The end of the world isn’t nigh as far as the people of Chester’s Mill—well the non-brainwashed ones, anyway—are concerned. It’s here, and they’re helpless to do anything but watch throughout “Ejecta” as the outside world appears to meet its doom.
All roads lead to Bird Island in “Caged” because… get it, “Bird” Island. And there’s a cage… on Bird Island… because birds are kept in cages. Yes, nothing’s ever subtle on Under the Dome, and luckily “Caged” doesn’t change that fact.
With Christine captured by Aktaion but the mind meld on Chester’s Mill continuing to exert its grasp, the fate of the town’s future falls into the hands of a few brave, unaffected souls: Big Jim, Julia, Joe and Norrie. So clearly the townspeople have nothing to worry about.
Christine has made a mockery of the Chester’s Mill townspeople — not that that was a difficult task when so many of them acted like fools to begin with. But she’s taken full advantage of her brainwashing oxytocin goo, bending the crowd to her will, whether that be making them kill, be killed, or just really want to have sex.
Under the Dome began its third season with a major shift in the Chester’s Mill dynamic, as almost the entire town lived out a year of their lives in a fictional world. While that year only occurred in the span of a day or so, the townspeople retained the memories of that year and it’s been causing ever since.
With most of the town under Christine’s control at the end of the last episode, “The Kinship” finds a few lone townsfolk of Chester’s Mill to fight against the hive mind forming among the brainwashed masses.
How do they go about accomplishing that? Plenty of shouting, wild leaps in logic, and, surprisingly, plenty of hook-ups.
In case you hadn’t realized, Chester’s Mill is not the safest place to live, especially with the introduction of Marg Helgenberger’s mysterious new character Christine Price in the third season of Under the Dome.
The people of Chester’s Mill snap back to reality (oh there goes sanity) in “Redux,” forced to return to their lives under the dome while reconciling the imagined year they all remember living, free from its rule while actually asleep in cocoons beneath the town.
What does 365 days’ worth of implanted but still realistic memories do to everyone (except for Julia and Big Jim)? It leads to a lot of silly fights, love triangles, and awkward exchanges. So, just another day in Chester’s Mill.
Barbie and Julia try to figure out where they stand with each other in exclusive Under the Dome clip
While the people of Chester’s Mill may have escaped the fake version of the town they were trapped in during the Under the Dome season premiere, there’s plenty of fallout still to come.
Most of Chester’s Mill escapes the dome! The dome is destroyed! And Big Jim is dead! Under the Dome couldn’t have rung in the new season on a more upbeat note.
It’s a shame, then, that all of those events are utter lies, and everyone is still stuck under the dome despite an obviously fake tease of a more peaceful life.
We could tell you that Under the Dome’s dramatic third season (premiering on CBS on Thursday night) will involve an important guest turn from CSI alum Marg Helgenberger as an enigmatic queen-bee leader, or that the townspeople will finally get a chance to spend more time (gasp!) outside the dome.
But Dean Norris would like you to know something first: answers are coming.
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