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Under the Dome S01E07: "Imperfect Circles"

When I think about how Under the Dome was made, I imagine a couple people talking about very specific scenes they're excited to film for television. Like the dome falling on Chester's Mill and crushing trucks like soda cans and cutting cows in half. Like the missile exploding into the dome while Joe and Norrie lick each other's lips. Like the reveal of the Mini-Dome and the Purple Egg of Mystery at the end of last night's "Imperfect Circles." I didn't read the book, and after watching this show I never will—in fact I'll probably run away screaming if I ever see a copy—but I'm guessing these scenes are memorable ones of Stephen King's novel. The kind of scenes that a show creator would get really excited about bringing to the small screen after powering through the book during a Corona-fueled beach read. There's a solid vision apparent in such moments, because they're supposed to be landmarks for the series. They make you think, "Hey, this show can rise above its community theater budget and put something halfway compelling on my TV." 

But then there's the remaining 99 percent of the show, and it appears to have been made by monkeys with blindfolds on. I mean, how did Junior end up being one of only two cops in town? Did Julia forget about her husband before or after her all-night sex romp with the rugged, dangerous, and lying stranger she kicked out of her house the other day? How did Chester's Mill, a representation of America and its core values of neighborly goodness, let an eight-months-pregnant woman just deal with dome-related trauma on her own until she needed some yogurt? Why is Joe such a horny perv? 

Despite all that nonsense, Under the Dome did something right in "Imperfect Circlesbecause it felt like the show's most serialized hour to date. And while serialization doesn't necessary equal better quality, it worked here as a change of pace (especially since that "pace" was terrible). There wasn't any real problem of the week unless you count Harriet and the Dome's premie baby, but it wasn't the all-consuming threat of a house fire, viral outbreak, or government plan to kill everyone via megaton missile, and the events of what happened last week weren't immediately forgotten. Now hold onto those horses of yours, I'm not saying the episode was good or anything! Lord no. But instead of running into a wall over and over again, Under the Dome had a bit of momentum for the first time ever.

Now let's talk about that dome baby. What in the world? The dome can now punk people into seeing phantoms of loved ones? Pregnant Harriet imagined that her off-to-war husband Greg just appeared in his Halloween costume store sailor's outfit.

She was super excited because he's off to war but he's also here! How can he be in two places at the same time?

Then she went to hold his hand but PSYCH it was the dome!

And the dome zapped her into labor!

And of course Under the Dome showed her water break because we really needed to see that. I know it's a miracle and all that and we should all appreciate that our species can reproduce naturally and God bless you women for your ability to carry a living thing inside you for nine months, but please, no close ups of pregnant-lady water breaking on family-friendly television even if she is just crushing a water balloon with her thighs. It was so gross I had to make a GIF of it.

So far as I can tell, Harriet had the baby and YAY she had a baby and named it Alice after Norrie's lesbian mom who helped deliver it. There was a minor complication with the umbilical cord just to dial up the drama to 2 (out of 100), but other than that, it was just a plain, boring birth and a plain, boring baby and not the super-awesome half-dome baby I was hoping for. If there's nothing special about that stupid baby then I'm going to be really mad. I'll have to assume that Dr. Dome is performing miracles now and if that baby hadn't been born immediately then the baby would have choked on its own feeding tube. Way to go, Dr. Dome.

But "The Dome giveth, and The Dome taketh away," as the Holy Dome Bible sayeth, and as one Alice entereth the world, another Alice lefteth it. Dr. Alice battled low blood sugar and a diabetic shutdown but lost, croaking in front of her daughter Norrie shortly after delivering dome baby. RIP Alice. It's a shame that no one thought to go get all that insulin from the hospital to save her life, but oh well!

Angie is still getting the worst deal of anyone on this show. Why is she even in Under the Dome in the first place? She's been trapped in an endless escapade of senseless shenanigans. So far her character has had sex with a maniac, been kidnapped and imprisoned in an underground bunker, gotten wet, screamed and broke my eardrums, cuddled with and stabbed that same maniac, almost got raped, and now she buried her dead maternal figure and diner boss Rose. At least she finally reunited with her bro Joe. That was so worth the wait, wasn't it? 

