Let the Games Begin

On last night’s Under The Dome, Maxine continued her takeover of Chester’s Mill with the help of reluctant puppets, Barbie and Big Jim. In her “brave new world,” men bet on fights, hoping to get a canned good out of it. A lot happened in “Let The Games Begin,” some things were silly, but overall, it was a pretty entertaining episode.

The Players:

  • Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
  • Writer: Andres Fischer-Centeno, Peter Calloway
  • Cast: Mike Vogel, Aisha Hinds, Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and Nicholas Strong

Episode Title: “Let The Games Begin”

Julia uncovers the truth about her husband’s disappearance, and also other dark secrets of Chester’s Mill. Meanwhile, Maxine shares her plans for the town with Barbie.

The Good:

  • Barbie Stands Up: One of the main reasons Maxine’s such an annoying character is because she keeps throwing things at Barbie and Big Jim. She says something like, “If you don’t do this then everyone finds out about your dirty dealings,” which makes her sound like an angry teenager. She says that or something like it every five minutes. At first, Barbie allowed this to happen because he didn’t want Julia to find out the truth about her husband’s death. But once he stood up for himself, the storyline got much more interesting. The writers spun things around so that Julia found out on her own that Barbie killed her husband. It turns out he allowed Barbie to kill him so that Julia could get his life insurance. Now Maxine has nothing on Barbie, and seriously, we prefer it that way.
  • Big Jim Moment: Big Jim finds out that Maxine’s mother, Agatha, is her insurance policy. She knows all of about Jim’s meth business and Barbie murdering Peter Shumway. So Big Jim does what he does best, he “kills” Agatha by letting her drown in the lake thus making it to look like an accident. Now, fortunately, Maxine has no leverage over him either.

The So-So:

  • Underground Fight Club: The underground fight club is something that’s been done over and over again on TV. In Under The Dome the whole thing comes off as goofy. It feels like this is a one-time thing. We’ll probably never hear of a fight club again after this. The only good thing that came from it was that Junior got punched in the face by one of the club’s bouncers. Now that was gold!
  • The Fourth Hand: Before the teens go in search of the fourth hand, Dodee (the radio station girl) shows up at Joe’s barn to find out what they’re hiding. She discovers the mini-dome and obviously presses her hand against it, except she gets a negative reaction that sends her flying across the barn. The teens rush her to the hospital where a nurse conveniently reminds Angie that Junior once got a seizure at her 10th grade dance. This means that Junior, the psycho who kidnapped Angie, is the fourth hand. After last week’s episode, it was obvious that Junior was the other chosen one, what with his mother’s silly painting and all. There were so many wacky moments between the teens and Junior , like when Joe tried to attack Junior (for kidnapping his sister), but instead gets put in an arm-lock. (Seriously, Joe needs to turn it down a notch. Who cares if it’s a cocoon or chrysalis?) The kids all touch the dome and pink stars show up all around the barn. While we don’t know what the stars mean, we seem to be going somewhere mildly-interesting with it.
  • Linda Finds Out: Linda finds Duke’s written confession about the propane deal/meth business that he had with Maxine and Big Jim. It turns out her hero was a hero because he only did this dirty business to keep drugs outside Chester’s Mill. So Linda goes to confront Big Jim about this, but nothing really happens. This confrontation could’ve been something good and memorable. The mystery has been developing since the first episode. Unfortunately, the writers let it fizzle out.


In “Let the Games Begin” we found out who the fourth hand was. Also, Julia discovered that Barbie killed her husband and is still willing to forgive him, and Linda now knows what all that propane was for. The episode was filled with silly moments. But there were also many advances in several of the storylines that kept it entertaining.

Rating: 8/10

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

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