Under the Dome: Black Ice (s2e11)

Getting to the end of the season and into non-book story. I have a feeling we’ll move into answers for this season but new mysteries for next season. And I doubt the dome comes down before episode 13. If it does, it’ll be back up soon enough.

As always…
SPOILERS!!!!!!!

Pauline has regrets for what Melanie went through 25 years ago.

Julia is trapped and impaled after the ambulance wreck.

Melanie and Pauline develop their strained relationship. Melanie has some violent reaction to experiments to the egg on the outside.

Big Jim goes for gasoline and finds Lyle. Pauline lost the ability to predict and now Lyle has it. Hmm.

Joe discovers some things about Hunter. Who does he work for and who is he truly loyal?

Barbie gets Julia to the Rose to get her warned up. The piece of metal was 3-4 inches into her thigh and now she’s not bleeding? Hmm.

Joe and Nori confront Hunter after his rendezvous with the same militant dealing with Big Jim. Hunter says he’s on their side not Aktion.

The show cliffhangers with the dome contracting. Last week it rotated and there was no way Aktion caused that. This week it’s plausible that the EC has the egg and is using it to do whatever they think it will do for them. OR someone else has it. It seems we need to know more about the egg like what does the EC know about it. More cliffhangers to come.

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Under the Dome: The Fall (s2e10)

Things are never normal in Chester’s Mill. The writers see to that. As we get deeper into the show we get further away from the book.

We see more than just one fall this week…

SPOILERS AHEAD

Big Jim and Pauline have a talk. Lester Coggins helped fake her death long ago.

Climate change in the mill? Barbie can’t stand a little chill in the air.

Melanie is missing and so is the egg. Melanie and Junior continue their “romance” a la the bunker.

Rebecca Barbie and Julia reacquaint. Barbie still doesn’t quite remember his memory of Melanie. There is a way out of the dome but I don’t think it’s a good idea, shakes and all.

Sam tries to make good with Melanie.

Lyle didn’t make it. Pauline came back for Junior. Big Jim wants to prove he’s changed as if that’s the reason Pauline faked her death.

Everyone vies for the egg.

Hunter knows Nori and Joe. He has a plethora of tech trying to reconnect outside the dome.

Melanie should remember Barbie. Barbie should remember Melanie. What does Melanie’s mom have to do with Aktion? Laura. Melanie and Barbie are half-siblings.

Big Jim has a change of heart? Junior is going after Sam.

The egg goes haywire and gives Pauline serious psychic brain pain.

Town meeting at the Sweetbrier Rose. Plan to evacuate those who will go. Are the anonymous militants part of Aktion?

Hunter Joe and Nori rig an egg detector. Phil overhears how to leave the Mill.

Pauline paints the painful prediction of the end… of everything. Big Jim finds the egg and it knocks him out. How’s that for a sign Big Jim?

Barbie thinks he knows his dad. Does elder Barbara know Melanie died?

Nori calms the egg down. Now Big Jim wants it.

Junior goes bad cop on Sam before he sees Angie. The old three still have a part to play.

Hunter sees Big Jim Joe and Nori. Big Jim forces the egg into the chasm. Cataclysm ensues. Smooth move.

Nothing else noteworthy other than Melanie passes out. All Hands on deck.

Phil is out of jail. How long before he jumps to Zenith? Oh, snap. They’re trapped again.

Three more episodes for the season. I hope the next season doesn’t work like Once Upon A Time.  The storytelling doesn’t work the same here.

What will the evil corporation do with the egg? Cue the ominous music…

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Deus Ex Machina

Is it still the hand of God if you’ve planted hints and bits for 3-4 books previous?

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Under the Dome: The Red Door (s2e9)

SPOILERS!

The anonymous militants holding Barbie want information…and the power source, aka the egg.

Big Jim’s wife died long ago. Closed casket. Duh.

The new three and Julia head back to the school except Junior stays.

The old three deliberate about the red door.

Big Jim saw Barbie last night.

Barbie’s dad sees him in “jail”and gives a sob story about the email. Elder Barbara is in with the militants.

People watching the old three in the park. Memories of a young Junior Rennie going to the park with Pauline to see a young Angie McAlister.

Hunter the hacker is ordered to use daddy Barbie’s computer to enact some action against corporate espionage.

