Under the Dome: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (24 Jun. 2013)

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In Chester's Mill, Maine, a strange occurrence locks the town in under an invisible dome-like surface.



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The citizens of Chester's Mill, Maine find that their idyllic community is suddenly encased under a glass dome. No one knows where it came from or what it is but they do know that no sound can penetrate the invisible barrier. The first to come across it is Dale 'Barbie' Barbara who was hurrying to get out of town after burying a body in the woods. Many in the community are away that day attending a parade and festivities in a nearby town. That leaves local councilor and car salesman 'Big Jim' Rennie and Sheriff Howard Perkins in charge. Many of the residents harbor secrets however. Written by garykmcd

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Although there is no actual FM radio station with the call sign WYBS, during the 1970s there was a pirate station in Hartford, Connecticut operating as WYBS at 88.9 MHz. The fictional WYBS in the show transmits at "89.3FM". See more »


The wrist watch on Barbie's right hand switches between a Casio G-Shock and a generic black rubber watch several times. See more »


Dodee Weaver: We're the only thing on air right now - AM, FM, anywhere.
Phil Bushey: Yeah, the blackout, I know.
Dodee Weaver: No, even if that were statewide, every station our size has its own generator, so why is the whole dial still static?
Phil Bushey: I don't know. But our ratings are gonna be amazing.
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Concerned about its direction, yet intrigued
9 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm about ¾ of the way through Stephen King's book and thought I would watch this episode as a companion piece. It is hard to say so far what I think of it. In a good and bad way, it bears little relation to its source material. That's good because it's a different spin on a good story; and bad, because the plot of the book is quite good and many of the arbitrary changes are strange and distracting. First, this narrows down the characters considerably. Obviously, more may be introduced later on, but given that this is to be a continuing series, it seems an odd choice. Secondly, some characters that existed in the book keep their names but completely change their characteristics. Some of the casting choices are odd: especially Big Jim, the Breaking Bad hero so far lacks the slimy intimidating factor of the character in the book, and his son Junior, a dumb murderous lummox in the book, and now a handsome brooding creeper. The hero of the book is seen in the first few minutes burying the husband of reporter Julia, who has no husband in the book. The hero is framed for murder in the book, not a suspect.

What the episode offered in itself was good. The effect of the cow split in half was rather poor, and they spent a great deal of time lingering on it. I am very interested in what they will do to extend this series, and how close a relation it will bear to any of the events in the book, which so far just seems like a jumping off point.

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