Under the Dome "Let the Games Begin" Review: Bloodsport for Toilet Paper

Under the Dome S01E10: "Let the Games Begin"

Under the Dome is just making stuff up now, and that's quite all right with me. Say what you want to about "Let the Games Begin," which could include "Boy, that was terrible!" or "Why do I keep doing this to myself?," but I was profoundly entertained by every single second of this mess. However, my favorite three things in the world are underground fighting rings, planetariums, and real-estate transactions, so this pretty much crushed the sweet spot of my Venn Diagram of things that are awesome. 

I've already wasted too much of your time with an introduction, so let's dive straight into things (with our hands tied while some bald dude drives away in a boat leaving us to drown). You're damn right I'm starting with Barbie and Big Jim's plans to get back at Maxine, the sexy puppeteer of Chester's Mill who is turning the town into the coolest place ever. These two dopes are buried underneath their secrets, which Maxine is threatening to expose—in case you missed that bit of info that she announced 739 times already—and their only way to dig their way out is to expose whatever secret-releasing program she has created in case of her untimely death. Her "insurance policy" against them murdering her, as they say.

Lucky for them, the writers just pulled the fact that Maxine owned a hugely successful real-estate business that operates in Chester's Mill out of their butts, giving BJ and Barbie somewhere to start their hooey investigation. They went to the town clerk's office and found out her biz bought dozens of houses around the C.M. and flipped 'em all except for one gigantic spread on Bird Island (ha ha Bird Island).

You may ask yourself, "Why would Maxine need to resort to a life of crime when she has a successful business with a cool name (the Osiris Corporation) that affords her random island mansions in towns across the Northeast United States?" Well those kinds of questions have no place around here, so just erase them from your mind! "But why would Maxine spend eight days in an abandoned house when she already owns a majestic estate in Chester's Mill?" I said stop it! "How did she quickly arrange a well-organized underground fight club in just over a week if she's been laying low?" Shush! I haven't even gotten to that part yet!

Big Jim's plan? To go to Maxine's house, which is HUGE, and look through desk drawers for this "insurance plan" because maybe she wrote their secrets in her diary. But when he got to the giant mansion, the only person there was Agatha, the friendly caretaker of the house. She said the owner of the house, some guy with the fakest name of all fake names named Oliver Luckland, wasn't around. But that all turned out to be the Under the Dome equivalent of some guy pretending to throw a tennis ball while playing with a dog, because it was all a pointless ruse. So-called sweet mansion florist "Agatha" was actually gun-toting Claire, a former classmate of Big Jim's from high school... and Maxine's mom!

Then she went on some tirade about how she got pregnant with Maxine in high school through some huge "scandal" (which was never explained, but was obviously just her whorish ways) and everyone made fun of her for being a slut so then she turned to a life of prostitution and I was like why is this woman telling us all this stuff? What in the world is going on here? What is the point of all this? It really sounded like a very bad case of sour grapes for some terrible decisions she made as a teenager. Listen lady, if you didn't want to become a pariah then maybe you shouldn't have f*cked half the guys in Chester's Mill. You dug your own hole, moron. This plot was infectiously stupid. Everyone who watched it can no longer tie their own shoes.

But Big Jim, after cleverly getting Claire to tell him Barbie's secrets ("So uhhh... I guess Maxine told you about Barbie's secrets too?" *wrings hands, waits for her to spill the beans*), did that thing in movies where the person without the gun says the person with the gun doesn't have the guts to actually pull the trigger, and then he slapped the gun out of her hand and took control of the situation Rennie-style. Fact: this works 100 percent of the time. Try it next time you are being mugged. And just when you thought this whole Claire story was going nowhere, the greatest thing all summer happened as they were boating back from Bird Island (ha ha, Bird Island):

Yup! She fell off the boat! She stood up and maybe there was a strong gust of wind or a seaquake or something, because she just went woman overboard. And since her hands were tied she was like "Help!" but Big Jim had his (Breaking Bad spoiler!) Walter White moment and Claire had her Jane-choking-on-heroin-vomit moment. Or Big Jim had his (Orphan Black spoiler!) Allison Hendrix moment and Claire had her Aynsley getting-choked-by-a-garbage-disposal moment. Whichever one of those far superior shows you choose, just know that Big Jim left Claire to die and boated away whistling nonchalantly. 

While Big Jim was passively murdering liars with awful backstories, Barbie headed out with Maxine to the underground fight club she set up at the place where everything interesting takes place in Chester's Mill, the old abandoned cement factory. Excuse me, what? Yes, Maxine has already established bare-knuckle brawls as a form of entertainment less than two weeks after the dome came down. According to Under the Dome, when people don't have Internet or television they'll start punching each other in the face for fun. But that's not all, these people were gambling and fighting each other for toilet paper and two-liter bottles of soda while Maxine skimmed off the top (so what, she takes a few plies of TP and a sip of Pepsi?). What the fuck is wrong with the citizens of Chester's Mill? These people really need to brush up on their crisis-management skills! If they're beating each other up for sport less than a fortnight into a town emergency, they'll be eating each other by week three. And Maxine will be there to sell them steak sauce.

