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Under The Dome

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by toobs, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Jul 2, 2013 #61 of 476
    Laxguy

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    Ah, that must be it!! So, who's the inside guy who's setting them up? What's his payoff? Eternal life? :hurah:
     
  2. Jul 2, 2013 #62 of 476
    James Long

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    Mysterious are the ways of the force (field).

    And yes, the Lord did work in a mysterious way.
     
  3. Jul 2, 2013 #63 of 476
    TomCat

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    OK, that helps. Thanks for that.

    I've noticed folks on the internet commenting about the cow and how "the biology seemed a little, ...off?". Yeah, OK, count me in on that. It was still the visual highlight of probably the entire series, and I would have loved to have been the lowly scrub who offhandedly mentioned that idea to the writers and then watched them piss themselves jumping all over it. It's twice the fun with moments like that. No cow split? Take away two of its 5 stars.

    But it also would not have been too difficult to have an intern or PA google some MRI electronic slices of human bodies or maybe even dead cows that must be freely available somewhere on the internet, to get some guidance in how to construct that SFX. But, they saved ten bucks and didn't. So what. It's popcorn TV, and I guess we should probably not split every hair (pun intended) for continuity errors or other gaffes. Still fun.

    One nit to pick; the scheduling. It feels like an 8 o'clock show, and not so much like a 10 o'clock show. But then I guess if it was we would not have shots of teens fornicating (not that I needed that shot, really.....changing subject now).

    In complete non sequitor, if Rachelle Lefevre makes it through the entire series, I guess I probably will too.
     
  4. Jul 3, 2013 #64 of 476
    yosoyellobo

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    For the hell of it I go with some sort of parallel universes.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2013 #65 of 476
    Maruuk

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    +100 on Rachelle Lefevre. Only reason I watch too. Who cares why they were stockpiling frickin propane? And I bet bet Mother Fletcher down the street is hoarding cardboard. Jeez, King is really phoning it in these days.

    What the plot really needs is some sort of inside job element to the dome. Otherwise it's just aliens or some other dimension or whatever that makes no difference. But if townies are secretly involved somehow, it's way more interesting. Hopefully King has at least THAT much writing skill left.
     
  6. Jul 4, 2013 #66 of 476
    Laxguy

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    Well, do you possibly think your inside job criterion might be met by the bloody propane? That part is very much inside, but not necessarily tied to the force field.

    Just asking if anybody is brave or foolish enough to put forward a theory. I would if I had one.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2013 #67 of 476
    trainman

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    King isn't responsible for the writing on the show itself, beyond the original idea and characters upon which it's based. The main writer on the show is Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote for "Lost," among others.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2013 #68 of 476
    James Long

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    Feeding the aliens seems to be the best answer so far. Or feeding the alien machine that is creating the dome. But the thought that it is some sort of man made machine and there is a different purpose for the dome than in the book is interesting.

    The question is: Once we know why there is a dome and what the propane is for how does the series continue? Doesn't that end the story?


    That is one thing I liked about the "Flash Forward" TV series. The answer provided a springboard for more questions (even though the series ended). It was a wrap up that could be extended. How will Under The Dome end?
     
  9. Jul 6, 2013 #69 of 476
    Henry

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    Saw the second episode. Not our cup of tea, I'm afraid.. Timer deleted.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2013 #70 of 476
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    Well the guy already said the propane was being used to make drugs--same drugs the preacher was high on. Hard to imagine that's related to the dome. Though you can bet the writers are already concocting a plot where the propane is used to blow up "the bad guys" whoever they are. I suppose the plot needs to vary from the book since they want to sell it forward as an ongoing series, so folks who read the book don't necessarily know the TV premise, though it's probably similar. I look at it as mindless Summer escapist fare--contentless and forgettable as a John Mayer song.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2013 #71 of 476
    yosoyellobo

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    John Mayer who?:)
     
  12. Jul 7, 2013 #72 of 476
    Laxguy

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    Won't find any argument from over here.

    Still, what if the propane was somehow tied in?
     
  13. Jul 8, 2013 #73 of 476
    TomCat

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    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.
     
  14. Jul 8, 2013 #74 of 476
    James Long

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    There have been some shots outside the dome, but I agree that there is plenty of room for development for the outside folks. Where did the townies who were outside the dome go? The fiance firefighter? Others? Have they been whisked away by the government? There does not seem to be any interaction from outside ... in "real life" I'd expect those trapped outside the dome to be trying to communicate. Especially townies. Signs ... writing on paper and holding it up. Anything.

    The limited scenes outside are just background noise ... and we have heard more over the radio than "live" from people outside.

    Then again, the series is "under the dome" not "the dome".

    There is one recurring "establishing shot" of the dome with lights all around the outside of the base that shows the whole dome ... but it looks too fake to me (too small for all the stuff going on inside). The scale is off. I am glad that they don't show it more.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2013 #75 of 476
    oldschoolecw

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    I don't remember anyone saying that?
     
  16. Jul 10, 2013 #76 of 476
    TomCat

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    Excellent point taken
     
  17. Jul 10, 2013 #77 of 476
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    I never see a person on the outside react to a person on the inside. Maybe the people on the outside can not see into the dome.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2013 #78 of 476
    larryk

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    It was in ep #1
     
  19. Jul 10, 2013 #79 of 476
    James Long

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    Episode 1 showed the firefighters stopping before hitting the dome and the couple touching the opposite sides of the dome wall. Since then the outsiders have ignored the insiders, apparently including a naked newspaper reporter.

    The POV shots from outside the dome show the inside.

    It would be interesting if the dome did not allow people on the outside to see in ... perhaps a big mirror ... but the shots up until now show it as crystal clear.


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  20. Jul 10, 2013 #80 of 476
    Drucifer

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    I doubt if there will be an episode with anyone not in the dome. This whole series will be only from under the dome perspective.
     

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