S101 – Ratings, Reviews, and Preview for Episode S102 Under the Dome



The first part of this blog will cover critic reviews and user ratings for S101 Pilot episode of Under the Dome.

Metacritic.com gave this episode a critics score of 72/100 (generally favorable reviews) and a user score of 7.7/10 (also g.f.r.)

The SeriesGuide application (website trackt.tv) gave this episode a score of 83% based on 357 votes.

Now (I ask you) how can we compare this information?  I am going to choose LOST S1 and Revolution S1.  Please add in the comments any other shows you think may be pertinent.

LOST S1 (Metacritic.com scores 87/100 and 9.1/10 universal acclaim).

Revolution S1 (Metacritic.com scores 64/100 generally favorable reviews, and 5.4/10 mixed reviews).

LOST S101 (SeriesGuide score 88% based on 143 votes).

Revolution S101 (SeriesGuide score 77% based on 600 votes).

SPOILER (If you consider next episodes description a spoiler):

S102 Preview – The town of Chester’s Mill has been cut off from everything. Now the biggest threat they’ll face is each other on the next episode of Under The Dome, Monday at 10/9c.  This episode is directed by LOST executive producer Jack Bender.

S101 – Under the Dome Review – Pilot episode

Well that was interesting.  The first episode of Under the Dome was aired last night on CBS.  About 13 million people watched it live and they expect a significant number will watch it later this week (the NBA finals were on during the airing of the show).

So here is how I am going to break it down: 1) Plot Overview, 2) New Characters, 3) Recurring Characters, 4) Thoughts, Theories and Observations.  P.S. Plot overviews are just what I remember from the plot and not an extensive or complete overview.

1) Plot Overview for the Pilot episode of Under the Dome:

A black baby bird hatches out of a black egg.  Another bird (Are you my Mother?) flies to where a newcomer to the town is digging a hole which he then drops a white cloth covered body into.  The man is later leaving the town when he spots a cop and his partner eying his car for its missing front license plate.  The female cop gets the rear plate number and sends it in for ID.  The male cop is the town sheriff and the female cop is his partner.  The man loses control of his car and ends up in a farmers field.  A strange noise happens followed by a cow being literally split in half.  Upon investigation the man discovers an invisible wall (which gives off an electric current when touched).  A boy shows up there and soon after all sorts of strange things happen.  Birds drop from the sky with their necks broken and an airplane crashes into “nothing” killing the occupant.  The cops and a reporter show up on the scene and later the city councilman.  They immediately start searching the area.  There doesn’t seem to be anyway around the invisible wall.  The councilman goes on the radio to warn all drivers to stop their cars now.  It’s too late for a truck that goes barreling into the wall in front of some out of town visitors who nearly smash their car into the wall as well.  A girl in that car goes into a spasm muttering something like “the stars are falling”.  Later on the boy we met earlier says the same thing.  There is a side plot about some hidden propane fuel and another about the reporter’s husband who has gone missing.  After a town meeting where the sheriff tells the town folk to stay calm, we see the show to this week’s conclusion:  At the bridge on the edge of town, the US Army has gathered a huge team to camp just outside the dome.  Have they come to rescue or to study those trapped within?

2) New Characters

This being the first episode, all the characters were new.  Here are the ones I remember in order of what I think will be most important over this season.  I haven’t learned all the names yet, so I will give you my nicknames until I learn the real ones.

  • “Barbee” – Ex military guy we saw burying a male corpse.  He was the first to see the dome (on the show).  He is a loner and drifter.  Think Sawyer from LOST for now.
  • “The Reporter” – She works at the local paper and was investigating the propane supply issue.  She meets Barbee and seems to take a liking to him.  SPOILER if you were not paying attention – It looks like her husband was the man being buried.
  • The Sheriff – He seems generally interested in protecting the town folk, but somewhere down the line he made a pact with the next character to hide and store the propane.  He is good to his partner and he also has a pace maker that is triggered by the dome.  Think Lapidus from LOST (well I cheated, he played Lapidus the airline pilot from LOST).
  • The Lady cop – She is potentially engaged to a fireman because he can provide her better insurance than a cop’s salary allows.  She seems to like her boyfriend but he is on the other side of the dome.
  • The Councilman aka Big Jim- He is charming to ladies but a bit evil.  He seems to love his son, who also by the way, is a psychopath.  He made a deal with the sheriff to hide the propane and is holding that info over him as a form of blackmail.
  • The Psychopath aka Junior- He is son to the councilman.  He has trapped his girlfriend in a bunker after she refused to run away with him.  Think Christian Bale in American Psycho or the rich guy boyfriend of Rose in Titanic.
  • The Boy, The Girl and the Same Sex couple – For now we don’t know too much about them but the boy and girl are picking up messages like invisible radio waves.  They said “PINK STARS ARE FALLING IN LINES”

3) Recurring Characters

All the characters this week were new characters because this was the pilot silly.

