Un­der the Dome

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 8.30pm, Ten At last — a great sci-fi se­ries comes to freeto-air tele­vi­sion. Like much of the best sci-fi, Un­der the Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King — who is also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer — is set among or­di­nary peo­ple in the here and now. With­out warn­ing, a gi­ant, trans­par­ent yet im­pen­e­tra­ble dome de­scends on the small US town of Ch­ester Hill, ef­fec­tively cut­ting res­i­dents off from the rest of the world. No­body knows where it came from, what it is made of, how long it will last or if it is the only one. The spe­cial ef­fects such as light planes and trucks crash­ing into the in­vis­i­ble mem­brane at speed are crim­i­nally good, no doubt courtesy of Steven Spiel­berg’s Am­blin Tele­vi­sion, the com­pany that brought the se­ries to life. The dome is so pre­cise in its mys­te­ri­ous in­ser­tion that it cuts at least one cow clean in half. But the real con­se­quences are on the towns­folk, who be­gin to panic. This is not helped by ran­dom in­di­vid­u­als who ex­pe­ri­ence mys­te­ri­ous seizures. A great cast, in­clud­ing Break­ing Bad’s Dean Nor­ris, in­hab­its a typ­i­cally King-ian ros­ter of edgy char­ac­ters, with at least one vi­o­lent nut­bag who locks up his girl­friend in a fall­out shel­ter. ‘‘ Ju­nior’’ (Alexan­der Koch) is also the only man in town who claims to know what the hell is go­ing on. Highly rec­om­mended.

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