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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    There are glimmers of hope for season two.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2014
    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
    I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    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 10, 2014
    "Under the Dome" is getting more and more bizarre--and I love it. Viewers Beware! Big Jim is apparently being deified by some of the citizens of Chester's Mill. Stephen King's stories generally have a theological undertone: "God vs. Satan" or simply "Good vs. Evil." ("God" and "Good" generally win out.) Watch and listen closely. King often manages to inject a "morality message" before we realize what's happening. This series may not be an all-time great, but don't sell it short. Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2014
    Every episode stands alone where it seems like interesting yet skits or diaries of chester's mill, with a whole not that original mystery going on. Under the Dome Season 2 may not be as good and unpredictable as the first one but surely it is as entertaining. Expand
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    As one of my all time favorite and fun reads, I had hoped for more from this series. Instead what we are delivered is a rambling plot full of holes and a cast I can't bring myself to care about. This would have worked much better as a mini-series. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2014
    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
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    I came back for season two willing to forgive the bad writing, direction and acting of season one, but nothing has changed. If anything, it seems to be getting worse by the episode. Under the Dome will go down as one of the worst television shows in living memory. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    Bottom line: this is a terrible show.

    No one who has ever seen a TV series can with a serious face appreciate Under the Dome on any level.
    In fact, comparing this to the dozens of shows I have followed in my life (currently I'm watching 75 different series a year), I'm convinced that Under the Dome is the worst TV series I have ever seen. Giving it a score of one would be too kind.

    The characters are laughably birdbrained. Their decisions make no sense, they change their minds all the time without direction. They get themselves in trouble because they are so massively stupid, and they turn against each other on a whim even though only a second earlier they were friends. Then there are characters who for some reason just disappear for several episodes. The people outside the dome (who for some reason are almost non-existent from the show) can consider themselves lucky for being isolated from this town of morons.

    The plot lines are so bad they make me cry. Introduced plot lines are soon forgotten, abandoned or buried for no reason. They leave so many questions unanswered. The challenges that are thrown at the town are faced with the intelligence of a five-year-old and pseudo-scientific solutions. There are so many holes in the plot that it makes Swiss cheese jealous.

    But the worst thing has to be the dialogue. There is nothing good to say about it. It is just so absolutely inane. Like during the fifth episode when Jim and Rebecca tried to release a deadly virus to kill a large part of the town population. What did Julia say about this to the townspeople? This: "What Big Jim and Rebecca tried to do yesterday is inexcusable. But it's not unforgivable." What? What kind of stupid comment is that after they tried to kill hundreds of people? The dialogue is completely void of emotion, reason and logic.

    Some viewers say we shouldn't take this show too seriously. To them this is just a little bit of fun summer entertainment. Unfortunately this is not the case. There are many shows out there that are made for fun and that doesn't take themselves too seriously, and yet they manage to make sense. Under the Dome however does not do this. It takes itself too seriously while not making any sense. It is just an appalling insult to human intelligence and should under no circumstances be praised.

    There is no reason for anyone to even call this show "OK", "decent" or "passable". Let's call this what it is: a sad, pathetic excuse for a TV show without any redeeming qualities. I have no idea how on earth a bunch of professional writers and producers have managed to create something this bad. They should hang their heads in shame.

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