I have to say that I am so glad that I watched the TV show Under the Dome before I read the book! I think this is something you can say about most of Stephen King’s work, to be honest with you. Under the Dome is a sci-fi series that aired back in 2013 and it was a show that for the first season and second season, I was really hooked on.
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The Movie Review
Overall, I liked the show and as I said, It is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, but there are more than a few changes with the story here so much so, that apart from the “dome” and where the dome came from concept, they are quite different in how they go about executing this story.
I am going to be careful here in what I say so that I do not spoil this for those of you coming into Under the Dome blind. The setting for the show is a small town called Chester’s Mill and one day an invisible and impenetrable dome seals the town off from the rest of the USA, trapping the people inside.
What I loved best about Under the Dome was the characters. A mysterious man comes into town that goes by the nickname “Barbie” and he teams up with a reporter called Julia as they try and figure out what is going on in the town. I will say that you can see the relationship between these two coming a mile away, but I really liked both of these characters.
We also have other characters such as “Big Jim.” Big Jim pretty much runs the town of Chester’s Mill and I liked how you never knew for sure if you can trust him. Jim appoints a woman called Linda as the sheriff of Chester’s Mill and his son, Junior soon becomes the deputy sheriff of the town.
Junior is one of the most interesting characters in the show. Junior has a very interesting relationship with his dad, Big Jim. Junior is pretty dark and walks a fine line between being a straight-up villain to a character that you do end up sympathizing with and even seeing him as something of a hero in some cases.
Another couple of key characters I want to mention are Angie and her younger teenage brother, Joe. Joe is a really smart guy and is fascinated by the dome and comes up with many theories about what it is. These two are left alone as their parents were outside of the dome when it came down. Angie is also a great character, well-written, and a character that you really do care for.
The first couple of seasons of Under the Dome are fantastic and, in an X,-Files/Lost kind of way, throw up lots of questions and mysteries. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something will happen and blow your mind. I would imagine those new to the show will end up binge-watching those first two seasons as many of the episodes leave you hanging with a big cliffhanger or questions.
Now, with me saying that, you may think I am about to pull the third season to pieces, but that is not the case. I think that they tried really hard in the third season to answer many of the questions that they had in the show and for the most part they succeed. I just think that the revelation of what the dome is and who was responsible for it was not all that interesting, to be honest with you, especially in comparison to the book.
Had I read the book before I saw the show, I would have hated and I mean hated the way that the story wrapped up in Under the Dome. Still, I recommend you check the show out and then read the book. While I much prefer the book, especially with where the dome comes from and how it all plays out. I think that this is still a decent sci-fi show that has a really fun mystery about it all.
- The show does a good job of keeping you hanging with its mystery
- It is a fun sci-fi kind of story
- I liked how character driven the show was and the core cast of characters
- Some may like how different it is from the book
- The third season is not as good as the first two
- Those who have read the book before watching the show may be very disappointed with the ending and story in general