Under The Dome is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions.
Some of the acting is pretty bad, same goes for the script, but this pales in comparison to having the most unpleasant bunch of people ever seen in a drama. You get to the point where you just don't care if they die, they all seem to be pretty stupid, time and time again the main bad guy kills, lies and cheats but nobody seems to notice! He was so completely unlikeable, I spent all of my time watching hoping that someone would kill him. Most annoying character list: Big Jim - all round bad guy, why anyone trusts a used-car salesman is beyond me! Sheriff Esquivel - Probably the stupidest law enforcement officer EVER! Norrie - I just wanted to slap her grumpy, pouty face every time I saw her! Junior - Clearly unstable, so why is he now a Deputy with a gun... Julia - Ridiculously trusting of all the wrong people. Rebecca - Terrible actor and quite obviously a danger to the whole town, she's a science teacher, not a scientist! There doesn't seem to be a single decent person in this place, they are all pretty horrible.
"Under The Dome" is a sci-fi/fantasy series, based on the 2009 book by Stephen King.
This 1st season of the show was widely believed to be a one-off, which would explain the relatively straightforward narrative (later seasons of the show could hardly be deemed straightforward!) A large, impregnable dome comes down and cuts off the inhabitants of Chester's Mill from the outside world. Among them are an enthusiastic, cynical but good-hearted journalist (Julia Shumway), a brave, tough but shady ex-soldier (Dale 'Barbie' Barbara) and the town's opportunistic, scheming and ultimately murderous councillor/used car dealer, Big Jim. It is the clashes between these characters that drives the drama more than the more surreal moments that would come later - apart from one rather odd 'Fight Club'-style storyline halfway through the season.
Dean Norris is arguably the stand-out among the cast, with a major role in "Breaking Bad" among his credits: he is a revelation as the crooked and ruthless Big Jim, making him as magnetic as he is bullying and despicable. It is his bullying behaviour that seems to have turned his son, Junior, into an unhinged abductor, and he leaves several bodies in his wake as he desperately tries to maintain his dominance over the town. S1 of "Under The Dome" is not perfect - the acting of some of the supporting cast is a bit variable and the show's constant killing-off of the minor cast members would ultimately come to hinder it, but it's not nearly as bad as some might state.
An excellent series about a small town that becomes trapped under a dome of indestructible transparent material. It shows how those people trapped inside cope with the ever changing environmental and emotional situations, including the supernatural phenomena of another species that attempts to take them over. The characters are brilliantly played out throughout, and just when you think that it is all over, you have to think again .....
Ok.. Here is what I see, an age-old formula for American TV series copy and pasted on top of a fantastic storyline.
It's just about watchable if you really have nothing else to do. The only reason I watched the entire first season was to find a conclusion to the story. The whole season was let down by predictable plot twists incorporated into the story by the screenwriters I suppose.
I cannot watch this any more, not with Stephen King's Under The Dome sitting there on the shelf above my monitor, I feel like I am betraying the book.
Series 1 is decent enough and keeps you watching. The script writers did a decent job with the plot twists and the director a decent job with the pacing. Series 2 not so good and series 3 plain awful. I stupidly kept going with series 3 thinking it might get better, but it accelerated into absurdity with no consideration for the viewer. If you want separation drama with a twist watch The 100 first couple of series. If you want intrigue with guns watch Rogue. Only complaint is the actor playing junior. I know you have to suspend belief in these sorts of things, but he was never believable in any of the character variations through the 3 series. In fact some of the acting through the 3 series was pretty dodgy. More ham than a pig farm.
There's a lot to dislike about Under the Dome. The plots are often uninspired, the dialogue is clumsy and heavy with forced exposition and the acting, especially from the younger actors, is cringeworthy. Yet despite its huge flaws I'm still watching avidly, for two reasons. The first: it stars Dean Norris (Hank from Breaking Bad) and secondly, the concept is actually pretty interesting. I am genuinely curious to know what the damn Dome is. I just hope it doesn't do what Lost did and string me along then let me down at the end.
I watched this on Amazon Prime, and whilst not great, it was quite watchable. The main story line is interesting, and there seems to be some depth to most of the characters.The way the residents of Chester's Mill interact since the Dome comes down is what makes this series worth watching.
However, there does seem to be some glaring plot holes. Certain characters seem to get away with the most outrageous behaviour whilst the whole town (including the police department), just turns a blind eye. The script is a bit naff at times too.