DVD Review: Under the Dome

Chester’s Mill is a seemingly perfect example of small-town America from the outside. On the inside, its citizens are entangled in all sorts of dramatic and compromising situations. Things get even tenser when a dome seals the town off from the rest of the world. With no rescue in sight, the community comes unhinged as they come to grips with food, water, and medical supply shortages. All the while, the leaders of Chester’s Mill search for the answer to where the dome came from and what does whoever put it there want from them.

By no means is Under the Dome as perfect or addictive as Revenge and other shows out there. It doesn’t have the same level of urgency to see the next episode like that. I’m also left with the stinging suspicion that when everything does come to an end, I’m going to be left disappointed. That could be four seasons away, though. I should just sit back and enjoy the ride until the bitter end.

I came into the show thinking it was a 13-episode series that would conclude with its final installment. When the credits rolled on the last chapter to this box set, I was left stunned. I find myself asking, “How are they going to keep this thing going for several more seasons?”

The characters in Under the Dome are engaging and likeable (or hateable, some would say). You have the group of kids you feel sorry for because they want to find a way out and continue living their lives. There’s also a crooked police officer, a politician/used car dealer, and a preacher who will no doubt raise your blood pressure and leave you screaming at the TV in disgust at their deplorable actions.

Under the Dome is definitely what I would consider to be PG-13. There are sexual situations, violence, and bad language. It’s not as gory as you might expect to get from a Stephen King adaptation, but this isn’t that type of movie.

There are some pleasing special features spread throughout the four discs contained in the Under the Dome box set. Five featurettes go behind the scenes of the series and include interviews with author/executive producer Stephen King and the cast and crew. Deleted scenes, a gag reel, and launch promos can also be found.

I will say that Under the Dome is intriguing television. It keeps you coming back for more and wondering how the whole story will unfold. I’d say something about just reading the book for the answers, but I’ve heard that the show is going to deviate from King’s novel quite a bit.

Under the Dome is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.