TV fans started comparing "Under the Dome" with "Lost" pretty much the moment the CBS show hit the airwaves. While both dramas revolve around a mysterious location, "Under the Dome" is already differentiating itself from "Lost" in one major way: by providing answers early on.
But are the answers coming fast enough to keep fans hooked? Here are all the surprising revelations and juicy tweets from this week's episode, "Blue on Blue."
"Blue on Blue" revolved around a kind of "Family Day" event for the folks of Chester's Mill, which allowed the people trapped under the dome to see their loved ones.
Deputy Linda tries to kiss her husband-to-be through the dome, to no avail. Meanwhile, Norrie meets a visitor who claims to be her dad.
It turns out that Family Day wasn't just a nice gesture; it was a distraction from the military's real plan: to use a MOAB (mother of all bombs) on the dome.
CBS news anchor Jeff Glor made a cameo appearance as himself. While plenty of fans recognized him, many of them wanted to see more famous newsmen on the scene at Chester's Mill.
Meanwhile, Reverend Lester Coggins was acting crazy — well, crazier than usual. He reveals that his hearing aid is picking up words being "spoken" by the dome itself.
I think Under the Dome has replaced the void that Lost left in my heart
— Meghan J (@bagelmegal) July 23, 2013
Against better judgment, I'm watching Under the Dome again. Thanks a lot Royal Baby.
— North O'Dowd (@THEJohnODowd) July 23, 2013
"I don't want anyone on our side touching it (the dome)."*kisses boyfriend through invisible dome*That's Under the Dome logic for you.
— Fabien (@VofEscaflowne) July 23, 2013
Are people seriously coming to visit them as if they're some sort of tourist attraction? #UnderTheDome
— Anabelle (@sydrianfeels) July 23, 2013
Visitors day wasn't about saying hello it was about saying goodbye. #UnderTheDome
— Amanda Meissner (@amanda_meissner) July 23, 2013
#UnderTheDome just keeps getting more compelling. China threatens 2 bomb. Butterflies & magnetic fields. And now the M.O.A.B. Amazing!
— Edward Hines (@LordEdzo) July 23, 2013
— Paige Kendig (@PaigeKK) July 23, 2013
— carolyn lawrence (@carolynlawrence) July 23, 2013
One mystery solved: His hearing aid was picking up military chatter about the impending bomb strike. When he threatened to reveal Big Jim's big drug secret, Big Jim shuts him up for good. RIP, Reverend Crazy Eyes.
Ah, so the suddenly cray-cray Reverend is getting messages from the dome. Makes a little bit more sense. #UnderTheDome
— Sandra Campbell (@themystikaal) July 23, 2013
BIG JIM: Woe! My son is a psycho kidnapper of girls! Where did I go wrong!?!?*sniffles* *casually kills man in cold blood*#underthedome
— Katie Massiah (@outofmyplanet) July 23, 2013
Speaking of Big Jim, he had quite the story line with Angie this week. After discovering that Junior had trapped Angie, Big Jim refuses to let the girl go.
Once the town learns of the government's plan to bomb the dome, however, Big Jim has a change of heart. He lets Angie free, so she can die free.
Of course, because Angie fits the ultimate horror-movie-blonde stereotype, she immediately runs into Junior after she gets free. Junior apologizes for the way he's treated her, and she oddly forgives him.
Julia Shumway gets props this week for realizing that the military was going to bomb the dome, but if Julia were actually a good reporter, she would have been on to Junior's kidnapping scheme two episodes ago — and she would have known about her flaky husband before the series even began.
To the surprise of nobody, the MOAB doesn't break through the dome. The land outside the dome, however, doesn't fare so well.
On a lighter note, plenty of viewers took to Twitter to mock all the product placement in "Under the Dome." And given Microsoft's recent stock hit, it was only natural that TV fans would poke a little fun at the company's products being onscreen.
Don't get me wrong, Under the Dome is trash but I'm watching b/c I wanna see what this man does about this girl being locked in his basement
— Ateerys A. Senoj (@SyGoFlyy) July 23, 2013
"If we're all gonna die today, you might as well die a free woman." Way to make her feel better, Big Jim. lol #UnderTheDome
— Gracie B. (@Gracie_TV) July 23, 2013
um, isn't now the time when Angie SHOULD be locked in a bomb shelter? #UnderTheDome
— Live Under The Dome (@DomeDayLive) July 23, 2013
I said kill him, Angie. Kill him, not kiss him. THIS IS STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. RESIST IT. #UnderTheDome
— Cassandra Lease (@Themiscyra) July 23, 2013
In 30 yrs of journalism, I never ever had a boss give me a nice bottle of booze "after my first byline." Try again, Red. #UnderTheDome
— Mindy Benson (@MindyBe) July 23, 2013
By nuking the exterior of the dome, they basically made those people live in a terrarium on the other side of a wasteland. #UnderTheDome
— the impossible girl (@invisiblecircus) July 23, 2013
Dear residents of Chester's Mill, now that you know the dome is indestructible, will you start panicking now? #UnderTheDome
— Dahne (@dahne1) July 23, 2013
With all the product placement, I'm increasingly convinced Microsoft is responsible for The Dome as a marketing gimmick. #UnderTheDome
— Charles Skaggs (@CharlesSkaggs) July 23, 2013
More unrealistic… A giant impenetrable dome falls from the sky around a small town OR a dude actually using a Windows tablet? #UnderTheDome
— Nap (@VTNap) July 23, 2013
Under the Dome: a magical fantasia where people use Microsoft Surface
— Abraham Riesman (@abrahamjoseph) July 23, 2013
After the bombing of the dome this week, do you think that "Under the Dome" has jumped the shark? Is the show providing answers quickly enough to keep viewers interested? Sound off in the comments below!
"Under the Dome" airs Mondays at 10 PM on CBS.
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