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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2013
I was hooked on this mini-series after watching episode one. I have not read the book and did not know what to expect from the series. Every episode is packed with action, drama and mystery,and I loved every minute of it. However, I was disappointed that the series is only the first instalment of what is obviously a much longer story. Nowhere on the packaging or advertising material does it indicate "series one" or "first instalment". Consequently, when the last episode was over, and the story was left hanging, I went searching for "Disk 5" only to realise that I now have to wait until "Under the Dome Series 2" is released. I would have been less disapointed if I had known this up-front. So... (Amazon UK) Please include these details on your advertising for similar products in the future. Many Thanks.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
I've rarely watched a tv series that is quite as hit and miss as Under the Dome, its packed full of interesting ideas but not all of it really works.

The set up is basic but brilliant - a mysterious dome appears out of nowhere over Chesters Mill, a small American town. We then follow the townsfolk as they attempt to come to terms with life inside the dome and possibly find a way out. Based on the book by Stephen King and developed by Brian K Vaughan (a writer on Lost as well as various comics including the excellent Y The Last Man) it's very much a cross between Lost and The Stand.

The mystery of the dome is explored slowly but at times feels like a bit of a macguffin as the people trapped inside take centre stage. It seems virtually everyone in the town has a secret of some description so there's plenty of story to go around. There are some complex and interesting characters (Big Jim and his son Junior being standouts) but there are also a few walking cliches that drift in and out. The are moments of great invention but also some real eye rolling, head slapping developments. It's difficult to elaborate more without giving away too much about the plot.

Perhaps it's a case of a series finding its feet in the first season and some of the more interesting threads will be picked up in season two (the final episode here seems to suggest this). I'll be having a crack at season two to find out, in the meantime I'd recommend a go at this to make up your own mind (especially as it's on Amazon Prime at time of writing).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2014
I don't know why people are giving this Absolutely Fabulous series bad reviews??? This was a fantastic series & I could not wait every week to watch it, I cannot wait for series 2 which is showing this summer 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2015
I'm a great fan of SF but this is just dire and I can't believe it has received so many stars..... but each to their own I suppose. I can't help but compare this with 'The Walking Dead' which features men and women fighting for survival against seemingly overwhelming odds. However, in the WD, the charcters and their actions are far more believable and have a much better script.
The 'Dome' starts with an interesting premise (a mysterious force field, or 'dome' encapsulates a community) but this descends into farce and parody. It's another 'LOST' which just throws up more mysteries every episode purely to keep the series going.
As others have said the dialogue is,well, diabolical. How the actors/actresses delivered some of their lines whilst keeping a straight face is beyond me.
Also, some of the human behaviour is unbelievable. For instance one of the well loved leading characters (female) is murdered with an axe. The culprit is revealed in a later episode but, after a bit of anger, people seem to shrug their shoulders and accept it. Really ??? In another scene,a leading character ends up with a steel tube through their thigh, suffers considerable blood loss (well you would wouldn't you), almost dies but after being rescued and 'treated' ends up running round like an Olympic athlete with hardly any limp and a bandage over their jeans !!

Add in the much cliched 'teen queen' (whose expression for the whole series is like a slapped backside) and her geeky boyfriend, men wearing all black uniforms with no insignia, a mysterious corporation (whose boss just happens to be the father of one of the characters), characters who keep dying and coming back, very dodgy special FX......I could go on but suffice to say I have given up watching.

I gave it 2 * because the first few episodes were quite good but the whole series then descended into farce.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2013
Under The Dome is one of my favourite Stephen King books and when I heard it was going to be made into a tv series I was thrilled and was thinking it would be something along the lines of IT or The Tommyknockers.
When I learned it would be a twelve part mini series I started to worry and when I heard there was going to be a second series I really started to worry. How could they possibly turn the book into a mini series and keep it running and also stay true to the book at same time? The answer is they couldn't and they haven't.
From the first episode it was apparent the mini series was nothing like the book. A dome comes down over the town of Chester's Mill and traps the residents inside it. That is about as true to the book as it gets.
Characters who died in the book live in the series and some of those who perish in the book live in the series. Every episode there is a disaster in the way of a fire, illness, drought etc. I don't really know why I wasted my time watching the series, I guess I just kept hoping it would get better but it didn't.
I loved the characters in the book but in the series there was no depth to them and I didn't like any of them.
If I had never read the book then I probably would have enjoyed it more but it was nothing like the book and I honestly dont know why Stephen King signed on as a producer and allowed his work to be ruined with this poor attempt to turn it into a tv series.
If you have read the book and loved it then don't bother watching it. Stick with the book instead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2015
Conceptually this is exciting, in execution it's great as well. Performances are to high standard especially Mike Vogel who seems to live every second of this phenomenon, to be honest I only watched the second episode because I wanted to see this actor's next performance, he is magical. Storyline is good, but reminds me too much of the other pilots and series airing on American TV. It's told in a formulaic way, it's shot in a very similar way to other series and with something as terrifically conceptual as Under the Dome, there was an opportunity to start messing with other components of series making, and I felt it was missed.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
I agree with the reviewer who said the first 5 or 6 episodes are good and then heads downhill. But I've got a good tolerance for unusual elements like the egg. No, the problem I have with this show is the MASSIVE amount of character inconsistences - they start in the very first episode but I thought, 'hey, it's common that shows take a few episodes to really find their feet' but it just kept getting worse and worse.

I like that there are philosophical undertones to several episodes - this may be due to Jack Bender (veteran Lost director) or Steven Shpiel-berg trying to create a Lost-alike. Either way, the attempts are ultimately shallow; Lost wasn't exactly Sartre but at least it married the more thoughtful elements into the continuing narrative rather than using 'deep issues' to try and prove that it wasn't written by a bunch of hacks (which Under the Dome feels like).

The acting is generally fair to decent - Dean Norris is certainly good as Big Jim - but some of the acting is definitely ropey. The same can be said of the dialogue. And the characters themselves are rarely given any time for development. Oh yes, and the leading female loses her husband and almost immediately gets into bed and 'falls in love' with the leading male. And a character who is locked up for 2-3 days by her psycho sex-buddy continues to talk to him even after she is set free - there ARE extenuating circumstances, but they are ultimately flimsy.

I started this review giving the show 2 stars but this is like those movies you think are okay in the cinema but after you leave it gradually sinks in just what awful crap you've been watching. Yes, I did watch to the end of the season and aren't I fool for having done so. Urgh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2014
Fantastic. Cannot wait for the 2nd series. Loved the book. Slight variations in the series to the book but well worth a watch
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
like True Blood, this show had potential to be quite interesting and starts off quite strong and quickly runs out of ideas and the characters start to become caricatures of themselves the storylines become overblown and more about creating "drama" rather than great character development and deep storylines. it is however good TV bubble gum and easy to watch. but don't get suckerd in amazon prime because they cleverly decided to not make the second season available to prime users making you pay full price for each episode... nice one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2015
Every good story has a beginning, a middle and an end; this story will have no end and will be milked for all it is worth.
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