Hey guys and welcome back to my blog,
Today I am bringing you something a bit different, I’m not sure what to call this post because it’s not exactly a review but then it kind of is, but it’s also just an opportunity for me to share my opinion and views. Anyway, I am of course talking about the new hit show, Under the Dome which has now been running on Channel 5 for four weeks. So I should probably start by saying that I wasn’t exactly excited by the show because the idea seemed to farfetched and almost ridiculous to be even slightly believable. The last TV show similar to this that attempted to watch was Lost and I soon lost interest in that once had gone past people surviving on an island, and got far too complicated for my liking. Anyway after sufficient pressure from my Stephen King fanatical mother, I gave in and I am already addicted.
So for anyone that has yet to watch the show or perhaps hasn’t even heard of it the story is set in Chester’s Mill, a small town in the state of Michigan. The town is changed beyond recognition one day when a dome-like structure is dropped over the town, trapping all residents and anyone passing by inside it. While the residents attempt to solve the mysteries that the dome possess and raise, the outside world appears to be attempting to do the same But with not rational or reasonable answer to the questions (theories range from aliens to a government experiment) many soon begin to turn on each other. Farfetched? Yes completely, but the residents struggle to survive and fight many of the negative effects of that the dome causes, proves to be gripping and thrilling TV, and I find myself wondering how I would cope.
The story is of course is based upon the Stephen King novel of the same name and not, as many have claimed, on the Simpson’s movie. King is of course famous for his thriller’s and normally the books have a political undertone and Under the Dome is no different despite the subtlety of the connections, they are definitely there. Underneath the surface lacks a story that is both critical of the government and the human race. Firstly and perhaps the most visible, there is an environmental theme to the show an analogy for the fact that we are all living on limited resources. As King once said himself “we are all living under the dome”.
The second theme is a lot more subtle and took King himself to point it out for it to even be noticed by many. It’s the idea of an incompetent and misled leader, based upon King’s negative view of George W. Bush. Portrayed as a victim of the Peter principle (the idea that if you continue to be promoted you eventually become incompetent because your ability is much lower) Jim Rennie is of course the embodiment of this idea. The corrupt and “we know you’re up to something” character, that we aren’t sure whether to love or to hate, for King this is exactly what Bus was to him. Speaking to the New York Times Book Review he added that:
“I was angry about incompetency. Obviously I’m on the left of centre. I didn’t believe there was a justification for going into the war in Iraq. Sometimes the sublimely wrong people can be in power when you need the right people…”
Anyway political metaphors aside, we would be here all day, it’s a pretty good show. Despite’s unrealistic story and confusing plot, the mysteries and questions leave you gripped. The characters are oddly realistic and likable but the case list does not overshadow the smaller, lesser known talent. With a lesbian couple, several stroppy teens, a good looking bad boy, a corrupt politician and a R-Patz lookalike there is probably something for everyone. So at the moment I am fairly hooked and am very excited to see it moving forward, providing I don’t get bored of course.