Under The Dome Series Premiere Watch: Welcome To The Fish Bowl

By Kelly West 2013-06-24 21:49:31 discussion comments
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I really don't want to wallow in all of the changes they're making as they adapt King's story from book to screen because, for one thing, some changes will need to be made to adapt this from a one-novel story into a TV series, which could go on for more than a season. And for another, frankly - and I say this as a Stephen King fan - the book wasn't perfect, and there are ways I think the show could improve the story and the characters. If it were The Stand, I'd say go with as close an adaptation of the novel as possible. The same for It and some of King's other books, but Under the Dome is a concept brimming with potential, and the series may do better to expand and explore King's story in its own way than to try to stick faithfully to his story.

The above said, I can't help but note some pretty big deviations from the story, and I don't consider pointing them out as a criticism, so much as they are interesting points of discussion, as they might pertain to the direction of the series.

Here's the part where I talk in more specifics, and as some of what I mention might actually come to pass in the series in some way or another, consider yourself book-SPOILER-warned before you read on...

First, we have Dale's reason for leaving town. In the book, he was on his way out after a confrontation with Junior Rennie, which indicated that he'd only find more trouble in Chester's Mill if he stuck around. Junior's mention that Barbie looked familiar in tonight's episode makes me think they might have some history, but if it was as direct as it was in the book, I think Barbie would remember it. Even if Barbie was pretending to forget in an effort to brush Junior off, the fight he and Junior had (in the book), which led to their issues seemed like too big a deal to be glossed over. Then again, maybe TV-Junior was drunk when it happened. Or maybe their history in the TV series is different.

The dead body is also a pretty notable addition to the story, which links to another change - Julia has a husband. Also, Julia's a bit younger in the series than she is in the book. This mystery is one of the more exciting elements of the TV series for book readers, I'd say, as we have no idea how this mystery will play out.

Then there's Linda and Rusty. Not only are they married with kids in the book, but they're both inside the dome in King's version, and Rusty's a physician's assistance, who plays a pretty big role in the book. The series putting Rusty on the outside of the dome makes me wonder how much we'll see of the character in the TV series, and how the separation will affect Linda's story.

Also absent are the Town selectman. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but it seemed like Big Jim implied that he's all that's left of the government, which means he may be running things a bit more directly in the series than he did in the book.

Same-sex couple Carolyn and Alice are new. There were outsiders trapped in Chester's Mill in the book, but there wasn't a same-sex couple with a teen daughter. And in the book, Norrie Calvert is a friend of Joe's, so we may actually see these two teens making a connection at some point. In the meantime, they're loosely linked by their matching seizures.

The fact that people can't speak through the dome creates a communication block, which could lead to some interesting developments.

Finally, there's Junior's arc with Angie. If this were the book, Angie's fate would've been a lot worse. And I don't even want to go into specifics there, because the book really does tread into some dark stuff with Junior, and if the series does decide to explore that, I don't want to be the one who ruined if for anyone. If you read the book, you know what I'm referring to. Whether or not the series' Junior is as disturbed as the book's remains to be seen.

What did you think of Under the Dome?

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