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Old 08-06-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Under The Dome 8/05/2013 "Imperfect Circles"

Hey, we're making progress! We got to see the inner dome, and the magic egg inside that. A few stupidity rants (and I'm sure there are dozens more...):

* No one thought to see if there was a center to the dome before now?

* The edge of the dome is right across the street from Julia? How did we not know that before this episode?

* I love how Alice, who is a shrink and 20 years removed from medical school, is the go-to person for all medical issues. Everything from diagnosing meningitis to childbirth, and wrapped umbilical cords. Jackie of all trades. Even diagnosed her own heart attack. Bye bye!

* Did anyone think Big Jim would sit passively on the sidelines and let Goober steal his propane? Come on now, not even Goober could think it was gonna be that easy.

* Rose's body in the diner. Wouldn't it be... icky by now?

All in all, it was less stupidity per minute than the past few eps. And we did make progress on the dome/egg (I've not read the books).
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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Of course they take a 6wk prematurely delivering lady...immediately back to the house? At least they went to the clinic soon after.

And of course the high school kid thinks of where else to look. And that was just the first few minutes.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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Such a TV trope to have a one-night stand interrupted by someone at the door, and the new/strange lover either steps out of the shower wrapped in a towel (or less) and walks into the room with the visitor, or comes to the front door while the person who lives there is still talking to the visitor, making for an AWKWARD moment. Ugh!
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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* Rose's body in the diner. Wouldn't it be... icky by now?
At least the blood was fresh.
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Well, I guess in the grand scheme of things, this was probably the most believable episode yet.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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Glad the episode advanced the story somewhat. If I were on the writing staff I would be putting the camp through the roof every chance I got. This show needs to stop taking itself seriously and just go all out on the stupidity.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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I'm beginning to like Big Jim.

As for Rose's body being icky by now - it's only been one day, but I'd say it became icky at the moment of death. After a day that puddle of blood would have started drying up.

Interesting that just pouring a quart of water on the inner dome cleaned it to a streak free crystal clear shine. It had rained really hard the night before, why didn't that clear off the inner dome? and why were the leaves and dirt covering it, bone dry?
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:08 PM   #8
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I'm beginning to like Big Jim.

As for Rose's body being icky by now - it's only been one day, but I'd say it became icky at the moment of death. After a day that puddle of blood would have started drying up.

Interesting that just pouring a quart of water on the inner dome cleaned it to a streak free crystal clear shine. It had rained really hard the night before, why didn't that clear off the inner dome? and why were the leaves and dirt covering it, bone dry?
Did you notice the perfect star the water formed as it poured out, too, with the water streaks equidistant. It was quite impressive. Nonsense, but impressive.
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Such a TV trope to have a one-night stand interrupted by someone at the door, and the new/strange lover either steps out of the shower wrapped in a towel (or less) and walks into the room with the visitor, or comes to the front door while the person who lives there is still talking to the visitor, making for an AWKWARD moment. Ugh!
I would kind of expect the neighbor to know that Barbie is staying with Julia considering that she's 8 months pregnant and on her own and is friendly enough with Julia to knock on her door to ask for yogurt.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:15 PM   #10
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* The edge of the dome is right across the street from Julia? How did we not know that before this episode?
I think we did know and see that. Especially at the time she was trying to get the attention of the army guys outside the dome a few days back and they were ignoring her.

Also, I noticed the garbage piling up outside her house.

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* Did anyone think Big Jim would sit passively on the sidelines and let Goober steal his propane? Come on now, not even Goober could think it was gonna be that easy.
I was just surprised he had to get drunk to do it. (Yes, I get the implication that he's really a coward but when you considered he joined in the hunt for the wacko deputy....)
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Did you notice the perfect star the water formed as it poured out, too, with the water streaks equidistant. It was quite impressive. Nonsense, but impressive.
I just looked at that scene again. What I find impressive is that the cg people held back from making it a perfectly even distribution of the water. and I was wrong about the amount of water used. When Norrie is done pouring, her bottle is still half full, so she only used about a half quart of water. I need more water than that and more pressure to rinse the soap off of a cereal bowl.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #12
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The dome made the pregnant woman see her husband, and it also made the girl see her dying mother. Now that we know it can make people hallucinate, we'll see if that plays into the story anymore. The way the kid describes the dome (as a cell like object I think) it sounds more like a sphere than a dome.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:50 PM   #13
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How could the farmer be so sure the "dome" goes deep enough to keep the water coming forever?

I think in a real town there would be a meeting, and it would be decided whether you are going to confiscate necessities so that people don't die. A couple farmers can't fight the whole town if they need food and water. I thought Jim was nice to actually pay him with the propane for doing the right thing.

