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Under the Dome Episode 113
Written By: Brian K. Vaughn and Scott Gold
Directed By: Jack Bender
Original Airdate: 16 September 2013
In This Episode...
The monarch butterfly in the mini dome hatches. It flutters around, leaving black splotches on the mini dome until the entire thing turns opaque black. Then the same thing happens to the big dome, sealing Chester’s Mill into moonless night. (Don’t worry - the production team still lights the scenes as if in moonlight.) Linda gets all pushy and insists no one but her is allowed to touch it. She does, and she gets zapped. The kids bundle up the mini dome and leave with it.
Julia is adamant about saving Barbie, so she and Angie bust him out of jail, then meet up with Joe, Norrie and Junior in Joe and Angie’s childhood hiding spot. Red handprints glow on the black mini dome, so the kids join in. The mini dome glows white then explodes into a pile of dirt. The butterfly is revived by a gentle touch from Norrie, and the egg glows and causes an earthquake. The kids think they are in trouble, but Julia is drawn to the egg and cradles it. The shaking and glowing stops. She is the monarch - not Barbie. Junior believes the egg should go to Jim, and he brandishes his gun in order to force the situation. Julia pretends to hand it over to Junior, but instead tosses it to Angie and directs the kids to run. Barbie fights Junior while everyone - Julia included - escape. They head into the forest to figure out their next move. Finally, Norrie just asks it what it wants. Alice shows up - but it’s not Alice. “We are just learning how to speak to you,” Alice explains, “so we chose a familiar appearance to breach the divide.” According to “Alice,” the dome is not a punishment, but was sent to protect them. They must earn the light back by protecting the egg. If they fail, then it is all over.
Meanwhile, the town has gathered at the church, believing that the end is nigh. Jim tries to allay the town’s fears, but even he doesn’t believe it anymore. Junior had gotten the upper hand in his fight with Barbie, and brings him back to the jail. Jim decides that people need to be scared into compliance, so he asks Phil to enlist in the help of several townspeople - to build a gallows. It goes up in town square in record time, just a couple of hours. Jim offers a deal to Julia: turn over the egg in exchange for a “reduced sentence” for Barbie. She has one hour to make up her mind. So if she turns over the egg, Barbie gets to live but the dome will probably kill them; if she keeps it safe, Barbie dies but the town survives (for now). As she is trying to decide, Jim drags Barbie out to face the crowd - and his death.
Julia knows what she must do. She takes the egg out to the middle of the lake and drops it in, saying goodbye to Barbie in a way. Barbie has a noose placed over his head. But after the egg goes into the lake, a bright, hot pink light leaps out and projects itself up onto the black dome. Visible from everywhere in the dome, hot pink “stars” are falling. In lines. Jim tries to use this as god’s way of telling him that he approves of Barbie’s murder. Junior is starting to have second thoughts. The stars converge into an explosion of light, and the black seeps away. The dome is now engulfed in white - but opaque - light.
And that’s it.
Dig It or Bury It?
Well that was shit-tastic. There were no fucking answers! Now they are stuck in an opaque white dome instead of an opaque black dome? What is in the egg? Why is Julia suddenly in charge of it? Who are these aliens (or whatever) that placed the dome? What is Chester’s Mill being protected from? What’s the deal with the pink stars? I don’t even care about whether or not Barbie was hanged.
I know that Under the Dome was picked up for a second season so presumably, some of these questions will be answered next season. But this was originally intended to be a 13 episode miniseries. Did they reshoot the last episode so there was more of a cliffhanger? See, in order to get audiences back for the next season, you have to ANSWER some of those questions, then pose new questions that the audience wants to learn more about.
I may have to wash my hands of this show.
Sleepy Hollow Episode 101
Written By: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, & Phillip Iscove
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Original Airdate: 16 September 2013
In This Episode...
Hudson Valley, New York. The year is 1781 and the Revolutionary War is raging. Ichabod Crane, fighting for the Colonies, shoots a huge masked mercenary off his horse. This doesn’t slow him down, so Ichabod cuts off his head. When we next see Ichabod, he is digging his way out of a cave and stumbles onto a paved road. Welcome to modern day Sleepy Hollow.
Lieutenant Abby Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department is having a snack with the sheriff when they are called out to a local farm, where the horses are spooked. Abby goes looking for the homeowner and finds him dead. The sheriff checks on the horses in the barn, and he is attacked by the Headless Horseman. Abby arrives just in time to see the Horseman riding away. Another cop, Andy, is headed to the crime scene when he sees Ichabod dodging traffic and arrests him.
