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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: The dome brings new dangers in season two.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 27, 2014
    70
    If not top-tier TV terror fare, Under the Dome certainly is solid second-level stuff. And given the state of horror on television these days, that's a bloody good compliment. Even while acknowledging the occasional misstep, give Under the Dome credit for getting a lot of things right.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 30, 2014
    60
    No one in Chester’s Mill should ever get too confident, however, and in the first episode there’s some character transition.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 27, 2014
    58
    Some excellent special effects are in Monday night's episode, but nothing particularly shocking because it's become abundantly clear by now that The Dome can do any damn thing The Dome--or the writers--want.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 26, 2014
    50
    Another Stephen King adaptation that started with considerable promise but, as packaged for TV, lacked the necessary cohesion to go the distance.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jun 30, 2014
    50
    There are glimmers of hope for season two.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2014
    50
    Under the Dome won’t be confused with good TV--and often last season it was borderline bad TV--but depending on where the writers take it this year, it might be empty-headed, summer fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 30, 2014
    30
    I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    10
    I thought the series to incredible so far! Lots of suspense mystery and decent acting. The show works like the book does and I'm very excited to see what they do with it and how they make everything work Expand
  2. Jul 7, 2014
    8
    People are way too hard on this show. I have no trouble overlooking some of the sillier bits, such as the butterflies or the purple egg thing, because, well, Stephen King has always had a bit of a campy streak. In one of his latest novels, Doctor Sleep, the villain is a centuries old vampire thing that wears a top hat- and her name is Rose the Hat. Sound kinda stupid? It is. But that stupidity and campiness is tempered by high quality, likable actors, fairly decent writing, and breakneck, intelligent pacing. It's not great TV but it's perfect for a summer night with the family. If you're a Stephen King fan, I'm fairly certain you'll dig this show. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    7
    Under the Dome's new season pilot is not quite clear on which route it is going to take, but you should look out for it, it should be as intense and entertaining as its predecessor. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    3
    I grew up reading Stephen King novels and I think he's a great writer. This adaptation I think doesn't work well. Dean Norris was an initial draw for me, however for me, I lost interest as soon as they started to delve into mini domes and hand prints and the tropic parallel story of the drug manufacturing. Funny how they put Dean into a Breaking Bad style role where he's the 'Gus' of the operation. I decided to watch the first episode of Season 2. Dean Norris nearly hangs himself because he's stuck acting in such an empty construct. Characters are flatter than the first season and they have to explain to us what the dome is thinking when they shouldn't have to. I think it would have worked better if there was more irony between us and all the characters where we know more about what's going on then they do. As it is, we have the handprint people and dead characters telling us what the dome is trying to do. Perhaps they should have filled the dome with water and big fish. At the end finale a big hand opens the top of the dome to pour in fish food. Even Stephen King couldn't save this thing. Avoid! Avert your eyes! Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2014
    2
    I agree with the view that this show would have been better as a mini-series. Overall, the plot feels very forced and the social dynamics between the many disparate character types seem lacking considering the perceived "danger" that the dome presents. Once again Dean Norris is wasted in his role, he looks lost among the incessant pandemonium and it doesn't surprise me his character was ready to call it quits and leave this joke of an "epic" TV drama. Loved the novel so regrettably it ends for me after this lacklustre start to Season 2. I gave it too many chances to redeem itself in the end... Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2014
    2
    This show has it all: bad writing, bad acting, bad direction, bad special effects. It's Lost in Space! No, wait, I actually liked Lost in Space. That show had Dr. Smith and Robot, and Under the Dome could sorely use them to save this mess. I can forgive the horrible inconsistenices and cliche plot devices if I can root for the characters. But honestly, there isn't a single character on this show - good guy or villain - who is unique or interesting in any way. I don't care about any of them. The closest they get is with Big Jim, and his act has already gotten old. This show really proves how important writing and character development are, when you look at Dean Norris' performance as Hank in Breaking Bad and compare that to the drek he must deliver as Big Jim in UTD. The rest of these characters are TV Trope 101. Barbie, Julia...who cares? None of these characters have a personality or any kind of hook, and just go through the motions of reacting to the latest drama of the week. At least they killed off Sheriff Linda early on in season 2. She has to go down as the dumbest tv cop of all time. Even the teenage characters are lame, they have the collective personality of a brick. In the space of two weeks, Joe is separated from his parents, had his house ripped apart, and found out his sister was hacked to death by an axe-murderer, and he's making out with a chick in the woods when not eall gung-ho trying to solve the mystery of the dome. All of the teen characters are boring and unappealing, it makes me long for old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes where you had teen characters like Xander and Willow who were actually entertaining. This show is utterly humorless for a story about a town under a dome that begs for occasional comic relief. I mean, seriously, we're talking about a town in a fishbowl here. The Simpsons got it right. On the whole, UTD is just bad soap opera set to a Stephen King story, and feels like they just make it up as they go along, a la Lost. I hate myself for watching it. Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2014
    0
    I can't wait for Season 2 to end so I can stop watching UTD! I am mad at myself for wanting to see what happens because the writing is so bad I end up yelling at the T.V. every episode. Of course, this seems to be the show's plan. I pray this show does not get picked up for another season, but if it does count me out. STUPID SHOW!! Expand

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