilers):

“It’s definitely the hope that we will get to do many more than this [season],” Vaughan said. “Stephen King told us, ‘When I wrote the book, I imagined it to be like these people are trapped in this dome for years, not just weeks.’ So we’ll see, if viewers stick with us, and CBS wants us to come back, we’d love to do more.”

The producers explained that whether they’re adapting elements of the story directly, or taking license with the giant-sized novel, King remains very involved in the process, reading every script and watching every cut. The author will even write the Season 2 premiere.
. . .
they were pitching something to [King], and there was a pause. It was a big idea, something that wasn’t in the book,” explained Falvey, “and there was a big pause on the other end of the line, and he came back on the line and said, ‘I wish I had come up with that.’”

“We steal as much as we can from the book,” Vaughan said. “We use a lot from each chapter, and then some of it is wholly vented. I think by the end of this first season, we’ll already have probably gone further than Stephen King did in the book – so then that’s when we’ll have to start picking Stephen’s brain, to give us more ideas for things to do.”
...
I love the ending of the book. It’s a really dark, sort of nihilistic ending. We talked with [King] and said, look, if we have the show on for 10 years and we get to know these characters, we can’t do that ending. That ending only works in the book. We’ll have to do something a little bit different. That means we might even have to come up with different reasons for why the Dome is here, and so that’s all been with Stephen King’s blessings.

“It’s the same characters, and more importantly the same themes that we’re trying to say,” he continued. “I think we’re trying to say the same things Stephen King was trying to say about our country, and where we’re headed.”

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2013 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/08/16/sdcc-brian-k-vaughan-and-cast-look-to-the-future-of-under-the-dome/
From a few days ago (no spoilers):

“It’s definitely the hope that we will get to do many more than this [season],” Vaughan said. “Stephen King told us, ‘When I wrote the book, I imagined it to be like these people are trapped in this dome for years, not just weeks.’ So we’ll see, if viewers stick with us, and CBS wants us to come back, we’d love to do more.”


So how come the book lasts just a couple of days? I think, anyway, I skimmed the last quater of the book (King could do with a really good editor). I suppose the series could improve on the book, I don't want to give too much away, but the explanation for the dome & its end is truly pathetic in the book.

The best Kings I've seen on the box is, Salem's Lot & The Langoliers.

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Ron, the book has an ending. I think for this season, there won't be an ending. There will be some cliff hanger last episode for this season, and we'll start next season with all still under the dome without any knowledge of why they are there. Hopefully, it won't drag out for 3 seasons.

Same here, Joan. I started watching because I thought it would be a finite miniseries.

Greg Espinoza


yep!

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

well, they also changed the ending of THE MIST, and it worked very well imho, but in that case there was no mystery to be resolved.
brm

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2013 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Yes. I didn't enter the fray with the understanding/knowledge that this would be an ongoing, and virtually unrelated story regarding the novel.

If they are going to drag this out, they can do it without me.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)


Disappointingly, the score by Snuffy Walden is bland and outdated and whatever hopes I had of him revisiting 'Stand' quality, have gone out of the window with the episodes I've seen so far.


I have to agree. The score is rather generic. with few Snuffy trademarks. Would still check out a soundtrack release though.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The first series has just finished in the UK. I enjoyed it for the most part, and found that many of the characters were compelling enough to keep watching despite the fairly silly McGuffin of the dome. To me it doesn't really matter how the dome got there or how it's going to unfold - the politics and pressures of the situation are much more interesting to me than the sci-fi bit, and it's been well written from that point of view.

The following refers to the last episode of series one: I got a shiver down my spine when it was apparent that Big Jim was referring to a gallows when he said that his grandfather had been the last person to build one in the town. That summed up brilliantly his skewed sense of entitlement to be the town boss. I want him to get his comeuppance, but still want him to be at large as the main bad guy. Can I have it both ways? I hope so - but don't see how at this point.

TG

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

I found this series to be pretty damned awful. It's poorly written with these stock characters acting like idiots and months worth of character arcs being crammed into weeks of story-time. Julie and Barbie's romance, the huge number of deaths, the stupidity of the townspeople, and the maddening habit of the characters saying "Chester's Mill" two dozen times per episode made this must miss TV. I mean, seriously, do you say the name of your town in every conversation. "I believe in the people of Chester's Mill," "What are you doing in Chester's Mill?," "I can't believe this happened in Chester's Mill."

Really, bloody terrible. I'll not be wasting any more time on this crap next season. Oy.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2014 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I love it!

One of the best King adaptions so far - and definitely one great new series.

And I welcome all the changes - since I read the book I can still be surprised by what is happening.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2014 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I was really enjoying it until Natalie Zea showed up - again!!!!!!!!
(she is also on JUSTIFIED & THE FOLLOWING frrevinsakes).
That character was totally unbelievable and seemed to serve as a way to get more action/violence into the show.

Am now reading the book to see how it SHOULD have played out
bruce

 
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