Maxine didn't bring Barbie there to play ring girl. Nope, he was the involuntary main event. Once again, she hung those secrets over him and pushed him into the middle of the ring. Barbie was one step ahead of her though, and after beating the crap out of his opponent, he took a dive and threw the fight just so Maxine wouldn't win. Silly Barbie! Maxine knew he would throw the fight so she bet against him!

Barbie was so upset with Maxine that he only let her straddle him a little bit, and then he ran off and told her he was done. Done with what? Losing fights on purpose?

No one cares about Officer Linda but I would be irresponsible if I didn't update you on her little adventures. Instead of keeping the peace, providing order, being of some use to the town, and, I dunno, breaking up illegal underground fight clubs?, Officer Linda was still busy chasing the mystery behind Duke and his shady transactions while Julia tagged along. There was a point where they hit a roadblock in searching for clues that Duke may have left behind, so Officer Linda searched Duke's hat–his hat–and found a secret compartment holding a safe-deposit-box key. Off to the Bank of Chester's Mill! 

What I'm about to tell you next may be the most unbelievable part of the entire series. Officer Linda and Julia arrived at the ransacked bank, and there were bundles of cash and open till drawers full of money everywhere. It's been less than a week and a half, and Chester's Mill has already lost interest in money? People are kicking each other's asses for paper towels and Squirt but no one wants to take thousands of dollars in cash just in case the dome lifts? Weren't people eating at the diner for several days after the dome dropped? I think I saw someone drinking coffee there last week. Are they paying for their meals in batteries? Why would the show go out of its way to show us that money was left behind instead of just avoiding it altogether? Why, dome, why? 

Anyway, they opened some boxes and found Duke's confession that he was selling large amounts of propane to Maxine so she could make her drugs in exchange for her not selling drugs in Chester's Mill because Duke's daughter died from drugs. Drugs outside of Chester's Mill and ruining the lives of others? That's fine with Duke. Just don't bring those drugs in here. Julia also happened to stumble upon her husband's life insurance policy, which would explain a lot.

Barbie and Julia met up at their love shack, Julia patiently waiting on the stairs for Barbie to come home like she was his puppy dog. He was about to come clean about killing her husband because Maxine will tell everyone anyway, but Julia cut him off and said it was okay because she already knew and everything was cool. Then she started plotting their future together as a couple? Ummm, lady, this guy killed your husband and all you could say was, "In the future there can be no more lies"? How about, "In the future, please try to not kill my loved ones" and then work your way up to lies? It's basic Coupling 101. Julia is so horny for Barbie that she's letting him off with murder. I guess when you marry a total dweebus like Peter Shumway and then a rugged handsome outsider like Barbie rolls into town, you get so horny for him that it rewrites your idea of basic human rights. He is handsome, though.

Though the rest of town doesn't care, let's not forget that this show is supposedly about a dome and there are four curious kids who want to get to the bottom of it. The big news revealed here was a caterpillar inside the mini-dome. It was very exciting. After some dome-touching, Joe, Norrie, and Angie went looking for Junior because they thought he was the fourth hand after a doctor told them about a seizure he had years ago. There was a slight detour to Mama Rennie's art studio to show us everything they showed us last week, but it was totally worth it because we got to see that sweet art Junior's mom made when she was four years old again. Junior magically showed up after the adults wouldn't let him join their underground fighting games, but he should be thanking his lucky pink stars because the kids' table is a sweet mini-dome that lights up when you touch it. If we're being honest here, I would eat a pound of Chester's Mill finest marijuana and just touch the mini-dome and stare at the glowing purple egg all day because that thing is awesome. It's basically the most amazing lava lamp ever. And when all four people touch it? It becomes a totally psychedelic mini-planetarium!

Everyone meet at the barn at 4:20, bro! You bring some Bob Marley cassettes and I'll bring the Pringles! Unfortunately, these kids were stone sober and couldn't appreciate the true value of this pothead treasure. Angie could only say, "It's beautiful!" and Junior the buzzkill said, "But... what does it mean?" Oh really? NOW you're asking what things mean? It doesn't mean anything, Junior. Nothing means anything in this show.

This was probably my favorite episode of Under the Dome ever.



ADDEN-DOMES

– Dodee was not the Chosen One! She got zapped by the mini-dome and flew back and it was awesome. Later she forgot about what happened. OR DID SHE? What was the point of Dodee touching the dome and getting zapped? It is one of television's greatest mysteries.

– Future television writers repeat after me: "I will not use underground fighting in a television series again."

– Does anyone have a full map of Chester's Mill? Is this near the coast? Is Bird Island across a channel? Where was that lake that got ruined by methane and killed all those fish?