Ichabod is brought in for questioning and a polygraph. He tells his tale: he was a professor at Oxford when he was drafted into the Army and sent to the Colonies to fight. He quickly switched sides and fought for the Colonies under the direction of General George Washington. After his bout with the Horseman, he was sent to triage, where his wife Katrina (a civilian nurse) tends to him. His next memory is digging his way out of the cave. There are lots of “what is this magical world” nonsense, the kind of stuff you get in any lazy time travel piece, and it is decided that Ichabod needs to be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Ichabod’s tale jives with what Abby saw (and still has difficulty believing). The captain won’t let her interrogate Ichabod alone, but he agrees to let her transport him to the psych ward, giving her a good 20 minutes or so to ask him what she wants.
Before they go to the asylum, Abby insists Ichabod show her the cave he woke in. On the way, he sees the town reverend. They both recognize each other - he was ministering to the soldiers during the war. In the cave, Ichabod finds a bible with a passage from Revelations marked, talking about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He remembers Washington telling him that this war would determine the outcome of all of humanity, and Ichabod realizes that his and the Horseman’s fates are intertwined. As they are leaving, Abby responds to another crime scene. The reverend had been killed - beheaded - when he recognized the Horseman. While Abby consults with her captain, Ichabod follows a bird into the graveyard, where it lands on his wife’s grave. Katrina was burned as a witch.
Abby delivers Ichabod to the asylum where she reveals her own backstory. Abby and her sister Jennifer were walking home from school through the woods. Seemingly out of nowhere, four white trees appear, all in a row. They heard a low, grumbling voice and saw a blurry shape, but couldn’t make out what it was. Then they blacked out and were found at the side of the road. Everyone they told their story to thought they were crazy, and Jennifer started to believe it. She has been in and out of institutions ever since. After dropping off Ichabod, Abby goes to the sheriff’s office and snoops around. A hidden key leads her to a hidden file cabinet, loaded with X-Files-type documents relating to the strange history of Sleepy Hollow, witchcraft and unsolved crimes. He seemed inclined to believe Abby’s childhood story, and even think it is linked to a similar story from 1882 in which the trees represent the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Back at the hospital, Ichabod is having a realization of his own. He wakes in a dream and finds himself transported through the mirror into ye olde woods. Led there by the same bird, he meets Katrina who explains that the bird was the only way she knew to reach him. She confirms that she is/was a witch and her body is not buried in her grave. Instead, it is the Headless Horseman’s head. When Ichabod wounded the Horseman, their bloodlines were merged. The only way to stop the Horseman was for Katrina to place a spell binding them together. The Horsemen was entombed in the ocean, but someone must have found him and woke him anyway. If the Horseman gets his head back, he will become whole, and the other three horsemen will arrive, bringing about the apocalypse. Oh, and the answers (to what questions, I do not know) are in George Washington’s bible. Strangely enough, Nicolas Cage doesn’t show up at this point. Ichabod wakes and finds the doctor trying to sedate him. Abby enters just in time and whisks him away.
On the way to the graveyard, Abby calls Andy and asks him to call for backup (she is in enough trouble as it is). He just got home, but agrees. First he stops into his apartment - and discovers someone has broken in. The Horseman is there, and has some of Andy’s guns. “I know where it is,” Andy insists. The Horseman sheathes his weapon.
Abby and Ichabod have just unearthed Katrina’s grave and found the Horseman’s pickled head in a jar when the Horseman himself shows up. Fighting ensues and Abby runs to Andy when he pulls up. But now that he is in league with the Horseman, he knocks her out and tries to lock her in the backseat of his car. She bites him, cuffs him to the car, and takes his gun. More cops show up, but dawn is breaking. The Horseman makes a last-ditch effort to kill, fires off all the bullets he can, and rides off into the sunrise.
The captain isn’t quite ready to believe Abby’s ridiculous stories, but there is enough evidence to force him to keep an open mind, and agrees that she and Ichabod can work together. At the graveyard, Andy had mentioned that a “war was coming,” so Abby and Ichabod pay him a visit in the jail. but they are too late. Moments before they arrive, a blurry horned demon enters Andy’s cell, mad that he failed. Andy begs for another chance, and the demon snaps his neck. Abby and Ichabod arrive as Andy slumps over, dead. The only trace of the demon is in the mirror as he fades into ye olde woods
Dig It or Bury It?
I didn’t dislike the pilot as much as I did the first time I saw it. The acting was good and Len Wiseman did a great job creating the world of Sleepy Hollow. I still think the story is ridiculous, and there is just no good way to describe it to people. This will go one of two ways: it will be canned after three episodes, or it will pick up towards the end of the season and go on to Grimm levels of charming lunacy.
