‘Under the Dome’: Who Stopped the Rain?

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Dean Norris and Mike Vogel in Under the Dome Season 2 Episode 3 Under the Dome: Who Stopped the Rain?

[This is a review of Under the Dome season 2, episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]


Under the Dome reached new levels of camp with ‘Force Majeure’, an episode that was so eager to prove it had looked up the definition of its title, it had to bring in another entirely new character played by Dwight Yoakam. The show was forced to do this because it was more reasonable to suggest that Lyle the creepy barber had been lurking somewhere in the background this whole time than to believe any of the other characters knew what force majeure means.

Only a show as self-serious as this would dedicate so much of its time to explaining things of relatively little importance, especially when it could be focusing on matters of actual consequence or giving its characters personalities that go beyond what they hurriedly begin believing for the sake of this week’s plotline. Moreover, since it’s suddenly so interested in Rebecca Pine and her steely pragmatism, perhaps the show could answer the question of who is running the human resources department at the Chester’s Mill high school, so as to explain how someone as clearly psychotic and just generally awful as she is could be afforded an opportunity to mold young minds and be woefully underpaid to do so.

Yes, it’s true: an exposé on the clearly ineffectual hiring policies of the Chester’s Mill high school would be far more interesting than anything else to have occurred so far this season. That includes the Dollar Store version of a plague of locusts – enacted by the town’s sworn enemy: the dreaded caterpillar – as well as the “blood” that inexplicably comes raining down on the town and its residents, cementing the notion that Under the Dome season 2 is actually going forward with its plan to pit faith-based ideologies against the indomitable will of Rebecca Pine and her near limitless scientific prowess and access to resources – resources she really wants to limit everyone else’s access to.

Dwight Yoakum and Karla Crome in Under the Dome Season 2 Episode 3 Under the Dome: Who Stopped the Rain?

‘Force Majeure’ does little more than set things up and attempt to deepen some of the new mysteries that have managed to pop up with the same relative frequency as Chester’s Mill residents who had previously gone unseen. For a pretty clear reason, Big Jim finds himself willing to listen to Rebecca’s plans for determining who gets a cut of the town’s diminishing food supply and other resources, while Barbie – for no other reason than it creates an arid conflict between him and Julia – is also willing to hear Ms. Pine out.

Meanwhile, in the midst of some product placement, Joe, Norrie, and the mysterious Melanie Cross discover a “crack” or “wormhole” in the dome that allows them to briefly get Internet access, so that Norrie can get caught up on Twitter, and Junior’s mom can send him a link to a video she made, suggesting a shady conspiracy between her, Lyle, and his uncle Sam. Being caught in the dome for so long, Junior throws caution to the wind and clicks on what is almost certainly a phishing scam, but comes up a big winner because he finds out his mom’s not dead, and only bothered to tell him once a giant, indestructible dome had descended on the town she’d left behind, cutting off all forms of communication in the process. As unbelievable as it is to say this, it looks like Big Jim might actually be the better parent in this case.

At any rate, the kids discover that Melanie is actually a teenager from the past, and that she once had the same locker as the recently departed Angie, which is a plot development only slightly more interesting than the red rain that’s so easily vanquished and ultimately means about as much as the scourge of the caterpillars from last week.

So far, Under the Dome is cooking up some campy madness, but it’s not doing much to convince those watching that it’s enjoying (or even aware of) the kitschy extremes of its storylines. Which is too bad, because, if it did, it might be a lot more fun visiting Chester’s Mill week-in and week-out.

Under the Dome continues next Monday with ‘Revelation’ @10pm on CBS.

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  1. This episode was ok. I’m already hooked into this show so I’m not giving up.

    It still feels like there is a redeemable factor here…

  2. I watched all of last season – watched the previous episodes this season
    but last nite I changed after the first 5 mins and watched American Ninja Warrior instead
    and for anyone who watches ANW – there’s a contestant who’s run on the course last nite was amazing – in the last 20 mins.

    • There’s a campaign to try and get Stephen Amell on that show. He said he’s open to it and that American Ninja Warrior need to give a response.

  3. This season is already better than last. Last season the plot just jumped around, and there were inconsistencies everywhere. This season, there at least appears to be direction, and that the season is progressing towards an ending in a much more organized manner.

  4. If it wasn’t for Dwight yoakam’s character Lyle, the show would of been boring. He was the only interesting character. All the other characters are boring.

    • Yoakam’s character was really a highlight.

      But his little singing jingle while in the jail cell was lame and forced. I feel like the writers/director said, “You know what Dwight? Since you are a famous singer, let’s stick a scene of you singing into the show.”

      • I hated that in Revolution when they had Brett Michaels singing for a minute in the background of an episode set in New Vegas.

        • I totally remember that!!! Yeah it was lame.

          I hate when singers/rappers appear on shows or movies and the director or writer has them sing or rap. It’s like they are trying to capitalize on the celebrities popularity.

          It’s lame and, IMO, cheapens the scene. For me, and I bet for a lot of people, it takes me out of the scene/moment and makes me think of the celebrity doing the role instead of the character being portrayed

          • Yep, plus it literally added nothing to the episode or even the scene, it was just him singing while Miles made a bad joke that “when the Apocalypse happens, only Brett Michaels and the cockroaches will survive”.

            I loved the country version of Judas Priest that was played when they went to Mexico to find Monroe’s son though.

  5. This is the weakest show ever from a book of Stephen King.Unravelled and logic absurd! and

  6. I was surprised this review was so negative. But after thinking about it, I agree. They ruined the story when they decided not to kill off Big Jim. Now I don’t think they know what to do with him. He’s still power hungry and is only slightly less willing to kill people who get in his way.

    I liked Angie. I wished they had killed off the sour-faced teenage girl. The teenage triangle seemed forced. I’m also starting to wonder just how big this Dome is? Where are all the new people coming from? The tension between Barbie and his girlfriend is forced and fake. She was more than willing to forgive him for murdering her husband. What’s her beef with him now?

    I want to give the show a chance but I can’t help but think it is running out of steam and will be a two-season wonder. Given a choice between DVRing Under the Dome or 24, I went with 24. Now that 24′s run is over, I’ll probably start watching Major Crimes or something else on DVR.

    That’s a shame because I like Dean Norris and Mike Vogel.