– Poor Natalie Zea. You could feel the energy drained from her when she had to announce the main event for her fight club. She so obviously knows how lame this is.

– Did you hear the way Julia read Duke's confession? Her voice was flatter than Kansas and even more monotonous. She should do a series of books on tape to solve the nation's problems with insomnia.

– Behold this actual sequence of dialogue from this episode. Junior: "Is that an egg?" Angie: "With a mini-dome around it." Norrie: "Hey look, the caterpillar is in a cocoon now!" Joe: "It's actually a chrysalis." Norrie: "He's a nerd."

– Do you realize that while you slave over your job just to make enough to pay the bills, someone got paid handsomely to come up with this story? 


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Sep 02, 2013
I am shocked at how awful this show is. The stupid storylines, the lame acting - where does CBS find these people ?

I keep thinking what a great concept this could been for a network like FX, HBO, etc. CBS is a joke network.
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Sep 01, 2013
Thanks Tim! Reading your reviews is one of the highlights of the week. Could you start to link some music in the review? Some music that wil be appropriate to listen to, while reading.

I only have one question for you. Why did you give up on Hell on Wheels? Amazing show, that is getting better and better.
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Sep 01, 2013
I watched the Mama Hobag falls into the water gif with Inner City's Big Fun playing in the background. It was perfect
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Aug 31, 2013
This show is like a train wreck: you hate it but you can't look away. Who knew that the Dome would turn out to be Thunderdome?
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Aug 31, 2013
Tim - your review says "I see potential toilet paper" - didn't realise you were privy to the scripts as well.
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Aug 30, 2013
What strikes me as funny is that Dodee presumably set out from the radio station to check out the mini-Dome. However, she knew it was there.

So now she doesn't remember doing that. So, with her memory gone from when she left the radio station, won't she do the same thing? Go to the mini-Dome, get zapped, forget, wake up at the clinic, get some treatment, then go back, get zapped, forget... over, and over and over?
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Aug 30, 2013
What I meant was, she had some suspicion that either the mini-Dome was in the barn, or that she followed Norrie and Joe there because she suspected them.

Either way, she wouldn't forget that if she knew it before she got her memories wiped at the radio station. And she'd either go to the barn, or end up following Joe and Norrie to the barn.
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Aug 31, 2013
Seriously... you're focussing on this as the main plot hole? The plot and writing for this show is so far beyond irredeemable that you'd have more success getting a calculator to work out the square root of -4 than make ANY sense or find ANY solid plot development in this show.

Hey, if you're insistent on an explanation - the egg causes a mini-fracture in space-time, transports her off-planet (just like the writers), selectively wipes her memory and then transports her back. She is now totally oblivious to the whole plot (just like the writers).

Now go stand in a corner and recite 100 times - I will not analyse this drivel any more - trust me, you'll feel better afterward.
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Sep 18, 2013
I did think it was the funniest plot hole.
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Aug 31, 2013
I don't recall mentioning "main plot hole." I've noted several others throughout. I haven't bothered to rank them. :)
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Sep 02, 2013
Lol -- not sure how you'd even start to rank them from this episode, let alone the whole series to date.
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Aug 30, 2013
this is the first of the UtD reviews to actually make me LOL. the others were funny, but this was great.

i actually told my wife about these reviews the other day & i just shared the link with her so she can read it for herself.
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Aug 30, 2013
Warning; do not read this review while drinking a beverage...
After watching a show that's so bad it's almost good (does that make sense?), at least I always have these reviews to entertain me!

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Aug 30, 2013
Try watching The Glades, the writing on that show makes The Dome look like Breaking Bad.

Shame that Tim didn't even notice that whilst Agatha toted something akin to an M1 Garand she somehow did the whole pumping a shell into the chamber of a pump action shotgun sound, maybe she just did that with her mouth to try to persuade Fat (C'mon call him what he is) Jim that she was serious.
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Aug 30, 2013
http://www.tv.com/news/a-and-e-cancels-the-glades-137788890192/
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Aug 31, 2013
Yeah read that, probably the first cancellation of a show I watch I was actually pleased about, relieved I don't have to watch that garbage anymore! Sure I could have stopped watching, but why should I quit just because the writing staff quit after the first season!
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Aug 30, 2013
Tim Tourettes?
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Aug 30, 2013
WHY WOULD YOU INCLUDE BREAKING BAD SPOILERS IN A COMPLETELY NON-BREAKING BAD RELATED POST? IT'S A DAMN GOOD THING I JUST WATCHED THE EPISODE TO WHICH YOU ARE REFERRING EARLIER TODAY OR I'D BE DAMN PISSED MISTER.
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Aug 30, 2013
u finally just saw the Jane episode?
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Aug 30, 2013
i dont mind the show. I understand its writing is horrible but I dont care, I mean the smartest person in town and who is doing the most to find out what the hell the dome is a teenaher who just wants to have sex with girl against the dome!!!!

