Now this could be due to the perception CBS has as a brand, everything aboutUnder the Dome is so obvious. Obvious musical cues color our perception and actively narrate the given scene. There isn’t any subtext in “Outbreak” which made what on its face is a interesting plot cut and dry.
For people wanting societal downfall well “Outbreak” nearly had it. Thanks to the Dome, Chester’s Mill comes down with an outbreak of meningitis. Forcing the already undersupplied and staffed hospital to make due with what they have and make some harsh decisions (mostly off screen). Locking all the infected inside the hospital and placing Junior at the door with a shotgun on orders to shoot anyone who dare move on him. Not having a enough doses of antibiotics to cure everyone right away, Lester makes off with the extra. Should have forced everyone to take stock on what it means to survive and function. It gets Carolyn Hill to start hoarding insulin for her wife. For all of this plots potential to start pushing people over the edge it all gets brushed away with talk of the town coming together and how the Dome won’t be up that long. It’s putting the good rational characters into a state of naivety that comes off as hollow. It just turns what should have been a major moment in town history into just another adventure under the dome.
Having an outbreak of meningitis and the lack of supplies did simply reaffirm who is part of the main cast and who isn’t just kindly guest actor that is in the background. Under the Dome shouldn’t have killed a known character but there is a distinct lack of tension when Sheriff Linda is placed next to her third grade teacher, whom we just met. Said third grade teacher makes the nobel sacrifice of forgoing antibiotics so that Linda can have it. And than having a good o’ll magical death where she gets to impart some words of wisdom on her former student. I just met the teacher so I didn’t really care and Linda’s reaction to it all didn’t do anything either.
Surprisingly, Junior ends up saving the day by taking everyone down (while pointing a shotgun at them but hey that goes down to). It’s actually a good moment for what is the worst character in this show by far. Saving the day showed the chance that, Junior could work through his issues and become a productive member of society. When Big Jim asks him if he ever thought about a career in law enforcement there was the possibility of reading that as a hopeful totally non-sinister line. Slowly pulled strings have something to say, and that is to sound ominous and turn that happy grin into a GRIN OF PURE EVIL. Junior is the shows out an out villain to clearly paint him as such when you could've added the possibility of greyness makes him more foolish looking. The slow chord pull returns when Linda deputises Junior, this show really wants you to not like Junior.
For good reason, he does have Angie chained up in his fathers bomb shelter. That whole thread is really dumb. If there weren’t a giant dome and large cast it wouldn’t be as dumb. The Dome forces everyone to be in close proximity to one another, segregating Angie in an increasingly foolish sounding plot. Junior tells her brother that he saw here recently but she was “around”. “Outbreak” does move this forward by having Big Jim discover his brothers doings. Not that she’ll get out of it now. Big Jim is all about turning things to his advantage, he would now have total control over his son and wouldn’t dare let Angie out. She would tell everyone the honourable Big Jim knew about it and let it happen.
The battle of secret keeping between Barbie and Julia largely comes to an end. Thanks to an hallucinogenic DJ Phil rambling on about a Cabin. Barbie had hooked up as an enforcer for a bookie. Peter was in deep with this bookie, explaining why there were fighting in the first place. Julia believing that Peter skipped town kicks Barbie out of the house. All of this was driven by Julia finding out Barbie got in a fight with Junior and simply didn’t ask him about it. Instead it further painted her into the investigator that doesn't ask questions role. Julia doesn't seem very sociable.
The Bits At The End
So Norrie and Joe are like Rogue and apparently can’t touch each other. How tragic? Not really.
Why is it that shows always paint the religious leader of the group as going totally coo-coo for coco puffs after some traumatic event?
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