Under the Dome, S2 Ep9 – The Red Door

Ah, looks like we’ve opened a can of worms, dear friends.  The cat’s out of the bag.  The bees have officially lost their knees… I made that last one up.  These sayings can probably apply to almost everything that happened in “The Red Door.”  They slammed us and the characters with reveal after delightful reveal.  Chester’s Mill is suffering from a collective exhaustion. Running in the never-ending race that is the Dome must get old.  It’s not getting old for me, though.  This is the best episode they’ve put out in a while, and I think it’s because they finally tied up some of those more frustrating loose ends.  After teasing us for so long, it’s good to get some temporary closure.  They’ve laid out answers to many of the questions that were stewing in our brains.  Under the Dome absolutely delivered this week.

Mr. Barbara and BarbieThe verdict is in, and Mr. Barbara is one legitimately evil dude.  He’s INSANELY evil.  He is I will kill my estranged son for the egg evil.  The interrogation sequence reveals a lot about his character, and the one thing I really love is that he’s not affiliated with any government.  Mr. Barbara is at the top of his own food chain.  No boss to report to.  There’s no one above him to take orders from.  Everything he does is taken care of in secret.  He’s accomplishing massively complicated tasks without being noticed by the authorities.  The world is watching the Dome, and he apprehends Barbie in the blink of an eye. It does make me doubt the believability of the situation a bit, but it doesn’t bother me as far as the story is concerned. Mr. Barbara is an incredibly smart, awesome villain. Feel bad for Barbie, but feel good for Under the Dome.

MelanieWe’ve found the red door, and it’s definitely not the entrance to the clubhouse at the playground (no adults allowed, yo).  The actual door is kind of like that cheat path you usually find in a video game.  Want to go from Zenith to Chester’s Mill?  Go through this wacky door and pop up totally disoriented in the middle of a lake, but not before you’re hit with a misty cyclone and a flash from the past.  Much like Lost, there are some parts of Under the Dome that we’ll have to accept without explanation.  This is one of them.  The flashbacks tell us that Melanie is/was present in all of their lives somehow.  She’s been brought back from the dead to deliver a message and protect the egg, even if she doesn’t know what that message is or why the egg is so freakin’ important.  Melanie is the personal herald of the Dome.  We have a young character who doesn’t fully understand her own untapped potential.  I am both intrigued and frightened by her, which is kind of a neat feeling.  She seems totally sincere (except when she’s making moves on Junior), but it also seems like her secrets are ready to pop at any moment.  Melanie is a bomb.  Actually, she is simultaneously the bomb and bomb.  What a glorious dichotomy!

Julia and Big JimBig Jim, who are you?  Even with every other twist and turn in “The Red Door,” his attempt to lead the town out of the Dome and away from Chester’s Mill floored me the most.  Big Jim has a rags to riches story, in a way.  He never possessed power before as a car salesman.  He was simply another working stiff with an ordinary, uneventful life.  Now, he wields all the power he ever wanted and he’s willing to give it up.  Sure, he may be doing this because he figures he’ll be an even bigger hero on the outside, and maybe he will.  There’s no guarantee, though.  Of course, he’s not really on the moral high ground because he settles for just including Junior in the agreement, but I am still so pleased.  Big Jim actually did something unpredictable.  There’s hope for his character yet.

With how they ended “The Red Door,” the next episode is going to be huge.  Barbie and his pals are happy to be back in the fishbowl, but I don’t think the people of Chester’s Mill will take too kindly to Pauline being back from the dead.  Oh, and Barbie reportedly bit the dust as well.  Awkward?  Awkward.  No avoiding it now.  A state of panic is inevitable.  It’s going to be fantastic.