The people of Chester’s Mill snap back to reality (oh there goes sanity) in “Redux,” forced to return to their lives under the dome while reconciling the imagined year they all remember living, free from its rule while actually asleep in cocoons beneath the town.
What does 365 days’ worth of implanted but still realistic memories do to everyone (except for Julia and Big Jim)? It leads to a lot of silly fights, love triangles, and awkward exchanges. So, just another day in Chester’s Mill.
Because the episode actually often sections off most of the relationships affected by the year of implanted memories, let’s take a look at what “Redux” held for the show’s most prominent duos and trios, including a romance that didn’t really exist and the formation of the town’s most unlikely friendship.
Christine and Eva
What were Christine and Eva doing in the cocoons? (ASIDE: “Redux” is likely the most you’ll hear the word cocoon said non ironically outside of nature documentaries.) Well, the two came to town as anthropologists, sent to find the egg by Aktaion. Christine touched the egg, and all of the dome’s plans and intents were downloaded into her brain, which earned her the queen cocoon spot down in the caves.
Melanie is jealous Christine got the nicer digs because she touched the egg first 25 years ago. (Melanie, you were brought back from the dead. Can you not be so selfish?) But the two are working together to ensure the dome’s still mysterious plan is seen through to completion.
The dome wants the people of Chester’s Mill for something, but what exactly it is remains a mystery. We at least know why Melanie wanted them in the cocoons (Cocoons!), as Christine says Melanie’s job was to “Lead the people to be cocooned so the egg could infuse them with the life force.” What is something with as cheesy a name as “life force” and what is its purpose? The dome isn’t ready to share that just yet.
But Christine is willing to do whatever it takes to see that plan through, even if it means killing Melanie. More on that in a bit.
Big Jim and Junior
Junior actually enjoyed his time in the fake Chester’s Mill. Free of Big Jim, who was dead in that reality, Junior was looking to forge his own path. He was going to do so by burning down Big Jim’s house, of course. He never got to set the fire in the faux Chester’s Mill, but with a little encouragement, he goes about finishing what he started.
Help comes first from Sam. Junior is initially resigned to killing himself out in the forest, but his uncle prevents him from pulling the trigger. Sam, also on a suggestion from Christine, has decided to start up a support group for the townspeople. Junior, however, not wanting to tell other people about his issues, abandons the group and runs into Christine. With a little push from her, he makes sure Jim’s house goes down in flames.
Big Jim is furious about his son’s actions, but he’s even more dismayed that Junior tells him he no longer exists in Junior’s world. Big Jim is troubled by this (remember, this is mere hours after he shot every picture of Junior in his house in anger), but the show’s smartest/dumbest character has plenty of other concerns to attend to first.
NEXT: Big Jim becomes a super spy while Julia and Barbie figure out where they stand.