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Under the Dome S02E07: "Going Home"


Hi, Under the Dome fans (are those a real thing?)! Tim is currently out in the wilderness building a dome out of broken bottles and bubblegum so he can properly research the effects of caterpillar plagues, blood rain, and rappelling into Dome-built tunnels on one's psyche. Talk about commitment to his art! Unfortunately, his absence means that we're covering the show a little differently this week, with Jen and I filling in to try and make sense of "Going Home."

The first thing you should know is that pretty much everything I know about Under the Dome, I learned from Tim's reviews; until "Going Home," I'd never watched a single episode. So I knew right from the start that I was going to have plenty of questions. And now that I've seen the episode, I have even more questions—most notably, "How the hell does Tim watch this show every week?" And "How did Dean Norris go from playing Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad to playing a guy who thinks a dome—A DOME—wants him to do stuff?" And finally, "How is this a real show?" But we'll have to ponder those some other time, because right now we have plenty to discuss that's specific to "Going Home." Let's get to it! 

KAITLIN: Okay, so apparently Sam died last week after jumping off a cliff in the tunnels, and now Barbie wants to prove that Sam killed Angie by showing the people of Chester's Mill the scratches she left on him when he whacked her. Sure, that makes total sense, since it's not like Sam would've gotten scratched up when he FELL TO HIS DOOM, but whatever. The more important question is, "Why did Barbie think he'd be able to find Sam's body at all, given that he saw Sam disappear in to the Darkness but didn't hear him go splat?" This is a show that birthed a lady from a lake, right? If the tunnels appeared out of nowhere just like the Dome did, wouldn't they be equally weird and not conform to normal tunnel standards?


JEN: Basically the first thing to understand about this show is that you have to ignore questions like, "Why can we assume that this tunnel—which was dug by the Dome, as Joe so helpfully suggested—conforms to normal tunnel standards?" and "Why was Rebecca the Science Teacher so surprised that her compass went all wacky even though the Dome's been magnetic since the season  premiere?" and "If it's a really long tunnel, why is it so odd that a laser pointer doesn't reach the other side?" and "How the hell did Julia and Rebecca the Science Teacher possibly hold on to Barbie for as long as they did?" Logic has no place here. 

But anyway, yeah, Sam jumped last week after admitting that he killed Angie, and Barbie was determined to retrieve Sam's body because the only way that people would believe Sam was a killer was if they saw the scratches that Angie clawed into him. But as we now know, Barbie won't be finding Sam's body, because Sam is alive! And so is Barbie! And they're both out from under the Dome!


KAITLIN: Don't forget there's a third person who made it out from under the Dome! When I heard that Lyle was out in the "real world," I was really hoping we'd learn that he was hiding his true identity by masquerading as a country singer named Dwight Yoakam. So I was kind of bummed to discover that he was just sitting in a room at the psychiatric hospital repeating the name Melanie over and over and over again. Definitely a missed opportunity.

But going back to Barbie, I guess I don't really understand any of his intentions. Whether he loves Julia or not, the Dome is full of unexplained dust storms, zombie Dome Girls, Rebecca the Science Teacher's dangerous pig flu experiments, and who knows what else. Plus, Julia doesn't even seem that cool or smart! Is she really the only reason he wants to go back? 

I'm also hella confused about the role his father plays in all this. Are we supposed to know who he is? 

JEN: This was the first time we've met Barbie's father, so you're not really behind on that front. In fact, I think it was also the first time time we really learned anything about whatever dirty deeds Barbie was up to prior to the Dome coming down and trapping him in Chester's Mill—all that stuff about the job he was supposed to do regarding Aktaion Energy so he and his thug pals could clear a lot of cash. For the record, I thought it was pretty boring and I don't understand why we're supposed to care. 

Since you mentioned Lyle, I guess we now know that he's always been certifiable, but also that he's been receiving postcards from Pauline the Presumed Dead Dome Predictor for years, so maybe we shouldn't be to hard on him? And by the way, Melanie is Dome Girl, a.k.a. the previously dead lady who came out of the lake. So the mystery of how everything is connected rolls on!


KAITLIN: What about the mystery of WTF is up with Dome Girl and that egg? I mean, "Did the egg do anything else last night?" "Not since it showed us the obelisk from Zenith." Is the dialogue always like this? 

JEN: I think it was Norrie and not Dome Girl who uttered that gem of an inquiry, but it doesn't really matter. The point is that the egg is all antsy about the obelisk in Zenith, Zenith is the hometown of both Dome Girl and Barbie, and, as Norrie was quick to point out, "It has to mean something!" So yeah, the dialogue is always like this. It's actually been getting progressively worse.

