Under the Dome Review: The Artful Digger

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It took a very long time for the hour to get to the meaning of "The Fourth Hand."

But it finally came just after Joe, Norrie and Angie decided that they shouldn't tell the only other person who has seen the mini dome they had found it and transferred it to another location. Color me confused.

The biggest story of the night was definitely in looking for this item. It had gone missing. That Joe is one hell of an artful digger, because the way the dirt was contained in the barn when it was discovered was magnificently preserved. In his trance like state, he must have had help.

A Mysterious New Woman

Last week it seemed like Big Jim and Barbie were heading toward a showdown of sorts. Instead, lady Max unearthed herself after being in hiding for eight days since the dome overtook Chester's Mill and it turns out she has some sort of business deals going on with both men, as well as intel on the secrets they want kept the most. All of a sudden we have a new and very powerful person at play.

It was Max's idea for Big Jim to un-arm the town and I was amazed at how quickly everyone agreed to do it. I hope that's not meant to be some political statement on the expectations of our own citizens outside the dome, because much like Big Jim, I imagine whoever collects the guns and ammo will have a purpose for them set aside that isn't exactly in the best interests of the community at large.

Junior was interesting tonight, keeping back from Angie and yet after her seizure and babbling about pink stars, could you blame him for taking her to his mother's studio? His mom may not have been psychic - because it was Junior's dream she was painting - but he was right to show Angie for how long the idea had been in the minds of people of Chester's Mill; at least nine years before the dome came over them and he was dreaming of pink stars. His mom? Didn't produce the best art I've ever seen. Just sayin'.

Norrie, Joe and Julia all saw Angie's butterfly tattoo but ruled her out as the monarch to be crowned as her ink was of a different species. That still doesn't address the fourth hand and why the three kids didn't jump onto their feet to get Julia to see if she was it. Why are they so certain it isn't her? She saw it, right? She saw Joe talking through it. She's a part of the mini dome, and yet they seem to want to search for a fourth person to unlock whatever is inside it.

Might it be Junior since he dreamed about pink stars as a kid? And will his treatment of Angie keep her from asking him to join them, therefore leaving the mystery unanswered unnecessarily for too long? Please tell me no.

Sheriff Linda found out that Duke knew about the big run on gas storage and never told her, but that story went nowhere. Where does that plot thread lead? To Max and Big Jim now that Duke is gone? I wish Max was a more interesting addition to the town, but I've never been fond of Natalie Zea and Chester's Mill didn't need another thug. What is with this town and the oddly disproportionate number of thugs per capita? I would say all the good guys must have been outside the dome when it came down, but these people run the joint. 

That's my biggest problem with the show. There are so few characters to identify with. It's been a week give or take since this major disaster has hit, and really the only person who reacted normally - by going insane - was Junior. People who lost their husbands just found new lovers. Kids without parents just grew up in a week. If your mom dies, you just hang with the other parentless kids and mourning is done in about two hours. Thugs? They are planning a hay day.

I can only hope that little egg has plans for the good guys - but I'm not 100% certain who they are.

The Fourth Hand Review

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Under the Dome Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

The pink stars are falling. The pink stars are falling in lines. The pink stars are falling.


Barbie: Whatever happened to we're not coming to your homes, this is a voluntary program?
Jim: Ted's gone cuckoo. It might be necessary.