Just watched the first episode of “Under the Dome”. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be too drawn out over 13 episodes. There are way too many slow moments for a first episode. People seemed to calm down way too quickly for a dome having dropped on their town earlier in the day.
So far the show, and its town of Chester’s Mill, is populated with very predictable one-dimensional characters with not-very-subtle insecurities, instabilities and ulterior motives. Maybe they’re a little more three-dimensional in the book?
I still don’t understand why TV and movie characters don’t get out of town when Jeff Fahey is around. Shit never goes well when he’s on the scene: “Lost”, “Planet Terror”, “Machete”, “Scorpius Gigantus”, “Wyatt Earp” and so on.
People in this show have priorities different than mine, were I trapped in a domed town (not a town WITH a dome, like I already live in). While most disaster plans in real life and TV/movies involve inventory of medical supplies, batteries, gas, water and food rationing, I’m pretty sure I would be securing bacon, dark chocolate and high-quality beer first. Then, all the ice cream in town must be consumed right at the start before it melts. I can keep the beer cool in the river and further smoke-cure and salt the bacon to preserve it longer.
But back to the show… I can already predict the power-mongering, the “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” (Serling) suspicions that spread about town fueling chaos, desperation that drives violations of civility and fuels monstrous acts, intimations of life under the dome as model for the world we already live in outside of the dome and finally a typical King introduction toward the end of gubmint conspiracies, aliens, phantoms or something else paranormal.
I might just abandon the show and pick up the book after four or five episodes out of frustration with the TV pacing and delay of the usual Stephen King character revelations, realizations and breakdowns. That progression usually works in print in King books like “Needful Things” and keeps you turning the pages, eager for crescendos. In the past, more compact TV mini-series of King’s works have offered a more rapid and pleasing pace than what I expect will occur here.
But we’ll see… In the end, as TV goes, it’s probably going to be the equivalent of a summer beach read and that’s okay. Maybe it will be better to stream in a couple of sittings via Netflix or other service.