There are only two episodes left of Under the Dome this season, and it really, really shows. There’s no show on television more guilty of stretching out plot to keep the big twists for the end of the season, and this week we got a prime example. The big news of the week? It’s cold! Very cold under that dome! Why’s it so cold? Oh, something about “inverted altitude” and the dome sinking deeper into the ground. It is honestly offensive when this show pulls a trick like this — where the dome decides to move down for a week and make things cold, just to give us an excuse for some Chester’s Mill hijinks. We know by the end of the episode the status quo will be restored, because the only real plot movement can come at the end of the season.
Think about it. They find a locker leading to Zenith, but it only exists to get a couple new characters on board before it gets closed up again. Pauline paints visions of the future, but only when it helps move things along — otherwise her power is conked out. Melanie the Egg Girl is a walking flashback device who turns on and off as capriciously as the glowing egg itself, which might as well be a chunk of Avatar’s unobtanium or a glowing suitcase labeled “MACGUFFIN” for how shamelessly it serves the plot. Does something need to happen? Just throw the egg at it, that’ll sort everything out.
Same goes for the dome. This week it moves down and gets chilly; at the end of the episode it starts moving in, contracting our heroes closer and closer together. It’d be great if it just contracted all the way into a dot, and turned everyone into goo. Maybe that’s what the glowing egg is! Just a previous dome, which squashed a city into pink slime and now zaps around causing havoc for new towns. Now that’d be a twist.