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Pop culture has taught us that people and confined spaces don’t go together, especially when a plague’s introduced. In the latest episode of Under The Dome, the people of Chester’s Mill were given a hard dose of reality when meningitis struck their trapped town. With limited medical supplies and no doctors, “Outbreak” tested the people’s patience and trust.

The Players:

  • Director: Kari Skogland
  • Writer: Peter Calloway
  • Cast: Mike Vogel, Aisha Hinds, Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and Nicholas Strong

Episode Title: “Outbreak”

The people of Chester’s Mill fall into a state of panic as an outbreak of meningitis strikes their community, threatening their already depleted medical supplies. Meanwhile, Julia continues to search for answers into her husband’s disappearance.

The Good:

  • Junior Steps Up: Junior Rennie is a complicated guy. Even though he’s got Angie locked up in a basement (something that definitely qualifies him as crazy/obsessive), he’s not entirely evil. But liking him is still a difficult task. “Outbreak” showed us a new empathetic side to him though; he was the bigger man in a situation that could’ve ended horribly. While kidnapping Angie is by no means justifiable, his daddy issues do make him a more sympathetic character, especially when most of his actions are direct responses to his father’s shrewd parenting.
  • Julia And Barbie: Julia has figured out that Barbie isn’t who she thought he was. And as annoying as she is (with her snooping and endless questions), we commend her for solving the mystery. Barbie and her are no longer on speaking terms, but this just makes the chemistry between them that much stronger. People don’t get mad at people they don’t care about. These two obviously have feelings for each other.
  • Underground Surprise: After four episodes, someone finally discovers that Angie is locked away in the bunker. Big Jim goes underground when he notices something is wrong with the water pipes. In the bunker, he finds a shivering and soaked Angie on top of the bed. His reaction is priceless. (We can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Junior gets in.)

The So-So:

  • The Outbreak: Outbreaks are never easy (just ask the characters of The Walking Dead). But somehow, the people of Chester’s Mill made is look like a walk in the park. They contained the meningitis and one doctor cured almost everyone in a matter of a day. This simply doesn’t happen, not in the real world and definitly not in fiction.
  • Pink Stars Are Falling: Joe and Norrie continue to have strange seizures. The teens figure out that they can ignite the attacks by touching each other. They catch themselves on video and instead of showing the clip to everyone, they lie about having more attacks. These teens have proven that they’re smart, but having them keep a secret like this is a dumb, childish move. 
  • Calling it Quits: It looks like Rev. Lester Coggins has had a change of heart. He shows up at Big Jim’s home, and gives him his share of the money that he received for helping with the propane deal. We’re not sure exactly what this means, or why he changed his mind (though “the dome” might be the obvious answer here), but we’re hoping he doesn’t turn up dead in the next episode.

Overall:

“Outbreak” exposed the town folks to a harsh reality. They learned that crazy people with guns aren’t the only thing they should fear; there’s also the chance of a plague killing them all. But the crisis was solved way too quickly, thus diminishing the value of the whole situation. We know this is a CBS show, but they’re playing it way too safe. Who votes for more chaos?

Rating: 6.5/10

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

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