Stephen King’s novel UNDER THE DOME, which sees a small town wake up one day to be encased in a gigantic transparent dome,premieres on TV this June 24th @ 10pm in a 13 episode adaptation via CBS. The Steven Spielberg executive produced show has been a long time coming.
Synopsis: King’s return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome’s ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate.
Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions.
Readers will recognize themes and images from King’s earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn’t have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it’s a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil. – DVD IN A BOX
STEPHEN KING’S UNDER THE DOME airs on CBS in the UNITED STATES JUNE 24, 2013 @ 10pm.