Douchey Time Traveler Thing to Say
After Ichabod answers the cop’s questions, he has one of his own: “Where am I?” “The question isn’t where - it’s when. Welcome to the 21st century.”
I hope the show continues down this creepy path and doesn’t get too wrapped up in the treasure hunt and stupid time travel cliches.
This is it. We've finally come to the very end. This Sunday, September 22nd, Showtime will air the series finale to their hit show 'Dexter.' And although you'll have to tune in to see how it all ends, for the time being we've got some clips from that final episode titled "Remember The Monsters?" Want to get emotional? Check out this first clip with Quinn (Desmond Harrington) and Deb (Jennifer Carpenter). In the second clip, Elway (Sean Patrick Flanery) threatens Dexter (Michael C. Hall). And as a bonus, you can watch the preview for the finale as well as a special "96 episodes" video. Read Alyse's TV recap of last week's episode "Monkey In A Box."
Designer Thom Browne is no stranger to weird, gothic fashion collections. Fall 2013 used oversized, structural shapes that looked like they could have stepped out of a Tim Burton movie. Fall 2012 Menswear featured spiked tweed gimp masks that could have come off Cenobites. So it should come as no surprise that, for Spring 2014, Browne took inspiration from insanity. Set in his own "asylum" and taking inspiration from American Horror Story: Asylum, Elizabethan costumes, and Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight, Browne's models strutted in voluminous shapes cut with rubber and latex. What starts out prim and proper quickly devolves into deeper levels of madness.
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Space horror is always a delicious treat for me: metallic hallways festooned with cables and hoses, doors cycling open with an apprehensive hiss, and the grim isolation that only the vacuum of space can offer. This has translated beautifully to gaming, with titles like DOOM 3, System Shock, and Dead Space twisting the DNA of Cameron’s Aliens into spacefaring slices of intergalactic interactivity. Dead Effect looks to join their ranks by bringing zombies (there’s a shock) into orbit as an iOS-based first person shooter, but does it rock or does it rot?
The game’s plot is eerily similar to the aforementioned System Shock, with your character awakening from hypersleep on the ESS Meridian to discover that something is strangely amiss: the ship is overrun with zombies, and you need to find out what happened and survive the undead onslaught. This leads to plenty of FPS action, with a handful of weapons and plenty of zombies to splatter all over the ship’s titanium interior. The action can get very hairy at times, an ugly combination of large enemy mobs combined with the always-floaty touchscreen controls that make most FPS titles in the iDevices an exercise in frustration. Death can come at any time, but it never feels like a fair fight; your struggles with the game’s controls bring death as you try to resolve just which putrid pate to pulverize.
The other issue comes with just how stunningly generic the game is. It’s a zombie shooter, a genre which is quickly becoming as stale as month-old Count Chocula, and the space horror elements are liberally cribbed from other, better games. The game’s floaty HUD elements that holographically label ammo and credits feel like a dumbed-down Dead Space, and the zombie-infested corridors of the Meridian bear more than a passing resemblance to DOOM 3. Of course, a lot of these similarities could be attributed to the shared roots that all of these games have, but it feels more than a little plagiaristic. Even the game’s time-slowing abilities don’t exactly feel fresh, as they’ve been done before, and better, in non-horror titles like Max Payne. It is worth mentioning that the game balances beauty and speed perfectly in terms of graphics, with the game experiencing minimal slowdown even with its complex environments and larger mobs of enemies.
Dead Effect is a hard game to give a full recommendation to. It runs buttery smooth, looks great, and offers a decently cathartic amount of ghoul-splattering gore. However, the floaty touchscreen controls and generic feeling that borders on blandness certainly detract from the experience. Its bargain basement price ($3.99) makes it a more appealing impulse purchase, especially given its impressive length and additional play modes. It’s far from perfect, but it certainly scratches an itch.
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If you wanted to describe the excellent new horror film from Ireland called Dark Touch as "Carrie Junior," you wouldn't be all that much off the mark, at least not on a surface level. But there's a lot more to the film than just one angry young girl and a bunch of flying furniture. Despite a handful of familiar components and a whole lot of telekinetic mayhem, Dark Touch is not so much a Carrie acolyte as it is one seriously frank and powerful horror film about the disastrous and irrevocable effects of child abuse.
After eight bloody seasons, Dexter takes a bow this Sunday night. FEARnet was lucky enough to say goodbye to some of the cast and crew that we have grown to love over the last few years. Stars Michael C. Hall, James Remar, Desmond Harrington, Yvonne Strahovski, and Geoff Pierson, and producers Sara Colleton and Scott Buck tell us about what they will miss most about Dexter and Dexter's legacy in the world of pop culture.