Really meandering away from the book by now.....
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I'm not surprised nobody thought to go to the center, all visible "effects" occurred at the edges and it looked like the inner dome was in an out of the way spot.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:08 PM   #15
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Wow, Red. Your hubby isn't even cold yet, and you're already doin' the hokey pokey with his killer?

Now that her mother has died, maybe charged-particle teen won't be so annoying. (Probably not). Or, is she dead?

Now that Junior has his first kill, who'll be next?

Hey, wonder if there's a face hugger in that egg?
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Now that Junior has his first kill, who'll be next?
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If you saw the previews for next week, it might be Big Jim. My guess is that it's just a tease.

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One can hope.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:21 PM   #19
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Yeah, I think you're right, just a tease. I can't imagine them killing off Big Jim so early in the series.

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Hey, wonder if there's a face hugger in that egg?
Or maybe this is the start of "Mork from Ork - The Next Generation."
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A couple farmers can't fight the whole town if they need food and water.
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It's refreshing that you're honest enough to to reveal you'd use mob violence to steal what you need. Just make sure your marks truly are weaker than you.
I would use "mob violence" too, if that is mob violence. The farmer isn't "weaker," though. He's trying to use his position of strength - having resources everyone needs - in a way that is detrimental to everyone else, and based on his interactions with Big Jim, he's not above violence. So if Big Jim and the crew want to lock him up or take him out and ration the resources, more power to them.
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Mob violence, when practiced for the good of the mob, is moral. Just make sure your marks truly are weaker than you.
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Conservation of Alices - that woman never should have named her daughter Alice. She exceeded the Dome's quota. Someone had to go.
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Wow, Red. Your hubby isn't even cold yet, and you're already doin' the hokey pokey with his killer?
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She doesn't know her husband is dead. She thinks he ran off and left her. With the house in foreclosure.
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Wow, Red. Your hubby isn't even cold yet, and you're already doin' the hokey pokey with his killer?

Now that her mother has died, maybe charged-particle teen won't be so annoying. (Probably not). Or, is she dead?

Now that Junior has his first kill, who'll be next?

Hey, wonder if there's a face hugger in that egg?
Although I didn't like the teen's mother's character and am glad she's dead, I would have preferred that the black guy she was married to would have been written out of the show, as well.
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Although I didn't like the teen's mother's character and am glad she's dead, I would have preferred that the black guy she was married to would have been written out of the show, as well.
Black guy???

You mean black gal. The actress is a woman.
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My appreciation for the show dropped sharply when I heard that they were extending it to a second season (and who knows how many more). The thing that made me get into it in the first place was "there's a fixed length so there'll be an actual resolution".

The "Very Special Episode" birth-and-death cliché didn't help. Neither did the egg -- we're veering farther and farther from the kind of resolution I'm likely to find satisfying. I'm afraid to ruminate about this here, though, because of all the people who read the book. Even though the discussion about the book will likely fall within spoiler tags, it tends to prevent the kind of discussion we would have if this weren't based on a book. That's why I haven't been participating in previous threads.

Pilot episode with the kid trigonometry-measuring the dome, I immediately said "okay, now go check the center". I've been saying that to him almost every week since. By this point I figured it would never actually happen. So it seems in a way more ridiculous that it did, in that it took this long for the guy who was mapping it in the first place to take that step.

I don't mean to threadcrap, I just can't find much positive to say anymore. About the only thing keeping me here now is the hope that we're going to learn something about Big Jim and why he had all that propane in the first place.
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Black guy???

You mean black gal.
He was trying to be funny. He's just not very good at it.
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Pilot episode with the kid trigonometry-measuring the dome, I immediately said "okay, now go check the center". I've been saying that to him almost every week since. By this point I figured it would never actually happen. So it seems in a way more ridiculous that it did, in that it took this long for the guy who was mapping it in the first place to take that step.

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Your average person is not going to be checking the center of the dome. Even after measuring it, there would be zero reason to check the center of the dome. They only went looking for the center of the dome when they had a reason to. Which makes sense to me. To me it would have made no sense to check for the center of the dome after measuring it. There was no reason to think anything would be in the center at the beginning of the show.
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I would expect Radio Lass to have considered checking the center of the dome, especially once her power source hunt kind of panned out.

I am also kind of surprised that Big Jim just didn't hobble back to his car and run over the town giant, then go back and kill Ollie.

As mentioned above, I don't think the town would care one bit if Ollie's property rights were infringed on in time of emergency; hell, the whole freaking town was ready to throttle people that they've known their whole lives one day previous for the contents of the local five and dime.
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