Speaking of the army, we got more glimpses of picked up transmissions from the ground team surrounding the dome. Who seem to have nu clue as to what was going on and are guessing about what happened as much as we are (and the residents of Chester's Mill for that matter). Though I still believe the government to behind this via the councilman, who has been stocking propane fuel for the generator of the dome. At least this is my current theory.
It takes a cruel, cruel man to let another man burn alive. So I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Junior Rennie (played by Alexander Koch) has shifted straight into annoying territory for me. Without any context it's so hard to get invested in his character, why does he act the way he does? Why did Angie (played by Britt Robertson) care about him in the first place? Why sleep with him if you know what he is like? Why does his father, Big Jim, let such a loose cannon walk around without having anyone check up on him? One doesn't become a psychopath overnight, he would have had to know. Perhaps Dale Barbara (played by Mike Vogel) can knock some more sense into him?
Though I'm sure it fed right into the paranoia of deputy Paul Randolph (played by Kevin Sizemore), who started hoarding all the guns right away. Shocking the hell out of the other deputy Freddy Denton (played by Joe Knezevich) and Linda (played by Natalie Martinez) who quickly regained her composure and ordered Paul to help with the fire. At the end of the episode Paul's paranoia gets the better of him and a ricochet bullet kills Freddy. Paranoia, and panic in general, will play a much bigger role in future episode I'm sure. This episode really showed how small things, like a fire, we all take for granted to be dealt with can be become a much bigger threat.
Overall it was a good episode, it revealed several things about the dome (being like a sieve and letting air/water through) and the people trapped under it. The plot moved forward with intensity, but the characters still feel underdeveloped.