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At this point, it's probably fair to say that if you're a Stephen King fan who read Under the Dome, you're about as in-the-dark about what's coming up on the CBS series as any other viewer anticipating the show's second season. The small screen adaptation has already deviated so much from the source material in terms of character development and story that even the dome seems to be playing by its own TV-land rules.
Are you ready to return to the Dome? Well, we still have a while to wait for Under the Dome to return to CBS for its second season, but the network did announce the official premiere date for the series, along with the debut date for their new drama Extant, starry Halle Berry. Also announced today were the return dates for The Amazing Race: All Stars and Survivor.
Remember last summer when Amazon Prime made each new episode of CBS’ hit summer drama Under the Dome available just days after it aired? Awareness of this may be contingent on whether or not you were a Prime subscriber at the time or had any interest in Under the Dome. Regardless, it was a new approach for CBS and Amazon Prime in quickly distributing the series on the streaming video service one episode at a time...
Well, the first season of Under the Dome didn't end quite like I hoped it would, but I'll admit, I was on the edge of my seat for those last few minutes, and actually issuing orders to Julia to move faster, because her dramatic pause was killing me. Let's insert the spoiler alert here. If you haven't seen the season finale of Under the Dome read no further!
As expected, it seems everything is coming to a head in Chester's Mill and the dome. The preview begins with the image of four hands on a very dark looking mini dome. Big dome seems to be following suit as people look upward to see a dark cloud coating either the inside or the outside of dome, blocking the sky from view and putting the small town in darkness. It's no wonder we see people flocking to church, believing the end is near.
Big Jim Rennie is the ultimate schemer. But it seems like the clock is ticking on his antics, and sooner or later, his misdeeds are going to catch up with him. But is that before or after the monarch is crowned? Or before whatever passes for "justice" is served on Barbie for everything he's been blamed for?
Is there any chance the residents of Chester's Mill will get out from under the dome? Not if Big Jim Rennie can help it. We've seen Under the Dome veer further and further away from Stephen King's book with each episode, and that's kind of ok. King's novel is certainly the kind of story that can be adjusted and adapted fairly liberally without losing its core. Still, the above preview for next Monday's "Exigent Circumstances" does hint at some shades of the novel.
On the subject of random observations as it relates to Under the Dome, I like that the female characters don't wear a lot of make-up. This specifically applies to characters like Angie, Linda and Julia. Given everything these ladies are going through, it seems like it would be impractical to see them all made up and gorgeous each episode. Well, made up anyway.
As if you couldn't tell by the preview, there are only three episodes left for the first season of Under the Dome. The preview for "Speak of the Devil" isn't shy about selling some of the more intense moments lined up for the episode, including fighting, someone getting shot and some seriously bad weather.
For those of you looking for an escape from what's left of the summer festivities, there are some great options on Amazon Prime. Last week, we offered you a selection of excellent, currently-airing TV shows consisting of three seasons or fewer, which were available streaming on Netflix. Today, we have a new list with the same criteria for shows that are not available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Those looking to get caught up on some worth-watching TV series ahead of their respective new seasons may want to give these a try.
One of the things I really appreciate about Under the Dome is that it doesn't make us wait very long to give us the answers to the questions it raises. It falls shy of being a procedural by stretching out mysteries beyond the length of an episode, but it doesn't take its suspense to Lost extremes in stacking mystery upon mystery and depending on its audience to keep it all straight and hold for more information.
On one hand, I'm ok with new characters being introduced to Under the Dome partway through the first season. After all, only eight days have gone by, dome-time, so it's reasonable to consider that there are interesting characters hiding out all over town just waiting to be discovered.
Jolene Purdy's character Dodee has proven to be one of the brains inside the dome. What she lacks in people skills, she makes up for in radio smarts, and that's already proven to be useful in the efforts to unlock the mystery of the dome. We spoke with Purdy this week about her character and what's ahead for the residents of Chester's Mill, including the butterfly twist and whether or not there's a romantic future for Dodee and Phil.
With just a handful of episodes of Under the Dome left for the series' first season, we're left to wonder what could possibly go wrong next! Judging by the latest preview, a fair guess would be more seizures, gun problems and a grenade. Things could get explosive.
Power plays are all the rage under the dome these days, aren't they? Whoever has the resources has the power. Ollie Dinsmore figured that out fast, but some people are a bit too transparent for their own good, making fast decisions and hoping no one's noticing. I'm mainly referring to Big Jim Rennie, who tries to pass himself off as a man of the people, but doesn't seem to be fooling anyone that matters.