Hello Trashies, and welcome to the first episode of Season 2 of Under the Dome. There are a ton of five second scenes and quick cuts in this episode which are a bitch to recap. Stephen King wrote this one and now I may have to drive to Maine and hit him with a car. Too soon?
The previously on tells us that all of Season 1 was just two weeks of Dome Time. So in that time Julia thought her husband was missing, then found out he was dead, then hooked up with his murder. As a widow myself I think that’s a bit fast but I’ll give allowances for the hotness of Barbie and his manly scruff.
We open a new hottie drinking alone in a cabin in the woods. A very well lit cabin though he was probably off the grid before the dome came down. His name is Sam but just get used to me calling him Tag because I will always think of him as Rachel’s adorable assistant who made phone calls with his crotch. He rushes outside as the dome starts to fill with light.
At the hastily erected gallows, the light grows, a weird sound begins, and Big Jim orders his son to pull the lever to hang Barbie. For a violent stalker Junior is kind of a pussy and he’s all “But I’m afraid!”
Julia pulls her boat up and goes ashore. Suddenly a girl pops up in the water in the middle of the lake, trashing in the way tvs and movies use to signal drowning. (Summer PSA: that’s not what drowning looks like AT ALL, hit up Google and educate yourself.) Julia, recovering from a gun shot wound she took in the chest not two days ago, swims vigorously after her. Did the Dome just suspend reality completely?
Joe, Norrie and Angela are near the church, hear a rumbling, then suddenly the church bell flies out of the steeple to stick on the side of the dome. Joe pulls the girls out of the way as the church collapses. Aw, Joe wants to be Mini Barbie.
At the gallows a bunch of people fall down unconscious. Barbie wants to help them but Big Jim orders Junior to kill him. Junior refuses, saying they should go to the dome because it’s trying to tell them something. Big Jim goes to pull the lever himself but Linda the Pointless Lady Sheriff pulls her gun and stops him. She declares they are all going to the dome to find out what it wants to tell them.
Julia pulls the girl from the water and starts chest compressions. JULIA YOU ARE AN IDIOT! Air is always first. Tag rushes up and takes over, competently giving the girl mouth to mouth which works. How did he get there so fast from the woods? Tag looks at the girl like he recognizes her but just offers to take them both to the cabin to dry off. He makes this offer with such urgency he seems to be afraid they are going to die of hypothermia in the middle of summer. I fear Tag might still be a bit dim.
At the dome the Gallows Crew see a ton of metal stuff stuck to the dome and realize it’s been magnetized. It starts to pull Big Jim, Linda and Junior to it until they take off their gun holsters. Barbie is still handcuffed and gets stuck on the dome also. The handcuff keys are stuck on the dome and Linda struggles to free Barbie as the car is pulled to them. Barbie the Self-Sacrificing Murdering Enforcer tells Linda to leave him but she won’t. He gets free, she shoves him aside, then SPLAT, the car squishes her against the dome like a bug.
At Tag’s cabin the Creepy Pale Girl from the water just stares at Julia without speaking. Tag sews up Julia’s bullet wound because she tore her stitches during the rescue. Julia tells him Barbie is dead but Tag says he might still be alive. He tells her he was an EMT in town but was fired for drinking and now he just hangs out alone in his cabin, drinking and brooding. Aw, man, dark brooding alcoholics are my kryptonite.
Big Jim tries to get his gun off the dome to kill Barbie, so Barbie drops the dime and tells Junior it was really his dad who killed Dody the DJ. Barbie punches out Big Jim then heads back to town to find Julia. Big Jim claims he had to kill Dody because she was going to tell lies about their family and he is the only one in town willing to make the hard choices to save them. Junior points out that Linda just did that and walks away from him. I still hate Junior but anyone who hates Big Jim is okay with me. The enemy of my enemy and so on.