Broadcasters and viewers have been looking for the next "Lost" for some time now. What if we found one in our own backyard?
So many of us loved the notion of the island where the rules of time and space and identity were suspended. What if something happened that turned our own small town into that weird special place? The new series "Under the Dome" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) may not be "Lost," but at least it tries.
Based on a novel by Stephen King, "Dome" concerns the rural town of Chester's Mill. Residents find themselves cut off from their neighbors and the universe by a giant, transparent dome. It shows up without warning one Sunday morning, a day fraught with more than enough drama and mystery for any small town.
We see a handsome man, Dale (Mike Vogel), disposing of a body. A fetching investigative reporter, Julia (Rachelle Lefevre), receives a tip from a frightened neighbor about the town stockpiling propane. For what? Could it be linked to the town's power-hungry commissioner? Two teens make frantic love and then fall into a bitter quarrel with violent overtones. A local radio station seeks a more dedicated audience.
All these "minor" struggles take a backseat when the dome arrives, bisecting houses and even cattle. Planes flying within its circumference crash and burn. Cars and trucks collide with its invisible force.
What the heck is going on?
Most of the pilot concerns the reactions of residents to their strange new plight, but it ends as the outside world begins to take notice. But will enough real viewers pay attention to keep "Dome" afloat over its 13-week summer run?
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