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 Posted:   Jan 27, 2014 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

It wasn't exactly "Downton Abbey" nor "Dexter," but I dived into it head first and always looked forward to it each week, although I do confess that I had somewhat of a is-that-all-there-is reaction to the final episode and hope they have some more interesting ideas for season 2.

It was great to see Mike Vogel in a successful network series -- in 2011 he was in the cancelled "Miami Medical" and the also cancelled "Pan Am," plus they killed him off in "Bates Motel," probably so he could return to CBS for "Dome." He's the emotional heart of the story and I'm so happy he got this show. It's also nice to see Rachelle Lefevre (she was the first of the 2 evil Victorias in "The Twilight Saga") in a nice role. And Dean Norris, who was so good as the dedicated DEA agent searching for the meth chef (not knowing it's his own brother-in-law) on "Breaking Bad," is quite hateful as the corrupt town leader on "Dome."

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

What did y'all think of the first episode of season 2?

Junior and Big Jim still all over the place and of course the climax of last season is scuffled away so fast that there really wasn't any need for it to be there in the first place. The magnetic dome had a deja vu Maximum Overdrive feel to it (especially the killer dryer) I dunno, but if things only fly at you to kill you when it's convenient, I doubt any science teacher can possibly counteract them (but of course they did). There were parts of this episode I liked, Dodee trolling Big Jim was ok I guess, but the almost absurdness in which characters go back and forth in motivations... I wish the dome could drop on a different town and start over really.

King said that the outcome of the book would no longer apply to the tv show, that he wanted to take it in a different direction, but seeing the actions of the dome, I doubt it will stray that far.

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I had mixed emotions about it. Suddenly we see town characters for the first time who should have been visible all along, such as Eddie Cahill as, I guess, Junior's uncle. Yes, the sudden magnetic field certainly was selective, as if it only came on for the camera -- in the scenes that follow, we see perfectly fine metal objects that haven't moved a millimeter. It got so ridiculously cartoonish during the attempt to hang Barbie, with Big Jim repeatedly snarling at his son to pull the lever. That said, I tuned in again last night for the re-broadcast and, to my own surprise, re-watched the entire hour live, not even DVRing it so I could fast forward through some of it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I haven't seen this show, but I did see a promo for it. Is it realistic regarding the logistics of modern life?

Does the isolated town have sufficient farmland and silage to maintain the population?

Is there a fertilizer factory to supply the farms, and a mine to supply the factory with minerals?

Is there an oil well and a refinery to supply the farm and mine with fuel for their vehicles and machinery? Or have town folk been conscripted for grueling manual labor?

Does the town have its own power plant, and if so have they explained how it stays fueled? Is it a nuclear plant, for instance? Or are they going without electricity?

Have they dealt with the town's air supply and run any numbers on how long it would hold out?

There's a new show on TNT called THE LAST SHIP, about a Navy destroyer that sails in isolation now because of a deadly global pandemic, and I've been pretty impressed at the effort they've made to be realistic about matters like food and fuel.

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

ZapB:

In answer to your questions: No to most of them. I keep expecting them to run out of food -- they ran out of insulin in the first couple of episodes, but now, a year later (since the start of the first season) most of the time there seems to be plenty of food and water and most other stuff they need to survive. But one does have to suspend disbelief, especially in sci-fi, so let's not nit pick!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I thought the first episode of second season was a bit all over the place (which is weird, considering it was written by King himself -- who also had a cute cameo at the café, btw!).

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I thought the first episode of second season was a bit all over the place (which is weird, considering it was written by King himself -- who also had a cute cameo at the café, btw!).

It was great to have him on board, but indeed I also expected a bit more coherency, something this show IMO desperately needs to gain this season.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Francis: Re: I thought the first episode of second season was a bit all over the place (which is weird, considering it was written by King himself -- who also had a cute cameo at the café, btw!).

It was great to have him on board, but indeed I also expected a bit more coherency, something this show IMO desperately needs to gain this season.


Yeah, I kinda expected more too, but it's early. As for King's little Hitchcock bit in the cafe, I found it a little distracting -- felt it was a an indulgence that took me right out of the story. They could have just as easily done it in such a way that we wouldn't have recognized Stephen King, thereby taking the elephant out of the room. "Cute cameo"? Please!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I thought the first episode of second season was a bit all over the place (which is weird, considering it was written by King himself -- who also had a cute cameo at the café, btw!).

Agreed. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I thought the first episode of second season was a bit all over the place (which is weird, considering it was written by King himself -- who also had a cute cameo at the café, btw!).

Where did you see it? I guess it will air in Norway this fall.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

This is the first show I ever hate-watched. It's god-awful, but I can't look away. It is seriously the worst hit drama I've seen in years. I even gave up on Dallas, but this? It's like watching one of those slow motion car accidents that seemed to open every episode of CHiPs.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Scott: Re your: This is the first show I ever hate-watched. It's god-awful, but I can't look away. It is seriously the worst hit drama I've seen in years. I even gave up on Dallas, but this? It's like watching one of those slow motion car accidents that seemed to open every episode of CHiPs.

Wow: "hate-watched,." That's sad. At least most of us here seem to enjoy the show, despite some of its shortcomings, and, as I've pointed out, I even watched the season 2 opener again when CBS re-broadcast it a few days later. I'm not claiming that it's great drama, but at least I watch it because I enjoy it and don't have to grudgingly FORCE myself to watch it like Malcolm MacDowell at the end of "A Clockwork Orange." But that's how I picture YOU forcing yourself to watch "Under The Dome"! Need some eyedrops?

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I get what Scott-M is saying somewhat, I haven't been its biggest fan, but I'm sticking around to see how it will differ from the book. For me at this point in the series, "Under the Dome" is like watching a piece of tasty cheese mold under a stolp... I still hope it can be saved or turns into a nice brie.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Ha, well it’s not like I’m being physically forced to watch it. Let’s put it this way: I can’t NOT watch it, but at no time do I feel it’s good. Whatever it is that’s compelling me to tune it, it’s not the acting or the scripting. The premise, I guess and a morbid curiosity to see who gets killed off this week and what weird justification is needed to keep people from shooting Big Jim Rennie in the head.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Let’s put it this way: I can’t NOT watch it, but at no time do I feel it’s good.

Don't you hate shows that have that effect on you? Knowing you're wasting your time -- in the case of a TV show nearly a full day of your life -- on something mediocre at best but being compelled to keep with it based on some attachment to the subject matter or talent involved?

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2014 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Yes! And it's also not boring... Like my drunken Uncle I never want to see but once here's here, we can't take our eyes off of him as he slowly crashes and burns...

 
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