Stephen King Thinks CBS’s Under the Dome Inhabitants Had It Too Easy

A scene from CBS’s Under the Dome.
A scene from CBS’s Under the Dome.
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The Dome Speaks—and Stephen King doesn’t like what it has to say. The horror author has shared some of his thoughts about CBS’s Under the Dome, the series that sometimes seemed to defy logic itself. It turns out that King wasn’t happy with it either.

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Speaking to the Washington Post, King heaped praised on Amazon Studios’ adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, a crime drama series based on his Bill Hodges book trilogy. When asked about what makes Mr. Mercedes a successful adaptation of his work, King made the comparison to Under the Dome—a series he served as executive producer on when it aired from 2013-2015.

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In short: Much like the Dome itself, which graciously recapped the series for io9 all those years ago, King thinks the series went “entirely off the rails.” The biggest problem? It made things too easy for people on the inside. Where was the suffering?

Under the Dome was one I felt like went entirely off the rails, because the people are doing things that don’t seem realistic. One thing that killed me was you never hear the sound of a generator anywhere. The electric power is fine. Everything looks clean. Everything is great, except that they’re cut off from the world. And that isn’t what would happen,” King said. “If you ask people to accept those ideas, there has to be a sense of realism that goes with it, that pulls you along.”

Mr. Mercedes is one of many, many King adaptations that are currently available to watch or getting ready to enter production. It’s kind of a Stephen King world right now, including Tommyknockers, Firestarter, and CBS All Access’ upcoming The Stand. But the King Universe suffered a bit of a blow last night, with Hulu announcing it would not be renewing Castle Rock for a third season.

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DISCUSSION

I was a big fan of the tv series but never read the book so I don’t know if any of the following ideas happen in the book.

I always thought that the series should have had multiple domes covering cities across the world with portals connecting them; even though they could escape their dome they would never truly be free.

Then you could have stories where communities try to raid other domes for resources, or escape a dome where a group (mafia, drug cartel, militia) sets themselves up as a dictators, or a story about trying to contain a plague to keep it from spreading to the other domes.