Junior continued to play cop, and I swear to you that at one point during the episode it dawned on me that Junior is one of only two cops in town and I broke into a fit of laughter that took two full minutes to pass. Junior drives around a cop car and wears the blue. JUNIOR! This show found the laziest way to give this guy a badge and is actually sticking with it. Think about it: Junior is A COP. Let that sink in. And he got the badge by holding people hostage with a shotgun in a hospital waiting room instead of explaining to the people that they needed to be quarantined for safety reasons. He waved around his boomstick and was given hero status for it. "You successfully terrified dozens of old people with meningitis. Have a badge, Officer Looney Toons." That's how Linda's badge presentation went.

Anyway, Junior and Linda ran around town chasing the almost-rapists Dundee Brothers for the murder of Rose. Junior thought he should go on the manhunt because he knows the Dundees and could maybe "talk them down without things getting stupid." And then the show immediately cut to Linda handing Junior a HUGE GUN.

It's important that when you're talking someone down without things getting stupid you come strapped with a giant automatic weapon. How is it that the series' most insane character ends up with giant f*cking guns in his hands every three minutes? I expect Junior to have a rocket launcher or a flamethrower to break up a dispute over a parking space next week. I should also note that Linda has a standard-issue pistol, like any self-respecting cop would, yet she handed a supergun to cop-for-a-day Junior, who probably still hasn't cut the price tags off his new policeman uniform. Linda also decided that just before going to peacefully arrest the Dundee Bros. with Junior was the perfect time to tell Junior that the Dundees tried to rape the woman he was obsessed with. So guess what happened when they met the Dundees?











These two definitely need to be in a straight cop procedural spinoff called Terrible Police. After murdering Crocodile Dundee's grandkids, Junior found Angie and told her that the Dundees wouldn't be bothering her anymore. Because he killed them. Maybe this is the kind of no-tolerance justice Chester's Mill needs.

Big Jim was... Jesus, what was Big Jim doing in this episode? Something about propane? He was trading that mean old Farmer Ollie propane in exchange for the use of his water wells. Wait a second, didn't the dome solve the water crisis with rain? Do the townspeople have buckets of fresh, distilled rain water or not? I'm super confused. Somehow, Farmer Ollie took over Big Jim's propane orchard by sending over a goon with a gun and then demanded that Big Jim become his bitch. Instead, Big Jim got Big Drunk and then blew up the goon when he was in his very explodable truck. That happened! Out of nowhere! Sometimes the best solution is the simplest one: Blow things up. I mean, he REALLY blew it up.

Nice shot, Jim!

But the real almost actually interesting part of the episode came with teen-romance team Joe and Norrie, because they are the only people on this show who still give a doodoo about the dome. After making out against the dome (nice one, Joe) to try to get it to do something, Joe figured there was something more they could do to get it to respond. And that's when Norrie dropped what will surely be the best line of dialogue you'll hear all summer:

Let's examine that quote. It sounds like she's ready to have sex with Joe, but not against the dome. It also sounds like she's open to trying sex against the dome at a later, more appropriate time. She's a keeper, Joe. Just the right combination of sluttiness and innocence.

Anyway, they figured they should take a trip to the center of the dome to see if they can find out what's powering it, like Joe suggested a few episodes ago and we've been screaming since this show started. And when they got there, they found an even smaller dome! DOME-CEPTION! Russian Nesting Domes! Are we all living in a series of never-ending domes-within-domes? The philosophical ramifications of this are–oh wait, nope, there's a weird purple egg inside. And kids, growing up in a Siri-assisted world, shouted commands at the tiny dome (actual quotes):

That didn't work. But they did end up seeing an apparition of Norrie's mom Alice (wtf?) and that's when we loop back to Norrie running back to her mom just in time to see her die. 

But that kicked off the ending montage that I talked about way back in the first paragraph, which gave us glimpses of everyone around town: Harriet and her new baby, Norrie's mom dying while her wife looked on, Barbie and Julia cuddling on the couch, Big Jim acting like he wasn't responsible for blowing up Ollie's goon while onlookers gaped, and Norrie pleading with the dome to bring her mom back and tell her what it wants. It was cheesy and nothing extraordinary, but dammit, it's the closest thing this show has ever had to a soul and I'd just like to point that out. And in the final shot, the Purple Egg of Mystery inside the Mini-Dome began to light up. This is what Under the Dome should be like all the time! I mean, I get a kick out of the terrible cornball stick-Angie-in-a-bunker-for-four-episodes Under the Dome, but if this show wants to be taken seriously and be somebody, then it's going to need more of this.



