Stephen King is one of those authors that you either love or
I happen to love him – especially his early work. I’m a big
fan of ‘Carrie,’ ‘It,’ ‘The Shining’ and ‘Salem’s Lot.’
Adapting King’s work to the big and small screen has been a
For example, I happen to think that Stanley Kubrick’s big
screen version of ‘The Shining’ was pure genius. It’s actually my favorite
horror movie of all time.
King himself didn’t like it – and he gave his blessing for a
miniseries several years ago. I wasn’t a fan of the miniseries.
For every King work success (‘Carrie,’ ‘It’), there is also
a King work disappointment (‘Christine,’ ‘Salem’s Lot’ the miniseries).
You can’t argue that King is a prolific author, though.
A lot of his more recent work has been hit or miss for me.
The ‘Dark Tower’ series is fairly
interesting, but ‘The Colorado Kid’ is a
‘Cell’ was a lot of fun but ‘Duma Key’ was really boring.
You know what I’m saying.
That’s why I was so surprised by ‘Under the Dome.’ The book
was a fun character study about what happens when people are cut off from
society – and it’s every man for himself? What happens when this happens, but
the rest of the world is still watching?
That’s the basic premise of ‘Under the Dome,’ which finds
the denizens of a small town cut off from the rest of the world when an invisible dome descends on their small town and they’re
The story was adapted for television shortly after its
release, and it’s hitting CBS at 10 p.m. Monday as a limited run series.
Like most King miniseries, ‘Under the Dome’ has managed to
attract some interesting actors. Mike Vogel plays the central character Dale ‘Barbie’
Barbara, kind of the everyman in town. Britt Robertson plays Angie McAlister,
while Dean Norris takes on the big bad role of James “Big Jim” Rennie. Rachelle
Lefevre and Mackenzie Lintz also star.
The book managed to keep my attention for its duration –
which given its length, is pretty much a marvel – so I’m actually looking
forward to the series.
That being said, I’ve gotten excited for King adaptations
before and been sorely disappointed. Here’s hoping that ‘Under the Dome’ is
more ‘It’ than ‘Dreamcatcher.’
What do you think? Will you tune in to ‘Under the Dome’?