Under the Dome recap: Love Is a Battlefield
Stuck between an amethyst and a queen baby, the resistance has to go on the offensive during “Love Is a Battlefield.” Christine is closer than ever to getting exactly what she’s been working tirelessly several weeks (and an entire fake year) for. And despite Jim, Julia, Barbie, and Aktaion’s best efforts, things aren’t looking too good for the freedom force after the losses incurred on the battlefield of love.
“If the spider has a queen baby inside that’s gonna wipe out the entire human race? Yeah, I think I’d kill it,” Big Jim responds in kind to a metaphor Julia poses about Eva and Barbie’s unborn child. Jim long ago solidified himself as the “shoot everything, maybe asks questions later” type of guy, so it’s no surprise he’s willing to kill an alien-infected pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Fortunately for Eva, Jim’s relegated to Aktaion HQ. He and Julia go out in search of Christine’s DNA to use in a cure Hektor and his team are concocting. They’re hoping that with the direct link to Christine and the other nebulous advancements they’ve made (Really, would now be time to start questioning the science of all of this anyway?), that a cure will prove more successful than the attempt made with Patrick, Lily’s father.
While out in the field, they run into Junior and some kinship red shirts, who are gunned down thanks to a few conveniently timed Aktaion soldiers. They bring Junior back to headquarters with the intent of using him as their first test subject for the new cure.
There’s just one problem with that, and it lies in the video footage of Patrick back in Zenith, where he appears stuck in the Zone of CGI Fuzziness. Hunter and Norrie show Julia the video, and Julia confronts Hektor about it in front of Lily, letting her know the father she thought to be dead is in fact maybe, sort of alive. And the man who lied to you was your surrogate father who knew fully well the situation.
Julia doesn’t want the same fate to befall the people of Chester’s Mill, but after Hektor explains how much of a better shot they have this time, Jim gives everyone the okay to test the formula on Junior.
Injected with the cure, Junior is running a fever. He eventually tells Jim that he feels like he’s on fire, but he indicates he’s free of the kinship’s hold. But you would have to be someone in Chester’s Mill to be fooled by that terrible charade—which Jim just so happens to be and is blinded by his relief at having his son back to notice it’s clearly a ploy.
Jim is rewarded for his faith in his son when he cuts off the rope binding Junior to a cot. And whether it’s the life force taking more of a hold or its mixing with the cure, Junior rises from his makeshift prison and goes berserk on his father with superhuman strength. He throws Jim across the room, breaks the neck of an Aktaion soldier and flees out of the room as Hektor and his men show up to the busted test site.
The escape leaves Hektor with several problems on his hands. The cure is, currently, still a total bust, Lily is upset with him for betraying him despite his desire to protect her, and Christine’s plan is progressing. Playing the bad hand dealt him, he offers Big Jim only one solution—kill everyone. Jim agrees, but surprisingly the trigger-happy father/sheriff/belligerent maniac seems a little unsure of the plan. Could Jim be experiencing another Grinch moment, his heart growing, maybe not three sizes but at least enough to sew the seeds of doubt?
(Unfortunately for Jim and Hektor, Lily overhears their plan to kill everyone infected, including their comrades whose life forces lie dormant, and she appears to be just on the brink of telling Norrie and Hunter, two once-fully brainwashed kinship members. So I wouldn’t expect the resistance to be on the same page anytime soon, not that agreeing and general competency has been their strong suit before.)
NEXT: Barbie and Julia deliver Eva’s alien queen baby. Just a normal Thursday in Chester’s Mill.
Hektor wants to wipe out the town because he’s worried about what infected kinship members out in the world might mean for humanity. Christine is inching closer to taking down the dome, and as she intimates to Joe, it’s with good reason. She refers to a “they” who destroyed her world and will do the same to Earth, unless the kinship can make their way into the wider world and help prevent the oncoming assault. Though I’m sure she wouldn’t mind also enslaving the human race once free of the dome.
Unfortunately, to bring down the dome, the original plan involved using the seven amethysts, soundwaves, and the egg as a sort of key that would unlock the dome. But without the egg and six of the amethysts, they have to make due with one hunk of purple rock and Joe. For some reason, despite Christine knowing all of this information about the dome, how it works, what it needs, and everything else she hasn’t revealed, she doesn’t know how to bring it down with the resources at hand. Instead, that responsibility falls to Joe.
If Joe doesn’t bring down the dome quickly, they’ll all suffocate, and yet Barbie asks him to stall. He wants to have Aktaion figure out a cure first before unleashing the kinship on the rest of humanity, but Barbie leaves all of that up to the two main factions. Instead he’s worried about the other key to the slowly dying Christine’s plans: Eva’s baby. He attempts to fool the kinship into believing that he is still a member of their group. (Again, you would think an advanced alien race that has these bizarre capabilities would not need an Earthling’s help to save them nor not recognize when someone has clearly broken free of their spell.)
Eva sees through the ploy, however, when he suggests they run away from the kinship together and raise the baby themselves. She can’t put up much of a fight, though, as Barbie drugs her by mixing something into her tea.
Julia meets him and an in-labor Eva at the motel for what must be one of the most awkward births in TV history. Julia is helping the man she loves deliver the baby of the woman he fell in love with in an imagined world—and then fell in love with her again in the real world after being brainwashed by aliens before coming to his senses at gunpoint and falling back in love with Julia. What a story to tell the kid when she’s fully grown!
Barbie and Julia also have to keep Eva pinned down, as she struggles to free herself from this nightmarish delivery room. Whether she likes it or not, the baby is on its way, however, and she gives birth to the daughter and heir to the dome throne. Barbie initially holds onto her, but agrees to let Eva hold her for just a moment.
That moment is a disastrous one for the resistance, however. Eva breastfeeds the baby, uniting the two of them, their veins shining bright blue. Eva refuses to hand over her child, the queen, throwing Barbie through the motel window with a simple thrust of her hand. Julia goes to his rescue, but the two are forced to flee as the kinship arrives.
Chief among the search party is Christine, who sits with Eva as she feeds the baby, the life force flowing through her and into the baby. As revealed by the fuzziness of their mirrored reflections, it reverts Eva back to her normal human essence, the force drained out of her, making her utterly useless to Christine. And with the baby in the current queen’s hands, Christine decides there’s nothing left to be done with Eva but kill her.
So she suffocates the new mother, singing her a lullaby because apparently murder is just too boring for an alien queen on its own. Or maybe she was singing in celebration: She has the baby, Joe has successfully broken their one amethyst into seven smaller stones, and now, bringing down the dome has become less a far-fetched hope and much more a plan mere steps away from reality. Hopefully Jim and Hektor have enough firepower to ensure their plan to lay waste to Chester’s Mill, or Christine might just get her way once again in the season’s last two episodes.
Dome Watch 2015: They are, in fact, still under the dome.
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