Under the Dome

Season 1 Episode 10

Let the Games Begin

41
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 2013 on CBS
7.0
out of 10
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Julie learns about Peter's past, while Junior gets a promotion. Meanwhile, Maxine forces Barbie to fight in a staged arena contest.

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  • Nothing exciting

    7.0
    Just a so so episode this week, nothing exciting, lots of the unbelievable, nothing interesting, nothing new, plenty of story dragging and yawning (from me), too much of silly children taking it upon themselves to keep secrets they have no right to keep.
  • A step back.

    8.0
    I've been enjoying the show a lot but I felt this episode was a big step backwards. The storyline developed a lot but most of it was uninteresting and a little random. You have to hate Big Jim after those scenes at the end, not to mention this Max woman who is not the most exciting type of villain, although that could change.



    I don't know - something was definitely off. Not the best episode - I hope it recovers next week.moreless
  • Can't wait to see the Mill

    3.0
    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? It's like a live performance of the Simpsons movie only funnier. 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 . Perhaps Moon Bloodgood, Eric Roberts or if they could hire some show killer jinx's like Michael Madsen or Chi McBride.moreless
  • Truly Awful

    1.0
    Just when you think it can't get any worse, the writers manage to surpass themselves with an episode so trite, unimaginative and awful that I have to confess that this may have been the worst episode of TV I have ever seen. And I include in that assertion ALL of the drivel we have been subjected to since the 1970's.

    On the strength of this is episode alone, this series deserves to be killed off - sod any kind of conclusion to the laughable story thus far. To call this "entertainment" denigrates the meaning of the word.moreless
  • Fight Club, The Fourth Hand and Other Non-Surprises

    4.5
    Well, badass drug boss Max (Natalie Zea) from last episode sure didn't waste any time. One minute she's all "I'm gonna turn this town into a Wild West pleasure dome of black market decadence" and the next thing you know, thought has become deed, and the old cement factory (the unlikely site of so much action throughout this show's short tenure) has become her own personal Thunderdome.



    Her reasoning is that since the whole town has been without TV or internet for can you even believe this? NINE FREAKING DAYS, the citizenry is completely bored and in need of a little underground fight club gambling action. Forget that most everyone seems to have a generator, and such things as DVDs, and hell, Xboxes, exist. Forget about, oh, you know: books! It's been over a week; just how much ho-hum tedium of life under a mysterious magical Dome, with the only entertainment being almost daily town-wide crises, can these people be expected to take?



    So Barbie ends up taking a dive in Chester's Mill's version of BLOODSPORT and Junior is -- no WAY! This is an AMAZING twist! -- the fourth hand the mini-dome has been waiting for so patiently. And yet, despite the fact that nothing terribly unexpected happened with them, somehow Junior and the Prophecy Seizure Club managed to be way more interesting than underground Fight Club. It's odd.



    You know, it's like this show has two teams of writers, one for the spooky ooky "What's Up with the Dome Kids?" stuff, and another for the "Small Town People are Really, Really Dumb" stuff. Need some intriguing nay, even somewhat compelling scenes in which a bunch of teens discover they are the mystical Dome's chosen few? Call up Team A! Need a bunch of scenes in which random hick extras chant in satisfaction as their neighbors beat the hell out of each other for the price of some salt? Call up Team B! Then we'll mix in a little of Team C's "Sheriff Linda on the Case!" and some of Team D's "Julia and Barbie's Increasingly Unlikely Romance" nonsense, and voila! A typical UNDER THE DOME episode.



    I liked last week a lot, because stuff was happening everywhere and yet it was all heading towards the same place: a new calculating evil was set alongside the kids' sweet innocence, in a battle for true control over Chester's Mill, and its inhabitants. This week, the kids' scenes carried on with their riveting perplexity, but boss lady Max just became this whiny harridan who wants her espresso so badly she unwisely gives her biggest enemy even more motive, and opportunity, to do her harm. I had such hopes for her!



    And then there's Julia! Look, I like to think of myself as a pretty understanding person. And sure, it seems like her husband decided to commit Suicide by Barbie in order to get her a good life insurance payout, having gotten them in such a deep financial hole. But, come on! You just learned your new boyfriend (of five days) has been lying to you for as long as he's known you (nine days) about your dead husband, WHOM HE KILLED. I feel like that's worthy of maybe taking a little break, and not immediately being all "in the future, no more Barbie was even more taken aback than I was at that. "Great," you can almost hear him thinking. "There goes my 'Get out of Julia Free'



    But the biggest weirdness of this episode? Max's mom (Mare Winningham, the lesser-known St Elmo's alum; love you, Wendy!) was once named Claire, and then, to hide her single-mother shame, she changed it to AGATHA? Look, I liked her, I liked that she held Big Jim at gunpoint, and it was actually pretty shocking and cool when he subsequently left her to drown, but come on now, show, seriously. You have thrown some unbelievable nonsense at us this past ten weeks, but anyone voluntarily calling themselves Agatha is really just too much to swallow.



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Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel

Dale "Barbie" Barbara

Rachelle LeFevre

Rachelle LeFevre

Julia Shumway

Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez

Deputy Linda Esquivel

Britt Robertson

Britt Robertson

Angie McAlister

Alex Koch

Alex Koch

Junior Rennie

Colin Ford

Colin Ford

Joe McAlister

Natalie Zea

Natalie Zea

Maxine Seagrave

Guest Star

Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham

Agatha

Guest Star

Berry Newkirk

Berry Newkirk

Hoodie Guy

Guest Star

Mackenzie Lintz

Mackenzie Lintz

Norrie Calvert-Hill

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