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Under the Dome Review: Thank You, Jim

I agree about Pauline's painting ability! For an art teacher, her stuff is very underwhelming. They don't do a lot of special effects in this show on a weekly basis. So, you'd think they could have splurged on the art budget for this season. I find Big Jim to be the more interesting character, probably because the actor (Dean Norris) is able to convey that he has a heart under all that bluster. More than any other character, his love for his family is consistent. He takes all manner of insults from Junior & Pauline, & it's clear he would do anything for either of them. So, he isn't a stock villain IMO. The teens have gotten short shrift this year. All they do is run back & forth, between houses, the cafe & the tunnel, conveying messages. Their characters haven't really grown from Season 1. And, I could really do without Nori's perpetual scowl. There were some surprises in this episode. Looking forward to next week's finale!

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Dallas Review: A Legacy of Revenge

What a fantastic episode! Clearly, Cynthia Cidre & Company delight in putting the screws to everyone in this series. My guess for who is taking pictures is that it's a private detective hired by Nicolas' wife, Lucia, so she can get the upper hand in a divorce. I don't think the correct term to describe Pamela's action is "revenge." Her leaving Cliff in jail is IMO a matter of JUSTICE. It wasn't a mistake on Cliff's part that she was caught in the bombing. He knew she was there & ordered it anyway. She could have very well died & he was willing to kill his own daughter & grandchildren just to get back at the Ewings. This was when he was still free & the head of a multinational. So, yeah - justice; not revenge. Question: Who was the head of the cartel, the guy shown working on his tomatoes? Was that Carlos del Sol? The current cast list on IMDb is not complete. They don't even have Melinda Clarke listed. I hope it isn't him pulling the strings behind this entire puppet show.

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Under the Dome Review: Through the Red Door

If you've been paying attention to the timeline of the series, it hasn't even been 3 weeks since the dome encased Chester's Mill. That's why answers to major questions weren't answered until season 2. When Barbie is walking around Zenith for the first time, I think a radio broadcast announces it's been 18 days since the dome came down. The town had to get beyond survival mode to start concentrating on mysteries. I still can't believe the arc Junior has taken. As for Big Jim, there's a heart in there. Maybe he just needs Pauline for him to find it. It was uncharacteristic for him to cave so easily to the unnamed soldier about not rescuing the whole town. Jim would have told the outside to shove it, and that he'd give them the egg only if everyone inside got out. He's that confident and ballsy.

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Under the Dome Review: Out of the Dome

Barbie's father said that only one part outside the dome is a nuclear wasteland; not all of it. Barbie was already inside the dome & protected from the nuclear fallout when the military tried to destroy it.

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I thought the people that were being killed were already sick. Remembering those who were asking for Olympia in previous episodes, it was the people who were already infected. This part actually confused me - why are civilians in masks mingling with those who are sick? Those who were well (like the "war lords) should have been avoiding Olympia at all costs.

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Greatly enjoyed this season finale, even with the cheese. In last week's poll, my guess was that Grandpa Chandler would be able to save some of the family; not all. I also guessed right that a character actor like Bill Smitrovich wouldn't be cast unless they intended to use him for several episodes. He's too good for a one-off. Ditto Titus Welliver, who may finally get a more heroic role instead of a villainous one. My one beef with the finale is that the timeline is rather ridiculous. At one point, Granderson tells Rachel, "You've been gone so long." Er, no. The Nathan James was only gone for 4 months. Even if the time to return to the U.S. was stretched out, we're talking no more than 6-7 months to include all these latest adventures. Are you telling me it only took 6 months for the U.S. to devolve into Revolution? And, burning bodies for fuel? COME ON! If 3 billion people are dead, there has to be PLENTY of power available for those remaining. I understand cremating bodies because of the health risks of letting them decay in the streets. But, if the human body could actually provide energy, why aren't mortuaries joining up with power companies today & encouraging people to be cremated? Please ditch the weirdo science & stick closer to the human drama of trying to maintain a society without going all "Lord of the Flies." Summer 2015 seems too far away. I was hoping S2 might be here in January 2015. I HOPE "The Last Ship" does NOT go all "Revolution" on us, with the crew separated & roaming all over the Northwest. No, we need our gang back together. I would understand it taking a few episodes to reunite everyone. But, if they lose the Nathan James, that would really suck. I hope to see the following in S2: redemption for the scientist who got shot; an awesome lab for Rachel so she can manufacture the virus (maybe on a hospital ship?); more travelling to help survivors; meeting other remnants of surviving militaries so they can form a ragtag fleet of vessels; a baby...yeah, I basically want to see Battlestar Galactica Lite, on the ocean, with Tom & Rachel growing closer (but no triangle).

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The Last Ship Review: The Six

Yes, season 2 is a go. I like how this show is an apocalyptic scenario that is so close to home, it plays like a military medical drama instead of a sci-fi/western like so many other end-of-days shows (REVOLUTION, THE WALKING DEAD). Who knew so much emotion could be milked from watching a syringe go into somebody's arm?

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The Last Ship Review: The Six

For a show called THE LAST SHIP, I predict the cast will have to be kept at a manageable level. They can't fill that vessel with family members who know nothing about running it. And, it would defeat the purpose to take the action to land. Then, it would end up like REVOLUTION (oh, please, not that). I may be in the minority. But, I want Rachel & Comm. Chandler together. Their fake kiss was kinda hot. So, it bodes well for what the real thing may be like. So, bye-bye, Mrs. Chandler & Tex. Grandpa Chandler can take Tex's place as the civilian on board. I don't think they'd cast a recognizable actor in that role unless they were prepared to have him continue the role for a while.

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The Last Ship Review: The Great Escape

Once I knew she was there just to be a decoy & help with the rescue, I knew she didn't have the REAL stuff in her med kit. That would be too dangerous - leaving the real vaccine & real stuff with Ruskov. It was filled with fakes - probably just colored saline. As for the Russian office who was infected, it was too soon to tell. He was there just a couple of hours before the rescue began and the virus has an incubation period of at least a day.

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Dallas Review: Be a Better Man

IIRC, Sue Ellen reacted the same way with JR's philandering. She may have blamed it on the bottle. But, her recklessness in drinking & driving put her in the hospital several times. Maybe not an overt suicide attempt. But, a cry for help nonetheless. Pamela talks a good game. But, there's no way she could have known the paramedics would get there in time. She was willing to die just to stick it to John Ross, which is the opposite of a strong, self-respecting woman IMO. Pamela thinks she is nothing like Sue Ellen while they are more alike than she believes. If the storyline has Pamela becoming pregnant while estranged from John Ross, it would harken back to the time when John Ross was conceived. Sue Ellen & J.R. were on the outs, too, and she was with Cliff at the time.

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