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 plane in beginning of each episode hits the dome on the outside, which is obviuosly from the curvature of the dome. So how come the debris lands inside. See more »


Angie McAlister: Joe, what is it?
Joe McAlister: Mom's having brunch with Uncle Steve at Denny's.
Angie McAlister: And?
Joe McAlister: Angie, Denny's is in Westlake.
Angie McAlister: So what?
Joe McAlister: That's on the other side of this thing. We're on our own.
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Under The Dome: Pilot Review
25 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been waiting all summer to see this season premiere, and I have to say, I was pretty pleased with what I saw!

Under The Dome takes place in Chester's Mill, Maine. A small middle America town, is shoveled into the spotlight of the country, when a dome-like surface engulfs the town, enclosing all residents from leaving, and all visitors from entering.

I began reading the book awhile ago, and I got about 3 to 4 character chapters in. I got far enough to know what characters to keep an eye out for, and to know the events in the books that may or may not show up in the show.

Now the episode itself; it's pretty solid! The acting came out actually a bit weak, and I thought it would be a bit more powerful in the TV spots I saw. But, then again, it is a TV mini-series.

A thing that I really enjoyed was how they organized such a convoluted book of events, into a linear narrative. In the book, it cuts from Point A in time to Point B, back to A. But, the series organizes it in a way that you can follow simply.

The concept is from Stephen King, based on his material, most of his adaptations can cut it real close to the edge, and some can give you a good dish. Where does this fall; well, I find it a bit too early to declare. But on the strength the episode offered, I would say that this show will grow strong.

In the end, I would have to say, Under The Dome is easily;

An 8.5 Film roll out of 10 Film Rolls.

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