I just finished catching up on Under the Dome last night and boy, that was literally a hanging ending. Actually, I keep wondering after seeing the last four episodes if I made the right choice at all in sticking with this series because Chester’s Mill surely took its fair share of stupid townspeople. And what worse agony than to be trapped underneath a mysterious upside down fishbowl with people whose brains well and truly need a jumpstart? Well, as a viewer trying to digest the sheer stupidity of 80 percent of the lead characters, I think is a fate that can rival that of Col. Dale “Barbie” Barbara, the only sane member of the community.
Take note that in the interest of fairness, I have opened my IMDB page on the next tab to show the list of the entire cast so I don’t miss anybody in my scrutiny. After much thought, here’s a rundown of my five most hated characters in the television version of Chester’s Mill:
5. Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) — As the series’ main antagonist, you would think that the town’s tyrant of an assemblyman would rank higher than #5 but perhaps this would illustrate my frustration at the rest of the characters of this darned town. My beef with Big Jim is actually not that he is so evil but that Dean Norris’ portrayal of the town’s consummate politician is lacking in terms of intensity.
4. Chester’s Mill Townsfolk – Yes, I am including the entire population of Chester’s Mill in this entry because of their lack of brain and willpower to even question the decisions made by one man — even feeding his already bloated ego by agreeing with all his decisions, even though they are obviously wrong. I understand that they are in a crisis but still, shouldn’t people be more proactive in a situation dealing with survival?
3. Julia Shumway (Rachelle Lefevre) – As one of the bigger stars cast for this series, and kicking ass as the original Victoria in the Twilight series, I had expected Lefevre to do well as the big city journalist who transplanted into a small town. I don’t know if her ineffectiveness is entirely her fault because there is really no indication of being a journalist in the progression of her character except for that one scene where she was following Junior around at the beginning of the series. There is no sense of urgency in even the direst of circumstances and in the moments where she should be following up on her leads, she seems ‘lackadaisical’ (a word I learned from Stephen King’s book) at best. I don’t know. I just don’t know about her. I’m very disappointed about her one dimensional approach to the character. And for someone who is supposed to save the town, she is more often than not in the receiving end of the saving (courtesy of Barbie).
2. Angie Mcallister (Brit Robertson) – I think I don’t really have a problem with the Angie McAllister character but rather, my problem is the portrayal of Britt Robertson. The character seems to be doing stuff that makes sense (for the most part) but her facial expressions just gets on my nerves. She isn’t very smart but she acts like she knows everything plus , she’s such a jerk to Junior, who, while admittedly psychotic, is a sweetie. way to provoke somebody who is mentally disturbed. I hope Junior kills her soon. Scr*w you, Angie. It doubly sucks that we share the same name.
and last but definitely not least…
1. Linda Esquivel (Natalie Martinez) – If given a chance, I would respectfully submit a new definition for the word dumbass in the dictionary and I will move that the picture of this dense, clueless police chief from the town of Chester’s Mill be placed beside it. There is no wonder Cote de Pablo of NCIS rejected the part when it was offered to her because this character sucks big time and no amount of money can compensate for the humiliation that will go along the actor’s resume for playing this role. Not only is this girl gullible, but she consistently makes wrong choices at every turn. Case in point, after finding out that Big Jim is involved in illegal activities, she still seeks and heeds his counsel, doing nothing at the face of his tyranny. If the fate of the town rests on her shoulders, apocalypse will come sooner than two seasons in the Mill.
So, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me?
For my review of the series, click this link: https://itswynnesworld.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/under-the-dome-series-review/