KAITLIN: Yikes. The more I try to understand Under the Dome, the I more confused I get. It's like the Dome rounded up the dumbest people within a 500-mile radius and quarantined them in Chester's Mill. Did anyone ever think that might be the reason this is happening? The people who got out of the Dome in "Going Home" don't seem to have any real agenda, so what was the point of the episode?

JEN: Gotta keep that New Character Pipeline open, Kaitlin! But you're right, in the end, not very much actually happened. We learned that Dome Girl and Barbie are both from Zenith, that there's a significant obelisk in Zenith, and that Zenith is connected to Chester's Mill via a subterranean tunnel of indeterminate length and gravitational tendencies. Lyle, Sam, and Barbie are currently there, as is Big Jim's presumed-dead wife Pauline. Sam and Pauline have so much to talk about; all Lyle does these days is eat, sleep, and say "Melanie," and Barbie wants his dad to help him get back to the Dome and the woman whose husband he murdered less than a month ago. That's pretty much everything, right? Commenters: What'd we miss?



ADDEN-DOMES

– How creepy was Big Jim when he was talking to Rebecca the Science Teacher about Barbie? "I didn't want to to wait [to have a memorial], given Barbie's importance to this town. I'm sad that he's gone. I know at times we may have been enemies, but often he was the only thing standing between this town and disaster. It's a real loss for everyone. And now it's time for all of us to come together." Also, remember how Barbie wasn't even part of Chester's Mill before the Dome came down, a mere 17 days ago according to the news billboard in Zenith? 

– Sam's hand is shaky, so he might not be as "okay" as he looks. 

– No Ben this week. Come back, Ben!

– Joe thinks the Dome dug the tunnel because it's part of the Dome's plan. 

– LOL at how Barbie's dad could tell that the reason Barbie wants to go back to the Dome, to "risk everything" is that "there's a woman inside." 

– How far away from Chester's Mill is Zenith supposed to be? Do we know? When Barbie fell through that tunnel, we kind of wanted him to end up in China.

– So Pauline is in a locked ward and that's why Sam needed an escort to visit her, but then escort just gave him a thumbs-up and took off? And Pauline was teaching an art class all by herself without any hospital personnel in sight? And then Pauline and Sam were allowed to just take an unsupervised stroll around the campus? 

– Sam to Pauline: "How come you didn't tell me you were going to fake your own death?" Pauline to Sam: "I knew the Dome was going to come down even if Big Jim said I was crazy."

– It's a good thing Joe was president of the school robotics club, otherwise he wouldn't've been able to hook up a drone-bot to a Microsoft Surface and identify the shadow of a playground slide!

– Barbie's backstory is super boring. Why are we supposed to care about his rocky relationship with his dad? Everything Mr. Barbie did "in business," all the strings he pulled—it was all for their family! Snore.

– In case you've forgotten, the Dome coming down was "arguably the most significant event in history." How'd you like that weird expository monologue from Mr. Barbie? "The whole world is watching! The National Guard has established a 10-mile, no-go zone around the perimeter, and the other half of that is a bombed-out wasteland!"


What'd you think of "Going Home"?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 9/10/2015

Season 3 : Episode 13

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A thing you missed: Barbie finds rappel apparels and a miner hat in a town without any hill or bump in the ground over knee-height and no caves or mining activity whatsoever.
Chestermillians are people prepared for everything, it seems. I guess that in next episodes Science Teacher would have a hot air ballon stashed under her bed and Julia a surfboard, just in case the lake starts having big waves.
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can someone PLEASE explain to me why the first thing Sam and Barbie dont do is to let everybody inside the dome know how to get out?!!

I mean my first instinct would be to go over to the damn dome and hold up a sign telling people to fetch julia and rebecca and they'd know what happened and explain it to the people that there is a way out!!

this show is so stupid, yet I can't stop watching it just cause I wanna know where the dome came from. I pity myself.
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WHAT THE F IS WRONG WITH REBECCA THE SCIENTIST'S VOICE? EVERYTHING SHE SAYS SYOUNDS LYIKE THYIS.
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Watch the 5th season of a show called Misfits and you'll see her speaking in her "native" tongue. She's an English actress that's trying to put on an American accent (and failing horribly)
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It doesn't even sound like that, though. Usually English people who aren't good at the American accent just sound like a hybrid. She seriously just puts Ys all over the place where they don't belong. Lyistenying tyo hyer myakes mye waynt tyo scryeaaam! LOL!
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Wouldn't it be easier for Barbie to just cut the end of the rope below him, from where he was being pulled from, instead of cutting the end above him?
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I really don't understand all the people that post stuff here about how horrible Under the Dome is.

