CBS announced its full slate of programming summer on Thursday, including the Thursday, July 2 at 10 p.m. start of the Stephen King novel-turned-TV series Under the Dome. Joining the Domers is Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger, who will guest star in an extended story arc, starting with the premiere.
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CBS is sticking with its sci-fi series. The network has renewed Under the Dome and Extant, EW has learned. Additionally, freshman drama Reckless has been canceled. There’s no decision yet on the fate of Unforgettable.
Act, Dean, act. That phrase was repeated several times in my notes for tonight’s episode. Honestly, it’s the best description of Under the Dome’s season finale, which was carried, for the most part, by Dean Norris’ performance. As has been said in these recaps multiple times this season, Norris really commits to whatever he’s given and acts the hell out of it. But alas, one strong performance does not a good episode make.
Guys, the Dome is contracting. And if you forgot the Dome was shrinking, the writers made sure that almost every character in the first eight minutes of the episode reminded you. However, that’s only a tiny quibble in the grand scheme of things because it’s not everyday that the crisis of the week feels as if it has something to do with the larger story. Luckily for the people of Chester’s Mill, they are no longer at risk of freezing to death as the temperature has started to rise.
I sound like a broken record, but here goes: “Black Ice” felt like a major waste of an episode. Under the Dome’s crises of the week never pay off because they are such low stakes—we know the crisis will be resolved by episode’s end and will have few lasting consequence (save the death of a random townsperson). And “Black Ice” didn’t pay off and suffered from little forward plot movement.
One thing’s clear: Zenith, a town that isn’t under a dome, is far more interesting than Chester’s Mill, a town that is stuck under the Dome. Maybe we were spoiled by last week’s Peter Weller-directed episode. Maybe watching Under the Dome isn’t as fun to watch on a vacation day instead of a work day. Maybe a show about a town under a dome shouldn’t be stretched beyond 10 episodes. Whatever the cause, “The Fall” just wasn’t as interesting as last week’s episode.
Angie is back Under the Dome.
Britt Robertson, who was killed off the CBS drama during the season 2 premiere, will reprise her role on Monday’s episode, EW has learned exclusively. Angie, or whatever she is when the dome makes dead people appear, will reunite with former flame and captor Junior in the infamous storm shelter, where he was last seen cuddling with Melanie while guarding the egg.
Well, that was more serious than usual. Who wants to guess that it was due to actor Peter Weller (24, Psych), who directed tonight’s episode? He brought a somber visual aesthetic to the show; all of the colors looked rather faded. Weller’s direction made “The Red Door” the show more interesting to watch and was a distraction from some of Under the Dome’s brand of silliness. Moreover, there wasn’t a crisis of the week under the dome, which is always something to be thankful for.
Was this week’s episode as good as last week’s? Not really. Was it as bad as what has come before? No, which is all we can hope for with this show. Yes, tonight’s episode saw the return of one of Under the Dome’s most bothersome characteristics: the show’s complete lack of continuity and logic. However, “Awakening” also pushed the plot along and introduced an intriguing Dome government/big business conspiracy. And although there was a lackluster quasi-crisis of the week back in Chester’s Mill, at least it wasn’t one caused by the Dome for some unknown reason.
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