Wait… what? Under the Dome wasn’t completely terrible this week? How the hell did that happen? Whatever, don’t question it, don’t question it, just roll with it.
I mean, everything that was ever wrong about the show is still there. The terrible dialogue, the awful actors who can’t deliver it, characters being dumb for the sake of the plot, the whole “Sponsored in Part by Microsoft” aspect… it’s all still there. But “Exigent Circumstances” was actually a pretty entertaining hour of television, mostly because stuff happened and because, you know… it made me feel things.
It’s also resembling the novel a bit more and every time it does that, there’s a minor uptick in quality. Big Jim is finally becoming the Big Jim of the novel- why they spent the first half of the season exploring whether or not he was evil when he was clearly evil the whole time is beyond me, but at least he’s now gone into full-on, batshit evil villain mode. Just murderin’ muthafuckahs left and right, dayum.
The scene between Jim and Dodee was probably the most powerful on the series to date, probably because Dean Norris and Jolene Purdy are good actors and worked together previously on Breaking Bad. I genuinely felt bad when Dodee was killed and loved her final fuck you line to Jim. I think it’s a little hard to buy into Jim convincing this whole town that he’s a great guy when he’s so obviously not, and it’s weird that he all of a sudden has a posse. Again, this was done better in King’s novel, in which the heir to the sheriff’s department is not dumb as bricks Linda, but the now-deceased Pete Randolph, who’s a sleazebag that just does whatever Jim tells him to, including deputizing Junior and a bunch of his dipshit friends. But of course here Junior is a whiny pussy who doesn’t have a brain tumor and who hasn’t murdered anyone or raped any corpses- he also has no friends, so instead of a logical reason for why Jim’s in control, he just is because reasons. Continue reading