Under the Dome
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.