The new three get a dismal and video from Aktion Energy and Don Barbara. Melanie knows the voice. Surprise surprise. He pleads for the egg abd to meet his boy’s girlfriend.

Militant goes bad cop on Barbie.

The old three take a break from looking for the red door. The meet Pauline’s associate Hunter and his friend Trevor. Someone follows them. Barbie meets Junior’s mom and dogs the bombshell about Sam the serial killer.

Big Jim quietly announces his intention to get the egg. Rebecca warns the new three and Julia about Big Jim. He goes to the edge and negotiate with the militant in charge. He learns where to find the egg. Angie’s place.

Sam justifies Angie’s murder with Pauline’s visions. How does that explain Melanie?

The red door is on the Barbie property. Of course.

Junior is moving the egg. Melanie plants doubt in his mind about Julia’s intention with the egg. Julia reveals the egg is gone. Big Jim and Julia have a private conversation.

How did Pauline “die” because everyone in town is still convinced.

Is the red door so vital they need a decoy to get to and in it? Nice little Prohibition cellar. Hunter guys with the old three abd Barbie back to Chester’s Mill. Militant doesn’t see where they go.

Flashback to Sam snooping in the diary. Junior doesn’t want to stay with his dad. Pauline promised Junior that Sam will save him someday. Barbie sees Melanie when he was little. Pauline sees the meteor crater and then Melanie. “This is where it began abd this is where it ends, for both of us.” Where’s Lyle?

The tunnel leads back to a lake. Maybe the one where Big Jim drowned the lady a week out two ago.

The egg is in the bomb shelter now. Melanie turns? She begins her seduction of Junior.

Pauline is home and Big Jim sees a ghost.

Some new mysteries and shifting dynamics with the old three back in Chester’s Mill. Should make for interesting stories to come.

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Under the Dome: Awakening (s2e8)

Big Jim starts out by apologizing to Rebecca. They’d make a great couple because I don’t think she’s as nice as she makes out. He gives her a radio. He’s also made himself sheriff.

Joe and Nori go to the school to get vlog footage in time to receive Wi-Fi. Somehow Joe gets an email for Julia from Barbie. Barbie’s dad sent it so I doubt bringing the egg would be a good idea. Sounds a bit conspiratorial. The egg should be the key to bringing down the dome.

Barbie’s enjoying a sit in the park. A man at a computer station sees Barbie on a video shot and sends a message to someone looking for him. Then the guy is one the street tailing Barbie. The guy confirms the email was doctored. How does he know it was doctored? The guy is a friend.

The three hands and Julia work on getting a message back to Barbie. They still assume he’s dead even though the drone made it safe.

Lyle is now stuck on something in the cards. Sam tries to get an experimental drug to bring Lyle out of his fixation.

Big Jim, Rebecca and Junior check out the broken shed thing before Junior gets a call about a fire.

Hounds of Diana. This is the organization working against the evil energy corporation, Aktion. Dale sees the sent email.  Dad shows up to stifle the hacking. Dad insists Dale comes with him.

Car fire. Under control before they arrive. Andrea made the call. Big Jim is sure someone in town is sending him a message.

Dale’s dad sent the message through the door. The guy helping Dale is Hunter and works for Mr Barbara.

The three and Julia get ready to send a message just as another message gets through. They figure out he wants them to stay.

Lyle gets the medicine. Sam is shaking.

Barbie approaches Hunter. Hunter is a double agent. Barbie convinces him to help him get to the dome.

Big Jim runs through the list of people who have it out for him. Natural enemies? Or a list of people he wants out of the way next?
Protesters at the dome. Barbie gets to the dome gate. Shady black uniformed soldiers inside the gate.

Lyle comes to. He’s aware but not where he is or that Pauline is still alive.

Big Jim pulls over Julia, gives her a radio. He’s got that look in his eye. Future conflict.

Barbie makes it to the forest by the dome stowing under the army truck. He trips a laser on his way through.

Lyle had the postcards with him when he jumped. Pauline gets to see what has happened inside the dome again. The last card, the red door, wasn’t sent because the dome appeared.

Junior pushes his dad’s agenda. He gets a better view of what everyone else thinks of Big Jim. Apparently he’s paranoid for a reason. Lights out. Of course it’s Phil. Junior and Rebecca free Big Jim before Phil can shoot Junior. A tenuous alliance among these three is made.

