This episode fell flat for me. Stuff happened, but there was quite a bit of wheel spinning.
Joe and Norrie’s plot line eats up a lot of the episode, but their circumstances don’t really change. They do rescue Julia at one point and come to Hunter’s aid when he is about to be put down for being rendered lame, but it felt like it was just something for them to do.
It seems the aliens are more passive aggressive than outright hostile. Where the last episode made the town seem menacing, they only lock the two kids in a room and make Joe do manual labor by himself to show him what he turned his back on.
Joe does raise a good point in saying that he is working to help the town, but it falls on deaf ears. You’d think they’d realize that they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, but it never occurs to them.
It did occur to me, however, that Junior called it way back in season one? Remember how he locked Angie up because he thought that the dome had infected her and made her act different. It’s kind of funny now, how it’s playing out similar to what he said and not only that, but he’s the one leading the infected. It’s rather ironic.
The real strength of the episode comes from Jim’s arc as he is forced to get information from Christine. It’s a scenario that has been used a lot, but both characters are fun to watch and they have an interesting dynamic. Helgenberger is especially entertaining as she gets to chew the scenery a bit.
As I was watching, I thought that it was also the stronger plot line as it seemed like we were getting information on what was going on. Looking back, Christine didn’t really give up all that much. I guess the scientist was right in saying that Jim wasn’t doing so well in terms of learning what their endgame was.
All she really reveals is that they were planning on bringing the dome down eventually, that they don’t necessarily view humans as adversaries, and Christine even notes that they are working for the greater good as the town was coming apart at the seams before she interfered.
It sounds like typical villain speak, but given how they emphasize the fact that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (yes, she quotes the line exactly and Jim acknowledges the reference) it might be an instance when she was being honest.
It’s hard to tell with her, though. Early on, she mocks Jim by feigning various emotions. It makes you wonder how desperate she really was when Jim left or how scared she was when it seemed like there was no hope of escape.
Oddly enough, Christine getting caught ends up working to her advantage as it gives Barbie reason to side with her when Julia tries to tell him the truth about what’s going on.
It looks like even Sam is coming around as he acknowledges that Christine convincing Abby to kill herself forced him to turn things around. It’s a ruse, however, and he promptly shanks her as payback.
This is hardly the end for the big bad as Junior finds her and brings her to the cave to recover.
Now, your first thought might be, “well why didn’t they just bring Hunter here to heal?” It would be a legitimate question, but they did say that the aliens are working with finite resources. Even healing Christine drains enough energy to shut two crystals down.
The episode had a few highlights peppered throughout. Seeing Norrie bash Eva’s head against the wall was fairly jaw dropping. Still, I’m hoping that the next episode brings more to the table. Given the meteor shower, I’m expecting an episode with more umph than this one brought to the table.