PEOPLE FOCUS, STOP FIGHTING!!! THE IS A DOME OR SPHERE CUTTING YOU OFF FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!!! WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Aug 29, 2013
Seriously... this episode was called "Let the games begin" haha.... Oh this show is gold, how is it that this sci-fi drama is funnier than bio-dome or any movie/show/comedy about a dome?

Oh and after the show I get to come over here and relive it with the most hilarious reviews, Jackpot! Haha.



Poor Natalie Zea got sucked into the Dome's vortex, wherever this Dome is or how big it is (must be about the size of Westeros). In tears watching Big Jim have time present it's solution to him, I don't know if BJ had his own boat or commandeered it under his own authority but I could watch a whole show where he just "Miami Vices" his way around a bay in aspeedboat getting in adventures.





I hope they get some more talented guest stars pop up in different unexplored domed areas of C.M. Perhaps Moon Bloodgood, Eric Roberts or if they could hire some show killer jinx's like Michael Madsen or Chi McBride

Why didn't they include the dog and a space for it's paw on the mini-dome with the seizure gang? It would totally resemble the Mystery Gang from any Scooby Doo episode, opportunity missed big time. Next time I watch this show I'll be sure to stock up on and get high on a good amount of propane made Rapture.
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Aug 29, 2013
Sure most of the things you said are valid points and there some stupid things on the show but I still find it interesting.The mystery of the dome the interaction of the characters.at list I am not waiting for the main character to get punched in the face while watching a long boring story with even more boring and useless characters like Revolition.

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Aug 30, 2013
But what's the mystery?

A mystery to me is where they scatter clues, and give hints, and give you a chance of solving it based on the facts at hand.

Now, maybe this will all add up something at the end and make sense. But I feel less like we're being given clues and hints to one of several possible solutions, and more like at the end there will be a lot of unexplained questions. And along the way they're just choosing to hide knowledge from us.

There's a difference between clues, and writers refusing to tell people stuff.
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Aug 31, 2013
Sounds more like Lost than Under the Dome :)
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Aug 31, 2013
Well, some might argue that the Lost writers hinted at everything that was going on, and you could have figured out the ending from the preceding episodes. *shrug* To each their own.
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Aug 31, 2013
Lost had way too many questions and crappy answer in the end
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Aug 31, 2013
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Aug 29, 2013
I congratulate all those who managed to watch this to the end... after 12 mins I couldn't swallow any more of this **** and deleted it from the PVR, along the recording schedule.

My crap-o-meter hit the limiter on this excuse for entertainment a while back but this was simply ****-overload!
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Aug 29, 2013
When you say "the dome" based on the book by S. King, you can also say "the dome" based on "Simpsons: the Movie". That´s how much the Show and the book got in comon. .
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Aug 29, 2013
Tim, you were asking about a map. In the second episode our hero Ben and his friend Joe were trying to find out how big the dome was. Joe said to Barbie:

"So far, it looks like it's about ten miles across. It covers the entire mill, including some of lake Eastpointe."

And they had a map

In no way there's an island under the dome :-)

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Aug 30, 2013
There was a full-screen shot of the map with the dome in this episode when Big Jim was looking for the title deeds...

I'm assuming the lake with the gas problem is the one in the bottom of this shot, and the island is at the top left. They mentioned that it was partly under the dome.
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Aug 30, 2013
But as you can see by the map from this episode the dome grows or shrinks to match the writers Bullshit.

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Aug 29, 2013
When Maxine's mom went flying off the boat I though she had jumped in to try to get away from Big Jim. There was no reason she should have fallen off, no boat rocking, no heavy seas or wind. Also if you know how to swim, you should be able to swim with your hands tied.

Anyway they better sort out whatever stupid stuff the writers come up with before her bound body shows up on the shore. The people that would really care already know Barbie and Jim's secrets that Maxine has been holding over them so they will have to make up something else to keep her around.
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Aug 29, 2013
funniest captions ever, I just wish they'd got Junior to pose like the painting when the pink stars started a swirling.
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Aug 29, 2013
Hahahaha .. awesome. Thanks Tim (and UtD, I guess)!
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Aug 29, 2013
Julia's Husband must have been horrible in bed, Barbie gave it to her so good that she forgave murder? wow I get killed for leaving the toliet seat up.
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Aug 30, 2013
i guess u just suck at the sex. :-)
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Sep 02, 2013
Yea thats kind of the jjoke lol
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Aug 30, 2013
Big LOL
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Aug 28, 2013
Has anyone else noticed that the 'Mini Dome' is in fact a sphere? Am i wrong to be irritated that they keep calling it a dome when there is this ball shaped thing sat in their barn?
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Aug 29, 2013
They started calling the big one a "dome" before they knew for sure that it extends under ground. So "the dome" is now the name for the thing that's separating them from the rest of the world. That makes it natural to call the other thing they found a "dome", regardless of its shape.

