Under the Dome- Episode 11

Joe thinks one of the constellations is “them.” Angie, Joe, Norrie and …Junior (ick). Norrie has a melt down that she doesn’t want to be a part of the dome conspiracy/secret society. They decide to tell Julia about it (of course!)

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Linda is confronting Big Jim about paying off Maxine. He’s all “you owe me a damn parade” about smuggling propane in “charge me with conspiracy to keep the lights on.” Big Jim tells Linda to investigate Barbie instead. Julia needs closure with Peter… she wants Barbie to show her where he buried the body. Big Jim tells Linda that no one’s heard from Julia’s husband (which isn’t unlikely anyway, since he died on dome-day.

And then a knock at the door: It’s Maxine!!

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And she shoots Julia! (in a rare unexpected moment)

Barbie calls in the shooting to Linda. (hey didn’t Phil get shot once)

Junior’s trying to get back with Angie. “It’s undeniable, our lives are braided together.” Angie is panicked and tells him off, says she’s leaving as soon as the dome is down. She reminds him that he held her against her will almost killed her. So then he says that he’s not gonna be part of their minidome-team, he won’t get rid of the dome, he’d rather die than be apart from her.

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A tornado starts forming at the top of the dome.

Linda is trying to get across town and “carjacks” …Phil! Yay Phil didn’t die off camera. Joe comes by (to tell Julia about the minidome) and Barbie calls him in to drive while he helps Julia and they get to the hospital.

Maxine shows up with Big Jim. He tells her that he knows she’s the one who shot Julia, and she as good as threatens Junior. Big Jim has a big boo-hoo about how Maxine wants to hurt him.

Dodee is doing radio stuff, the receiver starts working again. Outside: authorities know that Dale Barbara is inside the dome. Dodee is interested and suspicious.

Angie shows up at Junior’s and he points a gun at her (good way to show you aren’t a nut) she tells him that he’s causing a tornado.

Julia flatlines. Barbie is doing surgery on her and starts sucking air out of her chest (what??)

Angie says they need Junior, he says “you need me Angie.” she resentfully agrees and as soon as he saves her life (tackling her so a blowing crate thing doesn’t slam into her) the tornado stops. (what?)

Joe thinks that Barbie is the monarch because he saves Julia, maybe he’s supposed to save everyone (okay… better than Junior being the damn monarch)

Max finds her dead mother washed up on shore. If she was mad as hell before.. oohhh look out every one.

Big Jim goes and finds Barbie, they form an alliance to take Max out. He says they take her alive… Big Jim says no. (Big Jim also admits that he needs Barbie’s help, he also tried to sell Barbie out that morning). Barbie makes a symbolic speech “blah blah… knock Big Jim off his throne.

Joe meets up with the minidome-gang and says that Barbie is the monarch because the storm stopped when he saved Julia. Junior says that it was him deciding to come back that stopped the storm.

Linda FINALLY shows up at Julia’s house. Phil tells Linda that Barbie was the “collections agent” for the bookie and they theorize that he killed Peter and Julia found out (which is true, except Julia didn’t care and Max shot her not Barbie, if he did shoot her, why would he call it in and then hide her body?)

Barbie and Big Jim try to sneak into Max’s place but they end up with guns to their heads.

“Jim killed my mother, Barbie. Bet he didn’t tell  you.” too true.

“It’s a good thing you’re handsome, brother, because you sure are thick sometimes.” She blackmails him into being with her, again. Barbies explosives… explode. He gets the upper hand.

Phil tells Linda about the fight club at the cement factory. She steals his car.

Barbie “breaks up” with Max, Big Jim shoots Max and a guard dead and then goes for Barbie, but he talks too much and Barbie punches him in the throat! Hooray!!

Dodee tells Big Jim that the military knows Barbie’s in the dome, and that he’s the one they are looking for. Big Jim charges Barbie with killing every one that he, himself, killed and puts out an APB and state of emergency in Chester’s Mill.

The minidome gang all go touch the dome (outside doesn’t look like a nuke went off anymore) they see a man coming toward. It’s a creepy Big Jim, dying on the other side.he’s bleeding and then they are all holding knives. Junior lets go and the knives and image go away. Junior runs off to find his dad.

