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Under the Dome S01E03 "Manhunt" 7-8-13

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Azlen, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Jul 9, 2013 #1 of 148

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    This show is really running off the rails. I agree with Alan Sepinwall's review of this episode.


    Episode 2 was a big misstep, but one the show could have recovered from. "Manhunt," though, continued all the stupid things from last week and added more. There's absolutely zero urgency from any of these people to figure out how they're going to survive inside this thing with limited supplies of food and water. There's barely any urgency about finding ways out, for that matter, except from characters who are crazy and/or chained underground in a bomb shelter. The dome seemingly makes people crazy — which thus far is just an excuse for contrived, clumsy melodrama designed to distract both the citizens and the audience from the actual problems created by the dome — so I suppose it's possible it's also pacified everyone into a "Don't worry, be happy, crack a joke about the dwindling bacon supply" attitude, but there's been no suggestion that's the case. The characters are either bland (Deputy Linda, Julia, Joe), cartoonishly evil (Junior, this new jerk Carter) or played by an actor who deserves much, much better material (Big Jim).
  2. Jul 9, 2013 #2 of 148

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    I'll give it one more episode.
  3. Jul 9, 2013 #3 of 148

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    FFwded thru most of the Barbie/redhead/city council guy stuff. Watched the young kid and his party bit and the walk thru the tunnels. It seems the only smart ones are the kids and one is hidden in a bomb shelter. At least in the book a couple of the adults had it together too. Not sure how much more I will devote to this.
  4. Jul 9, 2013 #4 of 148
    tony touch

    tony touch Nice and Smooth

    Jul 16, 2004
    I haven't been sucked in by this, though I normally enjoy King's adaptations.

    Has anyone here read the book? If so, should we stay tuned for better episodes/plotlines going forward?
  5. Jul 9, 2013 #5 of 148

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    Many of us have read the book. By now, in the book I was sucked in.
  6. Jul 9, 2013 #6 of 148

    stellie93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    This is a trick, right? Someone posts an innocent answer and then the spoiler Nazis jump on us with 50 screaming posts--even if the answer is in spoiler tags. :D
  7. Jul 9, 2013 #7 of 148

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

    Dec 8, 2007
    I'll say this, without divulging spoilers.

    There is no tangent between book and TV Show anymore. They really diverged after Episode 2. As "betts4" said, in the book, by now, "I was sucked in to the narrative".

    This show has just about lost me, and next week, I am giving-up if it does not pick-up.

    There is no urgency, AND the characters are acting in completely STUPID ways.
  8. Jul 9, 2013 #8 of 148

    jamesl Active Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    the town is not in a dome

    the rest of the world is in a hallow sphere, but the sphere has a little dent in it and then town is OUTSIDE the sphere in the dent

    that's the big twist in the end
  9. Jul 9, 2013 #9 of 148

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    This show is getting worse. Pilot was up-and-down, but showed potential. Ep 2 was disappointing, Ep 3 was even more so. I'd be tempted to cut the cord on it, but what else is there to watch? ;)
  10. Jul 9, 2013 #10 of 148

    BradJW Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Agreed with everyone else.

    I liked the pilot. Episode 2 wasn't great. Episode 3 was not good.
    I really like the premise, so I think unless it gets REALLY bad, i'm in it for at least the whole season.

    But, I've been watching this in the media room so far. If next week is bad, it'll get demoted to a smaller TV (unless my kids still want to watch it).
  11. Jul 9, 2013 #11 of 148
    Odds Bodkins

    Odds Bodkins Doug's Dad

    Jun 7, 2006
    The lady who plays Julia Shumway, Rachelle Lefevre, is the worst actor on TV, perhaps ever.
  12. Jul 9, 2013 #12 of 148

    hairyblue A good Man

    Feb 25, 2002
    Mobile, AL
    I'm still enjoying it. Characters are interesting to watch. And there is still a mystery of the dome.
  13. Jul 9, 2013 #13 of 148

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    I'm on the fence about it. Yeah, the characters are stupid but so are people. People don't plan for the future. Still, there must be more than a few "preppers" in a rural Maine town like Chester's Mills, and it would be more interesting to see what they're up to. Instead we focus on a crazy deputy who runs around in the forest and then just unceremoniously dies before we understand any of the basis for his craziness.

    I do hope the whole Junior/Hostage thing gets wrapped up soon since there is no reason for us to see ten minutes of the same scenes being re-enacted in every episode. She'd better stab him with those scissors next episode.

    I also think we're seeing the effects of "let's do season 2"-itis in how slowly and stupidly everything is progressing. The initial media coverage of the show acted like this was a fixed 13-episode miniseries, but apparently the show runners have mapped out two additional seasons. This does not bode well for a taut storyline.
  14. Jul 9, 2013 #14 of 148

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Despite my bashing if it, I kept saying I was enjoying it so I'd keep watching. Zero enjoyment this week.

    It's been said here already. All of the adults are acting like the dome doesn't exist. They are all tied up in their soap opera dramas. The kids are reacting better. Trying to get out or having end of the world parties.

    And on top of it all, instead of exploring psychology or attacking the dome, we get a manhunt in a woods that can't possibly coexist in the same space as the town, the river and the mill.

    This show is now week to week for me.
  15. Jul 10, 2013 #15 of 148

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    Why would a cement plant have a labyrinth of deep tunnels underneath?
  16. Jul 10, 2013 #16 of 148

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    Because the steep descent into blackness is a metaphor for something. (The quality of the episodes, perhaps?)

    I don't normally care for shows that start in media res, as I think of it as a bit of a writer's crutch, but I think this series could have benefitted from it. Show us a glimpse of where we are headed right at the start, to help make this preliminary stuff more endurable as we wonder "how did they get to that point they showed in the opening scenes?" I agree that right now the characters are not acting with the sense of urgency and panic they should be if they were more true-to-life. I assume that's because the writers are trying to establish a baseline. Problem is, baseline is boring and, in this case, frustrating for the viewer.

    Other quibbles:

    "How many matches do you have left?"
    "Only one. Let's waste it standing around talking."
    "Yeah, okay."

    Plus, I can't think of anyone I know that actually carries a box of matches around with them, when they are just out and about. That was fortunate she had them.

    Another frustrating moment (from the prior episode, but if I'm thread-crapping it might as well be diarrhea) - Barbie is shown as being smart enough to consider that things might get so bad that it gets to a point where cigarettes are used as currency. So he ups his request from one pack to three. Three? Yep, that should do it.
  17. Jul 10, 2013 #17 of 148

    wouldworker _

    Sep 7, 2004
    MA, USA
    I'm out. The first three episodes remind me of the first three seasons of Lost. The first one was good and drew you in, the second wasn't as good as the first but still showed promise, and the third was just pointless.

    I forget who got jumped all over for commenting on how in-your-face the two moms things is, but he was right. "We are a same-sex couple." "... our legitimate daughter ...". I'm all for same-sex marriage. What I'm against is bad writing.
  18. Jul 10, 2013 #18 of 148
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I may be giving them too much credit...almost certainly, in fact...but considering he told the clerk the cigarettes weren't for him (when obviously they were), I "read" that as him stocking up because of the impending shortage and using the "currency" bit as an excuse.

    But yes, either way he should have been buying cartons, not packs.
  19. Jul 10, 2013 #19 of 148
    late for dinner

    late for dinner Past Expiration Date

    May 17, 2013
    I still think this is good for a summer show, I mean what else is there to do, some work around the house?
  20. Jul 10, 2013 #20 of 148

    Hercules67 TiVo addict

    Dec 8, 2007
    So that we could have a pointless scene under the town?

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