Where to begin with this show… If you’re still watching the summer series adaptation of Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome, then you know that it’s about as batshit as shows come these days. While King’s dome tome wasn’t exactly the most philosophical work of his career, it did seem to be tailor-made for a TV series. The premise: A small town of close-knit people become trapped under a mysterious dome and their world soon goes to Hell as they begin to turn on each other. The CBS series, however, quickly went off the rails of both King’s plot lines and reality in general as the show progressed, leading it straight into an impenetrable wall of cancellation.
As TV.com reports, CBS has axed Under the Dome, which makes the show’s season three finale on September 10th also the series finale. While I haven’t been keeping up with the show on a regular basis since the disappointing and ridiculous first season, I do occasionally check in on TV.com’s episode recaps, courtesy of Tim Surette. Here’s an example of his latest one, complete with handy, captioned images to help guide you through the insanity and remind you that, yes, this show is insane and it’s okay if you are frustrated with it.
Perhaps the greatest injustice of Under the Dome is its treatment of Dean Norris, an acting veteran of 30 years whose blue-collar, Midwestern upbringing does more to shape his character than does his graduation from Harvard. You probably know him best as Hank Schrader from Breaking Bad, so to see him fall from the dramatic heights of that award-winning show to the schlocky mess of Under the Dome is just an absolute shame. One good thing about this show’s cancellation is that it frees up Norris and his competent co-stars – including Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Colin Ford, and Mackenzie Lintz – to escape the dome, get a breath of fresh air, and go on to bigger and better things.
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