Angie thinks they have to kill Big Jim!!!!

….So to sum up, Maxine was a deranged lunatic blackmailing Barbie into loving her (as Junior did with Angie) but instead of becoming an integral part of the story, a la Junior, Max gets shot and killed. While Angie is forced to cooperate with her abuser… explain to me how this is fair and not portraying women as worthless?

Way to dash all of my hopes. I was really hoping Max would get her revenge and kill off Junior. Bummer.

Linda… why would Linda believe Big Jim? INVESTIGATE… and why is Big Jim the one to declare that Barbie is wanted and that Chester’s Mill is in a state of emergency?

Why after working with Barbie and trusting him to be a deputy do you instantly believe he’s a cold blooded murderer? (well, he sort of is… whatever)

The big question still unanswered:

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Where is Ben?!

Oh… wait,

Who is the monarch?

Only 2 episodes left!

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil- Season #1

Todd Smith, stoner high schooler enters Battle of the Bands. It doesn’t go so hot for Todd. He embarrasses himself in front of his dream girl, Jenny and his band doesn’t make the cut. Woe is Todd!

 

Todd finds a book! Is this book Pure Evil? well yes, it is. But some magic words make his wish come true. And of course, things never turn out the way the wisher intends. Don’t worry, Jenny saves his ass. Turns out that the only clue she has about her father’s mysterious disappearance is a picture of the Book of Pure Evil. 

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The book keeps ending up in the hands of other Crowley High students (it is explained that the book appears to the depressed and desperate, who fits better than a high school student?) and it always gets freaky. Todd, Jenny, Todd’s one armed friend Curtis, and the nerdy Hannah. The guidance councilor is a Satanist,  Jason Mewes is the janitor and some stoners in the parking lot know more than they are letting on.

It’s a lot like Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny meets Scooby Doo. It’s hilarious.

And as foolish as it might sound there’s some clever shit happening.

Like Episode 3, where Jenny’s friend Marcie invites horny dudes over to her house for orgies and then feeds them to zombies. Much less cliche than most other anti-teen-sex scenarios. 

Or Episode 4, Gay Day, in which a gay student getting bullied finds the book and wishes that everyone in the school knew what it was like to be gay. The book complies and he becomes straight, all other boys become gay. And he says “I don’t want to be straight, I like being gay, I’m good at it!” and Todd says, “I’m not.” and laments that his entire identity is caught up in trying to get into Jenny’s pants.

In episode 7, Terrible Twin Turf Tussle, there are some of maybe the best lines on TV of all time, Jenny starts dating Dee, who’s real name is Delilah, which she doesn’t go by because “I’m named for a patriarchal Bible story that demonizes femininity.” Dee struts around in a Meat is Murder TeeShirt and watches Roller Derby, of which she says, “Isn’t it wonderful, they’ve liberated violence from male oppression. And the outfits are totally cute.” 

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On the other hand… in that same episode… Dee and her twin, also a lesbian are implied to be having a relationship. It reminded me of this interview I read with Teagan and Sara where one of them said that creepy weirdos always ask them if they fool around with each other, and then they said “If you’re straight does that mean you want to fuck your brother?” and I thought, man, are people really that stupid? And apparently they are.

In episode 5, fat phobia is presented as a logical thing to have as the school is attacked with obesity… 

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I know, really, that’s hideous. Before anyone says “why are you trying to take this show seriously, there was an episode where someone wished for a monster cock and it was longer than a python and turned people to stone?” Yeah there was. But really things that are ludicrously problematic could have been avoided. It was unnecessary, and it took away from the funny for me. There I said it.

All in all, it is very funny, and I really don’t understand why it got cancelled. Honestly it reminds me of my high school friends. Look! It’s me from high school!

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I’m the one dressed like a vampire (who wears a cross… le sigh).

Where are everyone’s parents? Ironically the only parental unit we ever hear about is jenny’s dad… who has been kidnapped. And the guidance councilor’s dad who is a cult leader.

There’s a ton of pot jokes, and hormonal teenage insanity and it’s hilarious. There’s a campaign to get a third season and/or an animated movie to polish off the series, check it on your Netfix and then head over here