When Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” first appeared, many were quick to note a superficial similarity to “The Simpsons Movie.” Both the novel and the movie featured a town that was placed under a dome. Such was the connection that when King’s novel was transformed into a summer miniseries on CBS, alert viewers will have noticed a scene in the miniseries in which the characters are watching a marathon of “The Simpsons Movie.” I’m the biggest Simpsons fanatic in the world and even I found any speculation that Stephen King would have to steal a plot from their movie ridiculous. Besides, all it takes is a little cracking open of the memory banks and the especially alert viewer will recall a host of memorable domes over television cities.
True, the domed city in which the inhabitants of “Logan’s Run” live in bliss until they turn the ripe old age of 30 initiated on the big screen, but that does not lessen the history. Living under the dome past the age of 30 meant taking off on a run outside the environment like Logan himself.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Chicago. One day city known variously as the Second City, that toddlin’ town and the City of Big Shoulders will also know be known as New Chicago, according to “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” And New Chicago will become a city under the dome. Long before Stephen King and the Simpsons thought of this idea, the makers of Buck Rogers came up with it. And it’s a pretty cool city under the dome, too.
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Is an underwater city under the dome the same trope as an aboveground city? For me, it is. Many greater reasons exist to enjoy the adventures of Bullwinkle J. Moose and his buddy Rocket J. Squirrel but one of the biggest reasons for me is the wordplay. The underwater city under the dome that Bullwinkle and Rocky visit is called Submerbia.
I don’t want to get into a thing here, but I’m a “Deep Space Nine” guy so “Babylon 5” was never on my radar. But from what I understand, if you want to get into the whole subculture of a domed city and all it’s metaphorical meaning, you could do a lot worse than go on a “Babylon 5” viewing binge. The Earth Alliance is stationed under a dome in what used to be the geographical location of Geneza, Switzerland. The Earth Alliance is kind of what the UN would be if not for right-wing loonies. Again, from what I understand. Imagine if the leaders of the world all lived in a city under a dome today. Yeah, just imagine that for a second. Sweet.