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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 5, 2013 #101 of 127
    TonyD79

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    Ha. We've seen people digging? Not really. We saw a throw away line then we saw a guy who was going to really try and he was stopped.

    The problem here with the writing is that they don't have good reasoning. They just have this cool dome-thing without any deep explanation so they shortcut anything reasonable like a real attempt to get out.
     
  2. Jul 5, 2013 #102 of 127
    aaronwt

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    IN the first episode the Police were all over the area. They knew it encompassed the town. No need to actually get out and measure it. You could see how far it went by driving around. This was taken care of in the first show. Then they had this kid actually mapping it, which for most people would not be needed. Most people would just need to know it encloses the entire town, they would not be going around trying to look at the edges.

    I know I would not want to go anywhere near the dome. Especially after Lawnmower Man died when his pacemaker blew. Who knows what damage the Dome could cause to you. I would be keeping my distance and not go anywhere near it.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2013 #103 of 127
    Rob Helmerichs

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    That was the guy with the earth-mover. We also saw people with shovels digging, and saying they couldn't get below the Dome. So that's two instances of showing people digging (or trying to). It becomes a question of how much screen time do they have to spend showing people digging. And if viewers aren't going to pay enough attention to notice they're doing it, then I guess they'll just have to have a Very Special Digging episode, which will have to be the first episode, which will also have to be the Very Special Walking the Dome episode, and the Very Special Communicating with the Outside episode, and the.... :rolleyes:

    Again: Everything you're complaining about, they've done. And if they did more of it so it would all sink in, then they wouldn't be able to have any actual story. On the first full day of the Dome being up.

    I like to whine about shows as much as the next guy, but sometimes even I think people have ridiculously unrealistic expectations as to what a show can accomplish.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2013 #104 of 127
    Sromkie

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    Been to? How about lived in. I even said so in my post earlier...

    Again, I'm not saying that it's not a small town. I'm saying that it's not so super small that everyone can be expected to know everyone and they are all sharing information freely like neighbors. The town I lived in was so small that we only had one fire truck and the station was run by volunteers. We didn't have a single car dealership unless you drove at least two towns away. We also didn't have a hospital unless you drove two towns away. There were only four restaurants in the whole town┬Śno fast food at all.

    Even so, we had enough people to where I couldn't tell you a significant percentage of their names. I likely wouldn't even be able to say if many of them lived in the town if you showed me their picture. So, if a town has a car dealership, a hospital, and multiple fire trucks, I imagine it's a least a bit larger than my previous home. That would mean it's also probable that there are people out there doing things they aren't sharing with the main cast we are watching because they don't know them so well (or assume they wold already know or have someone working on it).

    Well, sure. I acknowledge that. But that only works to a certain degree. There has to be enough population within their sales area to support it, and it makes most sense that it would be put in a location within their sales area that had the highest population. And if they are the larger of two or three towns in the area, then they aren't THAT super tiny. This reasoning doesn't have to be true, of course. Big Jim lives in the town, so maybe he just wanted the dealership closer to home and was willing to take the slight hit on sales that a non-prime location potentially bring. But, really, I'm just using the dealership as one example that the population of the town is probably large enough to support the writers' decision to not have them all telling each other everything (and large enough to postulate that more than one person is trying something, or trying to figure something out, even if we don't see multiple on the screen).

    It's been established that the dome is complete. Not just by the kid, either. Barbie and the reporter were walking the edge of it as well. We also had the cops tell the participants in the little meeting in the first episode about how many people were killed in accidents involving the dome (which would indicate that the cops, at some point, traveled to those locations). They know all roads were affected.

    If by real work you're not including going out to the dome to check it out, responding to emergencies such as accidents and injuries, responding to and helping to put out fires, putting together and hosting meetings for the town, walking the edge of the dome to see how far it goes, attempting to gain access to external communications, and warning people on the roads to stop driving until they know the affected areas, then yeah, I guess they aren't doing any of the real work. It's been about two days in dome time and, to me, that sounds like a pretty significant list of real work they are doing. Maybe they think putting out the immediate danger of a fire is more important than doing trig. It's likely that most of the adults we've seen on screen couldn't even do the measurements and calculations without digging out some old books and relearning some trig.

