The folks of Chester’s Mill don’t take kindly to strangers. In last night’s Under The Dome, people finally started questioning Barbie about how he ended up in their tiny town. “Manhunt” didn’t reveal much about his past, but it gave some insight into his personality.

The Players:

  • Director: Paul Edwards
  • Writer: Adam Stein
  • Cast: Mike Vogel, Aisha Hinds, Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and Nicholas Strong

Episode Title: “Manhunt”

After a former deputy goes rogue, Big Jim asks Barbie to help keep the town safe. Meanwhile, Junior determines to escape the dome by going underground.

The Good:

  • The Barbie Questions: Slowly but surely, the Barbie mystery has begun to unravel. Big Jim and Julia are the main ones asking questions, and they don’t seem like the type to wait for someone else to fill them in. They want answers. Jim recruits Barbie to go on the search party with him. During the manhunt, he learns a few things about Barbie (as do we). Julia doesn’t have much luck with her expedition. Barbie doesn’t tell her much, but it won’t be long before she starts doing some digging. She’s a journalist after all.
  • Disgraced Journalist: Julia opens up about her past to Junior, telling him how she ended up in Chester’s Mill. She did the worst thing a journalist could ever do — publish a lie about a powerful politician. After that her career ended. Listening to this story definitely adds some depth to the character. She’s still one of our least favorite characters, but it’s nice to know that she’s bitchy for a reason.
  • Linda, The Badass: Natalie Martinez makes a great cop. She has an honest face, but also the physicality of a tough girl. Linda is one of our favorite characters on the show. She’s charming and selfless, and seeing her play the hero is alright with us.

The So-So:

  • Gone Girl: If Chester’s Mill is such a small town, why has no one noticed Angie’s missing? We understand there are other happenings going on (fires, rogue men, a dome), but it’s absurd that not even her brother Joe has noticed she’s gone. On the up side, we’re glad to see that Angie is smartening up. The only thing that might get her out of that bunker is if she sweet talks Junior, and tricks him into thinking she still loves him. It looks like she’s finally learning.


“Manhunt” was a slow episode compared to the previous two. There was some gunfire and a mad man roaming the streets, but this episode was, first and foremost, about the truth. The only way we’re going to care about any of these characters is if they show us their true colors.

Rating: 7/10

Under The Dome airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on CBS.


What did you think of last night’s episode?