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(IGN)   "It's no secret that Under the Dome has been a huge summertime ratings hit for CBS. The mystery though is 'why?'"   (ign.com) divider line 160
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2013-09-19 05:52:03 PM
I swear there must be massive amounts of mercury in their drinking water. It's an entire town full of barely functional retarded people.  I swear the writers must sit at their desks and think, "What's the dumbest thing we could have the characters do in this situation?"

/I'm still hooked on the dumb show.
//The book was pretty good, though.
///King-style terrible ending, though.
 
2013-09-19 06:01:15 PM
They finally showed a long-shot view of the Dome in the season finale and totally forgot there was supposed to be a wasteland on one side of it where the MOAB landed. Maybe they just could explain that was on the other side.

The show is only worthwhile to mock. It's amazing how they don't even seem to try.
 
2013-09-19 06:11:14 PM
I was home with my parents for a couple of days over the summer and happened to catch one of the first few episodes and remember saying to myself "Man, this show f*cking sucks".
 
2013-09-19 06:16:52 PM
I love how the townspeople always seem to forget there's a giant dome covering them. When Big Jim learned about the mini-Dome someone said, "I think it might be connected somehow."

Big Jim: "Connected to what?"

Random character: "The Dome, you know, the giant mysterious thing that is threatening our lives? Remember that?"
 
2013-09-19 06:49:04 PM
I keep waiting for Big Jim to go out looking for Walter White.

Actors should only appear in one show a year, otherwise I get confused.
 
2013-09-19 06:53:35 PM

Confabulat: When Big Jim learned about the mini-Dome someone said, "I think it might be connected somehow."


I remember that.  I remember thinking, "You don't say!" Nick Cage style.
My SO finally told me to shut up and stop constantly picking apart the plot.  It's not my fault it's so dumb!

Things that frustrate me:
1. How completely RETARDED Junior is at all times.
2. That female cop was on the verge of arresting Big Jim (we need to have a talk. Down at the station.) but then put it off until the morning because it was late and, hey, you might as well get a good nights sleep before I arrest you, right!?  And apparently she's now completely loyal to him again. For no reason.
3. That whole Contact style, "I'm appearing as someone you know because we haven't figured out how to communicate with you yet."  Really? You haven't? Because it seems like you're doing a pretty good job RIGHT NOW!

I'm sure there are other, stupider things that I've somehow blocked out.
 
2013-09-19 07:40:37 PM
Junior could have been an interesting character. He is reasonably good-looking and charismatic at times (although not a very good actor).

But the writers had him turn into a raging psycho literally about 5 minutes into the pilot.
 
2013-09-19 07:42:04 PM

Honest Bender: I'm sure there are other, stupider things that I've somehow blocked out.


Probably. Each week's episode seems to get more and more like what you'd end up with if someone let the producer's five-year-old granddaughter come onto the set and completely fabricate, with no context, what's going to happen in the scene they're about to shoot. I'm just sticking with it because...well, just because I invested a couple hours into the first two or three episodes, when I had more hope for it, and I hate to give up.

I mean, gee whiz. You have a dome coming down on a town. You have people in the town, and they're going to do stuff as a result of this dome. That's all you need. Forget all the mystical crap about apparitions and four hands and "what the dome wants" and all that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get my Exterminating Angel DVD off the shelf and watch it.
 
2013-09-19 07:55:50 PM
I've been charged with protecting this egg.
So first thing I am going to do to protect this egg is .....


Well if you've seen the finale you know.

The whole thing is just so terrible. I enjoy how it's calendar time about 2 - 4 weeks since the dome came down, they've had food riots, and murders and deaths and invasions and takeovers and none of the townies have suggested recreating any form of government if only martial law.

I admit I spend a few hours each week writing slashfic about Angie and Julia, sometimes making it a lesbian threeway with Corey Haim's Younger Brother.
 
2013-09-19 08:04:10 PM

Honest Bender: I'm sure there are other, stupider things that I've somehow blocked out.


I've got one for you. In the finale Linda sends out an APB to all available officers.

Now if I'm not mistaken, Junior is the only other police officer in town and that doesn't make a lick of sense either, but he refuses to show up so Linda sulks. BECAUSE THERE ARE NO OTHER COPS
 
2013-09-19 08:05:39 PM
Its new tv during a time when there's little else new on. That's about it.
 
