Sunday, September 8, 2013

Under the Dome: 1.1 "Pilot"

So far, I've only been writing about the pilot episodes of shows you can stream one or more seasons of online. But why limit myself to those? New new shows have pilots to be reviewed, too, so why not write about some of the brand new shows I'm trying out? They obviously can't become the next Dawson's Creek, as I can't binge watch them, so I guess they don't really fit into my original idea. But let's be honest—I've already found two shows that sucked me in as much as Dawson's did, and I didn't blog about any of their episodes beyond the pilot. That part of this project would require more time and effort than I'm willing to put forth. Blogging about pilots, though? That's fun. So that's what I'll keep doing!

Series summary (from Amazon): Under The Dome is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.

I'm watching this because: I was immediately intrigued when I saw the first preview on CBS. At the time, I didn't have TV, but then it showed up on Prime Instant Video.

Recap: Residents of Chester's Mill suddenly find themselves trapped under a huge dome, which seems impenetrable. Due to an event in a neighboring town, many residents—including the mayor, fire fighters, and most city council members, are gone when the dome materializes. Not only are those in Chester's Mill trapped, but many are hiding secrets that they'll do anything to keep from exposure.

Reactions: What fun! Not fun in a lighthearted, funny way, but fun in a J.J. Abrams-esque what-the-crap-just-happened kind of way. I love shows like this! Here's what Under the Dome feels like after one episode: Lost meets Fringe meets Jericho. This show is totally and completely in my wheelhouse.

The next Dawson's? No, but it just might be the next Lost, which is equally important, if totally different.

Watch it on Amazon Instant Video.

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