Under the Dome: “Imperfect Circles”


Grade: B-

Airdate: 8/5/13

This episode was at about the halfway point of Under the Dome’s first season, so I’m not really expecting anything too great. Compared to the previous six episodes, this one seemed to be a lot of the same. Junior (Alexander Koch) is insane and his dad, Big Jim (Dean Norris) doesn’t seem that worried about it. Sheriff Linda (Natalie Martinez) is still going to try to follow the law and pretend that everything thing is fine even though bad guys keep going on the run until they are simply shot by a sorta Sheriff Deputy. And hick-villain Ollie (Leon Rippy) is using his farm and well to make himself a ruler in the town.

Really only two important things happened in this episode. Joe (Colin Ford) is too busy with turning his parent’s house into a boarding home and spending time with his girlfriend, Norrie (Mackenzie Lintz) to think about his “missing” sister. But in Joe’s defense, Angie (Britt Robertson) was freed from Junior’s dungeon and took all episode to finally find her brother. Anyway, Joe and Norrie struggle through some bad dialogue with an occasional well timed line. Joe uses his dome map to find the center of the dome. And there is another dome with a black egg looking thing inside it. The teen lovers try to talk to it while touching it at the same time. All that happened is that Norrie’s mom, Alice (Samantha Mathis) appears in the woods with. She thinks that means she is in danger so they rush back to Joe’s Dome-time Boarding Home.

Alice is over in the episode’s other main story line. Julia’s (Rachelle Lefevre) neighbor that we’ve not meet before touches the dome outside of Julia’s house and goes into labor. She thought she saw her deployed Navy husband on the other side, much like Norrie saw Alice so I’m guess that’s important somehow. Julia gets token pregnant chick into her car only to get ambushed by the murder brothers from last episode. Luckily, Barbie (Mike Vogel) is there to save them and radio’s Linda and Junior to go after them. Linda kills one in self-defense and Junior kills the other as he begs for his life. Yeah, Linda is good, Junior is bad.

The clinic is closed for some reason. So, Julia and Barbie that the pregnant chick to Alice and Carolyn (Aisha Hinds) who are having a cute moment in the living room of their daughter’s boyfriend’s parents’ house. Alice is getting sicker because of the lack of insulin but starts to deliver the baby anyway because she is a medical ninja with hipster glasses.

The pregnant chick is annoyingly freaking out and carrying on about how she doesn’t want to bring a baby into the dome because anything is going so terrible. To drive that point home, across town Big Jim is blowing up part of the propane storage as a way to get back at Oliie for hogging everything.

Alice gets too sick about halfway through the delivery and Barbie takes over and does a little too well for someone with no medical training. After the baby is delivered, Norrie and Joe arrive. Norrie runs upstairs and Carolyn tells her that Alice had a heart attack. They go sit on the bed with her and Alice says everything is happening a reason and Norrie and Carolyn need to look after each other. Norrie runs off after she dies and Carolyn has a tearful moment. Norrie goes to yell at the dome and while she does the black egg thing in the mini dome at the center has a bunch of red lights run through it.

The show is doing all right. It is keeping the mystery alive with the discovery of mini dome, Junior and Big Jim are keeping the dangerous dude vibe alive. Alice was a likable character from the start, so she was the perfect candidate for the shows emotional first season death, but I’m not saying that was the best decision. Alice and Carolyn were the only couple that was a couple before the dome and they had an interesting family element going with Norrie.

Angie is with the rest of the cast now so hopefully that makes for some interesting situations next week. And Linda, how many people is Junior going to have to kill until you decide to take away his rifle?

Under the Dome: My first connection with a non-college townie coworker


I have been working for a newspaper in a small town in Southeast Ohio for about three months now. In that time I have found that I only have things in common with my editor. She is only eight years older than me. That seems like a pretty big age gap, but when other co-workers are 41 years older it doesn’t seem like a lot. I thought she would be the only person I would ever have something in common with. We are close-ish in age and we live in the same college town about 20 miles away from our office. When my 22nd birthday rolled around my office realized that my editor was the only person not old enough to be my parent or grandparent.

But, Under the Dome created a weird connection between me and my co-worker that is a year younger than my dad. He said the show was good. That would have not been enough to make me watch it, but Afterellen.com had been posting that the show had a lesbian couple, Carolyn and Alice, with a teenage daughter, Norrie. A few days ago, I decided to start watching the show. Now, I’m not big on horror but Stephen King is always good. Aisha Hinds and Samatha Mathis play a great lesbian couple. However, I am fully aware that that is not why my 52-year-old Sports Editor co-worker is watching this show. It is probably because of the idea the producers have promoted. The town trapped in the show is supposed to be Anytown, USA. The town in the show and King’s book is called Chester’s Mill. In the show is has not been placed in any state yet and in the book — like most of King’s work — it is in Maine.

I think I know why my co-worker and I both like this show. The town is basically the town we work in, where the major players are the Sheriff and his second in the command, the newspaper editor, the only radio station’s DJ, in diner owner and the head of the town council. A random looking white dude, a.k.a. Barbie, is asked a fair amount of questions simply because nobody has seen him before and the biracial, lesbian couple is just passing through and wishes they weren’t stuck with these idiots.

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It’s supposed to be Anytown, USA and it works as small town Ohio. That seems to be why my co-worker and I both like it but for completely different reasons. He would be just a regular citizen of Chester’s Mill and I would be one of the members of that just-here-for-a-little-while lesbian couple. I can’t decide which one is hotter so I don’t know which partner I want to be yet.

Under the Dome will be on the air for the next seven weeks and I have decided to add it to the schedule, because summer is just slow for television and I really like this show.