If it's so bad, why do you keep watching it?
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Because it's so cheesy & there is something about under the dome that make you want to watch it every week. Season 1 was good but just waiting for season 2 to get better.
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I finally figured it out the Dome is a reality TV show shown in everywhere where their are 500 residents locked in a Dome acting dumb bingo LOL
I am not bothered about Barbie backstory and I think if this show had gone the route of subterranean tremor in that abyss eating people alive it would of being a better explanation then this Lost idea.

I love Jim vigils plenty of candles handy I am sure people in the bars are pissing themselves laughing. I was more interested in the cafe menu amazing for a town on limited supplies they have a full menu, So what happens now we gone the science route instead of horror sorry comedy.
The show needs to kill off major characters ideas that the people on the outside turn the power off and they all suffocate or play some cheeky girls and then a mass suicide LOL
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So, hang on, the ole Cave Crew have finally figured out that cliff drop = freedom from domeville, but they want to wait to see if Barbie will crawl back under the dome rather than jump into freedom and get the hell out of there? great decision, gang.
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But then all the unbearable tension was broken with a little Microsoft Surface ad break again. Pfffeeewww!

Notice how the news tile near the thumb doesn't even have The Dome in it's main headlines?
The fact that 'Wireless Costs Rise' is apparently much bigger news, no matter what Barbie's father says.

Just disregarding the fact that THEY DON'T HAVE ANY INTERNET CONNECTION ANYMORE TO FETCH THE NEWS!




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Do I need to see a doctor about the fact that I laughed out loud at the following harrowingly emotional and original scene?
(Julia's husky raw cry is still ringin' in my ears)









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In my professional opinion, you are in perfect health. --Jen
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Was this take 259 for this scene? Did the director have to cut the actors' laugh-muscles to be able to film them keeping a straight face while saying this?

Best. Dialogue. Ever.





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Under the Dome is significantly better in season 2.
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Significantly better than Ebola, perhaps.
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New virus causes exploding heads from nonsense LOL
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you forgot to mention the red door in the painting & in barbies dads land.

i thought it was so dumb they were walking through the lawn/forest at night...i guess it was all to reveal the red door (that probably leads back to Dome-town somehow). where were they walking anyway?

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yeah ,that was so dumb

LOL at how Barbie's dad could tell that the reason Barbie wants to go back to the Dome, to "risk everything" is that "there's a woman inside.

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Dumb and dumber. Weird and weirder this UTD. Hank should just return to Breaking Bad. At least he was a real BAD ass there!
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he can't, it's over. maybe he'll end up in better call saul somehow. hah
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she's not a patient dummies, she's teaching the patients

So Pauline is in a locked ward and that's why Sam needed an escort to visit her, but then escort just gave him a thumbs-up and took off? And Pauline was teaching an art class all by herself without any hospital personnel in sight? And then Pauline and Sam were allowed to just take an unsupervised stroll around the campus?
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I don't think Pauline is in the hospital. She just teaches art to those that are there. She didn't look like a patient to me but when Sam got there, they wanted us to think that.
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"I don't think Pauline is in the hospital. She just teaches art to those that are there."

Yes, and that's probably the funniest thing to happen in the show. Or in any show, ever.

I mean, come on:

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mmm angie, u will be missed. killed the hottest chick on the show....FOR SHAME!
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Same thought with you.
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The funny thing(or one of the funny things) about this ep is that all the characters that 'jumped' out of the Dome are living within walking proximity of the playground where Barbie landed. Like really?! They couldnt even bother to make it seems like Barbie walked for days before they showed Sam/Pauline/Lyle.. Really lazy/rushed writing and editing here..
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As much as I love and respect Kaitlin and Jen, I just have to say, don't give up your day jobs lovely ladies. I don't watch this anymore--for obvious reasons--and I was actually kind of tired of Tim making fun of retards, so I'm completely weened now. Thank you ladies for making that so. See you on the other side.
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I just need to know: Is anyone actually taking this show seriously anymore? Are we all hate watching this?

I really did enjoy the book and had high hopes when I learned Stephen King would write the first episode this season, but even he couldn't guide this runaway crazy train.


