Male Gaze: Alex Koch’s Bad Romance

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CBS's newest drama, Stephen King's Under the Dome, premiered to 13 million viewers on Monday night; at least 10 million of those must have been glued to young actor Alexander Koch. I love aliens as much as the next girl, but what really hooked me on the show is the twisted relationship between Koch's character, Junior, and his girlfriend Angie. Sure, Koch is all dopey, wide-eyed boy next door, who is about as fresh to Hollywood as they come — he landed the role after his first audition ever — but it's the sense that beneath that innocent, farm-raised brawn is the smolder of a deeply disturbed individual. If a toxic relationship had an ideal, Alex Koch, you are it.

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