The Watch List: Under the Dome

by Sara Da Silva

Under the Dome has had mixed reviews amongst critics and avid television watchers, but I personally found it very enjoyable.

Based on the book of the same name by Stephen King, Under the Dome follows the residents of a small town, Chester’s Mill, who become cut off from the rest of the world by an indestructible and invisible forcefield. With the loss of phone signal and internet (AKA my worst nightmare), isolating them from the outside world, a group of individuals attempt to figure out the origins of the dome and whether it’s possible to take it down.

There are some slight differences from the book version, however, Stephen King himself, in a post made on his website, showed his support by claiming that “many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly.”

King then goes on to discuss the differences between the book and television show, as well as sharing his initial reservations.

“Some have been occasioned by their plan to keep the Dome in place over Chester’s Mill for months instead of little more than a week, as is the case in the book. Other story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the Dome.
That such a re-imagining had to take place was my only serious concern when the series was still in the planning stages, and that concern was purely practical. If the solution to the mystery were the same on TV as in the book, everyone would know it in short order, which would spoil a lot of the fun (besides, plenty of readers didn’t like my solution, anyway).”

If you don’t believe me when I say that the show is worth watching, then take King’s word for it.

Personally, my favourite aspect of the show is the endless possibilities when it comes to what the dome can do and why the dome is there in the first place. Despite finding the dome more interesting than the majority of the characters, there are countless plot twists and cliffhangers to keep anyone entertained, making it an intriguing watch.

If I’ve successfully convinced you to watch Under The Dome then tune in to CBS on Mondays 10/9c. Or, if you have the misfortune of living outside the sphere of American television, like me, then watch wherever possible.

Editor’s Note; For those with Amazon Prime, (or access to Amazon Prime) the first season is available on the website’s streaming service


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