Under the Dome Review: An Evil Man

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Big Jim was an awful person before the Dome came down over Chester's Mill and he became even worse after the town was isolated. Throughout all of it, he held strong that he was acting in the town's best interest and perhaps that was a somewhat valid claim even if his actions weren't legal.

In "Exigent Circumstances," that all changed. Without a doubt, Big Jim proved that he's an evil man who is motivated more by self-preservation than the good for the town. But did anyone really ever doubt that?

He killed Dodee! The innocent and lovely Dodee's only mistake was overhearing evidence of Jim's misdeed. 

Trying to Protect Julie

After a season that meandered quite a lot, Under the Dome finally has gotten to a point where everything matters. Whether it's the Dome, the mini-Dome, the Four Hands, Barbie, Julia, Linda, Big Jim, Caroline or even Ben, every move and decision they make matters. One action could mean life or death for someone in town, while also determining whether the Dome remains or disappears.

The episode was the best of the season because it was straight forward and focused on the repercussions of the Dome being there. Plus, there were real life and death situations at play throughout the hour. Still, it wasn't without its problems. 

The main issue I have is with Linda. Come on! After all that she's been through and seen, how can she blindly follow Big Jim? It makes no sense at all. She did question his decision to issue the State of Emergency, but didn't put up a fight at all. And, regarding Barbie, she's witnessed what he's capable of doing, so why doesn't she show any doubt at towards his story? She's weak when she should be empowered and strong.

Maybe now that she's found the egg, she'll start to listen to reason. Perhaps she's the monarch. That would be a twist I'd love to see. She's in the perfect position to play Jim and the townspeople would believe her.

If she's not the monarch, it's probably Barbie or Julia. It's wishful thinking on my part to think it could be Linda anyway. The egg started making that obnoxious noise when Barbie's life was in danger and when Julia woke up. Either of those events could have triggered the egg's reaction.

The powers of the Dome and the egg remain unclear, but it would be helpful if it could show Linda a vision of Jim's killings. That could shift the situation around and put her in the position of power where she belongs. 

Barbie needs to be saved if not for the Dome, then according to the military to do something with the Dome. They said he's the only one that knows what to do. That's a mystery in and of itself and probably one that will be saved for season 2. Though, he'll have to avoid the spontaneous death penalty that Big Jim has in mind first.

With Under the Dome renewed for another season next summer, I fear that few answers will be revealed in the finale. I do hope that at least Barbie's name gets cleared and that Big Jim loses his position of power in town. It would be intriguing to see how Chester's Mill would be if their positions were reversed. 

 What would you like to be answered in the Under the Dome Season 1 finale? Will anyone else die?


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I watched Under the Dome at my sister's on her PC here at tvfanatic.com, but for some reason I don't have the option to watch it on mine, even though I'm a member... What up with that?


I agree with this review's comments about Linda. She is impossibly weak and ineffective and there is no way she could suspect Barbie when she already trusted him enough to be a deputy. Just silly. I am very intrigued by the military chatter that is identifying Barbie as having special skills for dealing with the dome. I hope we hear more about this in the finale and that we are not left wondering until next summer. I really hope there is some closure next week for those of us who have stuck with the show from the beginning.


I think Junior is not Big Jim's son. He looks nothing, nothing like his father. That could explain his hostile attitude Jim has towards his son.


Gerry Seatle
September 10th, 2013 2:17 PM
I sure was ticked when I went to view my recording of the last episode and found the last half of it missing! How does this happen? Gerry...US Open tennis was on last night and ran a bit over so all the shows were pushed back. You probably set the recording to end at the normal time.


I sure was ticked when I went to view my recording of the last episode and found the last half of it missing! How does this happen?


How is this show going to be on for season 2 when they keep killing everyone off?!


Great hour, the best episode so far!
Very intense!!


Well, if you saw the previews, Big Jim's plan seems to be to hang Barbie in the town square..........and most likely we'll be left hanging(no pun intended) not knowing if he gets hanged or not. Linda needs to wake up and start thinking for herself. She's already seen the evidence but has yet to put together that Big Jim is heavily involved in what she found. Maybe now that she has seen the mini egg, that will finally happen but will probably be saved for next season. I think Junior may end up killing his dad, but I don't think it will happen in the finale next week. The scene where he was telling his dad not to lie to him and that it wouldn't be a good thing to do was chilling.........the look in his eye.......I think Junior holds his Dad responsible for his mother's death and that's why they are always at each others throats. I know the show shouldn't be like the book and I haven't read the book but I am thinking of getting it........

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Under the Dome Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

You taste like cigarettes.


That dome can't come down. Not now.