Under the Dome Season 1 Review “The Endless Thirst”

Well, that was about 33 minutes of competent television completely undone by the final 9 minutes. It’s an impressive feat that only be accomplished Under the Dome.

This week, we finally got a look at some people who realize the danger of their situation. Granted, it took a silly contrivance to get us there, but the Chester’s Mill water shortage finally took us to a place I desperately needed to see it go. People finally realized resources are indeed finite, and the new reality began to set in for the denizens of TV’s favorite dome. The show didn’t need to go into a full scale riot from the jump, but it was nice to see some folks starting to take advantage of the new society. Power is in the hands of those with necessary supplies. Either you take it from someone else, or you get taken advantage of. It’s a big issue faced by television shows of this ilk. How quickly shows choose to ditch the rules of old society is always interesting. Some shows need to do it faster than others. Under the Dome was one such case. This situation was going to go south in a hurry, and the requisite panic needed to be on display. Finally, the show decided to go there.

The riot scenes highlighted a lot of what happens when you have a short run summer series that spends a lot of its money elsewhere. The show tried to play some tricks with the camera, but the small scale operation was still apparent. More work was also needed with Barbie and Linda because they remained pretty calm as the rioting raged on. However, at least they taught us that you can’t use 10 year old tear gas on tens of people. In addition to the riot scenes, the Junior/Angie storyline simply will not end. Maybe we can at least let it rest with Big Jim and Angie’s “arrangement”, but I just want it to go away.

Though the plot points had some issues, the first 4/5 of the show were perfectly tolerable. And then it rained.

Now, I’m against it raining inside the dome. I’m against the idea the dome is somehow protecting the citizens of Chester’s Mill. However, the fact that the rain can suddenly stop a deadly riot is downright comical. I know people need water, but the magical rain water probably shouldn’t halt a fight to the death. Yet again, the show teases us by raising the stakes only to make a contrivance of some sort make the people of Chester’s Mill be best friends once again. For whatever reason, the show is either afraid or unwilling to really set these people loose. They continue to paint the situation as dire, but no one acts like for a significant amount of time. Even the store owner is perfectly amicable about taking batteries as payment. Poor guy is simply acknowledging the new reality. The sooner the rest of Chester’s Mill decides to join him, the better off the show will be.

Now that the show has been renewed for season two, it will be interesting to see where the show takes us the rest of the season. With more episodes to fill, chances are the friendly citizens of Chester’s Mill will probably continue to worry about things like house fires, insulin allocation, and what’s playing on their favorite radio station. You know, the important stuff.