Anghus Houvouras reviews the pilot episode of Under the Dome from the series premiere in Wilmington, NC, attended by Stephen King….
The last few years has provided a slew of mystery themed television shows wrapped around a lofty premise. Ever since Lost became a fan phenomenon, the major American television networks have tried to capture lightning in a bottle as give audiences a succulent mystery to sink their teeth into and keep audiences coming back one cliffhanger at a time. Under the Dome might be the first TV series in a long time to have that same brand of magic.
The first episode of Under the Dome works because writer and executive producer Brian K. Vaughn kicks the whole thing into high gear. The plot is set into motion fast. Lightning fast. There’s barely time to breathe before the dome drops and the body count begins. There’s a briskness to everything that feels downright refreshing for network television.
Anghus Houvouras is a North Carolina based writer and filmmaker. His latest work, the novel My Career Suicide Note, is available from Amazon.