After nearly an entire season, Big Jim makes his big play for power. He uses townspeople who had their jobs rendered obsolete or useless by the dome and recruits them to city jobs. Admittedly, they aren't all cops. Some are hired to farm, watch the water supply, and collect garbage, but the fact remains that he now has his own personal police force at his disposal.
Whereas before Rennie tried to use the town's bylaws to garner influence, he now openly violates them when he finds out about the egg, citing "exigent circumstances" as a convenient cover to search private property.
Yes, Big Jim finds out about the egg. A few people are brought into that particular loop. Oddly enough, even the military seems to know about it. What that means, exactly, remains to be seen, but they aren't as unaware as we had previously been led to believe.
This episode follows up on a lot of concepts from the season's early episodes. Barbie and Angie finally run into each other again after he recruits her to help him get Julia out of the hospital to protect her from Big Jim, and we get a rematch between Junior and Barbie as they make their escape. Things were looking good for Junior early on, but eventually, the fight ends the same way their last face off did. I kind of want to see Barbie lose a fight, not intentionally, just face off against an adversary who gets the better of him and walks away victorious.
Also, the military seems to be aware of Big Jim's goings on as they reference the fact that he killed the Reverend. I'm kind of surprised that it took this long for them to bring that up, but it did make for a great reveal and it allowed Dodee to learn the truth about how Big Jim operates.
Alas, Dodee's fate is the same as the others who had the misfortune of crossing Big Jim. It did make for a shocking moment as a recurring character is taken out of the equation. I'm surprised that Jim was so quick to use fire. The town does have a finite water supply and the last time fire was used to cover up evidence, it ended up biting them hard.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch the final moments of the show as CBS delayed their programming, meaning that it didn't make it on to the DVR recording. As such, I can't really comment on how effective it was as a cliffhanger or as a lead up to the season finale.
The episode is good, but not great. It has some nice character moments, I like how Junior was quick to warn his father and show concern for his well being after the ominous vision from the previous episode. I do have to wonder, though, why he agreed to go with Angie after she tried to warn him that his father meant to shuffle her loose the mortal coil. If anything, hearing that should have strengthened his resolve to stay and keep watch over her, but I suppose that his soft spot for Angie clouded his judgment.
When the series was first announced, I thought that it was going to be a self contained mini-series. Seeing the first season play out, I have no idea how they would have been able to pull that off. At this rate, they'll need another 13 hours if they're going to make for a decent payoff to the build up. It will be interesting to see how the finale plays out as I really have no idea where the writers plan on taking this series from here.