Last night was the first season finale of Under The Dome. The series started with big ambitions, and for the most part, maintained them throughout the season. We’re not saying every episode was a home run because that’s hardly the case. But there was enough material to keep us wanting more. In “Curtains,” important events ocurred, including the crowning of the monarch.

The Players:

  • Director: Jack Bender
  • Writers: Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Gold
  • Cast: Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Aisha Hinds and Mackenzie Lintz

Episode Title: “Curtains”

Secrets of the dome are revealed and Big Jim is determined to put an end to Barbie once and for all. Meanwhile , Junior, Angie, Joe and Norrie discover who the Monarch is after receiving a visit from a familiar face. Also, Chester’s Mill undergoes a massive blackout.

The Good:

  • Monarch Revealed: Julia was revealed as the monarch. What that means, we still have no clue, but the revelation answers a few questions. Now we know why the dome created a tornado when she got shot, and later stopped when Barbie brought her back to life. Also, it was a nice twist, since most of the kids were leaning towards Barbie.
  • The Dome Gives Answers: The dome, disguised as Alice (Norrie’s late mother), finally offers some knowledge to the teens and Julia. She lets them know that it was put into play to protect them, which leads us to believe that something bad will eventually happen in the outside world. It’s good to know the dome is not out to hurt them, but it did mention they must care for the black egg in order to live. Thus, the egg is critical to the town’s survival.
  • Old Connections: Junior’s mother remains a mystery. We know she saw the dome coming before her death; she painted her visions and repeated phrases like, “The pink stars are falling.” We don’t know much about her, but it’s exciting to know that she might have been linked to the dome before it appeared.

The Bad:

  • Big Jim’s Religion: There’s no denying that Under The Dome is filled with out-of-place moments, but last night’s “faith speech” was just crazy. It’s not that he’s a complete hypocrite, but this show has barely discussed religion. Now all of a sudden the town’s people are convinced the dome is a sign of the apocalypse? Nope, we don’t buy it. Also, when did they have time to make a guillotine? One second Big Jim is asking the DJ for help building one, and the next Barbie has a noose around his neck. Don’t these things take time?
  • Barbie’s Silence (And Cliffhanger): As mentioned in last week’s review, Barbie has been totally out of character these past couple of weeks. Why won’t he speak up for himself? Why doesn’t he deny everything he’s being accused of in front of the people? Sure, they might not believe him, but it’ll make them feel a little guilty for hanging a man who hasn’t said two words.
  • Naive Linda: Linda is the most naive and infuriating character on this show. She continues to be Big Jim’s puppet. She’s always talking about being fair and lawful, but she let’s Jim get away with too much. Honestly, we were happy she got zapped by the dome.


“Curtain” offered a lot of answers, but between Big Jim’s questionable speech, Barbie’s inability to speak up and Linda’s idiotic behavior, it was a big let down.

Rating: 6/10

Under The Dome will return for a second season next Summer on CBS.

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