Clark: Mom hot under the collar about 'Dome'

July 17, 2013 

My poor son.

The boy just wanted to watch a summer miniseries with his mom and enjoy a little TV time together before school starts up again.

And he probably would be thoroughly enjoying "Under the Dome" if his mom wasn't constantly interrupting the action with comments like, "That is SO not in the book," "That girl is SO dead in the book" and "He is SUCH a bigger jerk … in the book."

I had high hopes for "Under the Dome," a CBS summer series based on a Stephen King novel. Not that I've been particularly impressed by TV or film versions of most of King's other novels. But since it's a longer-run miniseries, there was at least a shot at the writers following the original story line rather than changing everything up or clipping things off for a film or a shorter-run show.

Yeah, not so much.

It's been more than three years since I read the book, so admittedly I can't recall everything. And, yes, stories previewing the new miniseries did warn that writers would be changing things.

But did they have to change this much? Seriously?

Like the introduction of the book's lead character/hero, Dale Barbara — Barbie for short. Dude seemingly is killing a guy at the beginning of the TV version and is attempting to high-tail it out of town when the titular dome descends and traps everyone inside the town. In the book, he gets the snot beat out of him for no good reason and decides to just move on when his exit is cut off.

That's a big difference. And it bugs me.

What bugs me even more is that in the book, the nut-job kid named Junior is a thug (he's the leader of the crew that beats up Barbie) who kind of/sort of accidentally kills his girlfriend and hides her body. In the miniseries, he's mental, all right, but locks up the girl in an underground bunker — somehow thinking that's going to win her love back.

Because what's more enchanting and romantic than being chained to a bed underground for days on end?

Every time the girl is on screen, I can't help but announce that she is dead — dead, dead, dead! — in the book.

I don't think my son cares anymore.

Nor does he care that in the book, Junior's dad, the town councilman known as Big Jim, is a true villain. In the miniseries, the guy comes off as mostly Mr. Marvelous (so far, anyway), although he clearly has a nefarious secret.

Nothing Big Jim did in the book was heartfelt. He was overwhelmingly selfish and just plain bad. At least that's how I remember it.

Still, for anyone who hasn't read the book, the miniseries is probably just fine — good, even.

It's probably time for Mom to keep her protesting mouth shut and roll with whatever they do on the show.

And then go find the book and read it again.

I spoke earlier this week to Jeribai Tascoe, the Sonoran who's in the hunt for his own TV show via the competition/reality series "HGTV Star." Tascoe vies for the win Sunday night against two other finalist competitors.

He was so personable and likable to talk with — just like he is on the HGTV channel competition.

Tascoe, who said he got along great with the other nine contestants, spoke about his "jack of all trades" career, growing up in the Mother Lode region and what his HGTV show will be — IF he wins.

Read about Tascoe and his run for TV stardom in The Bee this weekend. And watch the finale to see how he fared on "HGTV Star" on Sunday night.

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