4) Thoughts Theories and Observations

The really good news is that this show is a hit and it’s on CBS. Which is a network known for cultivating hits.  The bad news is that this show could go on too long and we all want to know when it will end.  At least I want to know.  I hope its no more than three seasons or 40 episodes.  LOST was a great 4 season show that gave us a couple of bonus seasons.  I will never regret watching those extra seasons but the quality started to go down with season 5 in my opinion.  This show has some interesting characters that are worth following.  The only one who worries me is PG (Psycho Guy).  He already seems to be a bit over the top.

What’s up the radio transmission overheard at the radio station?  Was that the authorities talking about the “dome”?  Does this mean the whole thing was a planned event?

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Under the Dome S101 photo

Lady cop and boyfriend meet the Dome.

Under the Dome – Summer 2013 Season

Well this is the show I most want to blog about.  Under the Dome written by Steven King, developed by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, LOST), costarring Jeff Fahey and executive produced by Jack Bender.  It is starting on Monday the 24th.  Can’t wait to see how it starts!

Catch a preview of Under the Dome below:

The Killing Season 2 – Introduction

I came to the show after seeing many people on the commuter train reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novel.  I knew it was a mystery story (which I like anyway), but the title was extremely intriguing.  Also the book had been on the NY Times bestseller list for an extremely long time.  I never got the book but when the movie became available on NetFlix I saw it and was immediately impressed with the acting and the mesh of personal stories with politics.  Plus the mystery was unsolved for many years.  What happened to a girl living in essentially a gated community?

Similarly The Killing explores the interaction between Linden and Holder who are tough cops but are somewhat broken by life’s circumstances.   Their characters are what make the show interesting.  In season 1, Linden was the experienced cop who had just put away a man accused of killing his wife.   Holder was the rookie cop who was street savvy and had a bunch of bad habits to shake.  They came across a new case of a missing girl.  But quickly got embroiled in the political world as the girl was a volunteer on one of the campaigns to elect a new city mayor.  After two long seasons The Killer of the girl was revealed, with our characters learning a few things from their mistakes.  Which brings us to the new season.

In The Killing Season 2, Holder is leading the charge and we have a new case dealing with runaways.  Linden is semi-retired, but she begins to get pulled in (a little reluctantly to start) with this new case when she sees connections to the old solved case.  I will have more on The Killing S2 so if you haven’t started watching and our not afraid of some violence (which is in every episode) then check it out and come back for discussion on the show.

Airing June July Aug 2013 - The Killing S2

AMC’s The Killing Season 2

What I Have Been Watching since 2010

Yesterday I promised reviews of the new summer 2013 TV shows.  You will have to wait just a bit longer for those.  Today I want to tell you what I have been watching the last few years and WHY.

I tried a bunch of LOST wannabe shows from V, to The Event, to Flash Forward, and so forth.  All were just pretenders with interesting ideas for a story but no real character development.  This year I tried J. J. Abrams new show Revolution.  I guess it’s not targeted to my demographic because although I liked the premise, once things settled down I didn’t feel any of the tension of a World Without Power.

So here are my favorite shows and why I liked them.  First is Fringe.  It started off a bit too much like X-Files at first and then it was a monster of the week show (but I guess most people really like those self contained stories).  Once we got into the mythology and realized that Walter Bishop was a tragic character (and funny to boot), I really started enjoying the show.  Season 3 was my favorite with Alt-Olivia facing off against Walternate.  Awesome.  And they ended the show really well by tying up all of the season 1 plots.

My next favorite show over the last few years was Sherlock.  I am a big Poirot fan (you know of Agatha Christie’s stories) on Masterpiece Theater Mystery.  But I never quite saw a show like Sherlock.  Funny smart unpredictable tense and intriguing.  And look no commas!

Speaking of Sherlock, and much to my surprise, the CBS show Elementary was actually good.  The writers were able to throw in some interesting plot developments considering this show was going to be compared against the already clever BBC show.

So lastly but not leastly, I just finished with Orphan Black.  Tatiania the star of the show was absolutely believable playing so many parts.  I am not going to give it away, but from a Sci fi standpoint the story seemed very fresh and new.  You can watch the final minutes of the show here.

So that’s my list. If you see any of your favorites above I would like to hear from you in the comments below.  Coming up will be my review of the first two hours of The Killing season 2.  Please Follow this blog as well for future updates.

My favorites from 2010-2013:

FRINGE 2009-2013

Sherlock 2010, 2012, 2013 soon

Elementary 2012-13 season 1

Orphan Black 2013 series 1

New posts are coming – Stay tuned

Hi Guys/Gals.  How are you?  It seems like a perfect time for me to start posting to the blog again on a more regular basis.  It’s summertime here (or will be in a couple of weeks).  It gets pretty hot and humid here, so less time outside and more time inside.

I plan to write primarily about the summer TV shows here in America.

1.  The Killing on AMC (already airing) – I am pretty sure you can catch up at AMCTV.com

2.  Under the Dome on CBS (will start in two weeks on June 24th)

3.  Breaking Bad the final season also on AMC – Which starts right after the Killing ends in August.

I would rather stick with this blog than start a new one.  My apologies if you just came here to read posts about LOST.  If there is any cool LOST news, I can post about that also.

Anyway, if you are interested in any of the shows listed above please FOLLOW my blog and post comments when you are willing.

Summer TV 2013