Under the Dome: “Let the Games Begin”


Grade: B-

Airdate: 8/27/13

After a rather sad showing in the past couple weeks,  I was anticipating this episode of Under the Dome to suck so I made up a drinking game to go along with it.The episode might have been the best of the season. The drinking game is not needed to make the episode enjoyable. But if you would still like to play, scroll to the end of the post.

I’m going to go with Carolyn (Aisha Hinds) pulled a Romeo and Juliet and offed herself after her true love died, because there doesn’t seem to be any other logic explanation to why she hasn’t been in the last three episodes. Surprisingly the teenage and twenty-something story line was actually good and the adult story line was just ridiculous this week. Joe (Colin Ford), Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) and Angie (Britt Robertson) all slept by the mini-dome and awake to find a caterpillar inside it near the egg. Joe said the caterpillar will become a monarch butterfly. They head out to find anyone else who has had pink star seizures.

Later on, Dodee (Jolene Purdy) appears and touches the fourth hand spot on the mini-dome. And because she is over the age of 23, she is zapped and flung across the room. The seizure trio finds her and takes her to the hospital. Dodee doesn’t remember anything and Angie asks the nurse if anyone else has had seizures and the nurse said not since Angie’s 10th grade dance. Surprise, surprise that was Junior (Alexander Koch). Angie is forced to tell them that she was kidnapped by Junior for about six episodes while Joe and Norrie were too busy with their angst to look for her. After some argument, they decide to go find Junior.

That story line was actually good. The rest is why I am glad I played the drinking game. Barbie (Mike Vogel) and Big Jim (Dean Norris) are trying to find what dirt evil-hottie Maxine (Natalie Zea) has on them. Jim decides to go to one of her properties on the lake. Wait, there is a lake inside the dome? So shouldn’t have water ever been a problem. Whatever, Barbie goes with Maxine to the cement factory where she was created a fight club, gambling, bar that seems to be a mix between Datak Tar’s fight club in Defiance and The Hob in The Hunger Games. Really, this much post-apocalyptic stuff is created in– as Maxine points out — eight days? Lost didn’t even become barbaric this quickly they were on a deserted island.

Big Jim and Barbie’s story lines are pretty pointless from this point forward. Big Jim finds Maxine’s mom across the island. She is just an exposition character to tell us that Chester’s Mill isn’t as nice as it seems. Of course, it isn’t. Has anyone ever been to a small town before? Big Jim kidnaps her and then she jumps off his boat and might have drowned because…her hands were tied together. Swim with your legs? No, okay just drown then. Barbie refuses to help Maxine by throwing his cage fight and she says she can blackmail him because she knows he killed Julia’s (Rachelle Lefevre) husband.

But, over in the story line Julia has with Sheriff Linda (Natalie Martinez) this episode, she already knows. Linda finds out from stuff left in safety deposit boxes that Duke was paying off Maxine to keep drugs out of the town. Julia finds a life insurance policy for her husband. Back at the boarding house, Barbie comes clean about killing her husband, Julia said she already figured it out and she is totally cool with it.

Angie, Joe and Norrie bring Junior to the barn and they all put their hands on mini-dome. The egg goes nuts and projects pink stars all throughout the barn. The episodes ends with Junior asking what the hell do the pink stars mean.

Overall, I actually liked this episode. The adult story lines were laughable in an enjoyable sort of way. The society dissolved pretty quickly and Linda, the cop, just invites Julia, the journalist, to come along for her secret fact-finding mission. Cop of the year, Linda. The kid story line was actually good, save for the predict element with Junior. Angie was in every scene Norrie and Joe had together and Britt Robertson can actually act so it made them seem better. Only three episodes left, hopefully they are all this good.

But if not, maybe this drinking game will help.