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Non of SK books translate good into movies/ series/ miniseries. I just finished reading The Shining (after reading Doctor Sleep) and I realise how different the Stanley Kubrick movie is. Though the movie on its own its pretty good!
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Responding to KellyHiggins2 last comment: Have you read the two books you mentioned? If I understood right, The Shining its about external forces in the Overlook hotel somehow disguise as previous hotel´s guest (or something like that) taking over peoples minds, in this case a drunken father. The goal is to get the boy Danny Torrance who has a strong shining power and use him for their own benefit. The sequel Doctor Sleep, when Danny is adult, is similar, but I don't won't to give away spoilers.
Under The Dome it´s about some external force, The Dome, which its never reveal in the book if they are Aliens forces behind, or not, though it seems so. The Dome has strong influences in all the people living for just few days inside it causing them to behave in extreme ways, doing things that they may not normally do if The Dome didm´t exist. So The Dome Its the external force influencing behaviour in all the people.
Anyway, in both cases, the stories of the books are quiet different from the movie and TV show. So let´s hope nobody is going to film Doctor Sleep, because it was a good book.
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Well, my point was that the overlook lodge in shining could not in of itself hurt you but it could exploit weaknesses in certain people and make them into its tools of violence. But even when they were killing, they didn't possess any special powers. The force wanted Danny to give it power but it also was afraid of him. The dome doesn't exert any such influence over its captives. Jr. has just crossed the line from violent sociopath to full-blown psychopathic murderer. Without the dome, his murder would have been quickly discovered and he would have been captured. Big Jim is the other kind of sociopath. The kind that doesn't kill for fun but would kill anybody who stood in his way without the slightest trace of emotion. They're both true sociopaths and have no empathy for anybody, even each other. Big Jim has realized that between the Sheriff and Julia, both of whom were totally un-corruptable and on to Jim's meth operation, he is about to go down big time. He's a super super religious end-of-days kind of guy so when the dome comes down he takes it as a sign from God that he has to step-up and lead the town (he was never the Mayor). Now he does start to kill! So you have got 2 people who think they are about to be nailed for their actions suddenly get a reprieve from the dome. Not you have created two monsters and other than the car/plane crashes when it first fell, none of the dangers ever faced under the dome are ever caused by anything other than Jr.'s desire to murder and his dad's desire to step up and rule like a tyrant. The dome doesn't make the people act differently. In fact, people stay rather calm. Barbie and Julie help to keep the calm and there are no shortages or other problems facing them. They even have phone and internet connections. Big Jim creates chaos and riots to further his Armageddon dreams.
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Oh yes, they do have power. I am talking about The Shining, something that gets clearer in Doctor Sleep. About Under the Dome, I only saw the first season and I could not get to watch it anymore. I only enjoy the reviews from Tim. So I am not really an experto on the show, though I did read the book, which it´s different from the TV show.
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SK hated Kubrck's version and the changes Kubrick made were trivial compared to what they've done to the dome. I would say 'odd' that he should actively participate in this murder of his own work except I think the SK is secretly in love with movies/TV and wishes he could be an actor instead of an author. If you'd let him make a few cameo appearances, as he does in dome, he'll let you use his original manuscript as toilet paper, which they are doing. The book The Shining, is a master-work or written horror but Kubrick's movie is also a master-work of visual horror and his changes to the book were appropriate and necessary.
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Some terrible stuff came from his work (Running man, Under the dome), but there are also a lot of good things (I love Shining, Christine, Misery, Needful things, The dead zone, The green mile, about half of the Nightmare & dreamscape TV show, just to name a few).
What's interesting to me is that, good or bad, they often differ greatly from the original material. Haven and Under the dome are barely related to their respective sources, the Running man is a travesty of a great book, etc.
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I haven't read SK books in a very long time. What has bothered me the most of all the movies I've watched based on a SK book I had previously read was how they either missed or downplayed the significant element of evil that drove characters and events in the books.
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The Shining and Under the Dome are two SK books where the real physical danger to the characters does not come from the outside evil, like the monster in IT or Kujo, but from a person/people who go insane and become the monsters in situations where outside help is not available to stop them. A family snowed in in a luxury hotel and dad goes psycho. A small town trapped under a dome and the community's leader and one of its deputies become full-blown psycho killers. They're actually similar stories.
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We tried.. but every ep was worst than the previous ones(How is it even possible right?) that eventually we gave up..
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Does anyone take Sharkanado seriously?
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...but Sharknado knows its Sharknado. I want to believe these writers/actors are self-aware... but... I just don't know.
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no, nobody takes this show seriously - and they shouldn't - it's crap.
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Barbie's 25 years old and just got out of the Army. Julia is 43 years old and kind of a confirmed spinster. TV shows and movies based on books can definitely change the books all around and possibly produce a better version of the book, or at least one that is better than to read. Almost any legal thriller has some significant changes from the original book but they do improve the movie. Seriously, read the book here. Despite the giant extra-terrestrial dome over the place, UTD, the book, has almost no other supernatural events in it. It does have 2 100% real psychopaths in the population that everyone's trapped with (spoiler, they're both named Rennie) but other than that, there are no other real threats to the population. Hell, the whole story plays out in only 6 days.
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he's at least 35 in the show.
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how do you tell their age? was it mentioned before?
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It is right in the book beginning. Barbie is kind of a shell shocked Gulf War vet who's just gotten out of the Army as a Lieutenant and is living like a vagabond and working as a fry cook at the cafe. Most military officers get commissioned right out of college (22 yrs.) and a basic hitch is 4 yes. If he'd stayed longer than 4, he'd have left as a Cptain. So he's 26. Jr. is about 21 and just got expelled from college for anger mgt. Issues. They're close in age and Angie had the hots for Barbie, leading to Jr. hate him and get dad to chase Barbie out of town . Jr.'s first action thereafter is to go confront Angie and brutally beat her to death. He doesn't chain her in a bomb shelter he stashes her corpse in a pantry. He does go back to "visit" her though because Jr.'s both a psychopath and a necrophiliac! Julia is the 43 y.o., 4th generation owner of the paper. Never had a serious relationship with anything but news. She does hook up w/Barbie toward the end. This is one of King's darkest tales.
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Now there we are in the same area as always: the series is not like the book. Do not take the data of the book as a basis for the series. You are making a BIG mistake. Barbie and Julia in this series are not that different of age. Both are somewhere around 35, like they are in real live.

