Under the Dome is back! We jumped in head first last night during the two hour season premiere. I think that we will be learning a lot about the dome this summer. During the last two seasons we learned about all the characters, who they are and their back stories. This season we will learn more about the dome and why it is here. Is it good? Is it evil? Will the people of Chester’s Mill ever be free of the dome? I’m looking forward to all the excitement.
We are reminded at the beginning of the episode about the events that ended the last season. All the people from Chester’s Mill, except for Big Jim, Julia and Junior, are in the tunnels and are following Melanie into a big white void as she tells them that “It’s time to move on”. Dale quotes Julia and tells everyone that “Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith” as they walk in. We see Barbie in the white void with gooey sticky stuff all over his hands, a forewarning of what’s to come?
The people all appear together outside of the dome and watch it disappear. Barbie runs through the town to where they all went down the hole to the tunnels to find Julia and sees Big Jim, Junior and Julia dead. He is devastated to see her dead.
We next see the various characters supposedly living their normal lives, doing what they might have been doing if the dome had not come down. Barbie is back in the special forces fighting in Yemen, he has a girlfriend (Ava), and regular nightmares about Julia dying. Joe is still in Chester’s Mill, finishing high school and having a hard time adjusting to Angie being gone. Norrie is at college and in a sorority trying to fit in. Everything appears to be normal, but is it? Or is it an alternate reality?
Preparations are being made for a memorial for all the people who were lost under the dome. There is a new woman in the picture, Christine Price (Marg Helgenberger), who is apparently from FEMA and is a trauma specialist. She is insinuating herself into everyone’s lives as a therapist to help them move on. I immediately found her suspicious. Later on we see her looking at a purple stone ring that she is wearing.
Ben is the only person in Chester’s Mill who is suspicious of what is going on. He keeps seeing inconsistencies and talks to Dale about what he thinks. This makes Dale look more carefully at what is happening around him and he begins to wonder too. As events unfold in Chester’s Mill, Melanie is seen down in the tunnels looking into purple windows and seems to be controlling events. If things happen that she doesn’t like, she changes them. She needs to stop Ben from his inquiries so she kills him. She strangles him, and pulls his slimy, sticky body out of a cocoon in the cave where she is watching. Poor Ben.
Along the way we see what at first seems to be a flashback showing us what happened with Julia, Junior and Big Jim. But as the show goes on, it is clear that it is happening at the same time as all the other events in the alternate Chester’s Mill. Julia and Junior have climbed out of the hole that took them all to the tunnels. They plan to go back to the school to get a ladder to go across the abyss that opened up in the tunnel and kept them from escaping, they want to join the rest of the town. Big Jim confronts them, and in his usual creepy, jerky way he intimidates them but in the end lets them go. Big Jim is one unlikable guy. He walks through the town with his guns, goes home and gets drunk, then shoots at all his pictures of Junior, this man will not win any father of the year awards! Julia and Junior make it across the abyss, but not before being attacked by swarms of butterfly’s. They get separated and Melanie finds Junior. She takes him to “show him something”, when he sees that there is nothing to be seen she kisses him and tells him that “you and your friends need to become what we need you to be”. Who is we? He is suddenly in the white void and gets sucked into the gooey stuff that we saw on Dale’s hands and is put into a cocoon. This is when we see the incredibly disturbing fact that everyone is in a cocoon! Melanie has somehow put all of the people of Chester’s Mill into the cocoons and is manufacturing events in the alternate town. As soon as Junior is in the cocoon he appears in the new Chester’s Mill. Barbie is confused when he first sees him, he knows that he saw a dead Junior. Soon Ava convinces Barbie that they met Junior while they were in Marrakesh. Another confusing inconsistency.
Melanie finds Julia in the tunnels and tells her they need to find the egg, that it is the key to getting everyone out of the cocoons. They go out of the tunnels and write a message on the dome hoping that Melanie’s dad (Dale’s dad too) sees it and brings the egg. He talks with one of the men he works with about the egg. They want to “unlock and harvest the power of the egg and the secrets it holds”. He goes through the red door and brings the egg to Melanie. She tells him that she is really not Melanie, she strangles him, and takes the egg back to the cocoon cave.
The episode ends with Melanie putting the egg on the main cocoon to which all the rest of the cocoons are connected and power begins to course out of the egg.
Julia has come down to the tunnel to find out what Melanie has done with the egg and Jim follows. Jim disrupts the connection between the egg and the cocoons. Next we see everyone hatching out of the cocoons, they are disoriented, slimy and confused.
There is an interesting complication, Christine and Ava have also hatched out of cocoons, they look surprised and confused to be there. This is confusing since they were not in the original group of townspeople who were trapped. What is going to happen with Dale and Julia when they realize that Ava is there? Are she and Christine still part of whatever was controlling everyone? Will everyone remember what happened to them in the alternate Chester’s Mill? We will have to tune in on Thursday evenings to see what happens!
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