2013-09-19 08:13:15 PM
That picture in the IGN review with the little boy and the dog is about 1000X more interesting and emotional than anything on the actual show.
 
2013-09-19 08:37:36 PM
I really tried to give the show a shot, but after 5 eps I realised it was going to make me angry to keep watching it. I'll have to read the book.
 
2013-09-19 08:41:18 PM
The book is a fast read, pretty typical Stephen King, reminded me of Needful Things in a lot of ways. The last hundred pages suck though and the TV show bears almost no resemblance to the book anyway. Some of the characters have the same names, I guess.

Julia: OMG Barbie you totally murdered my husband! You are so sleeping on the couch from now on, Mister!
Barbie: Yeah sorry about that.
Julia: Ah hell c'mon back to bed!
 
2013-09-19 08:43:43 PM
In tangentially related news, what about Sleepy Hollow? That show is prime Chiquita grade bananas, but it revels in it. It's like American Horror Story only less horror and no Jessica Lange. "Hey, we're already going w/ time traveling Revolutionary War folks showing up in modern day New England, let's throw in demons, a secret black magic conspiracy, witches, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and to stick a cherry on it, we'll have a good dose of UST between the two leads!" Granted, this crazy train could go straight off a cliff, just like The Bridge (which might hold some kind of record for going from promising to utter dreck in the fewest number of episodes).
 
2013-09-19 08:46:47 PM
I lasted 3 episodes I think. It was pretty terrible and I couldn't really see it getting better.
 
2013-09-19 08:48:08 PM

Trocadero: In tangentially related news, what about Sleepy Hollow? That show is prime Chiquita grade bananas, but it revels in it. It's like American Horror Story only less horror and no Jessica Lange. "Hey, we're already going w/ time traveling Revolutionary War folks showing up in modern day New England, let's throw in demons, a secret black magic conspiracy, witches, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and to stick a cherry on it, we'll have a good dose of UST between the two leads!" Granted, this crazy train could go straight off a cliff, just like The Bridge (which might hold some kind of record for going from promising to utter dreck in the fewest number of episodes).


I'm gonna watch that later tonight. I have zero expectations but a comparison to American Horror Story isn't a bad review. I love that nutzo show.
 
2013-09-19 08:48:59 PM
People just want to know WTF is the deal with the plot device (The Dome).

The characters are all completely off the rails, though. Extremely annoying, particularly with "Big Jim" stomping around hanging somebody without any sort of trial (kangaroo or otherwise), and the town slut sleeping with her husband's murderer.

Would it kill Hollywood to employ a guy with an IQ over 80 to review the scripts and say "that looks OK" or "What, EXACTLY, are you morans thinking?".

Junior reminds me of Adam Samberg - and he changes moods more often than Samberg changes characters on SNL.

The dome/wasteland thing pissed me off too. Also, how does "Max" set up her Thunderdome club in the cement factory so fast? One day the kids are exploring the tunnels (why tunnels in a cement factory?), the next day, it's a night club with fights. I mean, my small town also has underground clubs with fights that attract half the town, but we usually host them in the church or somebody's barn,  amiright?

Meanwhile, we have aliens who seem to be going out of their way to be completely obtuse. We ultimately learn they plan on judging all of humanity based on the events in one town? Huh? Doesn't really seem fair, does it?
 
2013-09-19 08:49:58 PM

Trocadero: In tangentially related news, what about Sleepy Hollow? That show is prime Chiquita grade bananas, but it revels in it. It's like American Horror Story only less horror and no Jessica Lange. "Hey, we're already going w/ time traveling Revolutionary War folks showing up in modern day New England, let's throw in demons, a secret black magic conspiracy, witches, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and to stick a cherry on it, we'll have a good dose of UST between the two leads!" Granted, this crazy train could go straight off a cliff, just like The Bridge (which might hold some kind of record for going from promising to utter dreck in the fewest number of episodes).


Im digging sleepy hollow.  It has potential like supernatural did before it jumped the shark.  Under the dome is totally epicsode material.  Wait till the end of the season, watch all 13 episodes in a week, and forget about it till next year.  I watched Sopranos like that.  Sucked waiting for the 6 seasons, but i timed it out perfect.  Nothing but sopranos for 3 months?  That'll change the way you think...
 
