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Under The Dome - S01E02 - 7/1/2013

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DancnDude, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Jul 3, 2013 #81 of 127
    TonyD79

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    We wouldn't know everything but we are living an hour at a time and have more questions, ideas than the people who are in this do in the equivalent day.

    Why would it take two (going on three) days for anyone to figure out how big the thing is and why would it be some kid doing it? Why assume it is enclosed? Why not see if it ends somewhere? Just accept that it is a complete dome and not a partial shield? Why?

    The people in that town are fools. Normal people try to figure out the extent of the "damage" from day one.
     
  2. Jul 3, 2013 #82 of 127
    RGM1138

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    I'm kinda surprised they killed off the high sheriff already. He was one of the few "names" in the cast.

    If they keep dropping citizens at this rate, by the time the series ends, the whole town will be dead.

    I haven't read the book, but I'm guessing the dome is supplied by aliens and not Satan or North Korea.
     
  3. Jul 4, 2013 #83 of 127
    LlamaLarry

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    The soldiers and scientists outside ignoring the people inside it just truly confusing. It's not like the soldiers appear to be doing/guarding anything. At the end of E1 when Duke's battery exploded no one outside seemed to notice that 2 of the 4 cops in town were even there and that one dropped dead. They showed boot literally running in circles and back and forth the screen but never looking in.

    The soldiers that the redhead was trying to get to look at her were not looking at anything really, just chilling and talking to each other. Where the heck did all the journalists from Day 0 go? There does not appear to be soldiers everywhere along the 31.4ish mile circumference and there is not a single reporter trying to communicate with someone inside the dome?

    Why would Barbie take dead husband's empty gun? I guess so redhead can say "Hey, that sure looks a lot like the heater my husband carried when he played illegal high stakes poker".

    Barbie's dog tag look deformed like perhaps it had deflected a bullet at some point and IIRC it also appeared he only had one. As someone that wore ID tags you'd notice they were got pretty quickly and it wouldn't take looking at your chest.

    It appeared that the Rev was TRYING to set the place on fire while at the same time acting like he was totally surprised that tossing his burning evidence into a trash can and kicking at the drapes would result in Duke's apparently gas soaked home going up in flames.

    Speaking of Duke, I am bummed he is dead (but sometimes they come back).

    I do have to say that the radio station DJ and engineer have to be the least helpful characters in the show. They have the ONLY way to communicate with pretty much the entire town but keep spinning tunes and not telling anyone what they know. Engineer girl busts out her DirecTV LNB and when she's bored fiddles with the dials and tries to catch some outside news. If that was the only way to get an idea of what is going on she should be doing it non stop, like it's her job.

    I would also expect them to try to use the radio station to see if the outside world can hear them or any other radio band they can get their hands on a transmitter for. Why would they just assume the signals only go in?

    Hothead rogue cop was so over the top that I kind of wish that he had been hit in the unlikely ricochet instead of Nice Guy Cop. I guess the hothead will end up in the pokey and leave only the lady cop. If I were hothead cop I would be pretty concerned as they seem to off one law keeper an episode. ;)

    As others have mentioned, no power rationing and apparently no rationing of any kind. I kind of get that it is only Day 1, but even I don't turn on every single light and powered device and leave them on when I am on a generator.

    I know it sounds like I hate the show, but I actually do enjoy it I just have a hard time with the way the characters are working. They all seem pretty damned calm about being inside a dome and don't seem to be acting like they are really itching to get out or prepare to be in for any duration.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2013 #84 of 127
    cheesesteak

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    The soldiers and scientists outside the dome ignoring the people inside the dome is pretty stupid. Since nobody knows anything about the dome, even silly questions like "How's the weather in there?" adds to the knowledge base. I'm willing to accepts a huge, clear dome suddenly dropping around a town but they don't have to be idiots about it.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2013 #85 of 127
    Sromkie

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    Just because we didn't see anyone else trying to figure out the size of the "dome" doesn't mean that no one else was working on it or hadn't already done it. We're just watching a small group of individuals from an entire town of people. The stories of those we are watching were deemed important or interesting by the writers, but that doesn't mean no one else exists or that everyone not on screen is just on pause until the camera is on them.

    Yes, you'd think that multiple people would have been trying to determine how big it is, and it's likely that there were. As for why they haven't shared the information with anyone we see on camera—who knows? It does seem silly considering a town councilman, a religious leader, and the police are all characters we are observing. One would think that anyone with information would be running straight to one of them and we'd hear about it, but then look at the radio people... they had information and an EASY way to share it, but they didn't.
     
  6. Jul 4, 2013 #86 of 127
    TonyD79

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    An entire town? This is a very, very small town and we are watching the leaders.

    Don't try to rationalize the stupidity. The only explanation would be that the dome is releasing a gas that is impairing everyone dumb.

    I find the show entertaining but it is bad science fiction. It is bad fiction. It is bad psychology. Other than a diversion for an hour a week, it is nothing. It is not the Twilight Zone. It is not a human study as no one acts as humans do. It is just bad. But as I sad before, fun to watch.

    Then in to pick apart for its stupidity. Heck, at least it beats the Kardashians.
     
  7. Jul 4, 2013 #87 of 127
    astrohip

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    Like this would be a bad thing?:D The phrase "cleaning the gene pool" comes to mind.

    Spoilers!

    QFT. If it was fall, with 30 shows a week recording, the SP wouldn't have survived the 2nd ep. But with my TiVo ready to file unemployment for lack of work, I'll keep watching.

