Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Under the Dome" explores Marxism, and then extermination, as Chester's Mill's food supply dwindles
I checked out an episode of the CBS series of Stephen King's “Under the Dome”, Season 2, Episode 4, “Revelation” (July 21), the town of Chesters Mill, ME is facing mass starvation as, under the Dome, people are cut off, cannot get goods, and agriculture is failing.
Big Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) and scientist Rebecca (Karla Crome) contemplate a plan to infect the town with swine flu, hoping that the less fit will die off so that the remaining an survive longer.
There is also a conversation to the effect that a “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” policy has been in effect, but that Marxist arrangement can’t hold forever.
There are also indications that some residents of the town 30 years ago knew this was coming.
The cop Junior Rennie (Alexander Koch) lets a prisoner out (Lyle) to go over memorabilia, and Lyle attacks him.
And the kids revisit the site where the previous incarnation of Melanie Cross died, when she picked up an extraterrestrial’s “egg” back in 1988.
One speculation is that the “Dome” was set up by aliens as a political experiment, a kind of mass “Truman Show”.