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Joe Hempel Walks Us Through Episode Two of Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’

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Under the Dome – Episode 2

Executive Producer Stephen King

Air 7/1/2013

Written by Joe Hempel (of Top of the Heap Reviews)

It’s time once again to creep under the dome covering Chesters Mill. First though I want to talk a bit about adaptations and why they aren’t necessarily a bad thing.

After reflecting a bit last week about the show and about adaptations in general, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in for the duration for this one. They are wanting to expand the show past the time of the book, for 2 or 3 seasons, so it now makes sense to change a few things around. Die hard King fans will hate it, I think that’s a given, but if they go into the show knowing that the adaptation will have changes to facilitate going past the conclusion of the novel, perhaps they would be more understanding.

Compare this adaptation to say, The Walking Dead. You have major changes in characters and plot, but still, it’s one of the best on TV. The most popular character isn’t even in the comic book. So you see, adaptations aren’t all that bad.

Going into this episode you get to witness the true intentions of the characters coming out to play. Big Jim Rennie, the councilman, goes about helping folks, but you know there is something darker beneath the surface, he’s looking for some sort of power play. This becomes more evident when he destroys the chief’s house with a bulldozer to save the town from the house fire spreading. He not only gets to hide what he was doing, he becomes the town hero.

Dale “Barbie” Barbara has come into town to collect some sort of debt from Julia Shumway’s husband. That story line has so far been the biggest deviation from the book. I doubt his character will be heading the direction of the book, or at least not as it was originally written. But Barbie’s character is starting to take a bit more of a leadership role, while still trying to hide what he really was in town to do.

All the while you have Junior Rennie keeping his old girlfriend, Angie captive, she will no doubt play a much bigger role than in the book. Then you have Joe triangulating the size of the dome and walking the edge, doing some real investigating into the cause.

The biggest incident however is the fire. They got it right when the dome keeps the smoke in as well. There is nowhere for it to go. While this didn’t really happen until the end, you start to really get the sense that they are all in real danger, and not just from the surrounding dome, but from the actions of others, and the consequences of those actions.

A good episode, and I’m looking forward to next week.

If you missed this weeks episode, you can stream it right here.

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

2 Comments on Joe Hempel Walks Us Through Episode Two of Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’

  1. Being a die hard fan of Kings work I can honestly say that the changes between his published work and what we see on a screen adaptation, while open to comparisons ,should rarely be expected to be one in the same . Especially when dealing with his longer tales.The story I also am viewing on television is well worth viewing .Glad to see you agree …as always…Vitina


  2. Wayne C. Rogers // July 4, 2013 at 12:08 am // Reply

    Since I’m not going to be to see the series till it comes out on DVD, I’m following your excerpts and observations on each episode. You’re doing a great job, and you certainly have me interested in watching the show.


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