Under the Dome has the potential to go one of two directions; a crushing disappointment not soon to be forgotten or a tremendous success the likes of which will lead others to attempt to match its formula for seasons to come. Of course there is always a slim chance of a third direction and that is it will slide quietly in to the good night never to be heard from again. But, I highly doubt it will be the third direction. The CBS drama is based on Stephen King’s mega-novel (seriously the book had over 1000 pages) and has many great things going for it right from the beginning.
When the show begins, little time is wasted bringing the dome down on the unsuspecting townspeople of Chester Mills bringing with it death, destruction, and mystery. Where did the dome come from? Who put it there; aliens, the government, or some unknown entity? No one seems to know. Cut off completely from the outside world we soon see that the danger they face is among themselves.
Elsewhere in town a young woman named Angie is sharing what she believes to be a final encounter with her “friends with benefits” partner before she heads off to work as a waitress at the local diner. Junior on the other hand is visibly disturbed by Angie’s response to his declaration of love, even going so far as to grab her arm in a violent way. It is quite obvious that all is not right with Junior.
Back at the field Barbie saves the life of Joe, Angie’s brother) by shoving him out-of-the-way from falling debris from an airplane that crashed in to the dome. Soon the firetrucks that had been involved in another town’s parade begin to arrive on scene to help out the town only to have Barbie run in to the road warning them to stop before more people die. The Sheriff and his deputy Linda arrive on scene, where Linda discovers that her fiancee is on the other side and although she can see him she can’t touch him or hear him. The whole town is trapped.
After meeting up with Julia, the town’s newspaper editor, Barbie and Julia make their way through the woods looking for more survivors when they come across a woman who had the misfortune to have her arm out at the wrong place and time when the dome came down slicing her arm off. Unfortunately for both Barbie and Angie, whom he meets after taking the woman to the hospital, their chance encounter is seen by Junior who is less than thrilled by the exchange and proceeds to follow Barbie to the field with the hopes of starting a fight out of jealousy. Fortunately for Barbie Junior is interrupted when Julia comes along looking for her husband who was not at work as she had thought.
Unable to complete whatever plan he had for Barbie, Junior struggles with Angie causing her to be knocked out. Later she awakens to discover she is being held hostage by a very disturbed Junior in his dad’s fallout shelter. Big Jim, Junior’s dad, is relieved to find his son alive and well as they share a slightly awkward hug at being reunited.
How in the world was he able to dig a perfect grave and then fill it with no extra dirt? It’s magic I tell you.
Did Norrie & Joe repeating the same words over and over give you the heebie-jeebies too?
For a fallout shelter that place was in horrible condition.
Phil and Dodee didn’t get much screen time this episode, but I already adore them. Especially Dodee.