2013-09-19 08:54:23 PM
I should add... Stephen King evolved the story through many iterations, mostly as a character study of what happens to the townspeople, where this series takes the exact opposite approach, concentrating on the mystery of the dome, and manipulating the characters to do completely out-of-character or outright stupid things to move the plot along.

King's idea was that the dome wasn't as important as the people; why it was there, how it gets removed - that is all secondary to the mentality of people trapped in those circumstances. For TV, we get a nonsensical story arc where every plot twist is shoved along by character interactions that are completely unrealistic and unnatural.
 
2013-09-19 08:56:22 PM
CBS also has Two and a Half Men, Big Bang and all the CSIs. Clearly the network's audience has no shame and will watch anything. That's why.
 
2013-09-19 08:56:22 PM

LesserEvil: The characters are all completely off the rails, though. Extremely annoying, particularly with "Big Jim" stomping around hanging somebody without any sort of trial (kangaroo or otherwise), and the town slut sleeping with her husband's murderer.


"You know she told me she was fired from her last job for lying!!", says the town psychopath.
 
2013-09-19 08:56:35 PM

Trocadero: what about Sleepy Hollow?


Sleepy Hollow was farking awesome!!! The Headless Horseman ditching his broad ax in favor of a shotgun and AR-15 was pretty much the most awesome thing I've seen on TV in a long time.
 
2013-09-19 08:56:46 PM

LesserEvil: I should add... Stephen King evolved the story through many iterations, mostly as a character study of what happens to the townspeople


King's book lasted 7 days, too. The TV show was past that halfway through the season.
 
2013-09-19 08:57:14 PM
This deserves a "100 things I learned from watching Under the Dome"

1. If a giant dome traps hundreds of people inside, no one will be at the perimeter to exchange info with those on the outside. Instead, they'll listen to faint signals at the towns radio station.

2.
 
2013-09-19 08:59:05 PM

shanrick: This deserves a "100 things I learned from watching Under the Dome"

1. If a giant dome traps hundreds of people inside, no one will be at the perimeter to exchange info with those on the outside. Instead, they'll listen to faint signals at the towns radio station.

2.


No no there's like a couple of teenagers who are interested in that sort of thing, mostly cause they have to be, I guess.
 
2013-09-19 09:06:46 PM

Karma Chameleon: CBS also has Two and a Half Men, Big Bang and all the CSIs. Clearly the network's audience has no shame and will watch anything. That's why.


That's unfair. The plots of those shows generally tend to make some kind of sense.
 
2013-09-19 09:07:24 PM

Honest Bender: Things that frustrate me:
1. How completely RETARDED Junior is at all times.

He's more crazy than retarded, but he's both.
2. That female cop was on the verge of arresting Big Jim (we need to have a talk. Down at the station.) but then put it off until the morning because it was late and, hey, you might as well get a good nights sleep before I arrest you, right!? And apparently she's now completely loyal to him again. For no reason.
I believe that when she did that, siding again with Big Jim when she already knew what he was, she became one of the shows villains.
3. That whole Contact style, "I'm appearing as someone you know because we haven't figured out how to communicate with you yet." Really? You haven't? Because it seems like you're doing a pretty good job RIGHT NOW!
I haven't seen the finale yet as I've been watching it on Amazon Prime. But yeah, seems like the "aliens" are just as stupid as the townspeople. I liked the aliens in AHS:Asylum better, even if they were kinda out of left field.
 
2013-09-19 09:08:01 PM

shanrick: This deserves a "100 things I learned from watching Under the Dome"

1. If a giant dome traps hundreds of people inside, no one will be at the perimeter to exchange info with those on the outside. Instead, they'll listen to faint signals at the towns radio station.

2.

If "Big Jim" (the sleazy town politician) says the guy you thought of as a friend killed your radio station engineer, believe it to the point that it puts you into a killing rage.

3. Small towns have extra police uniforms in stock that will fit the big kid perfectly.
 
2013-09-19 09:10:01 PM
I watch it out of boredom, I guess. Typical Steven King: small town threatened by some unnatural occurrence, brings out dark secrets in the townspeople, some hero emerges, challenges the occurrence, the end. Unless the cars or trucks start acting up.
 
