Under the Dome – Season 2 Episode 1 – Heads Will Roll – Review

Under the Dome (2013) is a science fiction American television show adapted from Stephen King’s popular novel of the same name. The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan, and Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer on the show.

This episode was directed by Jack Bender and written by Brian K. Vaughan.

Starring: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch and Dean Norris.

Show Premise: A mysterious invisible dome appears in the town of Chester’s Mill without explanation. This cuts the town off from the outside world and forces the town’s inhabitants to seek answers. The dome brings with it strange supernatural side effects which tests the town in a number of ways. This is a fight for survival to rid the town of the dome, and to ultimately re-connect with the outside world.

Episode Synopsis: This season begins just where the last one left off. Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara (Mike Vogel) is about to be hanged by James ‘Big Jim’ Rennie (Dean Norris) and Junior Rennie (Alexander Koch) when a white light descends upon the town. Suddenly, the majority of the town’s imhabitants faint and are unable to wake up.

As the episode progresses, the dome begins displaying new symptoms – for instance becoming magnetic. This causes everything nearby to flock to the dome and stick, causing mayhem in the process.

As a result, high school science teacher Rebecca Pine (Karla Crome) has an idea to try and combat this. She hypothesises that the dome can manipulate electromagnetic fields which affects some of the people’s brainwave; therefore, she hatches a plan along with others to try and build a magnet to stop this happening.

We are also introduced to a character who perished last season; for instance Dodee Weaver (Jolene Purdy). She visits Big Jim in the form of a ghostly figure to give him some home truths. Jim murdered her last season in cold blood.

There is a new addition to the town in the form of Sam Verdreaux (Eddie Cahill) who along with Julia Shumway (Rachelle Lefevre) finds a girl drowning in a lake but manages to revive her. As the episode progresses, there are some interesting consequences to the character’s actions.

There is a lot going on in this episode which is reminiscent of the way the first season panned out. There are many characters in this show with their respective motivations and goals; however, they are all interesting enough to warrant further viewing.

Due to the way the first season ended (on a cliff-hanger with Barbie about to be hanged), I remember being initially quite annoyed. I was frustrated at the fact the season ended in this way, and said to myself I would not bother if it was renewed for a second season. Having said that, curiosity got the better of me and I tuned in. I was glad I did because ultimately this is a very interesting concept for a show, and is equally interestingly executed.  However, the fact this is adapted from a Stephen King novel is no surprise.

There is some clear character development in this episode – mainly from Big Jim and Junior. They seem somewhat reformed despite being the main antagonistic forces last season. Throughout the first season, they were blinded by the dome and began controlling the town by any means possible. As the second season begins, clear repentance is conveyed with an overall theme of sacrifice being prevalent.

This was a good opening episode for the second season and I advise you to check this out – even if you were frustrated by the way the first season ended.

By Robert Spence

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