Under the Dome Finale: Should Have Been ‘Curtains’ for this Show
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
After a wildly uneven run, Under the Dome had its first season finale last night. And thank goodness, because maybe some time off will give writers an opportunity to regroup. This was a show that was marketed as a spectacle, a Stephen King adaptation that was sure to impress. That was the case at first, but it soon fell off the wagon. Characters were not advanced to a point where the audience really cared about them and seemed to only be used to move the plot episode by episode, i.e., their behavior was that of what was needed for them for that week’s particular show. It became mediocre by season’s end, and maybe because of its second season renewal halfway through the first, the crew thought they could be lazy with the storytelling from then on out. But the show will need a complete overhaul – a kick in the pants, if you will – to guarantee viewers will tune in next summer.
In the finale, Big Jim gathers the townspeople at church, preaches to them about the dome being a sign of judgment day and how they must have faith and then instructs them to build a gallows (the structure people are hanged from, if you didn’t know) in the square. That gallows was erected awfully fast for people building one in the dark, dontcha think? This act would have had more impact if Big Jim hadn’t done something terrible every. single. week.
Junior sides with his dad in the end, as could have been predicted, though his characterization all along has been endlessly frustrating. He flip-flopped sides so many times, there’s no doubt he’ll change his mind again (and again) next season as well.
The kids scramble to the mini-dome, hoping it will give them some answers, but instead it explodes. All that it leaves behind is an egg and a lethargic monarch butterfly. It seemingly chooses Barbie, who had been sprung from jail, as the new Monarch, but when the egg triggers an earthquake, it’s Julia’s touch that makes it stop. One can only guess that makes her The Monarch, the full meaning of which is still unclear.
Junior pulls a gun on Julia and tries to steal the egg, but is stopped when Barbie fights him, all while handcuffed. Julia and Norrie escape, and then ask the egg what to do. Their answer comes from a vision of Alice – though it’s not really Alice and is actually more alien than anything – which tells them the dome was not sent to punish them but to protect them. Ummm, OK.
Julia’s “monarchy” is tested when Big Jim tells her to give him the egg or Barbie will be executed. She decides to do nothing, and just as Barbie is about to be hanged, Julia throws the egg into the lake and pink stars start shooting into the sky. Big Jim then yells at Junior to go through with the Barbie’s killing, but Junior hesitates. Chester’s Mill is then blinded by light and the dome, seen from the outside, goes white.
So yeah, that’s the end of season one. Will we find out more about Jim’s dead wife’s connection to the dome? Is it really aliens that are involved in the dome’s appearance? Hopefully all will be explained more, though it seems unlikely, if the show’s previous track record is any indication. If it’s less-than-stellar cliffhanger ending is a harbinger of what’s to come next season, don’t expect viewers to hang on to such an up-and-down show much longer.
What did you think of season one of Under the Dome?