You know the episode of South Park that features a running joke about Butters’ plan to take over the world? That one where every scheme has already been featured in an episode of The Simpsons? That’s what first comes to mind when I hear anything about the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s giant book, Under the Dome.
Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking. Stephen King had a version of the book brewing in his head since the eighties and the Simpsons producers got the go ahead from him to feature the idea in their movie. But still, when one of the most iconic TV families in all of time (and space) does something, it tends to become their thing. So, when I think of enormous clear domes being placed on top of small towns, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, and Bart instantly spring to mind.
While The Simpsons obviously went with the humorous root, this adaptation looks like it will be going very serious – taking a look into the human psyche through the lens of being trapped in a small space with the same group of people. Events in the small town immediately take a turn for the worse, based on tense town meetings and Britt Robertson’s ominous final words during the preview:
Looks like we’re stuck in a giant fish bowl. I used to have fish, but then one of them got sick, and the other one…ate him.
From that cheese-o-rific line alone, you can understand why I was skeptical about this show. For every Misery and The Shining, there’s a Dreamcatcher and Maximum Overdrive. However, King’s close work on the project (but not actual direction) and the lack of time constraints, when comparing a miniseries to a two hour movie, could bode well for the project.
Plus, there looks to be a ton of characters. That could either be a good thing or a bad thing. Either there will be enough going that a viewer will find at least one person/storyline to latch on to, even if the others suck, or so much will happening that the entire production will just turn into a big mess.
Either way, I’m intrigued enough by the questions that the premise brings up that I’ll tune in for the first episode. The direction the show goes after that will determine whether I keep watching or not.
Under the Dome stars Mike Vogel, Colin Ford, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, and many, many others.
Check out the extended preview:
Will you be tuning in? If so, why? Also, what do you think of Stephen King and his adaptions?