Julia goes to the dome close to where Linda died. It gets late. Barbie writers her a message. Not safe out here. Don’t jump. The military gets him just as he writes the J.

So elder three know about the door. Lots of action. The bit with Phil doesn’t make sense now. Maybe he’ll be the pivotal character he was in the book after all.

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Under the Dome: Going Home (s2e7)

Where is Lyle? Why did Sam falling not end with a sickening thud but a faint whoosh? It seems as we will find out, but first…
SPOILERS AHEAD!

Julia and Barbie go to find the bottom of the underground cave where Sam fell. Barbie climbs down until the rope pulls down, threatening to take Julia and Rebecca too. Barbie cuts the rope and falls…

Big Jim is ready to take back the leadership role he handed Julia. Later he makes a new enemy by showing Rebecca his true nature, scaring her in the process.

Big Jim finds out that Barbie is “dead” – don’t believe it, no body – and arranges a memorial. Big Jim wants everyone to know Barbie is gone rather than memorialize the man.

Barbie wakes up in a park. Alive. In Zenith. He goes to his apartment missing Sam in the process. Armed militants find Barbie and force him to help infiltrate the place controlling the dome? They could have been rich. Barbie’s dad? Now we know (?) who is behind the dome. Barbie’s mom is dead, or is she? Barbie needs his dad to get him to the dome to get a message to Julia.

Sam finds his sister in the psych ward. She’s in the locked unit but as art therapist and not patient. She takes Sam to Lyle who is vegetative except for repeating “Melanie” over and over. Sam also discovers a very nervous twitch in his hand he didn’t have before.

Julia talks with Junior (I swear she said “He’s dead, Jim” instead of “Junior”) about Barbie and the egg.

Joe Nori and Melanie go underground with Joe’s hover camera RC thing so they can find Barbie. The drone hours down so fat and loses signal. We hear that whoosh again.

Julia helps bring the egg underground. The four hands activate it to show pink stars and then the obelisk in Zenith. The hole that wasn’t under Chester’s Mill three weeks ago is a portal between the town and Zenith (just above a Zenith playground; how is that not conspicuous?) They’re excited to know there’s a way out of the dome. How long until they discover the danger of this? A week or two. Barbie will need to learn about the shaking and vegetative state so he’ll need to rush to warn the town.

At the end we see Pauline’s painting of a red door. Then we see a red wooden cover in Zenith – at Barbie’s parent’s house? at Barbie’s mom’s grave/memorial? I didn’t see. Wherever it is, it must be the portal back to Under the Dome.

The townspeople keep referring to the dome as an entity rather than an object. It’s a creation of the energy company in Zenith. Of course they don’t know that.

Will the red door reverse the effect of leaving the dome? We’ll see in two or three episodes.

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Under the Dome: In the Dark (s2e6)

This is the”things get more complicated”episode. Many surprises, just when we think we know everything and we’re just waiting for the cast to figure it all out. Of course, none of us know why the dome is here or where it originates, but I have a theory.

As always…
SPOILERS AHEAD

Just as quickly as he gives Julia power, Big Jim is ready to take it away. A new near apocalyptic crisis strikes in the form of dust particles in the air. Must be allergy season because the post man needs his inhaler after trying to brave the outside.

Joe Nori and Melanie make up. Sam and Junior, er James, explore the tunnel under the locker. Barbie explores underground, too, and after a cave in he ends up with Sam and James good back to the surface.

Joe Nori and Melanie end up with James, making a new four hands. Julia helps them find the egg. They get it together and see the pink stars. Melanie tells them the obelisk (looks like an ancient smokestack) looks just like the one from her hometown of Zenith.

Sam and Barbie tussle, over who killed Angie and Lyle’s crazy plan and who is Melanie. Sam jumps into the chasm after Barbie puts his foot down about killing the four hands. Doesn’t Sam realize it’s the original four and not the new four?

Julia and Rebecca team up to end the dusty particle event. They also blow the rubble underground to free Barbie and Sam.

Does Melanie replace Angie in the overall scheme? Is Sam really dead? Where is Lyle? What is next in Pauline’s diary of artistic predictions? How will she get in the dome since she’s outside? What will the next crisis be?

We’ll see…

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