What irritates me is that as far as we know, the only people who have come up with the idea to check if it the "dome" extends under ground are Junior and the guy who was going to try to dig in the fire episode. (Big Jim took the machine from him and used it to demolish the house instead). Julia was with Junior when he checked, so now the two of them know. But they don't seem to have told anyone else, and no one else seems curious about it.

It seems that no one has even checked if it extends under water in the lake. Maybe they're all so smart that they realize that a spherical shape is far more natural than a dome. But then they should also have realized that it would have to be generated by something at the center...and so far only one person in the entire world has thought of that.
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Aug 28, 2013
I thought I'd check in to see if it was still horrible. Well, It's not worth mentioning the book anyone, I did not recognise a single storyline. This show has gone so completely off the rails, it's starting to get funny. In a laughing through bitter tears sort of way.
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Aug 30, 2013
so would it bee good to read the book?
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Sep 01, 2013
Definitely!
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Aug 28, 2013
How did Natalie get from Justified (one of THE most awesome shows ever...) to UTD? Its like going from driving a porsche to driving a daihatsu cuore.
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Aug 30, 2013
She was on The Following too... So it's not like crappy tvs are anything new to her.
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Aug 28, 2013
A better question might be how did Dean Norris get from Breaking Bad (arguably the most incredible series ever made) to UTD? It's like being the opening band for U2 and then headlining your own show at a local church the next week.
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Aug 28, 2013
Possibly the most ridiculous piece of fiction ever. I read the book after having seen the pilot. And wow - am I glad the book was different and so much better. By now I'm considering this show a farce.
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Aug 28, 2013
Can we get the most current ratings, please? I want to know how many people are still watching this horrible excuse of summer programming. Please, CBS, change the name of this show please and stop tainting Stephen King' s masterpiece!!
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Aug 29, 2013
LOL 11.11 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating. So it's still a mega hit. Compare with 1.73 and 0.6 for Siberia.
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Aug 30, 2013
theres barely anything else on, so the wife and i have been watching it.
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Aug 29, 2013
Thanks, but boooooo
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Aug 28, 2013
She says there are no rules to fight club, but obviously there were because there was a winner and nobody was dead. I was expecting some 'Banshee' LUCAS HOOD V. DAMIEN SANCHEZ with some CARRIE V. OLEK thrown in but that lame fight didn't even register. There shouldn't be a fight club if fight club is boring. Barbie didn't even look that beat up - wouldn't people be mad since he telegraphed throwing the fight? He's standing in that tiny circle telling the dude, "OK get up, now hit me as hard as you can." Couldn't he have tried to make that look better? Why you say... yeah, who cares.

I always felt bad for the red-headed step child of the Brat Pack Mare Winningham. Her and Mary Stuart Masterson always got screwed with the 'best friend' roles. The photoshop picture of her younger self and young Natalie Zea was great. They didn't need to kill her so quick. Your review made me think of 'Orphan Black' and I went out and found that the first season DVD was already out. Cool beans.

Loved Dodee getting thrown against the wall - hate her - that was what made this my favorite episode.

Julia / Barbie may be the most completely non sensical - greatest couple of the summer. Her reading Duke's confession; Perfectly Ridiculous. I thought we were getting to a reveal when Linda asked Julia to read it - Sheriff Linda can't read! What, that'd be too ridiculous? Hey Linda what happened to your armed psychopath deputy? Every situation you've gotten yourself into you've needed back up - yet you have the audacity to approach Big Jim in the middle of the night on your own - whatever happens to you is your own fault.

Little Dome creating planetarium effect - 'The Nerd' better not let Ben know about that - cause you know Ben know where's the green is. That scene needed a little Norman Greenbaum playing in the back. That'd of been trippy cool. How come no one is getting high? They must be out of booze or what's left of it Max has. Why did they wait so long to bring us Max and because of who she is, wouldn't she just be kicking it on the island with mom and out of eyesight? None of this makes sense as it speeds along to the final 2 of the season. Can't wait to see how much of this crap can be dug out of in 2 weeks.

I miss Samantha Mathis on this show.

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Aug 30, 2013
yeah she may not be dead yet. she could make it to shore...maybe
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Aug 30, 2013
It also assumes that Big Jim wouldn't wonder why she "just happened" to fall off the boat for no reason and suspect a trick.
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Aug 30, 2013
Well, some have claimed that she deliberately jumped overboard. This seems to mean that she jumped based on the assumption that Big Jim would just abandon her to die. Instead of his having seen her in Turner & Hooch and deciding to take an oar to her head, or run her over with the boat.

