Under the Dome – “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Under the Dome is a television series based on a Stephen King story. Many adaptations of King’s writing are a clear improvement (The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me)… alongside a score of forgettable failures (Cujo, The Stand, etc). I think his writing lends itself well to re-interpretations, as King frequently conceives outstanding concepts with gripping introductions that often peter out or degenerate into craziness; essentially, his conclusions often don’t live up to his beginnings.

Under the Dome Season 1 Episode 1 - The Pilot

As a television series – and one that may, potentially, stretch for years – CBS’s Under the Dome need only adopt the book’s beginning. And what a beginning it is: the pilot is not only content to strand a small town under an inexplicable, cow-disecting transparent dome, but introduces a host of subplots – an obsessive boyfriend stranding his girlfriend underground, a drifter with a violent, ambiguous past, a stranded teenager experiencing seizures and possibly visions – that will undoubtedly unfold as the series progresses. The sheer number of questions and characters left me intrigued, but not fully engaged; the show has potential, but I’m hopeful it doesn’t take long to flesh out characters and more coherent plotlines rather than simply posing questions. I’m reserving judgment for now.

12 thoughts on “Under the Dome – “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)

    • It had a lot of sweet moments (the bisected cow in particular). Just hoping they’ll flesh out the characters sooner rather than later, rather than events that raise questions without immediate interest in answering them. Thanks for the comment!

    • Probably a good idea; it really feels like the kind of show that could go on to be spectacular or fizzle out into mediocrity. There are enough good actors in the cast that I’m optimistic, but if it wasn’t being played at a good hour on Australian television I’d probably hold off ’til the first season was done as well.

    • Thanks Natasha! I’m still not sure how to work in these awards with my two hundred word restriction – I was thinking carefully about the last nomination before work distracted it from me entirely! The nomination is very much appreciated 🙂

      • That’s ok 🙂 You could use pictures instead of answering questions…that’s what some people do instead of writing 🙂
        You’re welcome, well deserved 😀

  1. I really enjoyed it. I knew nothing about it til my bf put it on, but I was a bit hooked. I know what you mean about King’s stories sometimes fizzling out. Hopefully that won’t happened here. I think Brian K Vaughan being involved is a good sign. If anybody can keep a good story going it’s a comic book writer.

    • Thanks for the comment (and follow)! I know very little about it too – I’ve heard about the book a little, but I haven’t read it yet. I have heard that the ending is pretty terrible (might spoil myself on the details, unsure!) but there’s no reason to think that the TV series has to follow the book too closely. Apparently it’s quite a violent book, which I think is promising – the biggest mistake with an intense setting like this is to play things “too nice,” in my opinion.

      I didn’t realise that Vaughan was involved – that is a good sign!

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