    It's not suspension of disbelief to accept that some things happen that we don't see (or even hear about). It's a totally different concept. Suspension of disbelief goes into affect when something like a magical or extraterrestrial dome traps an entire town. Rather than saying, "Well, golly-gee, that's not possible. I'm out!" we can suspend our disbelief for the enjoyment of the show and its story.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2013 #105 of 127
    Sromkie

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    So much more succinct than me :)
     
  6. Jul 5, 2013 #106 of 127
    aaronwt

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    Didn't they mention in the first episode something about the town having a population of 5K?
     
  7. Jul 5, 2013 #107 of 127
    trainman

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    Until it's determined otherwise, I've been picturing Chester's Mill as being similar to Carmi, Illinois, population 5,422 (because I've been to Carmi on several occasions -- it's the hometown of a friend of mine).

    In a town like Carmi, everyone would know all the "major players" -- i.e., the Big Jim equivalent, and all the cops -- but everyone wouldn't know everyone.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2013 #108 of 127
    PotentiallyCoherent

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    I suggest that every episode open with an all inclusive town meeting where the population spills their guts about what they did, and what they learned. This should only take a couple of hours out of the hour timeslot...
     
  9. Jul 7, 2013 #109 of 127
    Mikeyis4dcats

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    woman cop to other cop holding a pump shotgun - "Put down that rifle!'

    facepalm.
     
  10. Jul 8, 2013 #110 of 127
    betts4

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    Doesn't all the towns in King's novels have that kind of population....or even smaller sometimes.

    I came into it late and missed the first episode. I have read the book. Second episode didn't impress me much and I don't know how long I will hold on.

    I agree, Barbie in the book is different and as such invoked a different feeling about his character and role. I don't have any real connection to anyone there, except maybe the smart teenager (that seems to be found in a lot of his books about small towns and odd things).
     
  11. Jul 8, 2013 #111 of 127
    Bierboy

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    Wait....WHAT?!....where did THAT come from? :eek:
     
  12. Jul 8, 2013 #112 of 127
    Bierboy

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    Mine actually fell out of their sockets...

    This ep was so full of cliches. I thought it was a big step DOWN from the first ep. Hope it gets better...
     
  13. Jul 8, 2013 #113 of 127
    Bierboy

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    Obviously, they're WAY overdue...
     
  14. sushikitten

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    I don't think it was "so unrealistically" - from http://www.ready.gov/fires:

    There's so many things that are unrealistic...but this wasn't one of them.
     
  15. aaronwt

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    I just read an article in TV Guide about Under The Dome. They were talking with Exec producer Neal Baer. He said that Chester's Mill has 2,000 people that live in it.
     
  16. sushikitten

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    That sounds about right. I grew up in a town about that size. We had a sheriffs department, hospital, car lot, lots of wooded areas, a fire department, a Main Street area, etc. You definitely didn't know everyone but you'd know the main bigwigs.
     
  17. andyw715

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    The storyline we are seeing is exactly what would happen if Burgaw NC was surrounded by a dome. Idiocies and all.

    Just so happens much of it was filmed in Burgaw :)
     
  18. Rob Helmerichs

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    Maybe it's a reality show? They dropped an actual dome over Burgaw and just filmed what happened?

    :D

    (Actually, I suspect your average season of Survivor is more carefully written...)
     
  19. stellie93

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    LOL--Rob cracked me up yet again. :up:
     
  20. philhu

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    Just a small book thing not in show

    In the book, the cell phones worked. But the government shut them off. Sometimes, someone OTD, like govt official would call someone inside, like big Jim to discuss what their next plan was

    Also, Big Jim's son was heavily into doctor prescribed drugs for seizures due to his brain problems. They make him nicer in this show. :)

    I think the show is paraphrasing the book. Although I know filming is different than describing, I would have assumed the book and show basic premise would be closer.
     

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