No religion under the dome
If a mysterious and possibly supernatural dome suddenly surrounded a small town in Maine (or is it in North Carolina? yet no one speaks with either a prole Maine or a prole North Carolina accent), you would think that a lot of people would turn to their church for answers. Not that I approve of that behavior, but proles are heavily into religion, so that’s what would probably happen.
But in the CBS television series, everyone in the town appears to be an atheist except for one “Reverend” who was clearly shown to be both insane as well as a drug dealer.
You would think that a town big enough to have a medical clinic, a diner, a funeral home, a radio station, a police station, and a used car dealer would also be big enough to have a church. And in fact a church is seen in one of the early scenes from the outside (because the real town in North Carolina where it’s filmed has a church) but no one goes to the church during the course of the series.
The answer to this riddle is that the elites who write the scripts for television shows are so unaware about religion in small towns that they think it’s more realistic that people would go to a fight club than go to a church. The portrayal of the town’s only reverend fits in with the elite’s view of religions leaders as either schemers who use religion to further their own greedy ambitions as the expense of gullible proles, or crazy people.
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Has anyone here watched The Dead Zone? In that series, the writers for many seasons portrayed the Reverand Purdy as a morally ambigous character, as someone who you think probably meant well but you were never 100% sure. But then after too many seasons of that, the writers couldn’t take it anymore and they made him into the bad guy in order to teach us a lesson to never trust Reverends.
In both cases, I have not read the original Stephen King source material.