Are you looking forward to watch CBS’ new series, Under the Dome? Want to know what to expect when the premiere episode starts rolling on your boob tube?
TV Guide visited the set of the Dome where a solid preview of the pilot episode was teased by the creators and the cast. Keep reading for the scoop!
Dome does focus on a group of survivors — anchored by drifter Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Bates Motel’s Mike Vogel), journalist Julia Shumway (Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre), frisky candy striper Angie McAlister (Secret Circle’s Britt Robertson) and local councilman/megalomaniac Big Jim Rennie (Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris) — who are cut off from the rest of mankind after a violent, life-altering experience. In this case, it’s not a plane crash but the sudden appearance of an almost undetectable bubble over the town. And like the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815, Baer says, the folks of Chester’s Mill “come together…in the beginning.”
After the initial shock, however, “it becomes one of those situations where life as you know it can no longer continue,” Lefevre says. “Changes must be made, and a lot of those shifts are internal. Battle lines get drawn.” And bad things begin to happen.
Teens start having seizures and babbling about “pink stars falling,” the local radio team (Jolene Purdy and Nicholas Strong) picks up signals of unknown origin, military forces fail to breach the barrier and medical supplies slowly start to dwindle. This is dire news for a diabetic (Samantha Mathis) who is traveling through town with her partner (Aisha Hinds) and their rebellious daughter (Mackenzie Lintz) when the mysterious dome drops.
If that weren’t enough, there’s a secret surrounding Big Jim’s stockpile of propane, and he has a killer Alexander Haig-ish plan to take charge of the terrified town. “He’s such a fun character to play, because while the dome is a tragedy for everybody else, for him it’s an opportunity,” Norris says. “He does whatever he can, and if murder happens, it happens. He’s got no problem with that being an issue.” And before you can say, “Holy fascist state!” tough decisions are made to save what’s left of the group’s resources and sanity.
“What do you do when you run out of fuel, or there are no doctors because they’re all trapped outside? How do you start over?” Baer asks. “When things run amok, you’ve got to do something.”
‘Under The Dome’ premieres Sunday, June 24th on CBS.