If you would like to say different, please prove it other then mentioning a book as this is a tv series.
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@KellyHiggins You're still falling in an obvious trap: you're taking the knowledge from both sources that fit's best how you feel would fit the series. But for the series you can only take the knowledge the series gave us and you can't fill in holes with knowledge from the books as the series so deviates from the book.
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But the people who only complain about the show, might find that some things do make sense if the prope background, from the book. Julia seemed to just blow off the fact that he husband was killed at the beginning, abd Barbie, the killer, stepped up and became a leader in the community. Their behavior makes no sense in the show but makes perfect sense if Julia never had a husband to mourn. Barbie does not act like a reformed hit man but it's exactly like a young former army officer. See what I mean? You're welcome to change/invent backstories not in the book, but then you have to adjust charachter's personalities to the new background.
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Ah thanks! Obviously i didnt read the book and i thought the age was mentioned in the show and couldnt remember which ep it was...

From what you mentioned, the network really alter the storyline quite a bit.
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Yea, this wasn't just a tweek here and there or a minor omission. This would be like adapting Misery into a sitcom starring Rosie O'Donnel and Wayne Rogers as a whacky couple who just get on each other's nerves but can't seem to stay away from each other.
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I like this show I always have but I would have loved it to be so much darker, now from reading your post they should have stayed true to larger portions of the book and made this show as dark or even darker that the book.
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Read the book! It's not one of his giant long ones and it doesn't have 50 characters on 20 different story lines at once.
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The show should have Barbie focus episodes more often I like this show and I liked this episode.
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"How the hell does Tim watch this show every week?"

once you go Dome, you'll never go home! you're now one of us. ONE OF US!

gooble gabble
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The reviewer had never seen an episode until this one. That sort of tells you that she had no interest in the show from the beginning. She supplemented her lack of background by reading Tim's reviews. Oh Great.
The Dome is improving and better than some of the other recent or current genre shows like Revolution or Falling Skies.
I actually liked the current episode featuring life outside of the Dome.
The scene with Big Jim and the science teacher had some tension. I'd like to see more of that.
Bottom line. Not a great genre show but competitive with other Summer series.

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If that's your comparison level (Revolution and Falling Skies) two shows that are utter crap in and of themselves, no wonder you think Dome is getting better.

I agree the dome is better cause unlike the other two, most of the time it isn't "boring". But that's sort of like the joke about the guy who was asked to give a compliment to his boss and said: "Well, compared to Stalin, you are not THAT bad"

This show is the embodiment of stupidity. This town went from wanting to publicly hang Barbie to making him Sheriff and mourn his death as the town's savior in less than a week.

Without even bothering to question his guilt or innocence in any of the charges he was accused (killing Max, shooting Julia, killing radio girl etc). Seriously, none of that was ever brought up.
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I won't disagree with anyone who thinks Dome is frequently dumb, disjointed and a huge disappointment.
Part of the reason I am still watching is to compare the storyline with the book. Obviously it diverted from the novel quickly so I want to see how the the TV version ends, especially since Stephen King is associated with this version in some capacity.
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Real Bottom Line: Under the Domes sucks sooooooo bad it's laughable. I don't blame anyone who is smart enough not to watch this show.
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Unfortunately I am not smart enough to walk away... yet.
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If one did escape the Dome ("arguably the most significant event in history") then the authorities would find you pretty damn quick... because 'lobotomy by TV Show' has been banned since 'Here's Lucy"... ("Bloodlines" tried, was caught by fans and was punished by cancelation) ;-).
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Zenith? More like nadir.