ADDEN-DOMES


– Just once more, okay? "Joe I'm not having sex with you for the first against the dome." Also, maybe I'm a bit of a pervert but that whole conversation was really sexual. Joe kept on saying how awesome Norrie was at makin' out, and then he said, "I'm just saying maybe we're trying to get a response from it in the wrong place. Maybe the real action isn't along the perimeter." 

– Another great quote: "I touched the dome it did something to my baby!" Domes are the new dingos! 

– Another great quote: "I can't believe we're being... gasjacked." 

– The old salvage yard, where kids go to play Hide-n-Seek. That's some fine detective work there, Junior.

– What do you think turned the Purple Egg of Mystery on? Was it the baby being born? Was it Alice dying? Was it Norrie crying? Did someone have sex up against it?

– Junior got slapped by his dad! It was great.

– I still love Skateboardin' Ben, he's my favorite character. He connected with Angie and helped her bury Rose because he was being a good citizen on patrol and making sure no one else was roughin' up the diner. YEAH RIGHT I'm not buying that Ben. He had the munchies obviously.

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AIRED ON 9/10/2015

Season 3 : Episode 13

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first off, i just wanna say i have read the book. so far the only thing the same in the tv series and the book is the truck crashing into the dome, the missile stike and junior being crazy, at first. joe and norrie didnt kiss in the book until right before the whole town went nuts. junior went wacky the first day and angie didnt even live to SEE the dome, she definitely wasnt joes sister and norrie didnt have two moms, sorry but i had to make some corrections with regards tothis article.
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pink stars are falling on the egg.
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I keep coming back to this show only to be angry at it by the end, by definition I'm becoming insane because of the Dome...and I seem to like to torture myself by watching this terrible show...
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i get that the TV series leave little to be desired, but please don't run from the book - it really is fantastic.
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The Dome giveth, and the Dome taketh away.
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I think you need to say - Nice one, Norrie. Not Joe. He was the one under her. So, that's how much I'm not into this stupid show..
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I just came home from holiday. After watching BB (of course) and checking out low winter sun (they nailed it), i was wondering which show I should catch up with next. Great shows like the newsroom, ray donovan, dexter or the killing or decent shows like true blood, longmire and true blood or the worst comedy ever; under the dome. Believe it or not, I chose the latter ( because of Tim's great reviews) :)
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Each week I watch UTD with a dark gleefulness that I will then read hilarious comments and review on this site. Domiette errr, Alice was born, and thank the Dome, she was healthy (anyone else find the character's "dome worship" a little unnerving?). Dundee brothers are now souring under a dome magnified sun like spilled yoghurt. Can't wait for the cop spinoff, I think Linda's good intentions will kill more people than Junior's craziness. So .... it's Angie's Diner now? Just bury the manager and hey presto, you're promoted. "Hey Angie! Joe's been worried sick...." Ben didn't say. I guess Joe can't wait since the blood on the Diner floor needs mopping up. Love Big Jim's approach to unfavourable outcomes and conflict resolution.
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Did anyone else notice that all that damage that the missile that hit the dome created was completely gone in this episode? And I haven't read through all the comments so I don't know if anyone else has touched on this, but did anyone else notice that the phrase "Pink stars falling in the sky" that Joe and Norrie say when they are having their seizures showed up at the end of the episode in the "egg"?
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The MOAB hit the dome on the side, I just assumed they were on the other side in the following episodes.
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This is such a bad show. It's so bad right now that I love it! Maybe if they had sex on the little dome?
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Junior: I have a automatic rifle but I'll run after you until you trip anyways.
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Having the town psychopath of Junior as a town deputy is something right out of the Stephen King playbook. I haven't read SK's book but I can just tell from previous stories, that is something he would do.
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Yawn, yawn, yawn...zzzz
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"Joe, I'm not having sex with you for the first time against the dome."

Let's examine that quote. It sounds like she's ready to have sex with Joe, but not against the dome. It also sounds like she's open to trying sex against the dome at a later, more appropriate time. She's a keeper, Joe. Just the right combination of sluttiness and innocence.