    I still have standards however. Crossing Lines was whacked after eps 2.
     
  8. Jul 4, 2013 #88 of 127
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Just as many are bewildered by the lack of communication from the outside world, I don't see any problem with it. The military isn't exactly known for being all about full disclosure.

    Do you really expect the military/govt. to allow every Tom, Dick, and Harry access to this dome of unknown origin and purpose?

    Why would he leave it there? It was a crime scene and that gun could place the missing victim at the scene.

    I was initially confused as to why he'd kick the trash can toward the curtains, then realized that it was just a very poorly acted accidental kick. Then I had to roll my eyes back and sigh as everything went up in flames so unrealistically.

    What good would it do to tell everyone anything at all? It's not as if they are getting tips on how to survive when a dome drops on your town. Things they have heard could just cause widespread panic. If it were me, I may just hoard the information I was getting.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2013 #89 of 127
    stellie93

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    If you've ever read any Stephen King, you know that the smartest most together person in town is always a boy about that age. ;)

    I like this. Maybe they will discover that anyone who dies under the dome comes back to life. Hopefully not as a zombie.
     
  10. Jul 4, 2013 #90 of 127
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I would assume that people from the various parts of town are saying where the dome wall is and the locals would be able to get a good idea of the size from that. Any actual measurements are not necessary or even useful. If it's not furthering the story,why waste time on it? The 20 seconds they spent showing Joe figure out the diameter was wasted time.
     
  11. Jul 4, 2013 #91 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, we don't know what they're up to. Again, I suspect that sooner rather than later we'll have some scenes outside the Dome that will shed some light on their behavior.

    At first, it was regular people out there who were acting normally (e.g., the firemen). Since then it's been the soldiers, and who knows who they are and what their orders are.
     
  12. Jul 4, 2013 #92 of 127
    TonyD79

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    Yeah. Cause a single sentence that said "we've been around the whole thing and there is no gap" would take so much time. Meanwhile, the presenters are telling us that the townsfolk are IDIOTS.

    That viewers are talking about it shows that it is necessary to put some realism into the show.

    Normal people would ask and question. Not these idiots. They just go to bed and ask if it is gone in the morning. How foolish would they be if it turns out it only faces one direction?

    Oh. And they AREN'T checking it out. The kid that was doing it shows they aren't. He didn't run into anyone else.
     
  13. Jul 4, 2013 #93 of 127
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I don't need to be spoon fed exposition for things to make sense.
    You seem to know how people should be reacting and what they should be doing. Take all the people we don't see on screen and assume they are doing everything the way you know they would because, after all, it's the only way it can be. Now all of the gaps you're whining about are filled in and no screen time was wasted on useless exposition.

    That's just very poor reasoning.
     
  14. Jul 4, 2013 #94 of 127
    TonyD79

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    I see. So you watch a tv show or a movie for what they don't show you.

    Talk about poor reasoning.
     
  15. Jul 5, 2013 #95 of 127
    Sromkie

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    I think the town is bigger than you're proposing. It's not huge, of course, but they are big enough to have their own hospital and a car dealership. How on earth would a car dealership survive if there were only a handful of people in the town? I guess there are elements related to population that appear contradictory, though, like the appearance that there are only four cops (which would suggest a pretty small community). Maybe there are more cops than we've seen. They did have several fire trucks headed out of town for a parade at the beginning of episode one. I've lived in a small town where they only had one fire truck and a volunteer fire department and it was still big enough to where not everyone knew each other. So, if they have several trucks, they probably aren't that "very, very small."

    It's not about justifying the stupidity. I'm not saying it's written extremely well or anything. I just disagree with playing the "if it didn't happen on screen it didn't happen" card so quickly. What we are seeing is what the writers believe is most interesting—and that's clearly not everything. I would much rather see the kid with his sidekick friend trying to figure stuff out than some high-school science teacher doing the same thing—and showing us more than one person doing all of the things we all think we'd do first would get old fast.
     
  16. Jul 5, 2013 #96 of 127
    Sromkie

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    That's a leap.

    Appreciating writers leaving out needless exposition does not equate to watching a show for what isn't on screen. It just means that what is on screen is more enjoyable because it isn't filled with wasted time that many viewers don't need.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2013 #97 of 127
    tivogurl

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    They pull customers from other, nearby towns.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2013 #98 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Especially since everything people are complaining about has been shown on screen. We've seen people digging; we've seen people trying to communicate with the outside; we've seen people exploring the boundary; etc. We can argue about how much of it has been shown; obviously, the balance between showing multiple examples of certain behaviors and getting on with the story isn't satisfying some people. But they have shown it.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2013 #99 of 127
    cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    Maybe we'd be happier if they'd scrap the Crazy Jr. subplot that everybody hates and devote that time to more proof that the townspeople aren't dopes.
     
  20. Jul 5, 2013 #100 of 127
    TonyD79

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    Have you ever been in lower populated areas? They still need car dealerships. Drive through farm areas where you might have 200 houses in a 10 mile radius. You can still find a car dealership in there somewhere. Or do you think they buy cars in the "big city?"

    Look at the actual town they are showing. It is small. Look at the establishing shots. Look at it all.

    Unnecessary exposition? Like that the dome is complete? That is unnecessary? The show is about the dome. And we are watching the city council, the entire police force, the entire media (print and radio) and the spiritual leader as well as the only bar in town. And yet somehow all the real work is being done by others?

    Okay. There is suspension if disbelief then there is just nonsense.
     

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