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Everything with Abed is so good!
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Smarty boots...
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They seem to be pushing the "#DOMEtruth" and hounds of Diana (@ and .com) more now. So far not much has appeared, just a few phone vids and flavor posts.
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Just like in and around the dome.
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So my theory... since the show has gone off the rails and isn't following the source material that much anyway...

The Dome is ultimately protecting them. That the energy company is going to do something (possibly accidentally) that will end all life on Earth... except for what's under the dome.

Perhaps Barbie's friends will be responsible. Perhaps the energy company is capable of such a bungle on their own.
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if those people are the only ones who will survive... doesnt look good for the world
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Sometimes, I think that the writers of this show are all living in one of those geodesic dome homes in Denver and live next door to one of those NEW shops that are all the rage in Colorado.



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But then they might come up with something good! I think the writers are trapped under a dome that somebody forgot to poke holes in, so they're all dying of hypoxia.
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I miss the regularly scheduled review from Tim. Not fun to read when Kaitlin spends most of the review attempting to figure out what has gone on and what the Dome norms are before she can figure out what actually happened in the episode. Not her fault really, hard to blame her for not watching this show.

Also, Jen, you missed the fact that we learned a few episodes ago that Barbie and Melanie are both from Zenith.
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Oops, sorry about that. I forgot how frequently this show repeats itself.

Tim will be back by the 8/25 episode, he's just on vacation! Until then, you have to deal with us. ;)
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He needed the time of now his daughter can handle it :-)

But as you know, he is dearly missed by the readers of his reviews (and some of the viewers of the show).
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Pfft, vacation. Why would you go on vacation during Under the Dome's airing period. Actually, a better question would be why wouldn't you go on holiday for the whole 13 weeks of Under the Dome's airing period?
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After reading The Dome and hearing that a TV series was to be made I wondered how it would be done? Apparently the TV show's writers had no clue either. Not that I minded the extreme deviation from the book, but there should be characters we invest in as well as don't care for and hate. In this version Junior is as good as Julia Shumway which is to say, "not". The dialogue is at times so trite it makes Heroes look like War of the Worlds. Yet I still watch???
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sure! but only if you come read the reviews after watching.. its really much more fun that way.
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I think the only thing they stayed true to the book with is that Julia drives a Prius.
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"And now that I've seen the episode, I have even more questions—most notably, "How the hell does Tim watch this show every week?" And "How did Dean Norris go from playing Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad to playing a guy who thinks a dome—A DOME—wants him to do stuff?" And finally, "How is this a real show?""

Easy, the answer to all of these questions is the same: "DOME!!!"
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Dome, dome dome dome dome, DOME!
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(on the tune of "The imperial march")
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DOME 4-EVA
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Oh no, not another 29 season's .........
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Dome? Where's the fucking cake?
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How is Barbie planning to get back into the dome? Or is he just planning to go there and tell everyone to jump into the cave-pit thing so they can end up in Zenith too?
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the portal will be close soon , otherwise this show is over if they all got out of the dome
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the latter
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We didn't cover this in the review, but we didn't see anyone fall out of the sky or whatever as far as I can tell. Barbie just woke up on the ground, and Sam and Lyle were already in Zenith. So, people falling down a big tunnel hole just... what? Land at that playground in Zenith? And now it sounds like Mr. Barbie is just going to help his son get back to the Dome somehow, but on the outside? The tunnel seems like a one-way street so far, but I'd almost like to see the people in Zenith put like a ladder to the sky or something ridiculous like that. Probably the show will just never mention the tunnel/portal/whatever for a while, that'd be my guess. @Uma I suspect the message he wants to deliver to someone on the inside (Julia) is that yeah, they can get out via that tunnel. @SebastienShe What if the tunnel just disappears now? Joe is gonna have a field day with that one! The Dome giveth and the Dome taketh away!
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If Barbie would go to the authorities and tell them there is a way out of Chester's Mill, he would probably be allowed to go to the dome (or somebody they would trust would do it) and hold a paper to the dome mentioning: jump down the hole/pit/portal/whatever.

