Under the Dome: Let The Games Begin Review Comments - Mania.com



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karas1 8/27/2013 4:07:50 AM

Why is it assumed that if you go into the water with your hands tied you'll drown right away?  It would make swimming difficult but come on, does nobody know how to float?  You don't need your hands to float.  If somebody threw me into a lake with my hands tied behind my back I'd float on my back and kick my way to the shore.  It might not be fast, or much fun, but I'd get there eventually.

This woman has been living in Chester's Mill all her life, been working as a prostitute there, and Big Jim doesn't recognize her or know who she is?  You'd think that somebody who had his hand on the town's pulse the way Big Jim is supposed to have had would know the town whore.

The fight club scenes left me cold.  Chester's Mill might eventually turn to vice like that but it would take longer that a week.  And this is material added to the story by the TV show when more interesting things (like Big Jim's cadre of teenage thugs) is completely left out.

In the book Barbie was not a hitman or a collections agent working for a criminal.  He was a drifter who was working for a few months as a fry cook at the diner before moving on to a menial job in some other community.  His cred as ex army qualified him for a leadership position under the dome.  This Barbie is a more interesting character.  But you'd think that if they were going to change the character so radically anyway they'd change his name.  Call him Dale or Barbera but every time someone calls him Barbie I look around for a tall blonde woman in a tacky dress.  Perhaps giving him a woman's name was supposed to be some kind of statement but if so I don't get it.

SloPoke23 8/27/2013 9:05:07 AM

 Why were they so worried about water several episodes ago when the dome encloses a lake?

wish 8/27/2013 9:45:51 AM

Never mind me, the show itself ran out of fucks to give.  Buh bye domy dome dome.,

ryanwareham 8/27/2013 10:00:38 AM

 

This show is spinning it's wheels. The story could work in a mini-series way (The Stand and Langoliers prove that, because it keeps the story moving), but as a series, it doesn't have enough substance to keep traction for the long haul in the centralized week-after-week cast.

The fight club was laughable given the timeframe, the mother was too obvious (and oblivious to the situation she put herself in, really), and the kids are like goldfish or George W. Bu-look a squirrel!!!

While watching with my wife, at the end when Barbie was confessing, i was starting to say "if she doesn't freak out on him for killing her husband, this show will have lost every possible shred of believability", and i didn't even get the words out of my mouth before Julia was practically consoling him for the fact he had to kill her husband. Why was she doing this? Because she would get $1 million dollars from the insurance, BUT as was pointed out IN A SCENE WITH HER IN IT, there is no use for money (and really no way to collect $1 million dollars) under the dome. So, what, she has a piece of paper worth nothing, that validates the fact that the man she's shacking up with killed her husband, and what does she do? Consoles him. CHECK PLEASE, I'M DONE!!

If this season doesn't end with the dome crushing every resident and then jumping on to the next small town in the hopes of better story lines i don't know what i'll do....because nothing short of obliterating the entire town will suffice.
 

Iridan 8/27/2013 10:27:43 AM

I really hate to defend this show, but if I remember correctly, Barbie got in a fight with the husband and gun went off. I wouldn't say that Barbie murdered him, but I could be wrong.

As for Julia forgiving Barbie, well her husband pretty much ruined her life, so I don't think she has too much sympathy for him.  Of course the life insurance policy is currently meaningless, but she realized in the end he tried to do something to make amends. That's not to say that her reaction was realistic, but there is at least some internal logic to it.

I was thinking the same thing about the lake and the water shortage. That could be the biggest logic gap I've ever seen in a TV show or movie. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

And I didn't think it could be possible, but I think the acting was worse in this episode than any other.

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jd25u 8/27/2013 10:33:20 PM

 Oh my God, why do I keep watching this show??  It is so sad to see Dean Norris (Hank) stuck with such a suck-b*llz Role in this show.  They should have kept this to one season.  The wheels are a spinning.

ddiaz28 8/28/2013 9:09:58 AM

This was a pretty dumb episode but I'm still enjoying it enough to keep it on my second screen at work while I work on the other.

As far as the water thing several people mentioned, in that episode someone explained that there was soem sort of gas pocket the dome cut into and it contaminated the lake.  They showed a shot of all the dead fish. 

I agree with karas that they could be pulling more interesting things from the book instead of inserting stupid plots like this fight club.  And yes, the town turning to this type of entertainment in only a week seemed ludicrous. 

And I can believe Julia's apathy towards Dale's reveal.  It's obvious her marriage was on the rocks before all this happened seeing as it didn't take much for her to sleep with another man.  Plus the fact that she finds out he did it to himself. 

My biggest problem is that in the book, Big Jim is the big baddie and I hated him every second I was reading about him, which made him a great villain.  But others keep emerging as villains here above Jim when I'd rather him be the main guy to hate.

ashamel 8/28/2013 11:14:34 PM

I really hope the woman threw herself off the boat deliberately, and has thus escaped. Otherwise the whole thing would be flat and pointless (which at least would make it consistent).

Although I think she said she had only recently returned to Chester's Mill, which is why Big Jim didn't know who she was.

ReleaseTheseFeces 8/29/2013 8:23:28 PM

@SloPoke23 That is the most intelligent review yet. Nevermind that blowhard Henley.

rkngl 8/31/2013 5:14:45 PM

Loved the dialogues on this one. I was always expecting them to say things like "Hello, I'm your girlfriend you have not yet slept with who lost her mother to diabetes just 48 hours ago. How is you reckless sister who was sequestered for days inside an atomic shelter we have not been already told about?" or "I feel sad about the fact that we have lost our sheriff on the first episode, who had a pacemaker and loved me as the daughter he never had because his son died because of drugs, have we already told you about him?" For a while it remebered me of some Fringe episodes when the actors spent minutes spewing expository dialogues about things they were supposed to know and share but somehow felt the need to talk about it in a useless way so viewers could remember the backstory...

Or dialogues like "hey your sister has a butterfly tattoo, how come you didn't think about it when we are desesperately looking for something relating to butterflies?" "Because the scriptwriters are sleeping on the job?"

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