I'm still laughing at this totally accurate observation. Keep up the good writing Tim.
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Let's go get some Domenuts.
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As of last week I no longer watch this show....but I'm sure enjoying the reviews!
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I dropped this series after five minutes of the crap I watched. Do not know why It took me 6 episodes to do it, but well.... No more under the dome for me. I will stick to Dexter, Homeland and True Blood instead.
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Whereas I love "Under the Dome" for the over the top factor and had to drop "Homeland" after the 2nd episode of season 2 because I can't take any more "Claire Danes cries for Emmys scenes"
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So basically you like things that suck and hate things that are awesome.
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I watch a lot of really good series, Continuum, Game of Thrones, The Killing, Breaking Bad; but not everything has to be that intense. I just tend to think Homeland has some severe overacting on the part of Claire Danes. I was around to watch her cry through "My So Called Life" and hated it then. No need to see her cry her way through another show.
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In you opinion, yas I do. In mine... If you think Under the Dome is awesome.... Well.... Enjoy it.
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I was replying to DanielAshe1.
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Tim, I was going to quit watching this show, but I want to keep watching just so I can read your merciless reviews every week. Most entertaining. Keep 'em coming :)
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It's based on a Stephen King's... what did you expect? Though after Dreamcatcher, I thought there couldn't be worse. I stand corrected.
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I've watched so many American scifi dramas that have massive plot holes in them its a wonder I even bother to watch any anymore. I've begun to judge them based on the ludicrous omissions or inclusions rather than expecting there to be none. Sad, but what the heck there would be nothing to watch at all if I was to wait for a faultless drama top appear.

UTD is not without its problems but compared to shows like Revolution or Falling Skies it does keep a lid on stupid plot twists. Yes, locking a young woman up in a bomb shelter for weeks, without her brother even reporting it to the police, is ridiculous. Oh and I didn't realise that the woman running the diner is in fact their aunty and she didn't even check to see how they both were, knowing full well that their parents are not in Town. Nor did their neighbours. And what the fuck was the guy in the truck driving so fast for, (20mph?) before he ran into the water tower whilst avoiding a pedestrian. Do they never have any brakes? I'll stop this before I defeat my own point of view and start to hate the show.

Shows like this have so many faults it becomes pointless highlighting them all so I don't bother and just wait to see if anything seems totally and utterly stupid while I am watching. If it gets too bad I just switch off. Thats not happened yet with UTD. It did with Falling Skies and Revolution.

I haven't read the Stephen King book so I can't say if it is true to the novel but I'm willing to persevere.

I just hope there are no alien species out there watching this stuff because they will not be able to define the difference between our idea of drama and comedy. They will have no problem kicking the living shit out of us anyway. Lets just hope that the last remaining humans don't use US scifi dramas as the source of ideas to win back the planet.
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she was locked for 3 days
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So many people think Under the Dome is crap and joke about it because they probably haven't watched TV in decades. Let me remind you, good people of tv.com, about plot holes, bad writers and shit characters.

To start with I want to mention LOST - a clusterf*ck of a series where the main concept was to put strangers on an island that perhaps really wasn't an island and the strangers perhaps weren't that strange afterall.

Six seasons of unbeliavably stupid "mysteries" piled ontop of each other until the Tower of Turd became so tall the writers ski-jumped the shark, nuked the fridge and made fool of themselves and the audience.

I tried to like LOST. I re-watched certain key episodes in the hope that I had missed something vital, since everyone else seemed to be hooked on it, but I couldn't. Many episodes were about absolutely nothing and people seemed to be alright with the seemingly random deaths of characters that later showed up anyway in some contrived way.

Many things can be said about Under the Dome. It's certainly not the best written show, the actors are wooden at best and the plots are more often than not laughable. The difference here, compared to LOST, is enjoyment. I am much more entertained by the basic premise and if they sort out the characters then perhaps the actual dome mystery doesn't have to be the central part of the show. Just like the Island in LOST fell into the background so will the Dome.

I can see the writers expanding the plot around the origin of the Dome because Stephen King didn't do that much in the book and my guess is that is why the show is renewed for a second season.

