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Friday, July 12, 2013

Under the Dome's Alexander Koch is TV's hottest psycho

Yeah, I like the bad boys - even when they're a nutcase who keeps the girl he loves locked up in a fallout shelter. Obviously the guy isn't playing with a full deck but gosh darn, he's cute - especially when he's played by the handsome Alexander Koch, who successfully auditioned for his first TV pilot last year - CBS's new science fiction miniseries, Under the Dome. This talented young actor is definitely one to keep a close eye on because his performance as the crazy Junior Rennie has been fascinating to watch during the show's first three episodes.

As for the series itself, I'm enjoying it immensely - but I've been a Stephen King fan ever since CBS aired an adaptation of his novel, Salem's Lot, way back in 1979. Under the Dome is based on King's 2009 book by the same name, and it follows the lives of the residents of Chester's Mill after a mysterious dome suddenly surrounds the small town. Of course, this leads to a lot of drama with people dying from a pacemaker explosion (caused by the dome) and an accidental shooting (also caused by the dome when a bullet bounced off it). And then there's Junior, who didn't take too kindly at the beginning of the first episode when Angie McAlister told him - right after they had sex - that she didn't love him. He then flipped out when he saw her innocently chatting with Barbie, the hunky new stranger in town, and put her in the shelter, where the poor girl has been trapped ever since.

In addition to Mr. Koch, the rest of the show's large cast couldn't be better, including:

Mike Vogel as Barbie, who has become friendly with local newspaper editor Julia while keeping the secret that he came to Chester's Hill to kill her husband (whom he buried in the woods). I'm very happy to see this charismatic actor back on television after his Bates Motel role as Deputy Zack Shelby came to a fatal end this spring.

Rachelle Lefevre as Julia Shumway, who is trying to uncover what the hell is going on with the dome.

Natalie Martinez as Deputy Linda Esquivel, who has become the town's sheriff due to the previously mentioned pacemaker mishap.

Britt Robertson as Angie, who will hopefully (and safely) escape from Junior in the near future.

Beth Broderick as Rose, who owns the local cafe (I've liked this actress since she appeared on the John Ritter sitcom, Hearts Afire, in the early '90s).

Aisha Hinds and Samantha Mathis as Carolyn and Alice, a lesbian couple from Los Angeles who were just passing through town with their teenage daughter.

And Dean Norris as "Big Jim" Rennie, a corrupt town councilman and Junior's overbearing father who knows a dark secret about Chester's Mill.

So far I'm totally hooked on Under the Dome, which boasts some impressive special effects along with its attractive cast and many intriguing storylines. It's this summer's best new show.

My grade: A

For more information on Under the Dome (which airs Mondays at 10/9c), go to


MrVaritek said...

Great review of the 1st 3 eps! Yet I find Mike Vogal much hotter!

Have you read the book? I have yet too. Some of reviews from die hard King fans has been it's nothing like the book.


Marc said...

Glad you liked my review, Mr. Varitek! And I would agree that Mike Vogel is very hot - but I found him hotter on Bates Motel. I've not read the book, but I have heard that significant changes were made for the TV series.