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Every episode of Under The Dome brings with it a new crisis: the death of a sheriff, a ferocious fire, an unexplainable meningitis outbreak, etc. But none is more alarming than a bomb that could wipe out an entire town. In “Blue On Blue,” the people of Chester’s Mill went through an emotional roller-coaster when news broke that the U.S. military was hitting them with the “mother of all bombs,” a.k.a. MOAB.

The Players:

  • Director: Jack Bender
  • Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Cast: Mike Vogel, Aisha Hinds, Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and Nicholas Strong

Episode Title: “Blue On Blue”

The residents of Chester’s Mill receive unexpected visits from loved ones on the other side. Meanwhile, a soldier tells Barbie that the military’s getting ready to leave, and the government is afraid that the dome is starting to affect magnetic fields.

The Good:

  • Skeeter Davis: Skeeter Davis’ “The End Of The World” has got to be one of the most depressing yet beautiful songs out there. It’s perfect for all things gloomy, including suicides (Girl, Inturrupted), the aftermath of a president’s assassination (Mad Men), and/or imminent death (as used here in Under The Dome). DJ Phil picked the right song alright. 
  • Hint At Romance: While the chemistry between Barbie and Julia has been going since day one, a romance between them was sort of a long-shot, especially after she kicked him out of her house. But one of the last shots of “Blue On Blue” offers a huge hint at a new romance between the characters. It looks like this will be the beginning of a complicated relationship (but complicated is what we like). 

Best Line:

  • “Dodee, Visitors’ Day was not about saying hello to your families, it was about saying goodbye.” –Barbie

The Bad:

  • Army Secrets: We’ve watched enough movies to know that secrecy’s very important in the army. Yet, the soldiers of Under The Dome seem to be completely oblivious to this fact because they’ll tell anything to anyone. We get that Barbie’s “special coin” gets him recognized as a combat hero, but that doesn’t justify why the soldier on the other side told him about the bomb. Also, what’s up with overstepping the boundaries inside the dome and the outside world in this episode? This is the very first time we’ve ever heard the voice of someone outside the dome, and it was plain awkward. This show is called Under The Dome for a reason. 
  • Overemotional Sequences: Emotional sequences only work when the audience cares about a character, otherwise, it comes off as cheesy. And that’s exactly what last night’s episode was – cheesy. There hasn’t been enough character development for us to care about these townsfolk and the fact that they’re about to die. 

Overall:

Five episodes in and it’s clear that the writers aren’t that crazy about character development. They choose to revolve their episodes around events, and not the people of Chester’s Mill. “Blue On Blue” was one of the worst of the season, primarily because the emotion didn’t work.

Rating: 5.5/10

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

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