I was strongly tempted to have this week's Under the Dome review consist of a single sentence:
Fuck this show.
But, no, let's power through it and see if we can find something a bit more illustrative than that to say. We'll begin by acknowledging something: I sent in some comments to the podcast Under The Dome Radio last week, comments which more or less echoed the sentiments I expressed in my review post about how I thought that "The Red Door" might have been the best episode of the series and how it might point the way toward a new sophistication for the series. And so forth.
Listening to their discussion about my comments, I got the feeling that Wayne and Troy sort of felt I was off my rocker. And they might not be too off-base there. I stand by what I said about "The Red Door," but I would have to say that "The Fall" refutes -- or, at the very least, delays -- the idea of Under the Dome developing any sort of newly-sophisticated feel.
"The Fall" was a lousy episode through and through, one which will almost certainly -- albeit without your knowledge -- reward those of you who decided to stop watching after the end of the first season. Your lack of faith has been rewarded. Darth Vader does not find it the least bit disturbing; he gives you a thumbs-up and, in a beautifully basso-profundo voice, tells you that you have chosen well.
Me? Not so much. I am rewarded for my several-weeks' growing interest with a runny turd of an hour of television that not only fails to work on its own merits, but also seemingly closes the series off from some of the promising developments we'd seen in recent episodes.
Anyways, I just can't bear to put much more thought into this, so let's go into screencaps-with-commentary mode:
|Don't do it, Norrie. You are better than this.|
|The egg starts glowing white and "screaming," which makes Pauline freak out. Sherry Stringfield is a good actor, but I don't think you'd know it from this episode.|
|The egg looks more like an egg than ever when it's white. Not sure why I felt the need to mention that.|
|Joe and Norrie have used Hunter's honest-to-gosh egg detector to find the thing, and they've gone to get it. But Jim found it, too, and now he's got a gun.|
|I cannot tell you how much I wish he had shot Joe in the eyeballs. Instead, the three of them go into the cave, and he flings the egg down into the darkness, which causes a massive earthquake to begin rumbling all through the town.|
I damn sure don't.
But who knows, maybe next week I'll once again find myself trumpeting the series and theorizing that it still has a shot at being something good. Fool me once, you can probably fool me again, because that's how I be. This week, though, it feels like giving-up time has arrived. There are three episodes remaining, and while I will definitely watch them, and I will definitely write about them, I assume that we're just in for more bullshit.
Said more succinctly:
Fuck this show.