We liked it better than we thought we would. Ole Mrs. Horror Boom here (the hardcore Stephen King fan in the staff whose parents may or may not have made an error in judgement when they bought her a copy of Night Shift and then The Shining when she was barely in the sixth grade, but long-term, The Mrs. doesn’t have any regrets) just had it on at first when she was doing some online housekeeping. Then that hapless cow got bisected like an anatomy exhibit (and hey, someone made a .gif, click here to peep it), Dean Norris as “Big Jim” Rennie showed up, more hell started breaking loose, and it held serious interest for me. I even started to tackle my giant hardcover copy, which I’d only made it about 100 pages into because it didn’t grab me the way King’s books usually do…but that’s another story. By the time you read this, I’ll be on page 450, and the only thing that slowed me down was the latest issue of Fangoria showing in the mail Wednesday. For one thing, I HAD to know what those propane tanks were being misappropriated for. Here’s a hint (SPOILER ALERT): you know that other show Dean Norris is on? The one also involving certain VERY illegal activities? Yeah, that stuff, though I doubt it’ll be blue. He’s just on the other side this time, which is going to be hard to get used to for us obsessed Breaking Bad mega-fans. Anyway, TVline.com here has a brief outline of the core characters and set-up, then drops some hints about what else we can expect (and not expect).
Since this isn’t a mini-series–though we’ll have to get back to you on exactly how many shows this “batch of episodes” mentioned by exec producers constitutes–we’ll be getting back to you with more updates. If they really do want to have each episode amount to one day (which we’re not thrilled about, since I don’t even think it’s been a week so far and a TON of shit has gone down including BIG reveals, major deaths, and some things they’re really, really going to have to tone down or leave out entirely because they’re too graphic and brutal for CBS –and yeah, we’ve seen some *nasty* content on CSI) they have their work cut out for them either doing some very, very tight plotting and action, or cutting so much out it takes the quality of the show down notches. Here’s hoping they won’t fuck it up too bad, but so far, we’ll give it a B for the pilot, as we did in the poll contained in the article. Oh, and if you really want more spoilers from us (though you could also just ask someone you know who’s read the epic-length novel), comment or drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do…
- Dean Norris: ‘Under the Dome is nice change from Breaking Bad’ (digitalspy.co.uk)
- How Well Does Stephen King’s Under the Dome Translate to Television? (tor.com)
- Stephen King Responds to Under the Dome Changes; Blu-ray Box Set Packaging Leaked (dreadcentral.com)
- Under The Dome, “Pilot” (avclub.com)