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What to Watch: Under the Dome

Ah Under the Dome how I love thee. You started so promisingly but after the fourth or fifth episode, you steadily deteriorated, like a cake left in the rain. First, there was your many characters who served little obvious purpose. Then your multiple digressions into narrative blind alleys. And yet the more your fascinating exploration of communal isolation degenerates into an insane soap opera, I just can’t be mad at you.

I love that your actors look like they aren’t sure what to do next. I love that your final few episodes were quite frankly awful. For ours is a forbidden love, like the love between a man and a fine cigar. Society may frown on you and Channel 5 play fast and loose with your scheduling but you and your pink stars shall not wither. May you continue to divide audiences just as you divided that cow in the first episode, you strange, maddening, pointless program!

For the uninitiated Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester’s Mill, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world. With no Internet access, no mobile signals and limited radio communication, the people trapped inside must find their own ways to survive with diminishing resources and rising tensions. While military forces, the government, and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and when (and if) it will go away. If you think that sounds exactly like ‘The Simpsons Movie’ then you’d be right.

Like True Blood, the show has quickly run out of ideas and it’s characters have become caricatures of themselves. But in the dictionary definition of ‘TV bubble gum’ Under the Dome sits there as magnificently as the shining bald head of Dean Norris. I didn’t even mind that I was sucked in by amazon prime when they decided to not make the second season available to prime users after giving the first season away for free. Actually I do mind. Well done Amazon you terrible human beings.

 

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Stephen Pryde-Jarman is a Cult TV and Film journalist, award winning short story writer, playwright and screenwriter. A natural hoarder, second hand shopping fulfils his basic human need for hunter-gathering; but rummaging through a charity shop’s bric-a-brac shelf also brought him the inspiration for his novel Rubble Girl having seen a picture of a Blitz survivor sat amongst the rubble of her house with a cup and saucer. Rubble Girl has been described as " thought-provoking" and "fast paced ... with plenty of twists and turns." Amazon.

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