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Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' gets CBS series order

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Malcontent, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. tiams

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    Did the book ever explain what exactly the dome was, where the dome came from, who put it there or why?
     
  2. Zevida

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    No, yes, yes and sort of.

    My spoilers are just yes/no answers, not details.
     
  3. tiams

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    Thanks. For the questions that had yes answers, can you tell me what the answers are?
     
  4. Crow159

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    I read the book and loved it, well up to the ending at least.

    Didn't the events of the book happen in a relatively short time, like a couple of weeks to a month?

    I'll watch it but I think it would work much better as a miniseries.
     
  5. Bob_Newhart

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    Alien child's toy.
     
  6. Zevida

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    I'm not sure I can expand much more on Bob's explanation! They used a geiger counter to find something that seemed to be the source of the dome. Putting their hands on it, they were connected or could see into where it originated from. It basically was just an alien child having fun, like a human child using a magnifying glass to watch ants burn. They begged for mercy and the dome was lifted, but I think more out of boredom than the alien child feeling any compassion. So it came from outer space, an alien child put it there and the why is the "sort of" - there's no real explanation for the things a child does sometimes.

    It wasn't a particularly satisfying ending, but it wasn't terrible either.
     
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  8. Peter000

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    Okay, I've never read "The Dome" though I do have the audiobook I got from Audible.

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    A thousand pages for THAT ending? That's a short story ending right there, or an episode of "The Outer Limits." I'd feel very cheated had I read the book and that was my "reward." Now I know I'll never read it. Or watch the series. And I thank you for helping me avoid wasting my time.
     
  9. Rob Helmerichs

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    As is, IMO, often the case with King, in this book he had a great premise populated by great characters that limped to a fairly lame ending.

    Brian Vaughan is noted for the same thing (in his comic book work; I don't blame him for lost since he came in in the middle and didn't stay long).

    Perhaps this property is well-suited for an open-ended series!
     
  10. stellie93

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    We seem to have a common problem here. Shows/books that have a great beginning and middle seem to suck at the end. Actually, as Stephen King books go, that was an above average ending IMO. With him, as with Lost, the story is so great that I never really care about the ending. (not an opinion shared by many here). So is it just impossible to have an ending befitting an awesome story? Anybody think of any good examples?
     
  11. Bob_Newhart

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    I was somehow hoping it was some sort of government experiment gone awry or a foreign country's weapon. Or maybe more of a direct contact from an alien race and not just some bratty ET from Ork playing in his bedroom.
     
  12. Bob_Newhart

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    Yes.

    "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" - Jeffrey Archer. A complete and satisfying ending and last line.
     
  13. trainman

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    Season 2 of "Under the Dome" will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be broadcast on MLB Network.
     
  14. windracer

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    I think most of the story is less about the why/who/what of the Dome but all the character threads, small-town politics, and the "bottle episode" sub-plots intertwined.

    Woo hoo! Maybe I can be an extra on visitor's day! :D
     
  15. Crow159

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    I absolutely loved the book up until the ending. Don't let the ending dissuade you from listening to the greatness of the build up to it.
     
  16. philw1776

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    I don't know. Been there done that.
    Rob summed it up best. King comes up with wild, interesting concepts. Populates them with compellingly interesting characters, and especially lately he gets tired and hacks an ending. Given network serialization and the risks of cancellation, I'm not up to committing hours of my life on a King debacle.
     
  17. astrohip

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    I'll use your quote, although many others above fit. I'd watch as a mini-series, where I *know* it will have a conclusion, satisfying or not. But I'm fed up with stories that have no business being serialized, being serialized.

    I love serial dramas, and watch tons of them. And I know the risks that come from getting involved with a story and having it yanked out from beneath you. That's TV. But this is different. It's taking an actual mini-series (isn't that what a book really is?) and making it something it's not.

    I don't get network TVs fear about making a mini. They can draw ratings just as strong.
     
  18. chrispitude

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    I loved the book - well, like the others here, I loved almost all of it. A series would be a great opportunity to rethink the ending.
     
  19. KRS

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    After listening to the audiobook and pondering the ending, I wound up feeling like it was a better ending than the scenario I thought would happen.

    Government/military conspiracy was the ending I thought was most likely. But that was almost too obvious, and would it have made sense? Why would the military test such technology on a town rather than on a test site in the desert?

    A supernatural/alien scenario doesn't answer the technical questions that the reader might have, but to me it was more satisfying than the more generic Dan Brown/Tom Clancy ending I was half expecting. Kinda like the ending of Duma Key - a mysterious supernatural explanation was probably better than one that tried to make logical sense with far fetched facts that readers would poke holes in.
     
  20. Bob_Newhart

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    A mini series of this would be great. Also a mini series of 11/22/63.
     

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