Go ahead, mock UTD as much as you want. It won't stop the entertainment I get from the show. There is a huge room for improvement, but I never expected UTD to be anything other than an entertaining show in the summer. It does its job well.
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At first I started watching the show because I thought it would be cool. ¿Stephen King adaptation, weird-ass dome? Count me in! Then I continued watching because it simply made me laugh. Then laughter turned into cringing. Now I've come to the conclusion that I'm somewhat of a masochist, because I only watch it to get really pissed off. There's hasn't been any other show in the history of television with such an assortment of stupid, irrational, illogical characters. They always make the worst decision/choice possible, even when there's no way they could make a bad choice, they find a way to mess things up and just act stupid. If there's something good about this show is that it makes me realize I would be pretty fine if I ever find myself under a dome...
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Getting DOMEesticated...I hate myself in the morning but feel much better in the afternoon when your review is posted. Now that's good writing!
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More comic-book style ridicule!!! will continue watching this show solely to read these reviews after it :))
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I stopped watching this after the second episode, I should rethink this!
I should meet every week with friends to watch this hilarious experiment of TV-bullcrap, just to laugh about it. And write down every inconsistency.

This seems to be more ridiculous than Sharknado, because it does not even try.
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When you are not watching it after episode 2 why are you still posting in the reviews?
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I stopped watching after Episode 2 too....and I come back to read the reviews ,it reminds me how right I was!
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Because he wants to.
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Was the dome always so close to Julia's house? (the pregnant woman touched it almost right after she walked out of the door) Was it always there? Did I miss it? or is it simply located wherever it is most needed for the lazy writers to make things easier for themselves?
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Yep.....showed it in the first ep
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The TV show is an absolute farce of the book at this point. I disagree with some of the previous commentors: I thought the book was pretty entertaining and solid throughout. It may have been slow in places, but it was very compelling due to King's ability to craft incredibly realistic characters. The whole mess with Angie didn't happened; Junior killed her less than 20 pages in. And none of these problems-of-the-week happened, either, particularly the house being on fire (although there is a much larger fire coming if the show does it right...).

And I'm REALLY not sure what the show is doing with Big Jim's character. Maybe the idea is to make him a gradual villain, a la the Governor in Walking Dead, but it's not working. He was a corrupt politician when the Dome came down and we all know it, so what's the point in making him look like the wounded party?

TL;DR: The book was good and the show is wasting that source material by, well...ignoring it completely.
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Usually I really hate spoilers but I don't care enough about this show to mind.
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This was easily the best episode of the season (which aint sayin much, considering its the 7th ep. in) Tim's review was especially hilarious. I appreciate that he hasn't read the books either so he's just rolling with the pulled punches. Has no one mentioned the hyphenate for dome baby = domeby (dome-bee?)? Please use it with my blessing.
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The book was terrible so I'm skipping the show, but I'm reading the recaps just for the hilarity :-)
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So the baby wasnt due yet when she was born, she came out okay? No incubation required? Did the dome makes the baby grow inside her when she touches it? How many people are having visions?

I had 2 favorite scene this week. 1 is when Big Jim blow up the truck. Someone stole his propane and he wanted it back. Shouldnt he just kill the guy instead? He would have been able to take back the propane! Why blow him up when the truck is full of the things he need? This act of stupidity cracks me up.

2 is the part where the kids talk to the egg like its Siri. i had a WTF moment before going into a laughing fit for a while. Too funny.
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He probably had a lot more propane than the content of that truck. Still, it seems to make more sense to shoot the guy than to blow up the truck. I suppose he wanted it to look like an accident. This doesn't require anything particularly clever at this point, because no one in town has the skills or the time to investigate properly.
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Fact: As bad as it was this was quite likely the best episode so far in this series that, as you say, sadly tends to make folks who haven't read the book run away from ever doing so. That's a mistake since in spite of King never taking an opportunity to make a good story concise the book is entertaining.
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Don't need to watch this crap, it was enough to read your much more interesting summary Tim, thanks much1

That purple thing? Purple Alien?
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I like the idea of a dome suddenly cutting off the town (and cutting in half the cow), and to an extent like how all the impracticalities of something like that happening and giving the show a SLIGHT sense of mystery, but it's going to end horribly. There should be a list of rules when adapting a Stephen King book:

a) Don't.

b) IF you insist, then start by eliminating all the religious nutjobs and freaks in the story -- wouldn't leave many, if any, but still.

c) Hire ALL good actors, or none. Thanks to this show it's going to be hard to take Big Jim seriously as Hank on Sunday's BB season premiere.

