Under the Dome: “Exigent Circumstances”


Grade: C-

Airdate: 9/9/13

This episode of Under the Dome would have been good if it was a silent film or possibly in a foreign language I know nothing about. Again, the dialogue and how the lines was delivered was terrible save for Britt Robertson and Aisha Hinds, who were just OK. How this show can make so many good actors bad? I don’t know.

This was an action heavy episode, so it had less lines for people to struggle through than normal. The “previously on” reminded us that everyone was shot last week and Murder Barbie (Mike Vogel) is on the loose. The episode opens with Big Jim (Dean Norris) addressing a crowd about the Fugitive Barbie situation and Carolyn (Aisha Hinds) is just there. Disappeared for five episodes? Nobody disappeared for five episodes. Big Jim is pretty much turning Chester’s Mill into a police state and declaring himself Hitler– he passes out red armbands later.

The Pink Stars gang, minus Junior (Alexander Koch), is having a stumble-through-dialogue session in the barn when Carolyn walks in. She sees the mini-dome and promises to help protect it. She and Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) finally have the family moment I have been waiting for since Alice died six episodes ago. They were cute and their dynamic was one of the best parts of this episode.

Junior left the gang again this episode and is conned by his dad to watch over Julia (Rachelle Levefrve) and make sure she doesn’t tell anyone Barbie didn’t shot her. Shot-’em-up Barbie finds Angie (Britt Robertson) outside the barn and they agree to go break Julia out of the hospital to save her from Big Jim. Of course, Junior is there. Angie is able to distracted him because he was about the IQ of your average goat. Barbie gets Julia into an ambulance and has Angie drive her away as he gives himself up to Linda (Natalie Martinez), which seemed like a stupid and unnecessary move. Angie ends up getting Julia to safety and she wakes up and remembers she was shot by a woman.

Big Jim has the not-subtle Nazi references doing a house-by-house sweep looking for Killer Barbie. Norrie and Joe (Colin Ford) take the mini-dome and hide it at Skater Ben’s house, because it was already check? That detail was never explained. But, to distract them Carolyn decides to stand up to the Nazis and not let them into the barn. After they grab her, Norrie and Joe arrive and attack. Big Jim then decides to arrest the kids because he knows there is an egg that they are hiding.

Big Jim then has stand-offs with Norrie, Joe and Barbie as they are locked in cells in the jail. He keeps going on about how it is a lawful investigation. I’m glad Norrie finally laughed about that. Big Jim then black-mails Barbie into saying he will confess to all the murders that happened in the past couple episodes, including Dodee’s this episode — it was Big Jim, surprise surprise. Big Jim releases Norrie and Joe to Carolyn and promises he will stop looking for Julia. But, he does convince Linda to tail the kids because they might have a way out of the dome.

At the end of the episode, Big Jim takes Barbie in front of the townsfolk to confess. Norrie, Joe, Carolyn, Linda and Skater Ben crowd around the mini-dome as it makes an unpleasant noise and seems like the butterfly is going to hack. All episode, Joe had been thinking that was going to mean the monarch would be crowded. Barbie then says he pleads not guilty to all the murders. So, Barbie is the monarch.

There was a lot of action this episode and that made it better than most because it meant no dialogue. The plot line was interesting enough to just barely convince me to come back for the season finale next week. Maybe I will watch it on mute with subtitles and see if it is better.

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