Then, having correctly assumed that one of the evil men that she blamed for her humiliation would just drive off and leave her to drown, she'd be able to either a) free her hands and swim to shore, or b) swim to shore after BJ thoughtfully tied them loosely in front of her.
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Aug 30, 2013
she did not jump intentionally. the wife & i rewound it a few times because we had no idea what happened. she def. fell by accident, but it's not like it was windy/choppy out. it was calm. it's just another bad UtD scene
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Aug 30, 2013
Oh, I agree. But a few people thought it was a deliberate jump.
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Aug 29, 2013
Agatha/Claire isn't quite dead yet...
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Aug 29, 2013
Awesome, still love Mare.
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Aug 28, 2013
I don't care if some people including tv.com staff, think that Under the dome is stupid. It's not the smartest show around, but hey, is fun to watch. Especially for the summer when tv schedule is limited. Nevertheless, I do agree with some of the points in this article, and I did laugh with Tim's sarcastic tone in reviewing the episode.
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Aug 29, 2013
Even Tim seems to think it's fun to watch. I know I do.
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Aug 28, 2013
I'm sure if someone decided to investigate thouroughly they'd find this show actually turns people into morons. Somehow I woke up in time, I was worried when I realised I didn't know how to turn off the tv.
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Aug 28, 2013
I know the show can often be absurd or even ambiguous at times, but at the end of the day, it's what it is. I've read the book and watching how it's visually represented , it's entertaining!
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Aug 30, 2013
I've read the book too and the show is nothing like the book. Partly because it's doing things on its own and making stuff up as it moves along. It is deeply disturbing that I kept being positive and defended Utd for 9 weeks and then be hit by the 10th one right in the face. Going too much on its on tangent is not good for the show.
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Aug 30, 2013
You know where they went wrong? The minute CBS decided to renew it for a second season. I mean, how can you possibly stretch out a book about a small city been under a dome for two seasons without having the quality and aesthetics suffer!
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Aug 28, 2013


1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.
3rd RULE: If someone says "stop" or goes limp, taps out the fight is over.
4th RULE: Only two guys to a fight.
5th RULE: One fight at a time.
6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes.
7th RULE: Fights will go on as long as they have to.
8th RULE: If this is your first night at FIGHT CLUB, you HAVE to fight.
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Aug 28, 2013
Um, you know you just talked about Fight Club, right? Damn, now I've done it, too.
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Aug 29, 2013
hahaah shhhh :D
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Aug 28, 2013
I seriously wonder how the actors in this show manage to read their lines with a straight face.
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Aug 28, 2013
I can't decide if this is a fantasy show, a really bad Days of Our Lives type show, or something in between that shouldn't be explored.
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Aug 28, 2013
It's gone from a great concept and good start to a terrible mess where the writers make up things as they go along and hope nobody notices.
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Aug 28, 2013
Thanks Tim for making the effort to count the number of times Max referred to her insurance policy. I would have thought 739 times would have only taken care of the first 15 minutes of this episode. I thought the funniest moment this week was Big Jim asking Claire if she knew about Barbie's policy, too. It was like him thinking, "If I get detention hall for this s%$t, he will, too. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!".
I've read some of the comments where viewers thought it was kinda ridiculous that Norrie would enlighten Joe's sister and psuedo-current-ex-?-boyfriend that he is a nerd when this would have been have been a known fact for years. I thought this scene was one of the more "cuter" moments this week since her after-statement side glance at him showed her emotional intentions towards the boy.
I don't understand why after only a week, people are driven to go underground and hang out in a dank, dark cement factory when BJ made it clearly evident there is a lake available with boating and water activities (like swimming the hand-tied breast stroke). That would be my playground.
This show may have it's haters but I still find it entertaining in a "don't have to figure out the hidden meaning in what this means". It's all pretty straight forward, well, except for the dome/mini-dome stuff.
Oh yeah, there is another mini-dome under the maxi-dome. It's called Norrie's forehead (I know, that was cruel).
Dome out!
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Aug 28, 2013
Linda just makes me laugh so hard every week. Its great therapy. She mentioned Dukes hat like 15 times in two sentences before having an ‘epiphany’ and look in the hat to find the key. This show likes to take you by the hand and spell out everything that goes on at least 4-5 times.
“Here it is. Duke’s safety deposit box”.
Also, why did big Jim not just kill off that fight club lady? Up till now he killed several people without hesitation. I don’t get it.
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Aug 28, 2013
I guess he must be scared of what she might do if he fails...so he decided to try to kill her mother instead. Great plan, Big Jim.

OK, to be fair, killing the mother makes sense if he intends to kill Maxine before she finds out. The idea is (I hope) that if he only kills Maxine, her mother can tell everyone his secrets. So he got rid of the mother first.

