As one of Stephen King's most in-depth character study's, riveting suspense drama's, and deeply mysterious novels, Under The Dome seemed destined to become an equally impressive story of highly crafted words and exciting circumstances in the CBS televised adaptation mini-series; but after three episodes the TV show has ruined any semblance of the epic book that the show is supposed to be loosely portraying, and worse, it is abysmal live-action television.
Are you feeling the deeply moving wave of disappointment too?
After recently reading the magnum opus of Mr. King it seemed like a thirteen part (Friday the 13th anyone?) mini-series was the perfect way to tell the chilling tale of the good guy, and veteran, Dale "Barbie" Barbara who got trapped under an invisible barrier in Chester's Mill and tried to save the quaint town's inhabitants from themselves and the madness of Big Jim, Junior, the Chef, and all of the fun, lovingly twisted cronies that were depicted marvelously with utter depth and realism.
And then came the TV show: To kick things off, Barbie is a drug dealing murderer turned genuine good guy . . . wait . . . what?!
That throws the audience for a loop, so I took it on faith that somehow Brian K. Vaughn (who I think is an accomplished writer) and company (Steven Spielberg produced this show, if you can call it that without cracking a smile) were going to improve upon an already great character that Mr. King had devised. But that never happens.
Take the great character of Rusty, the junior doctor from the hospital, the dead sheriff Duke's widow Brenda Perkins, the fall man and lead town council member Andy Sanders, and nearly all of the other incredibly interesting and evolving characters from the book and then erase them altogether for the TV rendition, because they're nowhere to be found. Instead Julia is married to the guy Barbie kills in a dispute for drug money and Junior Rennie does not show any sign of a headache bad enough to even require Tylenol.
By R.J. Huneke
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