But that would be to easy wouldn't it.
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only jebus can save them now
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Did you miss the mysterious Red Door at the end? Pauline the undead mom of Junior had done one of her famous 6-year-old-finger-paintings of a red door partially ajar, and then we saw an actual red door partially covered in foliage somewhere in Zenith. Assuming somehow that is the portal back. Not that it makes sense, just obviously where the plot (is that a thing in UtD?) is heading. Hope you enjoy the next few episodes.
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Right, right, the door. Maybe you can only fall into or out of the Dome. Maybe the door is the entrance to the other half of a set of two different one-way "tunnels" that you just drop into.

Don't knock Pauline's art, man, I'm totes gonna buy it for my living room. Or, you know, ask my cat to paint a replica...

And yes @Rolamb that *would* be too easy!
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Kaitlin you did the best with this episode you could. This is the best comedy of the summer but the episode plain sucked. Next time leave logic alone ;)

Jen: You did a great science teacher parody. Just remember this show is soo bad it's good, lower those expectations. ;)


Yes big Jim was over the top creepy I wished the science techer has a stun gun, she's a modern woman.
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Thanks! I just can't get over the dialogue at this point. Hilarious.
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This show is going to get renewed and I'm going to have to watch at least another season of this crap, huh?
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Mi reaction when I saw that Tim didn't write the review:
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You can take that up with him.
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how could anyone go on holidays while the dome is on?
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To be clear, It was my reaction before even reading the review..
I think you both did well..
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I was being serious! You ask him when he's coming back. My brain can only take so much stupid.
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If only he'd read his pm's
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You did good!! That episode episode was shit and lacked the comedic moments we are used to.
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Kaitllin, I think you and Jen did a great job, based on the quality of material you had to work with!
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OMG and we have to do it again one more time next week. Come back from vacation, Tim!

Kaitlin was a true newbie going in to this episode, but I confess I'm gonna watch the rest of the season no matter what. Though I do prefer to edit Tim's reviews than to write about the show myself. Damn Dome.
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We do appreciate and acknowledge your sense of humour as this is the best comedy of the summer.
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it was a bit nonsensical before, now it really is!!!
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My take on Pauline is that she works at the institution, if you can call what she does a job. She teaches art to mental patients because they're the only people who want to be able to paint like her. We first saw her three days ago and she wasn't in the institution then.
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Correct. The reviewer missed that point.
Pauline is teaching "inmates".

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Ha, okay, that was completely lost on me. Makes sense, but after all the stuff about her predictive journal and "any sane person wouldn't believe her" I assumed she was supposed to be crazy. Now it's coming together in my head that she just happens to work in a mental hospital after faking her own death. Did something about this show just make sense? MIND BLOWN
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i miss tim
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He'll be back as soon as Mr. Barbie helps him RISK EVERYTHING to return from his vacation to the Dome!
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my head itches after watching that episode. Is there really only 2 more episodes of this left? I don't know why, but i like torturing myself by watching this show.
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"I have even more questions—most notably, "How the hell does Tim watch this show every week?" -- We all both pity and admire Tim's risking his sanity to bring us hilarious UtD reviews every week - glad to see his replacements this week were up to that unenviable task as well.
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That's funny...I weirdly was thinking this episode didn't dumb me down as much as it usually does, but reading this review...apparently my standards are down to nil here. Honestly, I watch Teen Wolf when this is on so this was my show to watch so I don't have to watch ABC Family commercials.

Hey, what was that thing in Barbie's yard? Was anyone else feeling vague feelings of "We have to go back!!


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Yes it was just missing the bottle of booze.
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Even Barbie's dad is that dude from Lost! There has been so many Lost references in this show I've lost count.
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Great recap! It's quite comforting to see newbies to the show pointing out the same ridiculous plots/behaviours/script issues that the rest of us regulars see every week.

Proof that it's not "just me" and that I'm not going mad.

Yet.
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Not only does this show get dumber it also gets more silly and uninteresting all the time. The main storyline "stuck in a dome how do we get out" was both kind of actually interesting and also ENOUGH to create a tv-show around. They did not need to add any of all this other stuff they jsut have been piling on, neither the stupid conflicts between people and all the murders or all the "mysterious" shit with Juniors mother and her friends with psychics and prophecies and ghosts and whatever. Also, by what physics can you fall down in a hole under ground level a town and land in another town on ground level? On the same planet? Did the fall into a wormhole or another dimension or teleport or what? Sure, the dome itself does not follow the established laws of physics of reality either but atleast almost, and it atleast followed it's own set of rules.