I think he didn't want to kill Maxine when he knew that Barbie would immediately suspect him, but he probably changed his mind when he found out that Barbie is a murderer too,
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Aug 28, 2013
The secrets are out anyway so the mother's "death" was pointless and Maxine's relevance reduced to nothing one episode after she mysteriously shows up.
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Aug 28, 2013
Another great premise show ruined by Spielberg... This man is a menace.
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Aug 28, 2013
Spielberg alone is bad enough, at least when it comes to TV. I shudder to think about what will happen when he inevitably teams up with J. J. "I'll put my name on your half-baked show idea for $100,000 and a sandwich" Abrams.
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Aug 28, 2013
This show makes him 0-3 and CBS ordered another one for next summer. Someone needs to tell the Amblin man to just give up.
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Aug 28, 2013
Haha Bird Island,
now they are making things up out of thin air. I could swear that I have seens Big Jim yelling at Mini Jim (aka Junior) from this porch and there was a street. Now there is water, now there is so much water that the dome captured entire islands. 2 Hours ago we didn't know who Maxine is and now she started a fight club (there are no rules btw).
My personal drinking game continued with bad decision making of Julia Mc Ginger. Leaving that money alone and forgiving Barbie, the same guy she allows to screw her brains out while her husband is missing and she was worried sick, the same guy who killed her husband....
Why am I watching this still? Because Tim's reviews make it worth it the sentence "because we got to see that sweet art Junior's mom made when she was four years old again" made me laugh for minutes... very mean.
This show is like Sharknado, it is terrible but you must have seen it.
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Aug 28, 2013
I love how after the first episodes there were still a lot people defending this show and attacking Tim for his sarcasting tone. 10 episodes in I can't read a single positive comment on this show anymore.
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Aug 29, 2013
In fairness, I was always willing to chat with them about what they liked, and they made some good points. Most of them seemed more interested in telling people not to post then in discussing what they did like, however.
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Aug 30, 2013
I still like some parts of the show. Unfortunately it seems the writers don't and I feel sometimes they want to try their audience patience by writting worse and worse episodes.
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Aug 28, 2013
Mature people reserve their right to be proven wrong and promptly admit it when they are. I was one of the "defenders". I would love to keep doing it but UtD has made it impossible for me to defend it anymore.
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Aug 28, 2013
Julia forgiving Barbie for brutally murdering her husband, burying his corpse in a forest and then preying on her loneliness after being invited into her house was easily the most believable moment in this series so far. I mean, have you seen his face? I guess I can relate, he's the only reason I'm subjecting myself to an hour of torture and bad writing every week.
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Aug 28, 2013
you could TiVo it then it is only 41 minutes
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Aug 28, 2013
The last moments gave us hope that it will be great science fiction after all: they've probably opened an interstallar wormhole so aliens can invade from the pink stars. That will teach them!
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Aug 28, 2013
you have seen this show and still have hope, nice sarcasm :-D
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Aug 28, 2013
I had my hopes up for 9 episodes. That's more than I give most new tv shows these days. But there comes a point in a man's life when a line in the sand has to be drawn. And I draw my line under the Dome!
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Aug 28, 2013
Tim, I will be sad when this show is over because I'll miss your hilarious reviews.
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Aug 28, 2013
You'll have another season to enjoy next summer. We live in Interesting Times.
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Aug 28, 2013
lol this show is silly....but entertaining. It is better than reality TV....
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Aug 30, 2013
100% agreed!
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Aug 28, 2013
A script editor actually read the line "he's a nerd" and didn't suggest they have Norrie instead say to Joe "you're a nerd", even though the latter makes sense and the former doesn't. She was talking to his sister and her boyfriend she'd known since childhood. They know he's a nerd!

Speaking of Joe, last week I said he was hopelessly unready to bang Norrie, but maybe there's hope for him yet. Their little tie-up game tells me she's willing to teach and he's willing to learn, so I'm sure he'll figure out what goes where when the time comes as long as Norrie draws him a map.
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Aug 28, 2013
Not to forget Joe is still probably the most interesting character of them all. He deserves to get some bang for his buck and back to the Dome action...
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Aug 28, 2013
so I asked fo weird sh*t and i got exactly what I asked for! so yeah baby.
Maxine must be the most efficient person ever... black market-figth club and digging people´s secrets in just 8 days let me just say wow.
Julia, I know Barbie is smexy but come on that scene was like "I am too tired to think you are hot and kill people so I trust you" Like seriously?
Junior going to the cement factory was your stupidest moment by far... everyone knows you are a cop... what did you expect? people saying: "junior my man come in"? And chocking your er "girlfriends" brother wasn't that cool either.
Dodee's scene was awesome now we know the mini dome can attack people... but what about the photos? did it erase those too? Maybe we never will know...
And Charlotte's death was kind of weird yeah I know Big Jim is a badass but he could used the woman as a hostage... but I guess that was too bothersome?
And pink planetarium was awesome want/need one.

