‘Under the Dome’: No Fury Like a Woman (or Dome) Scorned

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Colin Ford Mike Vogel and Rachelle Lefevre in Under the Dome Speak of the Devil Under the Dome: No Fury Like a Woman (or Dome) Scorned

The use of coincidence in storytelling is a tricky thing, and it’s typically something that’s better handled in small doses or by shows that seem to be doing it deliberately as part of the all around weird world that’s been created around the series. Usually, that means the weirder the show, the greater its capacity to pull off strange coincidences – without requiring a great leap of faith from the audience.

Despite its origins, Under the Dome is not that weird of a show. Sure, the idea of a town sealed in an indestructible dome is unquestionably kooky, but in terms of execution, the series has been generally straightforward – that is: these bizarre circumstances are ostensibly to be read as happening in the world where this is most definitely a precedent (though you wouldn’t know it to look at the fluctuating population of Chester’s Mill half the time). But after an episode like ‘Speak of the Devil,’ it’s become clear that the series is as addicted to easy coincidences, as it is to having its characters (usually Norrie and Joe) spew expository dialogue, to make sure the audience is aware the importance of certain unforgettable elements. (Pink stars, monarchs, and mini-domes – we get it; let’s move on.)

With only two episodes left after this, ‘Speak of the Devil’ has a lot of table setting to take care of. That means things have to move pretty quickly, and so we’re treated to inexplicable things like Max shooting Julia in her doorway before inexplicably wandering the beach and finding her mother’s body has washed ashore, or Dodee just happening to turn on her radio at the exact moment the military was talking about Barbie. And yes, all of this is intended to allow Big Jim to kill Max and pit Linda and the rest of Chester’s Mill against Barbie, but it’s all handled in such a lazy fashion, the intended surprise just comes off as being overly telegraphed and rather conventional.

Natalie Zea in Under the Dome Speak of the Devil Under the Dome: No Fury Like a Woman (or Dome) Scorned

That primarily puts the big revelation on the dome expressing itself through destructive weather patters and then telling a bunch of kids it wants them to stab Junior’s dad while he’s wearing a yellow shirt (though the yellow shirt thing may be optional, so long as the kids get stabby with Big Jim). The problem is: with two episodes left until the show goes on hiatus before continuing on for who knows how many seasons, what’s really at stake? It seems unlikely that Big Jim or Barbie will be making an exit anytime soon, so the series will have to find a way allow the characters to occupy the same dome for the foreseeable future. Is anyone willing to bet that a twist of fate or strange quirk will play a role in wrapping the season up?

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  1. This show isn’t that great but i keep turning in.
    Nothing like the book now. Which is sad.

  2. I faithfully tune into this show every week. And each time I fall asleep before the opening credits. I don’t care too much for the characters or the fact that the government would just throw up its hands and leave. Or that the dome is somehow “aware”. And how come nobody has tried to dig under the dome? It worked for Maggie in the Simpsons.

  3. Just when I thought last week’s episode was the worst this episode came along. Holy crap was that bad. Max was the most ridiculous and over-the-top illogical character I’ve seen in a long while and the conincidences were indeed as contrieved as it gets. Max having a nice stroll at the beach after shooting Julia, just so she could find her mom was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Good riddcance to that character… I certainly won’t miss the overacting.

    I’ll stick around for the last two episodes, because I came that far, but unless they come up with a major hook (for once I welcome a possible cliffhanger) I very much doubt that I will tune back in next season.

  4. The best way I find to watch this show is treat it as a comedy. Once I started doing that it became hilariously enjoyable.

    What a disappointment this series has been given the pedigree of the people behind the camera.

    • Any way to add a laugh track, just to see how it changes events or at least makes it tolerable.

  5. When this series started I had such high hopes. I mean, Hank from BB? How bad could it be with the people in this series? It’s been pretty bad. Don’t get me wrong, it’s staying true to the “source material” but maybe this is one series that shouldn’t do that. I love the SK novel but even at that, it’s not what I would consider a “thriller/horror” novel/series. Season 2 better step up it’s game

    • wait, did you say staying true to its source material???? really?????this stupid story is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like the book. i can’t believe king would allow this sillyness. the story takes place over 11 days in the book and ends with everybody but 10 people dead and those that are left can only beg the alien children not to kill them.these alien children are playing with their dome over human ants and laughing when they die.read the book, it’s about a trillion times the story as this vomitous crapola!!!!!!! season 2!!! what a joke!!!!

  6. Vomitous crapola. I must remember that.

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