Under The Dome Preview Traps Citizens Under, Well, A Dome

Life's hard under the dome.

By Nick Venable | Updated

At long last, after a series of teasers and set photos, we finally have a full-fledged, honest-to-god preview for CBS’ upcoming series Under the Dome, adapted from Stephen King’s massive novel of the same name. The show isn’t set to premiere for another month or so, but they’ve been dropping bits about it since the Super Bowl, when they hadn’t even started casting yet.

Considering reactions to this show range from “I quit reading Stephen King in the 1980s,” to “This is my favorite King book ever,” it’s hard to gauge how the average person feels about this project without getting into a conversation about the author himself. Personally, I loved the book’s characters and overall plot enough to forgive the shortcomings and the strange ending. But I don’t know if I can separate myself from that enjoyment to get a real idea of if this series actually looks good or not. Oh wait, I can, and it does.

I can’t tell you the last time I really got into a CBS drama, but this will be the one to bring me back. While the first episode, directed by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, will undoubtedly feature the bulk of the series’ early effects work and sci-fi elements, before all the small-town politics kick in and the show shifts focus onto the good vs. evil story aspects. It all looks pretty good, which is something since the Dome itself can’t even be seen — just the widespread destruction it causes. Lots of explosions, vehicular damage, and useless military presence in this preview, and I can’t wait to see it all live.

With a writing staff that includes comic genius Brian K. Vaughan, Under the Dome will star Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Jeff Fahey, Rachelle Lefevre, Britt Robertson, and Keith Harris as citizens of Chester’s Mill, Maine who find themselves trapped…under a dome. At this point, the series should last for 13 episodes starting June 24th, and will hit Amazon Prime Instant soon after the last episode airs.

In the meantime, remember that other classic piece of fiction involving a dome?

Not even Stephen King’s imagination can create a successful career for these guys.