'Under the Dome': Breaking Down the Extended Trailer for CBS’s Stephen King Miniseries
Stephen King, a pilot helmed by "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (the Swedish one) director Niels Arden Oplev, a mystery dome cutting off a small American town from the world, a bloody handprint, and diced cow parts — what's not to get excited about with the upcoming 13-week summer series "Under the Dome"? And now that CBS has released an extended trailer for the spookfest based on the novel of the same name that contains more explosions, more car crashes, and even a tad more character development, we're even more pumped for the June 24 premiere.
And what better way to celebrate the extra minute and 25 seconds of new footage than with a second-by-second analysis of the clip.
0:02 — Nothing says small town like a kid riding his bike down Main Street, U.S.A. And nothing says weird s--- is about to go down like an overcast day, empty streets, and gloomy piano music. Also, something tells me that helmet isn't really gonna help when the dome comes to Chester's Mill.
0:07 — An older waitress pours Big Jim (Dean Norris, "Breaking Bad") coffee in an empty restaurant while inquiring, "You up for the game today, Big Jim?" He replies without looking her in the eye, "No, sitting this one out, actually."
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0:09 — The city's fire trucks roll past two policemen in their patrol car. Jeff Fahey ("Lost"), aka guy cop, barks, "Where the hell are they taking all of our trucks?" Girl cop responds, "West Lake. It's a parade day," as she waves at a fireman we're guessing is her beau.
0:14 — A mystery man (as you never get a good look at him), in what appears to be a post-afternoon delight session, tells a young waitress that he loves her from the bed. And she (Britt Robertson, "The Secret Circle") replies, "It's been a fun summer."
The mystery thriller's large cast boasts names like Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight"), Mike Vogel ("Pan Am"), and Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle").
Welcome to Chester's Mill.
0:17 — DJ Phil, easily the coolest cat in town, is on air. "You're listening to WYBS, the Mill's only 100 percent independent home of..." The screen goes fuzzy.
0:19 — People gather around a truck at the quintessential small-town church complete with white steeple. Can't tell if someone is in the vehicle or it has been abandoned. Their crossed arms say angry, while their faces read more like perplexed.
0:22 — Mike Vogel ("Bates Motel," "Pan Am") is driving down a road when he takes off his sunglasses for a closer look at something offscreen and reveals a big bloody gash above his eyebrow.
0:28 — Rachelle Lefevre (the girl who will forever be known as the ginger fired from "Twilight") loses her balance and falls forward as a huge thud is heard and then a dial tone.
0:30 — Big Jim and his dome (as in the bald-headed kind) are in his office at what looks like a car dealership.
0:32 — Flurry of townspeople reaction shots including a hoodie kid on a porch, mouth agape, and a younger waitress in front of the church as a voice bellows over a loudspeaker: "Everyone please stop what you are doing and listen. This is not a drill."