The following article was originally published on Patheos entertainment blog The Rogue on July 3, 2013.
From Geek Goes Rogue TV Editor Zach Lorton, as imagined in his head before he typed, but not before he hit the delete key about 20,000 times:
I’ll admit that several weeks ago, when I first saw the ads for CBS’ new series “Under The Dome,” I laughed a little bit. The idea immediately brought a few questions to mind. Apparently, according to users on, they were thinking the same thing…
Particularly, what came to mind was The Simpsons Movie (“Trappuccino”.) And now, it appeared, we had a real life example of this idea.
I didn’t know at the time that it was based on a Stephen King story. So when I was researching new shows premiering, I came across the details for “Under The Dome” and thought, Okay, I have to watch the pilot.
I wasn’t disappointed. To a degree.
Apparently, plenty of others are thinking the same thing. IndieWire has reported that the show has the feel of an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The New York Times stated that the writers’ lack of stereotype use helped bring this show into a more believable light (to which I somewhat disagree… my personal review will come later). HitFix rated the premier episode a B while readers gave it a C+ rating, and said that the future of the series is “quite promising”.
In a premier event that drew 13 million viewers, CBS seems to have made a great investment in making sure “Under The Dome” succeeds on as many levels as possible. With a team of producer Agatha Warren (“A Gifted Man”, “Prison Break”) and creator Brian K. Vaughan (“Lost”), there exists the potential for a stunning, gripping human drama that will focus on the darkness of human nature. 13 episodes have been ordered, and as long as the series remains consistent, I have no doubt that CBS will renew the series for future development.
Find out more details, watch video, and more at the show’s official website.
There Is No Box.