Before we begin the review proper, it should be noted that “Under the Dome” has been signed for a second season. While a part of me wanted to see this just act as an extended mini-series, I won’t complain about getting another season to watch and discuss.
For the first time in the series, we get an extended look at how the dome has affected the outside world. The families of the townsfolk are brought in via bus and the military actually starts to interact with people on the other side, which stands in stark contrast to previous interactions.
It’s soon revealed that the military plans to launch a missile at the dome. This is, of course, a plot point from the book, though the government’s motives are tweaked a bit. Even if you had never read the book, you pretty much know how this is going to work. Even if the show hadn’t been signed for a second season, we’re not even at the halfway point of this season.
Nevertheless, the people are convinced that they are going to die. Apparently, they don’t know how force fields work, but it does make for some good drama and some great character moments. The montage in the moments before the missile strikes was particularly well done and the song selection to accompany it was top notch. Also, the visual of Joe and Norrie sharing their first kiss as the missile explodes behind them was rather awesome.
At first, it seemed like this episode was hinting at the idea that the dome was sentient. Joe and Norrie’s condition is elaborated upon and it seems to come into play when the local station starts receiving strange radio signals. The latter turns out to be more mundane, but it does allow the protagonists to learn more about the oncoming missile.
I really liked the Reverend’s subplot for this episode. Not only was it interesting to see him turn the tables on big Jim, but, much like Mrs. Carmody in the “The Mist”, his delusions seemed to be supported by events that were occurring. Granted, this guy is much friendlier, but it was still creepy to see how things seemed to be working out the way he said they would.
He also plays a part in yet another amazingly executed cliffhanger. Sadly, he doesn’t fare as well as Angie, but it was a great moment for Jim and a legitimate “oh crap” moment.
This was a pretty strong episode. It advanced a lot of the arc elements and allowed the characters to become more fleshed out. I look forward to seeing how things progress from here. Judging by the previews for the next episode, it looks like things are only going to get more chaotic.