‘Under the Dome’ Trailer Shows the Imprisonment of Chester’s Mill

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Like many other small town settings of stories by seminal horror author Stephen King, Chester’s Mill, Maine is a seemingly idyllic village that hides a considerable number of dark secrets. When the entire town becomes enveloped in an indestructible field of mysterious energy – cutting the community off almost entirely from the rest of the world – those secrets threaten to burst into the open. As the rule of law begins to buckle and citizens turn against one another, the few decent men and women left Under the Dome must discover a way to escape… or die trying.

Under the Dome adapts King’s novel of the same name into a 13-episode miniseries, co-written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost). The series features Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Rachel Lefevre (White House Down), and Jeff Fahey (Machete), among many others.

Under the Dome Handprint Under the Dome Trailer Shows the Imprisonment of Chesters Mill

The video above is the first full-length trailer for the CBS summer miniseries. Though it does feature some material already seen in previous television spots, the preview also gives a better idea of the makeup of the Chester’s Mill community. Much attention is given to Dean Norris’s local politico/honcho “Big Jim” Rennie and the series of events that lead to the town being so unprepared to deal with its sudden isolation.

So far, the miniseries’ previews have focused on the opening moments of the story, leaving the increasingly chaotic latter portions of the novel for the broadcast itself. If this trailer is any indication, the adaptation will hew fairly close to the novel’s moment-by-moment accounting of a town completely cut off from society. We have a little over a month to find out whether this approach will work on the small screen.


Under the Dome will begin its 13-episode run on CBS on June 24th, 2013.

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  1. “the video you have requested is not available in your geographic location”.
    WTF is this s*** ?

    • It’s called “international copyright law”.

      I’m sure you can find it on youtube. I had to.

  2. without spoiling anything, I was not overly impressed by the book’s answer to what caused the dome and i’m genuinely interested in whether they change it for tv.

    • Really not hard to figure out what caused the dome.

      Lets look at three examples.

      1 Dome Appear out of no where.
      2 Nothing can penetrate it. Yet, air is able to get in.

      So, lets throw aside no country on earth has that technology. What does that leave us with?

      • Come on now, lets not spoil this for people who havent read the book.

        Yes, I am talking about myself.

    • I was very Dissapointed by this book. (Vague Spoilers!!!) the premise was cool. Unfortunately the big reveal, and more importantly the big “why” was a heavy handed moral lesson that made me roll my eyes. That on its own didn’t ruin it for me, I love King, but it’s just not right when the end of a book he’s writeen is good and not self indulgent. What did ruin it is the protagonists, which King usually writes well. All of them. They were completely idiotic, and didn’t actually DO anything except talk about what to do throughout the entire book. And none of that talking develops any of the good guys beyond their archetype. I literally cannot think of one action a protagonist took that advanced the plot. it was like reading a story about a guy who saw a car wreck one time. he didnt do anything, just watched. a witness to a horrific event. maybe he has a troubled past, but we really dont go into that. The bad guys stole the show, which is fine, but give me a reason to like or root for or be remotely interested in the main character.

      I am enormously excited for the show. I hope they change almost everything about the good guys and keep the baddies exactly as written.

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  4. I can already see that they’ve changed some of the characters. UGH. I may watch the first episode but I am not expecting much.