After watching Revolution, Under the Dome having an opening monologue about how stuff used to be normal than the Dome came and dropped, now none of our secrets are safe. Might have given me some PTSD flashbacks. I get the point of having something that explains it all in under 10 seconds but week after week it will sound tired. Unless they change it up each week which would be awesome. Also the late title card kind of makes it a cold open...right?
Either way the opening to episode 2 “The Fire” is actually pretty good. It was economical. Spending the first 10 minutes setting up the A-C plot threads with a quick little check in that set everyone off before drawing everyone in for the titular fire. Dale "Barbie" Barbara goes looking for is missing dog tags. The McAlister kid, Joe, goes off mapping the Dome which is about 10-15 miles wide. The overarching conspiracy involving Duke, Big Jim, and now Rev. Lester Coggins gets a bit of work.
Barbie isn’t getting much good sleep. Even if he wasn’t stuck under a Dome he has an army background, when does that type of character get good sleep. Doesn’t help that he’s also sleeping in the same house with the wife of the man he murdered. His dreams reveal just how Doctor Shumway was killed, in a struggle after refusing to pay some kind of debt. It did allow for the show to move beyond the main street of the town but not too far. It’ll be interesting to see how this show goes on with working in such a limited space. Of course Barbie is found by Junior, the latter believing the former was “screwing” his girlfriend. It’s an awkward encounter. The show needs to integrate Junior into the main cast but isn’t putting him with his father, Big Jim. Also really “screwing” is the work around for sex...
The conspiracy about the town storing large amount of propane seems a lot like Chinatown at this point. It is certainly a thing that’s going on but what it means seems ephemeral at this point. All the storage of propane is, is a thing that allows for the writers to make scenes appear a certain way. Playing into the underlying paranoia that seems coming to the townspeople of Miller’s Creek. In his paranoia Rev. Coggins on orders of Big Jim tries to destroy the evidence of this “propane storage”. Lighting what appears to be the bills on fire in a small tach can, which comically catches fire. Everything in Duke’s office was apparently the most combustible stuff ever. I would have had a nice chuckle if Rev. Coggins died in the fire, he doesn’t.
Trapped like rats the townspeople come together and do their best to put it out. It isn’t as momentous as the Dome dropping but with the enclosed nature of the show it becomes momentus. I’ve spent the last couple days watching 24, first season 5 and then I’m about 15 hours into season 6 (holy crap season 6 is sooo bad). With the real time gimmick of the show little things become big things and then big things, Jack taking over an airplane/embassy become totally freaking INSANE!!! Under the Dome can use this to their advantage to make a things down the road still feel important and dangerous even if it’s an everyday mundane activity. Coming soon a whole episode built around the planting and tending a garden.
A buddy of mine told me that book took place over the span of about a week, Dome the series obviously can’t have that. It will be interesting to see how the writers stretch everything out. Shit has to go down eventually, perhaps some Lord of the Flies style tribal stuff. With Deputy Paul being all too ready with his bug out bag accidentally killing his fellow cop, society seems to be on the decline insideChester’s Mill.
The Bits At The End
So water can get through it but the smoke can’t? It kinda looked like it was but the show hasn’t been making a good mapping of how everything is.
If Sony is looking for a cheap Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture, Ned Bellamy has the look down.
- Poor lawless teenagers they’ve probably met all the girls they are ever going to meet for the time being.
Michael Mazzacane can be found many places online. But you can most definatly find him on Twitter @MaZZM and at mazzz.net. In both places he writes about awkward family reunions. Why Ray Donovan might be a souless attempt at making the "quality" television of its time. And hey maybe The Lone Ranger might not be that bad....Nope it is.