I lost interest now these last episodes. Dumb and boring.
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Great recap. I'll bet Tim has been dome-tained for his own safety pending assessment. There's only so much Dome one man can take.... He'll be back here via a mysterious tunnel perhaps, if he doesn't end up mocking the spinoff "Somewhere Over the Obelisk"!
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It's true, we're saying he's "on vacation" but really he's cooped up like Lyle in a mental ward. All he does is eat, sleep, and say "DOME" ... hopefully he'll recover soon.
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Apparently they think the average viewer's attention span is just over 30 seconds. Did you realise how the charakters keep reminding the audience (preferably via horribly artificial explanantions) of where the characters are and why they're doing whatever stupid thing they're doing?

But other than the usual bad writing and acting this episode was almost watchable. Lot's of stuff happening, so that was kinda fun. Under these circumstances I'm not sure why they didn't cut the Big Jim scenes altogether because they were really boring and slowing things down (can anyone explain to me reeeal slow what on earth motivates Big Jims acions these days?)

My favourite parts this week:

* Barbie running off to get Sam's body saying the scratches on his shoulder were the only "real evidence" for Angie's murder.

* Rebecca the great scientist teacher seeing her compass spinning: "It says we're facing every direction at once!" LOL

* The darkness "getting closer" to Barbie and Julia screaming when he fell.

* Rebecca crying when Big Jim was being real mean to her.

* Joe and Norrie talking about the tunnel ("Something doesn't add up." - "Does anything add up anymore?") and asking the question that always keeps UtD moving when the storyline of the week reaches a dead end or the writers simply can't come up with something interesting for the characters to do: "Where did it come from? And why is it here?"

* Joe's speech when finding out that Barbie's dead: "I lived in Chester's Mill my entire live and the basement beneath the school has always just been... a basement. And now a tunnel appears? What if the dome dug it?" And of course in Joes logic that meant it was all the Dome's plan and Barbie's still alive. Joe, you've convinced me!

* Juniors psychic mom's teaching the art therapy programme. (Oh, and of course her brilliant plan to try saving Jim, Junior and the town of Chester's Mill by getting another city trapped.)
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One more: Angie loved that Los Angeles snow globe, man! And she's never coming back. Leading into that convo that Joe and Norrie had that you mentioned... he's not at peace with Angie's death, but he has to accept it! How deep that a snow globe with a city inside it "got me thinking about the Dome."
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Haha, yeah that was pure gold!

I also forgot to mention Melanie waking up next to Junior saying that she must have fallen asleep (Duh!) and acting like Junior staying up to "protect them" was like super heroic or something.

Oh AND the line that somehow got cut off from my post: "Did the egg do anything else tonight?" Junior actually cared to answer.
I really wonder if no one in charge does look over the scripts before they start shooting.
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Awesome yet again, what a show! How could they (the world) not know who is UTD? A plot hole, or another awesome UTD wonder mystery? Love this show! Leave your brain at the door and take your seat.
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Especially after the dome day and all the families being there.
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You're such a hopeless romantic, Kaitlin! I mean, you obviously understand perfectly how all an ex-army thug wants is to get back to the woman who's husband he killed 17 days ago despite her being trapped under a dome with clearly creepy intentions and, worst of all, the biggest assembly of unintelligent life this side of a child beauty pageant. Really, how couldn't you sympathize with the guy? You'd have to be heartless!

As far as I can tell you only missed the red door Barbie and his dad walked past -- which will probably lead to Narnia. Yup, can't think of anywhere else it should go.

Also, Jen, what's your deal with the show? It seems like you're knowledgeable about the dome's various mysteries and idiocies. If so, are you per chance domed liked us? I wish there was a bottomless cliff underneath my school (I'm also honorary president of the robotics club and I happen to have a wind mill sitting around somewhere...) so I could escape this wretched dome.
I guess the good part is that we, in contrast to Barbie, aren't trapped in this thing with people devoid of intelligence and can try to make sense of this thing in a collective effort. Try. We can only try.
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I watched most of the first season, and I've seen all of Season 2 so far. Mostly I just put it on while I'm doing other things and laugh at the ridiculousness, and then I take great delight in editing Tim's reviews every week. But yeah, I'm totally DOMED at this point and will absolutely have to keep watching the rest of the season. Dome only knows what will happen if the show gets renewed for Season 3.

Whoops, yeah, the door! I'd say Narnia is a good bet. Or maybe, like, the Room of Requirement? ONLY DOME WILL TELL.
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Hands up if you thought the tunnel would lead into Maggie's sandbox?


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The egg apparently new it was near the portal. What if they throw it down there so it ended up in Zenith?
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You'd destroy the dome-time continuum. Don't do that.
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if you throw the egg in the portal , something crazy will happen.Maybe the portal will disappear , maybe it will open a different portal , the egg came in a meteorite , so maybe the new portal would go on the planet it comes from , that would be really crazy to see big jim and rebecca talking about science with aliens somewhere in space ...
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