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Aug 30, 2013
yeah, my wife said "they better delete those photos" not sure where the camera went. maybe its still on her. but then i think about it, and really, why do we even care if dodee knows. it's not like she is importnat at all to the story.
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Aug 28, 2013
I actually disagree on Linda being a bad actor. She's not Bryan Cranston or anything (so yeah he's the new gold standard) but I'm never distracted by her performance.
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Aug 30, 2013
i disagree with u. she sucks. she was actually pretty decent on CSI NY, not sure what happened for UtD. horrible
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Aug 28, 2013
I am urging everyone who read the book to hunt down Stephen King and kick him in the nuts for allowing this piece of garbage to be put on tv. And now they are going to do a tv series of The Stand. Can't wait to see how they butcher that. Stephen " You ought to be ashamed of yourself ".
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Aug 30, 2013
they had a miniseries back in the day, but if what you're referring to was the project ben affleck just left (probably due to batman), is a movie, not a tv show.
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Aug 30, 2013
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/ben-affleck-no-longer-directing-stephen-kings-the-stand
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Aug 28, 2013
They're already put The Stand on TV. Why do it again? What's the point?
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Aug 28, 2013
Stephen King will co-direct the pilot of Season 2, he said "I love this show, it's my favorite"
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Aug 28, 2013
Agreed! At first the changes were funny, but at this point it's a completely different entity. A bad one at that! I will skip The Stand if this is the direction Stephen King allows his books to go. Instead, watch shows 'based' on his books, I really enjoy Haven!
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Aug 28, 2013
Its only been a week in this show since the Dome fell? I can't wait to see these people resort to cannalbism. I bet the fat chinese girl goes first.

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Aug 28, 2013
It's been 9 days since the Dome fell. That is still not enough time for all the ridiculous crap that's been going on so far. Last episode's events takes the cake though.
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Aug 28, 2013
how do you drown in a lake because your hands are tied? She wasn't that far from the land. just float on your back and kick??
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Aug 28, 2013
In fairness, we never actually *saw* her drown. So, like any good soap opera, she aint dead till you see a body. I'm hoping this attempted drowning comes back to bite Big Jim in the ass. For some reason I find him to be the most detestable and annoying character on this mess of a show.
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Aug 28, 2013
and on top of that her hands were tied in front.. much better than hands tied behind back to attempt swimming..
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Aug 28, 2013
that is what I said too. You can even do a type of dog paddle swim with you wrist together...but you can defiantly float and kick with your legs to get to the shore. Like you said they were not that far away. Oh God this show sucks.....
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Aug 28, 2013
Jersey Shore used to be the worst series I had seen every episode of...
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Aug 28, 2013
Why do I have the feeling Junior + Angie and Joe + Norrie are going to recolonize the earth? If that's the case, we're doomed!

They haven't turned off the dome but hey, look at the bright side, Chester's Mill now has a planetarium with pink stars. I bet the townsfolk will forget any fight clubs after that. Nothing beats a planetarium in a barn.

Julia is pathologically understanding. If I were Barbie, I'd hold on to her. Speaking of understanding women, how understanding will Max be when she finds out her mommy's body washed up on the shore with her hands tied? Can Big Jim sustain a war against Maxine?

Bloodsport for groceries is so ridiculous it might even work! No, I guess not... The thing is people seemed to be losing a lot of groceries, and where would they get more in a few days when they really needed it?

So a few days without TV, Tim's reviews and internet make people go wild and seek for Woodbury's favorite pastime? Come on, folks, go read a book for a change. Chester's Mill public library is still there, available to all.

If I were in Chester's Mill, I'd fulfill my life-long dream: to play monopoly with stacks of real money!

I loved that first junior tried to play with the adults, going as an "undercover" cop, but when all of that failed, all he could do was sit at the kids' table, which, in this case, happened to have a mini-dome in the center.

Junior + Angie: made for each other. Face it, Angie, he's the best guy you'll ever meet. The sooner you accept that, the better.

Norrie's other mom has simply disappeared. Maybe she found a secret passage out of the dome. For some reasons TV writers love unsupervised teenagers, so a mother would only get on her way.

Julia touched the dome, but unlike the lady DJ, she didn't get zapped. Paraphrasing Junior, what does that mean?
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Aug 29, 2013
Good point about the mini-dome, must have some electro-shock defence against people above a certain IQ, that's why Julia and the others get visions and Dodee zapped across the barn :-)
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Aug 30, 2013
yeah and why do we even care that dodee saw the dome? it's not like she's important or anything.
but those pics might still be on her phone...DUN DUN DUN!!!!
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Aug 29, 2013
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Aug 28, 2013
junior's the 4th hand, called it!

Hey Tim, wasn't it Duke's son - not daughter - who died?
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Aug 28, 2013
Yes it was. But who cares, s/he was just a plot device anyways.
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Aug 28, 2013
true dat :)
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Aug 28, 2013
am I the only person who keeps hoping for zombies? cause this show and the way people act would make more sense if there were zombies.
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Aug 28, 2013
Most of the actors seems to be sleepwalking. Does that count?
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Aug 28, 2013
They're not hungry for brains yet although that is probably just a question of enough time.
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Aug 28, 2013
When they do go for brains, it's gonna be slim pickins'.
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