Drink whenever:

  • A dead character is mentioned.
  • Joe and Norrie stumble through dialogue.
  • Someone drinks alcohol.
  • Big Jim and Barbie have a tense conversation.
  • Anyone hugs or kisses.
  • Junior is holding a fire arm (drink again if Linda gave it to him)

Or alternatively, just drink anytime someone says “dome.” It is a lot. Or for a super advanced level, just make that another rule.

Under the Dome: “The Fourth Hand”

The Fourth Hand

Grade: D+

Airdate: 8/19/13

I don’t know if it is the painfully slow pace, the poor dialogue or the Sheriff not knowing anything about drugs, but I have almost completely lost interest in Under the Dome. Mixed in with all the terrible-ness is always a few actually interesting clues about why the town is trapped in a dome. But, it’s not really enough to keep my interest. And this is all on top of the fact that I only kept watching the show after Alice died two weeks ago to see how her family reacted to it. Her daughter Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) just struggled through some lines like always and for some reason her wife Carolyn (Aisha Hinds) has not been in the last two episodes.

The episode opens with Julia (Rachelle Leferve) taking Barbie (Mike Vogel) to see mini-dome, but mini-dome is missing and has been replaced with mini-crate. Barbie then gets called by Sheriff Linda (Natalie Martinez) to come help with a crazy guy who broke into someones house. After Linda tells us she knows nothing about which drugs make you hallucinate and hear voices, the druggie tells us he got a drug called Rapture from the evil preacher. When they go to his house they find a recipe which includes propane. Linda’s lack of police knowledge was killing the realism for me, but she goes to finally look into the propane stockpile on the edge of town.

Angie (Britt Robertson) seems to be playing into the possible monarch role and requests the deed to the diner from Big Jim (Dean Norris). He leaves after giving her a “sure, kid” answer and his crazy son, Junior (Alexander Koch) comes in. But, his crazy is cut short by Angie having a pink stars seizure.

Big Jim gets back to his house and there is a hot chick there that delivers all the poorly written exposition we need for this episode. Big Jim, Sheriff Duke, creepy preacher and hot chick were working together to get the propane into Chester’s Mill, use it to make Rapture and then sell it around. Barbie was also working with hot chick but not the others. So, nothing sci-fi about the shady stuff in town it is just regular shady stuff.

In response to a bystander getting shot during the break-in, Big Jim decides to call for a gun collection program, in which residents can turn in their guns for food and propane. Big Jim seems to be turning the monarch possibility into more of a dictator possibility. He ends up taking all the guns and puts them in his bomb shelter instead of at the concrete factory like hot chick told him to.

Angie arrives back at the boarding house and tells Joe (Colin Ford), Norrie and Julia about the seizure. They tell her about theirs and she is a little freaked. Norrie then sees her butterfly tattoo, but Joe then tells her it is not a monarch butterfly because it isn’t orange. See that is one of the little clues. I still think that is important. Hey Carolyn, want to come downstairs and increase the acting ability by tenfold? No? Great.

Meanwhile, Junior, who only seems to be crazy when it is needed for the story, later takes Angie to his house and shows her a painting his mom did shortly before she died eight years ago. He said it come to her in a dream and it is Junior standing on a hill looking up at falling pink stars.

Norrie and Joe get back to the house after searching all over for missing mini-dome and find it in the barn. Angie joins them and said that Joe brought it back there in the middle of the night, but he was in some zombie-state. They all put their hands on mini-dome and it glows blue. Norrie thinks they are like keys and another hand print appears. They need to figure out who the fourth person in. That was sort of an interesting clue, but Junior was in that painting and is the only other teenager/early twenty-something character on the show so I’m guessing him.

This show did start well. I don’t know what happened. Maybe it is me, not the show. It reminds me a lot of Lost, which I watched most of then lost interest. It has the same concept of a bunch of people being trapped in one place by some supernatural power. And yeah, the supernatural stuff is interesting but everything else is just a bunch people being stuck together. Of course, Lost did have good dialogue, casting, acting and actual chemistry between its couples. Carolyn and Alice were the only ones with chemistry, but the show ended that for some reason.