Two eps in, I'm not impressed. The 'dome' is a gimmick that will grow old fast; the writing is bush league and some of the actor's deliveries are reminiscent of a high school play. Even the fire scene, which should have been tense and exciting was amateurish. Finally, the girl being locked in the fallout shelter seems to be an afterthought, but it's not working, at least not for me. Sadly, the best part of the show is the cow, but I don't think it's going very far.
"The Dome" is far too predictable -- far below CBS' usual high standards for drama.
I can't disagree, although I am still enjoying it. The continuity errors and technical gaffes and WTF? reactions some of these folks are having is pretty hilarious, although I would hate to have them in my bunker when a dome falls here. But you could invent a drinking game regarding those, because there seems to be a lot of them.
Still, its a lot more fun to just laugh and shake your head than it is to nitpick, unless one needs to point this stuff out because it makes them feel less inferior somehow. For example, the owner/publisher of a newspaper doesn't go nuts, barge into a radio station, and start cutting into local broadcasts, at least not in the real world. But we already understood that and don't actually need that pointed out. Again, summer popcorn show, not Masterpiece Theatre. There was a scene underlining that the dome might be somewhat porous, and maybe that is to allay the concerns regarding the greenhouse effect; the laws of physics say it would probably be about 140 degrees in there by now. I know, nitpicking; I promise to stop right now. Star Wars had explosions in outer space that you could hear, although there is no sound in outer space according to Ridley Scott and Alien, so there has to be a bit of creative license allowed, I guess.
Changing the subject a little, maybe the idea is to foster the feeling of claustrophobia, but it appears there are no scenes shot outside the dome (which is a huge dramatic opportunity missed, IMO--they need to start the story of what is the reaction from outside of the dome, and they may not get a season 2 to go there). And there are no wide shots, a visual opportunity missed; I would have loved to see a wide shot of the dome with the smoke from the fire piling up at the top.
But honestly, we need something a little more compelling than a panicked bucket brigade.
Also interesting is that other than one scene in the first ep those outside the dome never seem to have any connection with those inside; its almost as if has become a one-way mirror and they can't see them. Maybe they can, but if so, what explains the domer's inability to ever get their attention, other than amateurish storytelling?
Tonight's ep will determine whether I am still on board or will have to begin FFWD-ing through the stupidity.
Edited by TomCat, 08 July 2013 - 05:41 PM.