Under the Dome is finally worth watching. Questions are getting satisfactory answers, which in turn, spark new queries. Admittedly, I had my suspicions. Was this going to be another TV show which started with great promise, only to drag itself along as slow as a dying body in a Stephen King novel? Thankfully with the latest episode, “Blue on Blue,” the creators have given us back to back entertaining episodes.
“Blue on Blue” begins with Big Jim discovering his son’s girlfriend Angie chained to the bed in his bomb shelter. Horrified, Big Jim struggles to wrap his head around what Junior has done. He panics and relocks the door, but eventually comes to his senses. Using bolt cutters, Big Jim releases Angie, dumbfounded at where he went wrong raising his boy. Here, Big Jim surprised me. An obviously conflicted man, he did the right thing, setting Angie free. I was expecting a different outcome knowing Big Jim’s involvement in some unsavory dealings before the dome was erected. Yet true to form, as “Blue on Blue” ended, Big Jim didn’t disappoint. He may not want to cover up his son’s secrets, but he will fight to the death to keep his own hidden.
What I enjoyed most about the bomb shelter story-line was that the creators never dragged it out. How common is it to have a decent plot twist go on far beyond its expiry date? The bomb shelter never had me bored, not yet anyway. And I likely would have been should it have continued. Now with Angie free to roam under the dome, who’s telling what she’ll do? Will she turn Junior in? I think any sane person would. But this is a story from the mind of Stephen King, and that may be too easy. As seen at episode’s end, Angie has a soft spot for Junior, even after all he’s done. Perhaps she’s a little more like him, a little too ‘Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs’ than I originally thought.
As “Blue on Blue” continued, there is a new threat to the inhabitants living under the dome, and it doesn’t come from the dome itself. Barbie learns from a soldier on the outside that the military is going to fire a thermal-baric missile at the dome, destroying it and likely everyone underneath. The citizens rally together and hide in the tunnels of the old cement factory. Once inside and with the end near, several townspeople begin to recant their past transgressions. Seems the onset of Armageddon has freed people to open up to one another. Why does it all too often take a life threatening situation to force people to look at their own behavior? Is it because we fool ourselves to think we’re indestructible until those moments before we aren’t? Perhaps we are selfish, wanting to release the secrets we’ve been harboring, dangling around our necks like an albatross. And someone actively listening can do just that; offer us salvation before the end.
At times, the acting in “Blue on Blue” is dicey. A slight wince comes over my face as I watch, more embarrassed at what I’ve just seen than anything else. But if you don’t take Under the Dome for an Emmy contender, the pain is alleviated. Although its lack of thespians isn’t as charming as Arrow, it is offering enough to this viewer, perking my sci-fi interest. The big question is the dome itself. For now, there is enough suspense under it to keep me entertained until that revelation comes forth.