Under the Dome: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2
Under the Dome

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Though it reins in some of the first season's absurdity and shows potential for improvement, Under the Dome's second season still feels like a ride with no closure.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 342

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Air date: Jun 30, 2014
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Season 2 of the sci-fi drama (based on Stephen King's novel of the same name) about a town that is cut off from the rest of the world by a gigantic transparent dome begins with the citizens of Chester's Mill discovering that the Dome is magnetised. Making matters worse is the town's rapidly declining food supply. The situation becomes so dire that Big Jim (Dean Norris) and Rebecca (Karla Crome) propose the extreme measure of population control. Additional woes include a massive dust storm and acid rain that threatens everyone it touches. But a glimmer of hope shines when a mysterious tunnel is located under the town that could possibly prove to be an escape route. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Eddie Cahill also star.


Mike Vogel
as Dale "Barbie" Barbara
Rachelle Lefevre
as Julia Shumway
Dean Norris
as James "Big Jim" Rennie
Eddie Cahill
as Sam Verdreaux
Nicholas Strong
as Phil Bushey
Karla Crome
as Rebecca Pine
Aisha Hinds
as Carolyn Hill
Dale Raoul
as Andrea Grinell
Beth Broderick
as Rose Twitchell
Natalie Martinez
as Deputy Linda
Grace Victoria Cox
as Melanie Cross
John Elvis
as Ben Drake
Estes Tarver
as Tom Tilden
Brett Cullen
as Don Barbara
Hannah Black
as Young Pauline
Reide Hale
as Young Lyle
Samantha Mathis
as Alice Calvert
Brody Rose
as Little Boy
Matt McHugh
as Farmer Killian
Jeff Fahey
as Sheriff Duke
Erika Hayes
as News Anchor
Stephen King
as Diner Patron
Ned Bellamy
as Reverend Coggins
Bryant Prince
as Aidan Tilden
Angelina Cortez
as National Guardswoman
Curt Willis
as Soldier
Ben P. Jensen
as Henchman
Susan Williams
as Receptionist
Austin Stack
as Young Junior
Samantha Worthen
as Scared Miller
Brennon Olsen
as 8-Year-Old Barbie
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Critic Reviews for Under the Dome Season 2

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Under the Dome is never less than interesting, with the dome's attitude towards humanity increasingly reminiscent of the alien visitor in the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fans of Dome, and there are many, have never expected the acting to reach award-level, largely because of the dialogue, and hey, a lot of times it's more entertaining that way.

Jun 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For those who hung in, and may be considering heading back Under, there are glimmers of hope for season two.

Jun 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Poor, silly Dome has been breeding like a drunken rabbit. Does anyone else have an itchy trigger finger yet?

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

If not top-tier TV terror fare, "Under the Dome" certainly is solid second-level stuff. And given the state of horror on television these days, that's a bloody good compliment.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Under the Dome has assuredly stepped back into its place as one of the most frustrating and dim-witted shows on television.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Under the Dome is definitely going for a new "no one is safe" vibe. Though it would help of any of the characters who were no longer safe were characters I actually care about.

Jul 1, 2014 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

At least it's not a lame reality show or a procedural rerun.

Jun 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Where is Melanie taking them? Who knows. Although this has been a particularly rough season, I would be lying if I said I didn't want to know where Melanie was taking them.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The way certain skeptics feel about climate change is the way I feel about the dome -- and everything under it. I just don't buy Under the Dome on any level. I think the story is a shambles and the concept is dumb.

Jun 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Under the Dome: Season 2

  • Sep 11, 2015
    Season 2 of Under the Dome was quite a disappointment with a ridiculous plot and random violence that served no purpose.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2018
    oh so there's a way out? why isn't everybody jumping in? oh right, because everybody has their own agenda.
  • Mar 03, 2017
    When "Under the Dome" premiered in the summer of 2013, I was excited as anyone to see Stephen King's novel come to life. That excitement seemed to have payed off, as the few first episodes were mind-boggling in terms of visuals and atmosphere. Simply put, the show looked like a real winner. Sadly, I don't know if I've ever seen a show take such a nose-dive. For the last half of Season One and so far into this Second Season, the quality of the plots/characters has descended into an absolute mess. I usually don't like to review an "unfinished product", so to speak, but I became so frustrated with this show that I had to cut ties. The other night, I sat down to watch the third episode of this second season. About 15 minutes in, I thought to myself "why am I watching anymore?". It had become a chore, and that's when I know it is time to hang it up. Basically, I think what happened to this show is that it made the decision to stray from King's novel. Had they just done a 10-15 episode mini-series and stuck to the events King penned, this show might have really worked. As it is now, though, they are just treading water (and, I would argue, barely staying afloat) and wasting time. The characters are going nowhere, each episode does very little to resolve (or sometimes even reference) the dome mystery, and let's face it...acting was never a strong suit of "Under The Dome". It pains me to say, as I had such high hopes and excitement for this show, but it is a mess right now. Until the show creators make the decision to narrow the focus and actually start focusing on real issues (not just a "story of the week") approach, it will continue to flounder. I have a feeling, though, that the viewing public will not stick around longer enough to give them that opportunity.
  • Feb 16, 2017
    Worst show ever!!! I can't believe they had some talent and UGH! The writing is beyond corny and not at all realistic. The twists and turns are preposterous. It's hard to imagine good shows get cancelled and this gets another season.
  • Jun 05, 2016
    This was horrible. The acting was bad, the directing was bad and the story was stupid. It was an intriguing concept gone awry. I kept trying to watch it, but finally got fed up. I cannot believe this even has a 57% tomatometer rating.
  • Sep 08, 2015
    Utter nonsense verging on "so bad it's good."
  • Jul 31, 2015
    Season 2 the story starts to get confusing and there are some continuity issues, but if you watched the first season and loved it, second season answers some questions only to create new questions. The town is having leadership issues as Big Jim makes decisions that are not always good for everyone. Real world issues like food management, population control, sustainability are addressed. Rebecca proposes population control to manage the food problem. Big Jim finds out his wife is still alive though she becomes a problem for him when she doesn't tell him everything he needs to know about the Dome. Barbie is in a romantic relationship with Julia while trying to find alternatives to the way Big Jim is planning to solve the problems that need to be addressed. As everything seems to fall apart, while uncovering the mystery around Angie's death, they discover a tunnel that could lead the residents from Chester Mills outside of the Dome. If you are already a fan, this season is for you but seems to veer off into a weird direction & complicating what was a good story.
  • Jul 14, 2015
    This season was the beginning of the end for Under the Dome. After having watched the first season of this show with intense interest, this season was a complete let-down. Abandoning the source material to allow for a larger cast and including the ability for additional people to enter the "dome," Season 2 trades in the great entertainment offered in the first season for new characters and bland developments to the old characters that are no longer likeable. This season, for the most part, failed to hold my interest throughout.
  • May 28, 2015
    Two or three 'above average' episodes are not enough to save Under the Dome's second season from narrative mess, cheesy storyline and absurd cliffhangers. Watching one episode of the Dome lowers the IQ of your whole street (thanks, Sherlock). Recommended to those who have absolutely nothing to do, like myself right now.
  • Nov 25, 2014
    Started off ok, but very quickly started to feel like the last season of LOST. It felt as if the writers were already out of ideas and writing scripts on set

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