Under the Dome, S2 Ep4 – Revelation

“Revelation” took the whole thinning the herd thing to a new level of realness.  The whole episode is pretty nuts, to be honest, and full of multiple realizations.  In a small town like Chester’s Mill, the facts always comes to the surface, and the Dome is the perfect catalyst.  With nowhere to run, you have to confront your inner demons, or others will force them out of you.  Think of the Dome as a giant mirror.  Living under something like that, you can’t avoid your reflection forever.  That’s not to say it only reveals the bad in these characters.  During this chapter of the story, some discover their humanity, or even where they come from.  Under the Dome  has presented us with plenty of situations brimming with insanity and truth of human nature, but at least we’ve avoided killing off the populations with a deadly virus… for now.

Pine and Big JimOh, I’m Pine.  I have to go wooork on the windmill projects at the schoool.  I am a responsible scientist.  BULLCRAP!  Well, she actually does end up being a little responsible by the end of “Revelation,” but it was still a close call!  If the farmer hadn’t said the right thing at the right time, the residents of Chester’s Mill would have been no more.  Poof!  Let’s hope this makes Pine a bit more gun-shy when it comes to taking the lives of other people into her hands.  This was the perfect thing to expose her, though.  She’s not the ultimate intellect under the Dome.  Pine makes mistakes, and she now recognizes the human side of her that is hesitant to take the life of another, even if it is for survival’s sake.  She actually admits to Sam and Julia that she can’t play god.  That is HUGE for her character development, and I am very eager to see Rebecca Pine in the next episode because I think we’ll be meeting a somewhat new character.  Sure, she’ll be practical and calculating still, but she views the other residents as people now.  That’s a big step in the right direction.  Big Jim will probably continue to believe he’s the personal representative of the Dome, though.  He’s way too full of himself to stop believing that any time soon.

MelanieMelanie Cross, what do we make of you?  You’re dead and you’re alive.  You’re here and you’re there.  What is the Dome trying to prove?  Melanie died protecting the egg from harm, but I don’t think this is a simple I owe you one.  She is back for a significant reason.  Her association with Barbie is clever, though I am surprised Melanie was still able to recognize Barbie.  If they’re from the same hometown, I’m hoping more memories of this girl come back to him.  Something more than mere face recognition would be excellent.  We have a link to Barbie’s childhood now.  He is such an interesting character, and details concerning how he came to be the man he is today would be welcome in my book.  Even though we’ve discovered much about Barbie, he still has skeletons in his closet.  Who knows if this new revelation will bring the past back to bite him, but I hope it arrives to enlighten us.  We’ve already uncovered a few secrets thanks to Melanie Cross.  Wonder how Sam will feel about her newly recovered memories.

Julia and SamSpeaking of the murderer, I freakin’ knew it.  If you haven’t connected the dots yet, Sam has clearly been in a scuffle recently.  He won.  When they bring Angie in to examine her body, they discover the skin of her attacker under her fingernails.  By the end of “Revelation,” we see a quick flash of Sam’s marred shoulder.  Looks like someone took a serious swipe at him.  Angie left her mark.  He stayed close throughout the aftermath of her death to take suspicion off of him.  Now that we know the identity of Angie’s killer, we have to wonder why he was there in the school that night.  I don’t think Sam ventured out with the goal of killing Angie, but when she got too close to the truth, she had to be dealt with.  He was looking for Melanie at that point, and I’m thinking he tracked her to the school.  Who knows what Sam would have done had he caught up to her, but Melanie remembers him now.  His actions from this point on should be exceedingly compelling.

Lyle’s part in Under the Dome needs to start making more sense.  They’re trying to keep us engaged and on our toes, but he will eventually become frustrating as a character if we aren’t able to form some semblance of a conclusion, so clear answers regarding his plan would be fantastic in the future.  I love Sam’s role in the plot (mostly because he’s a mystery that still manages to drop clues), and the cliffhanger they left the audience with was absolutely perfect.  I’d be lying if I said the ending didn’t put me on edge.  We have on-screen confirmation of the fact that Sam is a bona fide murderer, and Julia has invited him into her home.  She’s developing a habit.  It’s not as endearing this time.  Sam had better keep Julia off his hit list.