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They say blood is thicker than water, but that was not the case on last night’s Under The Dome. Big Jim Rennie and his son turn on each other when Junior decides to join Ollie, the man controlling the water system in Chester’s Mill. While Julia learns about the little black egg under the clear dome, a deadly war breaks out between the town’s men. “Thicker Than Water” showed us some new truths, unfortunately, not the ones that really mattered.

The Players:

  • Director: Jack Bender
  • 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: “Thicker Than Water”

Junior is shattered when he learns the truth about his mother’s death. Meanwhile, Julia becomes acquainted with the powers of the mini dome. Also, Barbie, Linda and Big Jim try to take back control of the town’s main water supply from Ollie.

The Good:

  • Girl Talk: Angie and Norrie have become fast friends. They bond over their rebellious youths and later, in a heartening scene, throw snow globes at the dome. When Norrie finally breaks down to cry over her mother’s death, Angie is there to comfort her.
  • Barbie Stands Up: Barbie tends to just go with the flow. He doesn’t get too involved in the matters of Chester’s Mill, unless he’s asked to help. But last night, he showed true signs of a leader when he went behind Big Jim’s back and blew up the water well, which is what he thought would be best for the town. This action put Barbie on Jim’s bad side, and we’ve learned that it’s not good to have him as an enemy (as he reassures Barbie in one scene). But as Barbie replied, there are two sides to every coin. So yeah, Chester’s Mill might finally be getting the leader they need/deserve.

The Bad:

  • Water War: While there were exciting elements to the war between Big Jim’s people and Ollie’s, we hated seeing the latter die. Yes, Ollie was a despicable man, but he brought out the hero in Big Jim Rennie. Now that the bigger villain is dead, Jim is back to being the despised one.
  • No Resources?: Technically it’s only been a week or so since the dome came down, but already people are running low on food. How could that be? When Angie goes through her cabinets, looking for something to eat, there’s nothing there; no can of soup, no cereal box, no sugar. Were her parents the worst grocery shoppers ever, or are the writers just making everything seem worse than it should be?
  • Family Problems: Junior learns the real reason behind his mother’s death, and has a heart-to-heart with his father. We know that this complicated father-son relationship is going to continue throughout the series, but it’s gotten way too cheesy. We could do without some Rennie family drama for a few episodes.

Overall:

“Thicker Than Water” featured the first war inside the dome. Things got dark, people died and new secrets were revealed/learned. However, most of this new information doesn’t matter in the larger scale of things, and that’s where the episode failed to be as compelling as say, “Imperfect Circles,” which is still the best of the season.

Rating: 7/10

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

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