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Under the Dome Review: Red Rain

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The introduction of new characters in Under the Dome Season 2 after killing off several Under the Dome Season 1 characters has not helped clarify the story at all.

Rebecca, the science teacher, has basically replaced Linda as Big Jim's main confidant. She's an odd one.

Whereas Linda was likable most of the time, Rebecca comes off as abrasive and inhumane. She has the science smarts to help better the conditions under the Dome, but also advocates for extreme measures like a possible purge on Under the Dome Season 2 Episode 3.

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On the surface, Rebecca's my type of character. She's a strong, opinionated and smart woman, but I don't like Rebecca at all. She has tunnel vision when it comes to the science without any regard to the humans involved. When she determined the supply shortage, she immediately advocated for a purge.

She said it was a last resort, yet I don't buy that. She's a scientist and hasn't focused much time, if any, on coming up with solutions to expand their supply levels or extend their use. Instead, she came up with a survey to determine how to shake the tree and select those to be killed. 

In contrast, Lyle the barber dismissed science and believed the Dome and happenings surrounding it are related to God and salvation. In a weird way, both Rebecca and Lyle came to the same conclusion from very different means. While Rebecca advocates for a purge, Lyle believes the rapture is coming. Both views end up with a decreased population in Chester's Mill.

Neither of their views really jives with what was revealed last season about the Dome. What's happened to the alien's protecting the town that revealed themselves to Julia? And, what about the four hands? The egg? That mythology has been ignored with the focus shifting to the new characters' beliefs.

That leaves us with the mystery girl. Who is she? Why did she appear in the lake? And what purpose does she serve? We still don't really know. Those around her should be suspicious about her intent. None of the questions have been answered, but she may finally have a name.

Melanie Cross was a student in 1988 and looks just like the mystery girl. It's been 26 years since she was in high school and she would be in her early 40s today. She could easily have been a friend of Junior's mother, father and/or uncle. Though, Sam didn't seem to recognize her except in the drawing that his sister had done.

She remains a mystery. 

We did find out that something happened years before between Junior's mother, Lyle and Sam. Junior now knows his mother's alive and that Lyle has answers. It's interesting that neither BIg Jim or Sam seem to know that she's alive. They could be playing along with a story, but that doesn't appear likely.

Overall, I'm not impressed by the introduction of new characters or the change in direction this season. I definitely had issues with the storytelling last season, but there's nothing here that makes it better. If anything, it's more confusing now. More questions being raised and no real answers provided.

At least last season I had people to support and root for in Julia, Barbie, Angie, Joe and Norrie. This season, I'm not connecting with any of the characters, not even Barbie or Julia. I haven't lost all hope that the season will turn around, but it better soon since it's a short season.

Which new character do you like the most?

 

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Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Carla Day is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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I'm gonna guess that Lyle, Sam and Jr's mother were somehow responsible for Melenies death. Didn't Sam say something to Lyle about the thing they buried was supposed to stay buried? Maybe the dome is taking the form of Melanie by pulling it from their minds or something. But yeah majorly confusing and very different from what I remember of the book. I should go back and read it again to see but I don't recognize much of this as being familiar. I really don't look for a season 3 unless they really turn things around, I think viewers wil give up on it out of frustration.

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I went with Lyle because it's Dwight. How can you not love that guy! This episode was actually much better than last week's. I think it helped them pull out of the slow start. I definitely am looking forward to next week.

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I miss the two characters that were killed off and I don't like the two new ones, although Sam is less offensive than Rebecca. The first episode this season wasn't bad but the last two have been frustrating to watch and the writers seem content to introduce new characters and produce more questions.
The only promising development was the internet contact with the outside world and the suggestion by Joe that there might be a "crack" in the dome or some other way out. This shows needs to advance the story in a big way or they risk losing viewers in droves. Finding a way for some of the characters to leave the dome would be a good start.

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@ Gregg

Agreed on season 3 for sure. This show has such potential, it's a clever premise, pretty original in that respect, and has so much room for all kinds of stories - kind of like The Purge. But it's the King's Curse all over again. Whoever tries to bring a King novel to the screen ends up making it ridiculously B movie poor. Even as awesome as The Stand was, every time I watch it I can see how bad it really is as a film. No matter the year or the story, his work on screen always ends up the equivalent of a 1984 MTV video ;-p

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You gave it a higher score than I would have. With mommy alive and now a girl who is from 88, I'm wondering if we're moving into some sort of Resurrection situation. God forbid a show should do something completely new! I wish the dome would kill Rebecca. You asked last week if Jim was more concerning now than before. Nope. Rebecca is even scarier than The Following chick killing off people for money (or whatever). I'm always skeptical of characters that NEVER smile, and the half-assed one Rebecca gave to Jim in the car after she buttered the other half of his ass doesn't count. Just ugh. I vote her out of the dome and she can take Yokum Skokum with him. I like french fried pertaters! Mmmmhmmmm.

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