- cars, knives, and stoves becoming lethal and nearly lethal weapons, as the dome affixes a powerful magnetism to Chester's Mill and all who are under it
- two important and unexpected deaths, one at the beginning and one at the end of the episode, the sheriff and Angie - wait, Angie? - yes, and hers will be a big loss indeed; she was one of the spunkiest and most important characters on the show, moving Junior ("don't call me that - I'm James!"), and animating most of the scenes she was in; I assume she was killed because she expressed a desire to kill Jim, and the dome is now on a pacifist mission
- a poetry in the lever, with Jim screaming at the beginning of the show be lowered to hang Barbie, which it isn't, and Jim screaming at the end of the show be lowered to hang Jim, which it isn't again
- two new characters of note, a medic who is Jr's uncle, and a science high school teacher who thinks she can save Chester's Mill with science; what she doesn't know, apparently, is that the series is based on the Stephen King novel, and this episode was written by King - and, when it comes to King, there's often some fantasy and mysticism mixed into the science fiction
- a significant character outside the dome - Junior's mother - which has excellent future possibilities indeed
All in all, the second season is off to an excellent start.