Under the Dome Season 1 Review “Blue on Blue”

Another week, another crisis for the town of Chester’s Mill to face in Under the Dome. In this week’s episode, “Blue on Blue,” focused on a visitors’ day of sorts for the town, which ultimately led to the revelation that the military was planning to hit the town with a bomb.

This episode reminded me a lot of an episode of Jericho where the town had to face the threat of nuclear fallout. Sadly, Jericho handled the idea of the town facing impending doom by having real stakes. Some of the characters could’ve easily ended up caught in the rain and stricken with radiation poisoning. There was the potential for long-tern consequences. Here, though, the threat just didn’t feel real. They were never going to break the dome with a bomb; it’s the title character, after all. That also meant all of the characters were equally safe, which made this episode feel more like a necessary plot beat than anything else.

While the main threat was a dud, there were still a few strong character moments. For one, Phil struggling to select a final soundtrack for the town to hear was pretty touching, and I have to say, he picked some good stuff. It made the last few minutes a pleasure to listen to, if not exactly riveting to watch. It was also nice to learn a bit more about Barbie’s past, even if he remains a frustratingly underdeveloped character.

Of course, underdeveloped is better than poorly developed, which is the case for Big Jim. He remains one of the most erratic characters, both in his relationship with his son and his intentions for the town. Whether or not he actually cares about the townspeople took a back seat this week, with the focus being on what he was going to do about Angie. The problem was that, even now, I have no idea what was going through his head. He didn’t free Angie right away, and then decided he would on a whim. He said it was because they were all about to die, but when he was in the tunnels later in the episode, his comment about Junior tying up a loose end was fairly ominous.

Overall, this was another mediocre episode of Under the Dome, one that did little to forward the ongoing mystery of the show. Once again, it falls to next week’s episode to try and hold whatever viewers might be left. Hopefully, it’ll finally live up to the promise of the pilot. At this point, though, it’s seeming less likely all the time.