d) Don't use any of the dialogue from the book.
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I'm not sure that a cast comprised solely of Emmy and Academy Award winners could make this dialogue anything more than cringeworthy.
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Point a) ... nuff said.
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I only watch this show to read the recaps.
Terrible show
Hilarious recaps
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Awwww, don't let this whack show discourage you from reading the book. I assure you it has like 1 or 2 similarities from the book ONLY. I couldn't continue watching this after maybe the first 2 eps. The book is MUCH better! I've been reading these reviews off and on to see if the story got any better and I'm SO glad I stopped watching!
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The first thing I thought when I saw the sailor is WTF is a navy dude from WW2 doing here.
Stupid Dome, keep up with the times.
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Tim, I found your web site by googling "Ben is the worst actor/ character in the history of television" a couple of weeks ago and have been reading it ever since. It's like an extended version of The Soup with more joke humor. So for all the people that bust on your commentary you should realize there's even more of us new readers. Thanks! BTW- am I the only one that finds it ridiculous that Joe and Norrie can find a 3 foot invisible dome in the middle of the woods without the aid of any measuring or directional instruments?
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Whoa, this episode was not as bad as I thought it would be. It's bad, but it's the best episode so far.

Now come on, pregnant woman water breaking scene wasn't that gross.

The sailor outfit was hilarious. For some reason, it seemed very fake. Funny how Dr Alice was like "Yay! First dome baby! :D" There is nothing cool about that, lady. I also don't get why people act like lunatics and their craziness isn't even related to the Dome itself, so I agree about that too. Also, the rain water! Seriously where did all the rain water go???

The last scene was kinda good because of M83's music. Their awesome song made it tolerable.

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Great review, Tim. There was something about this episode that made it more interesting.
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Nice graphics/ photoshop/ media stuff here Tim!
Compare the best with the worst: LOST season 1 ep 19 or 20 against this episode, whatever the number, or any UtD episode.
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maybe there is an even bigger dome aka a sphere but no one notice it yet, because its surrounds the entire earth
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Maybe there is a yet bigger dome/sphere around the solar system that no one has noticed yet either. :)
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Maybe there is a yet bigger dome/sphere around the milky-way that no one has noticed yet either
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And maybe there's an even ... ah, frak* it ...
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There is no egg dome in the novel. In fact by this point we have strayed pretty dang far from the novel. And I am still sad there is no corgi in the show!
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i thought it was a really great ep. best since ep1.

It's a shame that no one thought to go get all that insulin from the hospital to save her life, but oh well!

it's all gone now, didnt you see the scene a week or two ago when the nurse told the wife it was gone
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Well, Carolyn thought to do it when there was insulin at the clinic, but Alice convinced her not to.

Whether making sure the only person in the town apparently able to deliver a baby (where was Nurse Adams?) stays healthy by giving her insulin that others have, and choosing to sacrifice those other people, is one of those ethical decisions that the show could be focusing on.
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yeah they made some stupid decisions like remember that diabetes kid what had like 10 insuline-bottles at the time when most of the insuline was gone. I think kids have an lower dosage of insuline than adults, they could have taken like 5 bottles and the kid still would be okay for a pretty long time. And there is stuff like diabetes-friendly eating, like eating a little cinamon everyday to lower the bloodsugar or green tea without sugar which helps the bloodsugar too... they good have stretcht the insuline supply for a very long time...
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*could not good
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he means the moment before all of it was gone, when they could have get it all in the outbreak ep
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thats not what it sounds like in the sentence. he says "go get" which is present tense. past tense would be that the "got" it in the outbreak ep.
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and it's correct, because you don't use 2 past tense verbs in one sentence.
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the "thought" indicates past tense
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loved the captions. thats usually something reserved for Syfy originals
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Don't forget the little dome in Joe's pants!!
Ugh sorry you guys.
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Now that one of my favorite parts of this show is gone - good bye Dr. Alice! (This show is really going to miss Samantha Mathis.) Are they sure she is really dead and not just in a high blood sugar diabetic coma because these people are idiots? When lacking insulin to control diabetics with Type 1 do lose consciousness if blood sugar gets too high or too low. And again, she's dying yet still no one is actually checking her glucose levels - ever? They may have run out of insulin but never blood strips.

This episode was less terrible than the rest...?..Maybe.?.......? No it wasn't, it really really wasn't....

Is this show going to improve next week when they find out that Natalie Zea is also trapped under the dome?
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I laugh when people criticize the characters for not worrying about the dome... Reminds me of a certain island where the characters didn't care that strange things were happening. Lost was no better than this, we were all fooled into believing it.

