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Under the Dome recap: Legacy

Everyone’s working on a secret agenda, which means Jim shares similar goals, even if he doesn’t know it, with a surprising group — the kinship.

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Under the Dome

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
2
run date:
06/24/13
performer:
Jeff Fahey, Colin Ford, Natalie Martinez, Mike Vogel
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Drama

The dome may be coming down! So naturally, someone wants to keep the dome up, and it’s not those in control of it. Aktaion—Hector Martin, specifically—has found its way once again into the dome, looking to put an end to their mission while the resistance continues to wage war with the kinship. And that means a whole lot of unnecessary murder, fighting, and generally bad decision-making. So let’s jump into the fire, literally.

The funeral home remains under attack, with kinship redshirts attempting to set it on fire at the start of “Legacy.” Jim puts up a fight, gunning down any kinship members who get too close. (This being the man who later on wants to look like a hero to the rest of the world by bringing down the dome. We’ll just forget all of those murders…). But a few Molotov cocktails fly through the windows, and the building is a pile of burning ash waiting to happen.

Luckily, Hector and his Aktaion soldiers burst through the house’s backdoor with ridiculously perfect timing, offering to help Jim and his crew to safety. They accept, and Jim leads the combined groups to the town nursery, the perfectly ironic hiding spot for an adult man with the temper of a toddler. Jim wants Aktaion gone, but Hector wants answers about Marston. Jim, naturally, lies, telling him Marston is hidden away, and so he leads Hector and his men to the Aktaion house that was previously burned down.

Jim hopes he can play it off like a surprising accident, a sign of the kinship’s might, but more importantly it presents a problem for Hector. He came to the dome for Marston and his research with Christine’s DNA, but Hector mysteriously lost contact with his doctor when Jim entered the picture. Marston was working on a cure, which was of great personal value to Hector after he lost a coworker and close friend, Patrick, to insanity that plagued him once Patrick touched the egg.

Now that that research is gone, and with the knowledge of Jim’s proclivity for shooting first and asking questions later, suspects that Jim was the real culprit behind Marston’s death. To escape the bullet resting in a chamber centimeters from his head, Jim promises to help Hector gain access to Christine, make up for what was lost in the fire and Marston’s death.

Hector agrees, and though Jim immediately then complains about having to risk his life to help Hector, he decides to go along with the plan after learning more about Patrick’s infection at the hands of the egg and the realization that Junior could suffer a similar fate.

The two make a pact. Jim will help secure some of Christine’s DNA if Hector helps them take down the dome, and they both come out of the situation looking like heroes. Jim doesn’t want to be double-crossed, and unfortunately for him he’s getting into bed with the wrong leader of a major corporation. Hector has no intention of taking the dome down. In fact, he came into the dome knowing full well that it was going to be a one-way trip with no return-travel plans set. He tells all of this to Lilly, the replacement-Hunter (who may or may also not be in the flirtation phase of a romance with Hunter), whose father was actually Patrick. Filling the father role for her, Hector believes they’ll be safer Under the Dome™, the cure offering them safety from the kinship while preventing any chance of the pain and bizarre circumstances Patrick suffered from occurring in anyone else.

Hector and Jim’s goals may not perfectly align, but Jim is not alone in his fight to take down the dome—it’s what the kinship wants, too. Junior and Sam have imprisoned Joe, who is apparently the ONLY PERSON in all of Chester’s Mill who understands soundwaves and what that might mean for Christine’s schematic. (You would assume at least one other person paid attention in science class in all of the town, otherwise this speaks extremely poorly to the schooling standards in Chester’s Mill.)

Junior and Sam try to beat compliance out of Joe, but he isn’t willing to budge. It actually takes Barbie’s intervention to put Joe to work. But wait a minute, didn’t Julia save Barbie last week with love? She did, indeed, but as the two reconnect and Julia fills Barbie in on the resistance’s plans, he decides to go undercover to save Joe while Julia, discovering the funeral home empty, heads out to find the rest of their team.

NEXT: Is Joe helping the kinship? Is Barbie really cured? Is anyone acting sensibly?