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First Impressions – Dominion

Here is something I thought I would never say. Syfy is quickly becoming my favorite second tier cable network.  They have had some decent shows in the past but over the past two years they have really stepped up their game. Both Defiance and Bitten are quality shows. Helix was my favorite new show this past year. I am SUPER stoked for the upcoming 12 Monkeys series and the Ascension mini-series. But most importantly, Dominion debuted last week. I went in with tempered expectations. In the end, I was blown away but how great it was!

Dominion is actually based off the story told to us in the movie Legion. Now I know what you are thinking (at least most of you). That movie kind of sucked. And I agree. But what didn’t suck was the premise of it. Basically, God decides he is fed up with humanity and quits on us. The archangel Gabriel blames us and declares war on mankind and seeks dominion over us. Several higher ranking angels did not take sides, but most of the lower ones sided with Gabriel against us. These lower angels didn’t have bodies however so they possessed a great number of humans. The archangel Michael takes pity on mankind and joins our side in the fight. With his help, we are able to defeat the angels. At least temporarily.

This is Michael. Be very glad he is on our side.

This is Michael. Be very glad he is on our side.

Dominion picks up 25 years after the end of Legion. Humanity has survived by building many strongholds scattered across the globe. Our story takes place in what is left of Las Vegas, now known simply as Vega. Vega is ran by a small group of senators but mostly by the two most powerful families, the Riesen and Whele families. The story centers around a young man named Alex Lannen. (Slight spoilers for the first episode here but really it tells you this in the episode preview) Alex is the Chosen One. At the end of Legion, Michael saves a young male baby, and has a vision that this child will save humanity and defeat the angels for good one day. Alex is that baby. Michael transcribed prophetic tattoos that even he couldn’t read onto Alex’s father. When his father dies, the tattoos transfer to Michael and only he can read them. Thus, Alex is revealed as the Chosen One and his life as a simple soldier is suddenly and drastically altered.

So what is so great about Dominion? So far, what isn’t?!? I just find the story so cool and engaging. It has everything. It has amazing fight scenes, a cool enemy, betrayal, political drama, forbidden lovers, ridiculously attractive men and women, mystery, humans fighting angels in cage matches, and just everything! I was also surprised that the CG used is better than average for your standard cable channel. That cannot be said about every Syfy show.  The pacing of the show has been great so far. There is lots of action, but it is spaced very well with story being told in between so the show has lots of substance. It does a very good job of introducing us into the world, and already establishing what will be many long running plot points for us to follow. Michael and Alex are both really cool characters with lots of mystery surrounding both of them. The political power struggle between David Whele and General Riesen I think will become super interesting. Also, the betrayal at the end of the episode is perfect and I can’t wait to see how that plays out.

Egan has been a strong lead so far and him and McKee have excellent chemistry so far

Egan has been a strong lead so far and him and McKee have excellent chemistry so far

For a Syfy show, I have found the acting to be surprisingly good. I mean, nobody is going to win any awards for it but usually all their shows have at the very least one person that is a cringe worthy bad actor. Everybody that is essential to the story plays their part very well. I am particularly fond of Christopher Egan and Tom Wisdom who play the two leads in Alex and Michael. Alan Dale and Anthony Head both shine in their leadership roles as General Riesen and David Whele respectively. Luke Allen-Gale is playing the perfect character you love to hate in William Whele. I would like to see more of the more prominent female roles in Roxanne McKee playing Claire Riesen and Rosalind Halstead as Senator Becca Thorn, but both have been fine in limited roles so far. I know there is much more to come from both. Especially McKee. Langley Kirkwood was terrific as Jeep and I was very sad to see him go so soon. I am very interested to see how Carl Beukes plays the role of Gabriel as we have seen nothing from him as of yet. That role will be vital to the show.

Overall, I could not recommend Dominion more. The first episode is an absolute thrill ride and it shows no signs of letting up. I honestly have nothing that I would say that they need to improve on as of yet. Could the show take a nose dive after a great first episode? Sure. It’s happened all to often. I just don’t see that happening here. The first episode has hooked me. I will be a weekly viewer of Dominion for what looks like a long time to come as it debuted very well in the ratings. And it deserves every viewer it had. Well done Syfy.

 

 

ere is something I thought I would never say. Syfy is quickly becoming my favorite second tier cable network.  They have had some decent shows in the past but over the past two years they have really stepped up their game. Both Defiance and Bitten are quality shows. Helix was my favorite new show this past year. I am SUPER stoked for the upcoming 12 Monkeys series and the Ascension mini-series. But most importantly, Dominion debuted last week. I went in with tempered expectations. In the end, I was blown away but how great it was! Dominion is actually based…

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First Impressions - Dominion - 9

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Summary : Dominion took my low expectations and absolutely blew them away. With plenty of engaging characters and action sequences, this story of Heaven creating hell on Earth will grab you.

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Evan is a semi reluctant insomniac, who has used his extra time to watch way more TV than is healthy for a normal human being. All his other time is devoted to movies, gaming, and being a sports fanatic and stat geek. Evan has a degree from MTSU in Electronic Media Journalism which he now uses to grow some of the best trees and shrubs money can buy. You can hear his useless knowledge every week on the Free For All podcast.