TV Review: Under the Dome – 107 – “Imperfect Circles”

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Last week’s Under the Dome was the closest the series has come to being what I hoped it would be before the series premiered. I went into this week’s episode hopeful that it would keep the momentum going. So did it? Read on to find out but beware. There are MAJOR EPISODE SPOILERS in this review.

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Do you guys remember on Lost when people hallucinated the presence of loved ones off the island, a pregnant character gave birth, two characters found a mysterious object in a secluded, wooded area and then one character pleaded with the mysterious object after someone died, to which the object responded with light? Good stuff, right? Well, enough about Lost.

Let’s get onto Under the Dome.

This week in Chester’s Mill, a pregnant woman had a hallucination of her husband outside of the Dome, Joe and Norrie found a mysterious mini-Dome in the woods and then (after the death of one of Norrie’s moms) she begged the Dome for answers, which triggered a strange effect on the mini-Dome involving lights.

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I was very vocal before the series premiered that this show could easily be the next Lost. I meant this in a figurative way. I wanted the series to carry on the serialized, character-driven mystery that made Lost so popular. I didn’t want Under the Dome to rip off the series I love so dearly, though. Did anyone else notice this? I know I’m not crazy.

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 10.52.52 AMLost comparisons aside, I had a surprisingly hard time getting into this episode. The Lost connections just made it more difficult. For starters, the scene with Junior and Big Jim threw me off. I could begrudgingly get on board with the whiny lovelorn Junior; but this “No dad, don’t take my toy away” annoying Junior was working my nerves after only one scene.

This week we were introduced to Harriet, the pregnant Navy wife whose husband was overseas when the Dome came down. She’s Julia’s neighbor and after awkwardly cutting Barbie and Julia’s morning pillow talk short, she saw her husband in the street. She reached out to him, only to touch the Dome and go into immediate labor.

This development raised a ton more questions about the Dome’s intentions. I loved that about this episode. The Dome clearly has its own intentions and I am connecting to that part of the plot more than anything else in the show.

A close second is the power struggle between Ollie and Big Jim. This episode was a great continuation of that plotline. I really hope Ollie doesn’t go away anytime soon. Shanghaiing the propane stockpile is a surefire way to shorten his time though.

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Seeing Big Jim get the rug pulled from underneath him and then respond in kind was a great demonstration of power. Not to mention, killing the guard was a great power play that managed to keep Ollie in play. I’m looking forward to seeing where that leads.

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 10.56.55 AMJunior executing the remaining Dundee brother was pretty satisfying, although it was very expected. It would have played slightly better if there wasn’t the one line in the car with Linda where he questioned why they couldn’t just kill them. It works, though, since he blatantly disregarded the sheriff’s orders. I kind of wish there was a follow up scene this week with those two.

Screen shot 2013-08-07 at 10.55.33 AMJoe and Norrie troubleshooting their Dome-given “superpowers” spoke to the part of me that’s still an awkward teenager. I laughed when Joe hinted at having sex and then compared the Dome to an atom and the possible power source as the nucleus. Yeah Joe, that’ll get her hot.

Joe and Norrie’s discovery in the woods was very interesting. Lost comparisons aside, the mini Dome covering the mysterious egg brings to mind the series’ opening shot of a bird emerging from an egg and flying away. At the time, I assumed it was supposed to be a metaphor for the town eventually breaking free from their prison. An egg literally being linked to the Dome changes that considerably.

Is Harriet’s baby the big Dome’s version of whatever is in the egg? I assume she is an important part of the mystery, so why would they wait 7 episodes to introduce her? The birth scene was okay. It’s 2013 though, so the “emergency baby delivery” TV trope is really tired.

From the look of things. I think baby Alice is going to give Big Jim and Junior a run for their money. Mere moments after she was born, she killed someone. Alice’s heart attack was handled well until she gasped the word “heart.” I’m just not a fan of such unnecessary dialogue.
 Her last scene with Norrie was pretty good though. Mackenzie Lintz’s acting is pretty hit or miss this season. She did fine in this episode, though.

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Finally, my biggest grievance with the episode was Norrie pounding her hand against the Dome wall. When she screamed “Just tell me what you want!” I literally paused the show and yelled “Are you kidding!?” The reason, of course, being due to its uncanny resemblance to the iconic (spoiler-free, for the most part) Lost scene below.

The episode wasn’t as good as last week for me. But there was a lot of stuff to enjoy despite some personal issues. The final shot of the lights floating to the top of the egg have me very intrigued.

If the Dome revives Alice, it could set up a very interesting dynamic. Big Jim and Ollie’s fight for power would be second fiddle to the mysterious, godlike structure. The town would worship the Dome. It could be amazing.

Then again, next week the residents of Chester’s Mill could find themselves under attack by a pillar of black smoke.

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Parting Thoughts

  • What did Big Jim mean when he told Junior “You’re the one who’s sick?”
  • Dodee and Phil were sorely missed this episode. I wonder what those crazy kids are up to.
  • It’s been maybe a week Joe, maybe pump the breaks with sweet talking Norrie.
  • What was the deal with Barbie’s half-assed attempt at incapacitating the Dundee’s when they were “gas-jacking” Julia and Harriet? I suppose the woman crowning in the backseat was a factor, but he didn’t even seem to try.
  • I liked Joe and Angie’s reunion. Ben wasn’t terribly annoying this episode, except for when he made an ass of himself in front of Big Jim.
  • Ew. I don’t have kids but I feel like kissing a baby’s head seconds after it’s born seems like the least hygienic thing you could possibly do. It actually grossed me out a bit.

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You can find the rest of my Under the Dome reviews here.

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7 responses to “TV Review: Under the Dome – 107 – “Imperfect Circles”

  1. I definitely thought of Lost when the characters hallucinated people they love, but I think you’re really stretching calling it a Lost ripoff. Especially Norrie pounding on the Dome at the end. I mean, yeah, it’s similar, but it certainly didn’t bother me. I guess it’s REALLY similar. Lol. But I liked it so much that I don’t care. And the mini-dome being discovered in the forest isn’t quite like the hatch in Lost … yet. It definitely could be if they keep it a secret and spend the rest of the time trying to open it and they use it as a cliffhanger at the end of the season. Lol. We’ll see. I really loved the episode.

    Also, I audibly went “Eeeeewwww” when she kissed the baby. Yuk.

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    • If any of the elements I compared to Lost appeared in the show by themselves, it wouldn’t have bugged me. In fact, I probably would have liked it (like the water shortage last week). But the combination of all of them this week just didn’t sit right with me. Maybe I’m stretching a bit on some of them (Norrie wasn’t hitting the “nucleus” afterall, just the wall). But the comparisons are still there.

      I’m not calling the series overall a ripoff, I’m just saying they’ve definitely met their “Lost reference/inspiration” quota for the season.

      And I definitely didn’t dislike the episode. It was still very strong.

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  2. I missed this episode and you helped clear up what happened so thank you:)

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