Written by: Joe Hempel
Under the Dome – Episode One
Executive Producer Stephen King
I read this book when it first came out, and while I had mixed feelings about the book once completed, I was really excited to see that there was a series coming out.
After the first episode, I’ve got mixed emotions.
To start the scene there is a HUGE deviation from the book with Dale “Barbie” Barbara. There should be some explanation in the future regarding this, or his character is completely different from the book regarding motivations. I’m not sure how I feel about that because he is the hero of the book, and in the book he was your a-typical, do no wrong, protect the people hero.
There is always some change between the original source and the broadcast results and this is no different. However, such a huge departure in character may write the show off for me if something doesn’t come to light regarding this.
This first episode sets the scene, the dome coming down. Nobody knows where it came from, what it is, or what to do about it. People are panicked, with good reason, and the true colors of people in the town are starting to come out.
The episode does a good job of making sure everybody knows the gravity of the situation. Power is down, no radio or TV transmissions are coming through, and no contact with loved ones outside this “dome” are able to me made.
Acting is solid, and the music is taught with suspense. Despite knowing exactly where this is ultimately going, I’m interested to see what they do with the new direction they set up Barbie (who is a heck of a lot younger than I thought he would be) with, and how the extra characters that were added into this series interact with the other main characters from the book.
I just hope they don’t go too off the rails with their characterizations, Barbie, Big Jim, and Rose are three of the best characters that King had to offer in the past 10 years.
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