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Comic-Con: ‘Under the Dome’ Screens Upcoming Fifth Episode at Panel

CBS gave fans of their new hit series “Under the Dome” a screening of the show’s fifth episode over 24 hours in advance of the rest of the country on the last day of Comic-Con.

In short, the episode continues to flesh-out the mysteries surrounding the many characters that inhabit the town of Chester’s Mill, this time within the context of the military bringing family members and friends to visit their loved ones who are still captive under the dome. But this welcome development actually has a sinister purpose, and this provides the central conflict that drives the drama for the main characters. A blooming romance between Barbie (Mike Vogel) and Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) is heavily implied, while the relationship between Big Jim (Dean Norris) and his son, Junior (Alexander Koch), continues to be a perfect example of father-son dysfunction in the extreme. Teenager Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) gets an unexpected visitor from outside the dome, which throws her life into turmoil, and her friend and partner-in-siezures Joe (Colin Ford) attempts to comfort her as a friend, though his feelings may be much more than that.

The episode was generally well-received, and moderator Michael Yo came out at its conclusion to introduce the stars of the show.

The panel included producers Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer, as well as stars Rachelle Lefevre, Mike Vogel and Dean Norris (who also appeared in the “Breaking Bad” panel earlier today).

Yo dove right in by asking about how Vaughan came to take on Stephen King’s source material.

“I’m obsessed with Stephen King, I’ve loved him since I was a kid,” Vaughan said, before admitting to reading “Under the Dome” about nine or ten times.

Regarding King’s attitude towards him changing the characters from how they appear in the book, Vaughan told the audience, “He told us to use this ongoing TV series to take these characters to places that I couldn’t.”

King was generally supportive of Vaughan continuing to flesh-out the world that was originally presented in the book.

Yo aslo inquired with Lefevre about the apparent romance developing between Julia and Barbie.

She recounted how Jack Bender told her that the final scene of the episode with the two characters represented an “Adam and Eve moment,” adding that “There’s something there that’s very hard to deny” about the chemistry of the two characters.

Mike Vogel, who plays Barbie, was also given the opportunity to speak to the mystery that still surrounds his character’s background.

“I have a feeling people are going to have to look past a lot of the good that he’s done,” and make a decision on his character once they know his past, a portion of which is divulged during the fifth episode.

Norris was asked by a fan what it was like going from his likable character, Hank, on “Breaking Bad” to his much more amoral character on “Under the Dome.”

Dean responded that playing the good guy “takes a lot out of you.” “It’s easier to play the bad guy.”

At the end of the discussion, Vaughan teased fans by saying that if you’ve read the books and “think you know where the dome comes from, you don’t.”

The first season of “Under the Dome” will be available on DVD November 5.

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