Under the Dome

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I am not a fan of Stephen King, but fortunately I did not know this was based on one of his books when I started watching, otherwise I never would have given it a shot. Obviously I have not read the book, so my review is purely objective and based solely on the merits of the show itself. The premise is deceptively simple, featuring a mysterious dome that comes crashing down on Chester’s Mill, completely cutting the town off from the outside world (and splitting a cow in half – yuck!  And they show it over and over and over …). But the premise of Lost was simple too, an airliner crashing on a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific, and that show had one of the most detailed and complex narratives ever. The comparison is apropos, as there are layers upon layers of mysteries and questions, both under the dome and about the dome itself, and nobody is really what they seem. But unlike Lost where everything was an unknown, part of the creepiness factor in this show is due to a familiar environment suddenly becoming alien and hostile. Secrets come to light and lots of things that would otherwise have remained hidden are suddenly thrust to the fore. There’s plenty of talent here with a huge cast of characters, but getting an acting job on this show isn’t likely to be long term as more characters tend to get whacked here than on Game of Thrones (which is really saying something!). There is great character development throughout, as each person changes and evolves to the point that it’s hard to know if there are any clear cut good or bad guys. The show does ask great questions, such as if the “government” requires you to surrender your guns for the safety of the general public, it also follows that only said government will then have readily available weapons. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Life under the dome acts as a microcosm for the larger world, illustrating the practical and the not-so-practical tenets of civilized free society. I think it’s fascinating and enjoyed the second season as much as I did the first. – BETHANY

Deputy Linda Esquivel (Natalie Martinez) discovers you can look but you can’t touch.

     Dale “Barbie” Barbara” (Mike Vogel) illustrates you also can’t hear through the Dome.

Angie McAlister (Britt Robertson), Joe McAlister (Colin Ford) and Elinore “Norrie” Calvert-Hill (Mackenzie Lintz).  There are a lot of shots like this of people looking on in dumbfounded amazement/concern.

When Domes become magnetic

This show has a thing for butterflies.  Monarchs, to be specific.

   Barbie (a dude, I swear!) and Julia, as played by Mike Vogel and Rachelle Lefevre.

James “Big Jim” Rennie (Dean Norris), a used car salesman cum town councilman who’s very good at looking out for number one.

Big Jim’s son, James “Junior” Rennie.  Yes, a lot of people on this show have nicknames in quotes.

Under the Dome Junior gun   Photo courtesy of http://ijusthateeverything.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/under2.jpg?w=930

Photos courtesy of Amblin Television, Baer Bones and CBS Television Studios (unless otherwise noted)

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