under the dome big jim linda 'Under the Dome'   'Manhunt': Is Big Jim after Deputy Linda?On the latest “Under the Dome,” the dynamic in the town’s power takes an interesting shift.

Big Jim

Paul Randolph goes off into the woods like a crazy person and it’s Big Jim/Barbie and Deputy Linda who take him down. Linda’s shooting of Paul is what brings Big Jim around that she’s ready to be sheriff.

This is a huge departure from teh book, as in the book, Randolph succeeds Duke Perkins and Linda is working against Big Jim. But as the book spans a week and the show is designed to span more time, this is actually a really intriguing plotline.

Randolph was always kind of a boring character for us in the book and we find it much more interesting that Linda, a character we like and care about already on the show, would be the new sheriff and therefore trapped between her morals and Big Jim’s influence.

It was one of two bright spots in an otherwise rather milquetoast episode.

Jim McAlister and Norrie

The other bright spot was definitely nerd boy and riot gurl bonding over his generator. It was also interesting to see a glimpse of Carter Thibodeau, who is more of a Barbie adversary in the book. It’s curious that the show chose to young him up a bit and put him in the way of a 15-year-old kid rather than a grown man.

The episode as a whole was a little slow. We already knew Julia was an outsider in Chester’s Mill, though it’s annoying she only does her news on the radio instead of printing editions of the paper, because that was a nice facet of the book.

And psycho Junior is still keeping Angie captive. We’d love it if eventually she’d escape and get to interact with some other people, but we aren’t optimistic.

What did you think of “Manhunt”?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."