What would you do if you are unexpectedly cut from the outside world with limited food, water, air, and medicine? Viasat1 is set to begin a serialized dramatic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel titled ‘UNDER THE DOME’.

An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town of Chester’s Mill in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.

In the first episode, Dale “Barbie” Barbara buries a man’s body in the woods of Chester’s Mill. As he is leaving the town, an invisible barrier descends on the borders of the township, trapping everyone inside. Town councilman James “Big Jim” Rennie makes an emergency radio announcement, while police chief Duke Perkins and his deputy Linda Esquivel try to quell the rise of panic in the town. Carolyn Hill and her partner Alice Calvert are passing through Chester’s Mill with their daughter Norrie when the barrier appears and Norrie has what they think is an epileptic seizure. A link between Big Jim, Duke and the stockpiled propane is revealed. Julia takes Barbie into her home, where he realizes the man he murdered and buried was her husband, Peter. Duke suggests to Linda that the entire town is being punished and is about to reveal a dark secret about the town when his pacemaker explodes as he approaches the barrier. The U.S. military descends upon Chester’s Mill as the world learns of the unprecedented phenomenon.

The pilot episode received positive reviews, and the initial episodes were generally well received. As of June 25, 2013, the pilot episode has a rating of 72 out of 100 on Metacritic – indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, reports that 82% of 45 critics have given the first season a positive review. The site’s consensus is “UNDER THE DOME is an effective and engrossing horror/mystery with airtight plotting and great special effects.”

UNDER THE DOME is a science-fiction drama series full of thriller, mystery, drama, and horror that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats every Saturday at 9 p.m., for the next thirteen weeks.

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