I’m not foolish enough to think that Under the Dome (which still gets decent ratings) is wrapping things up for good next week, but at least a couple characters got stabbed to death this week, and another got vanished into a sinkhole in the ground. That’s what I call progress. Maybe you think I’m cold-blooded for cheering on the deaths of multiple characters on this show, but I say this in response: there’s literally no one on Under the Dome who can still reasonably claim that they deserve to live. At this point, my favorite character is probably still Angie, and she got killed with an axe weeks ago.
Teacher-lady Rebecca is still around, as is the handsome hacker (reduced to notepad-carrying duties when Barbie communicates with the outside world). But otherwise, this week served to rid the audience of all the new characters we got to know this season. Lyle stabbed Pauline because she was getting back together with Big Jim. I don’t know why he didn’t just stab Big Jim if this was a problem, but Lyle was never the sharpest tool in the box, and I guess he had some twisted plan for revenge on Pauline for never hooking up with him back in high school. Probably has something to do with Dwight Yoakam being ten years older than Sherry Stringfield.
Anyway, in response Big Jim stabs Lyle. Great news all around, really. Pauline was a real bust for this show after all that buildup and the all-star casting of Dr. Susan Lewis herself. So she could paint visions! Sometimes! It didn’t explain her faked suicide or abandonment of her children, and it only came in handy when the plot demanded it, as is true with everything on Under the Dome. Lyle made even less sense as a character even forgetting Yoakam’s advanced age, but I must applaud the zoot suit he showed up in for his final appearance.