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Please don't compare Lost to this piece of turd .. thx.
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A turd is a turd, even if it's on an island.
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LOST was freaking amazing, and they did care idiot. Did you even watch it?
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Please explain in what way LOST was "amazing" and not a pile of stinking turd on a beach toilet.
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Interesting mysteries, good dialogue, cohesive storytelling, amazing characters, very few filler episodes, complex romances ... I haven't watched it in a while, but im sure I can come up with a few more reasons on why Lost was not a turd. Actually, it was pretty awesome tv for 6 years.
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I'm sorry but you're remembering it through rose-tinted glasses. The filler episodes were _plenty_, and I'm not just saying that because I never liked the show, it's the truth.

The so-called "interesting mysteries" you speak of were mostly red herrngs leading nowhere and only served to annoy and mislead the audience, I can give you plenty of relevant examples but I doubt you as an obvious fanboy will comprehend it.

As josepD said, it was done with more style and better acting. The rest was as silly and misleading as Dome.
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Interesting mysteries... Without a proper explanation. And characters who one day are leading the flock and then decide to detonate an atomic bomb for some far-fetched theory. It WAS as stupid as the Dome, only with a lot more style, that's all. And to those who call other people idiots for their opinions, you really describe yourselves with your words.
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I think the difference between those two shows is that the dome is much more tangible than whatever went on, on the island. On lost at first it was more a quest for the people to survive and find a way to get off the island, then gradually the people discovered what was going on and the show became about that. Also Lost didn't overplay interpersonal dramas as much. The Dome however seems to try to mimic lost in that it's more about the people than the dome. The problem is that none of the interpersonal drama is interesting and when people flat out ignores the dome that is right there in front of them then it becomes stupid.
With the exception of the badly acted birth the episode did have a few improvements this episode as Tim pointed out. The show got some soul and we got more dome mystery.
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LOST was awesome. please leave. :)
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You don't really mean that I hope. All the talk about everything can be explained, there's nothing supernatural going on and then they freakin' TIME TRAVEL on the island?!

And the finale, don't get me started on that one...
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yes i do mean it. it was awesome. no, not everything was explained, but the finale was awesome. i guess you just didnt get it. i bet you are one of the people that think everyone was dead the whole time...which is NOT true. there's even an interview out there with DL wherehe tells the interviewer that.
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Really, this thing about people who don't like the finale not getting it... We know, they were in a Limbo waiting for the others to die, we are not so thick... But this ending could have happened to a bunch of characters working in a supermarket who then died, the limbo thing had nothing to do with the island, they were just reliving their memories in their own strange way. Ohh but you're so clever.
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I'm sure there is an interview somewhere (I know because I saw it) where DL says everything can be explained, it's "science" and yadda yadda. Just to keep things going, milk the stupid audience falling for the shenanigans they made up all sorts of stupid plot arcs. Time-travel? Check. Weird scientists? Check.

Saying the finale was "awesome" is the same as saying "yeah, it was totally obvious from the very beginning but I don't care because I wasted six seasons to watch this and I felt obliged to follow it to the end". No, it was anything but awesome. It was contrived and made absolutely no sense at all, other than tying the knots together quickly because they were running out of steam and ideas.

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When Alice said to Harriet that "you're going to have the first baby born inside the dome", I swear I could hear the baby from inside the womb-dome going: "NOOOOOO! NOOOO-HOOOOO!"

Excellent review, by the way. Absolutely hilarious.
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those things that lit up at the end made me think to myself it had something to do with the "pink stars" that they keep repeating when having seizures .
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yeah maybe. good thought
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This was hysterical. I haven't watched the episode yet, (because seriously, I'm not rushing home to see it) but this review makes me want to see it now! It doesn't sound quite as terrible as previous episodes. Anything to do with the dome being a nice helpful owner/god/Sims player is fine by me. I hope the Dome doesn't turn out to be a metaphor for "God" though, cos that would be shite. I'm hoping for alien who wanted some pets to look after.
Really don't get the hate for your reviews, TIm. They're brilliant. I should really stop reading them in the library because its so hard not to laugh out loud. (Because they're actually funny as opposed to trying desperately to by funny but coming across as stupid, like some other reviewer whose name we wont mention). Good job!
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I hate dome lovers....
It is what it is, a show that has been written so stupidly i still wonder why people watch.
I stopped watching after the 3rd episode and only read Tim's wonderful reviews
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