2013-09-19 09:10:25 PM

LesserEvil: 1. If a giant dome traps hundreds of people inside, no one will be at the perimeter to exchange info with those on the outside. Instead, they'll listen to faint signals at the towns radio station.

2. If "Big Jim" (the sleazy town politician) says the guy you thought of as a friend killed your radio station engineer, believe it to the point that it puts you into a killing rage.

3. Small towns have extra police uniforms in stock that will fit the big kid perfectly.


4. Small towns have an enormous number of nameless thugs and goons waiting to serve evil characters without question.
 
2013-09-19 09:11:38 PM
Watching people crash into the wall in the first episode was fun, but it has been all downhill since.
 
2013-09-19 09:12:12 PM

Honest Bender: I swear there must be massive amounts of mercury in their drinking water. It's an entire town full of barely functional retarded people. I swear the writers must sit at their desks and think, "What's the dumbest thing we could have the characters do in this situation?"


I hadn't heard of the show at all until this past weekend's Breaking Bad thread. Looked it up; it sounded interesting.

Now, I dunno. Shows/movies that depend on the characters being total dumbasses annoy the shiat out of me.

/q.v. pretty much every horror movie that comes out these days
 
2013-09-19 09:17:03 PM

simplicimus: I watch it out of boredom, I guess. Typical Steven King: small town threatened by some unnatural occurrence, brings out dark secrets in the townspeople, some hero emerges, challenges the occurrence, the end. Unless the cars or trucks start acting up.


I'd argue Stephen King's best skill as a writer is the ability to get the reader in the character's head and understand them and their motivations.

This TV show does the exact opposite of that. It really is sort of like you're an alien watching some weird foreign species act like lunatics. Huh, maybe that's the point.
 
2013-09-19 09:18:20 PM

Confabulat: Junior could have been an interesting character. He is reasonably good-looking and charismatic at times (although not a very good actor).

But the writers had him turn into a raging psycho literally about 5 minutes into the pilot.


Actually if you had read the book.  He's been a hell of a lot less psycho in the show.

Something that would have been more interesting is if they had stuck with the book plot device of the army putting Barbie in charge as their liason and over Big Jim.  That really pushed things along.

Biggest problem though, is they wrote it as a typical TV show.  One they have to keep going for multiple seasons.  I know the pick up for a second season came after the first few episodes but it changes things so dramatically.

It would have been so much better if it was done like American Horror Story, or maybe a BBC mini-series.  Thirteen episodes and it's done.  Wrap everything up and no loose ends when it's over.
 
2013-09-19 09:20:24 PM

BizarreMan: Actually if you had read the book.  He's been a hell of a lot less psycho in the show.


This is true, but the Junior in the book at least was explained with a brain tumor. TV Junior just seems really stupid and an emotional infant. But yeah, Angie should be very glad she never met book Junior.
 
2013-09-19 09:20:57 PM

simplicimus: I watch it out of boredom, I guess. Typical Steven King: small town threatened by some unnatural occurrence, brings out dark secrets in the townspeople, some hero emerges, challenges the occurrence, the end. Unless the cars or trucks start acting up.


Needs more pre-teen gangbangs.

That'll boost the ratings.
 
2013-09-19 09:22:47 PM

Boojum2k: LesserEvil: 1. If a giant dome traps hundreds of people inside, no one will be at the perimeter to exchange info with those on the outside. Instead, they'll listen to faint signals at the towns radio station.

2. If "Big Jim" (the sleazy town politician) says the guy you thought of as a friend killed your radio station engineer, believe it to the point that it puts you into a killing rage.

3. Small towns have extra police uniforms in stock that will fit the big kid perfectly.

4. Small towns have an enormous number of nameless thugs and goons waiting to serve evil characters without question.


5. Junior's Mom paints like a 4 year old on crack

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6.
 
2013-09-19 09:23:12 PM
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2013-09-19 09:25:10 PM
I watched the whole series, haven't read the book yet. The show was pretty bad. It's biggest flaw is horribly stupid characters. A lot of the plots only even work if the character is potentially retarded. Also, the finale felt like there should have been a whole additional act to it. It felt like it just kinda...stopped.

