It occurs to me that what we're dealing with on Under the Dome is, essentially, soap opera, wherein the characters need not remain particularly consistent from one week to the next. All that matters to the producers and writers is that there be conflict between the characters. Is it necessary for that conflict to make actual sense? Not apparently. They just argue and argue and argue, and if one character ends up arguing something that seems to contradict something they argued a week ago, well, what of it?
So, what's the argument about this week?
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Yep: food. Because, see, food is getting scarce in Chester's Mill. Patience is also getting scarce, and the town is starting to divide along lines of those loyal to Big Jim and those loyal to Julia. I'm not sure the series has done an adequate job explaining this, but evidently Julia is currently in charge of Chester's Mill. This may or may not have happened prior to Big Jim getting arrested last week. You'd think this would be a good time for somebody on the show to refer to Julia as "the monarch," but does that happen this week? Nope. We're over a third of the way into the second season, and the very concept of there being a "monarch" has been utterly ignored.
Part of doesn't mind this, because it was kind of a dumb idea to begin with; then again, you can't really spend as much time as was spent on that concept in the first season only to then totally ignore it in the second season. Except that I guess you can, because hey, lookit these folks doing it. They're proving me wrong on a weekly basis. So what I ought to say is that you shouldn't ignore it.
Anyways, I'm a bit pressed for time this week, so I'm not going to do what I've been doing this season; I've been watching the episodes a second time and writing my reviews as I rewatched, pausing as needed to wax philosophical and to take a crapload of screencaps. There's no time this week; yr. hmble blogger has to go to work for a few hours, so blogging's got to take a back-seat tonight.
Which is kind of a shame, because I did like this episode. It's still dumb as a sack of donut holes, and it's a step backward from the actually-not-bad philosophizing of last week's episode. But, despite that, I enjoyed watching it.