Biggest shock of this weeks’ Under the Dome episode? It was actually watchable. “Going Home” avoided the played-out crisis of the week format and helped to propel the story forward with a focus on mythology. And while this made for a relatively stronger episode, the episode was still hurt by (a) the show’s weird tendency toward answering while not really answering lingering questions, (b) the gratuitous amounts of exposition, and (c) the six weak episodes that came before it.
We asked for answers, and this episode gave us answers. What’s at the bottom of the cliff? Where did Lyle go? Where is Pauline’s mother, and what has she been up to? But it feels like a bit of a cheat. Yes, we learned new information, but the long-term questions received little attention. What is up with the Dome? What was up with the Dome assuming the form of Norrie’s dead mother last season? The episode barely managed to satiate my desire for knowledge—albeit, what little there is.
But anyway, shall we dig into tonight’s episode?
Surprise, jumping off of the cliff under the school does not lead to your death. Instead, it takes you to the mysterious town of Zenith, i.e. Barbie and Melanie’s hometown. We found this out tonight when Barbie goes over the cliff to retrieve Sam’s body in order to prove that it was Sam, not Lyle, who killed Angie. As he’s making his way down the cliff, something starts to pull him down (Oooh magnetism!). Julia and Rebecca, who are down in the tunnel with him, try to grab onto his rope and pull him backup, but whatever is pulling Barbie down is too strong and starts to pull the two women over the edge. In order to save them, Barbie, ignoring Julia’s pleas not to, cuts his rope and appears to fall to his death, leaving Julia sobbing in Rebecca’s arms at the edge of the cliff.
Following his fall, Barbie wakes up in a playground in Zenith, and for some odd reason isn’t surrounded by people wondering where this man with several injuries—who appeared out of nowhere—came from. As he walks around town, the camera makes a point of lingering a bit too long on a sign for Aktaion Energy (more on this later). He returns to his apartment and is busy cleaning his wounds up when three big men with guns bust in and tie him to a chair. Apparently, before the Dome came down, Barbie was supposed to finish up his work for Maxine, return to Zenith, and run a job with this guy named Rick involving Aktaion Energy. Rick is now insisting that Barbie do the job today or face further beating.
The job in question: breaking into the owner of Aktaion Energy’s home, who we learn is Barbie’s father Don Barbara (played by Lost‘s Brett Cullen), after Barbie double crosses Rick and purposefully sets off the alarm to get Rick out of the way.
Don and Barbie’s reunion is rather tense and exposition filled. Turns out that Don, who’s a big businessman, hasn’t seen his son in two years and took issue with his son’s decision to join the army. When Barbie’s mother got sick, Don conceded to her pleas and used his connections with the government to bring Barbie home from war. Barbie, on the other hand, is upset with his father for always choosing business over family and gets upset again in their conversation when his father refuses to use his government connections to get Barbie back to the Dome.
NEXT: Started from the bottom now the whole Verdreaux family is in Zenith