Sleepy Hollow is a fun show so far. I'm guessing by the dialog that they're hoping for a seven year story arc. No way that's going to happen. I'll be surprised if it even gets an order for the back-nine episodes. It just has that feeling that it's going to go the same way as Alcatraz. It will be case-of-the-week for too long. By the time it gets mythology-heavy, it will have too many viewers jump ship.

Also, they had me at "headless horseman uses an assault rifle".
 
2013-09-19 09:28:39 PM

BizarreMan: It would have been so much better if it was done like American Horror Story, or maybe a BBC mini-series.  Thirteen episodes and it's done.  Wrap everything up and no loose ends when it's over


I think one of my dream series would be a show that has 10-episode seasons, is produced by HBO, and each season adapts a different Stephen King novel, or pair of novels.
 
2013-09-19 09:29:32 PM

Confabulat: simplicimus: I watch it out of boredom, I guess. Typical Steven King: small town threatened by some unnatural occurrence, brings out dark secrets in the townspeople, some hero emerges, challenges the occurrence, the end. Unless the cars or trucks start acting up.

I'd argue Stephen King's best skill as a writer is the ability to get the reader in the character's head and understand them and their motivations.

This TV show does the exact opposite of that. It really is sort of like you're an alien watching some weird foreign species act like lunatics. Huh, maybe that's the point.


I am not going to nitpick King's writing style. He is far more successful and richer than I will ever be, so he writes a product people want to buy. I can't argue with that, as the goal of a writer is not to write, but to be read.
 
2013-09-19 09:29:55 PM
I like the cow.

Anyone watch Siberia?
 
2013-09-19 09:30:08 PM

NeoCortex42: I watched the whole series, haven't read the book yet. The show was pretty bad. It's biggest flaw is horribly stupid characters. A lot of the plots only even work if the character is potentially retarded. Also, the finale felt like there should have been a whole additional act to it. It felt like it just kinda...stopped.

Sleepy Hollow is a fun show so far. I'm guessing by the dialog that they're hoping for a seven year story arc. No way that's going to happen. I'll be surprised if it even gets an order for the back-nine episodes. It just has that feeling that it's going to go the same way as Alcatraz. It will be case-of-the-week for too long. By the time it gets mythology-heavy, it will have too many viewers jump ship.

Also, they had me at "headless horseman uses an assault rifle".


Yeah, I really with TV execs would at least commit to an exit strategy... fan's avoid anything with a long story arc if it isn't absolutely awesome, because who wants to watch an unfinished story?

If a series is mediocre, but interesting, but you have a guarantee it will at least be wrapped up with a one or two episode finale if it gets canceled, you'll probably watch it. Alcatraz had a lot of potential, but we'll never know WTF was going on now. That was a series I think could have grown on people, but most people (myself included) felt it was going to leave us all in a lurch as a canceled show, and I think it scared away a LOT of viewers.
 
2013-09-19 09:30:09 PM
/spoilers
 
2013-09-19 09:30:14 PM
They made a TV show out of The Simpsons Movie?
 
2013-09-19 09:31:04 PM

simplicimus: I am not going to nitpick King's writing style. He is far more successful and richer than I will ever be, so he writes a product people want to buy. I can't argue with that, as the goal of a writer is not to write, but to be read.


Eh, it's fair to do that. His earlier books were certainly outstanding work, and he has produced some good work in these later years, but a lot of his books just kinda ride on his name recognition.
 
2013-09-19 09:31:15 PM
Is American Horror Story season two any good?

Because American Horror Story was pretty terribly IMHO with the same flaws as Under The Dome -- criminally stupid characters.
 
2013-09-19 09:32:06 PM

Karma Chameleon: CBS also has Two and a Half Men, Big Bang and all the CSIs. Clearly the network's audience has no shame and will watch anything. That's why.


Big Bang Theory is a funny show. And there's only one CSI left. The original one that jumped the shark a long time ago.
 
2013-09-19 09:32:53 PM
I have a monumental confession: I've been having fun with "Under The Dome." Having seen almost every episode, I've learned to block out all inconsistencies and incongruities and focus on The Moment. (I do get tired of the chopped-in-half cow in the opening exposition each week, so I avert my eyes at that point.)

I am also looking forward to the returns of "Hawaii 5-0" and "Dallas."

But you probably already guessed that ...
 
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