We are nearing the end of the first season and to say Under the Dome fell below my expectations would be an understatement. The show is a mixed bag of good and bad elements on the best of days, but in this episode, appropriately titled ''Speak of the Devil'', it really took a turn for the worse.
Junior might be turn-the-channel annoying, but Linda takes the cake as one of the dumbest characters on TV right now. It started when she let Big Jim off the hook even though she has evidence he is involved in a drugs operation. Things got gradually worse from there, even though that seems hard to believe by reading the previous sentence.
First off why would she doubt Barbie. who she has seen helping and saving people? Why would she doubt Barbie because of what Big Jim says, who is someone she knows has been lying all this time? After that it snowballed. Phil lives! Apparently he has survived his gunshot wound, something that was never followed up on, and pops up at just the right time to cast some more suspicion on Barbie concerning Peter Shumway. Then it became Barbie must have shot Julia because she found out. Why on Earth would Barbie, who was in the military, shoot her in the upper right area of her body? Why on Earth would he call Linda for help to get her to the hospital? Why would he help save Julia's life?
Another point, why would Maxine shoot her in the upper right area of her body at pointblank range? Plot convenience?
So that brings us to cement factory showdown. I wonder why there was no one there when an episode ago, which is a day in the show's timeline, it was full of people. Not to mention that Max apparently left the power switch to generator unguarded? Pretty dumb. Of course Max was going to lose and, playing by Barbie's rules, they were captured. Then another dumb ass moment followed, with Barbie leaving the prisoners in the hands off Big Jim.
In a move nobody saw coming, Big Jim killed Max and her henchman. Barbie got angry and attacked Big Jim, but at just the right time Linda (full off suspicion) arrived. Really, if Linda had a wheel of fortune, all of the spaces on the wheel would have read ''Barbie is guilty''. There were almost half a dozen ways she could have checked if Barbie really did it, heat of the guns, bullets in the magazine, etc. But she opted to take Big Jim's word for it, again. Thus she attempted to arrest Barbie, who promptly escaped, because she is the most inept police officer ever. When Big Jim told her to shoot Barbie, she even started firing!
I really don't know if Linda Esquivel can be redeemed after this episode, she might be better off getting killed.
By the way, Dodee is apparently fine too! Hi Dodee! You just heard the right parts to make everyone even more suspicious of Barbie! At this point I'm fully expecting Julia to forget who shot her when she wakes up. But the fact that the military is looking for Barbie is good and it probably ties in with his Jackrabbit history. Speaking of which, where is the military anyhow? We haven't seen them since the MOAB hit and I can't imagine them letting the dome just sit there.
The other big story of this episode concerned the mini-dome/sphere and the starry sky it projected at the end of the previous episode, but even this story line was worse than usual. The leaps in logic these teenagers make is baffling and Joe is such a know-it-all. The constellations and the four 'separate' stars that must 'The Dome Four', it all felt very far fetched for them to know. Even more so, than usual. The dome misbehaving might have been one of my favorite parts of the episode.
The bad far outweighed the good in this episode. Usually one of these elements like bad dialogue, plot conveniences or dumb out of character decisions isn't going to weigh down my decision much. But this episode was bad all across the board and then these elements start to add up, even the minor ones I otherwise would have looked past. I really hope the show can recapture what made other episodes so good in it's final two episodes.