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Heaven Causes Hell on Earth: Dominion Review

The chance that SyFy would have two original shows (Helix being the other) in my top ten new shows for the year was about as likely as the Christian God giving up and his angels deciding to wage war on Earth in response. Yet, that’s exactly what has happened. I didn’t expect much from Dominion going in. After all, it’s based off a truly terrible movie in Legion. But after an explosive premier I was hooked. Dominion couldn’t keep up with the super high standards it started off with, but it never strayed too far. And all the way through the end, it remained must watch TV.

The political drama of the senate was every bit as engaging as the action scenes

The political drama of the senate was every bit as engaging as the action scenes

In Legion, God gave up on humanity and abandoned his post and a host of angels, led by the archangel Gabriel, decided to take it out on mankind and waged war against us. With the help of the archangel Michael, the humans were able to hold back the angels and win temporarily. If you haven’t seen the movie, that’s all you need to know. For the love of God don’t watch it. Dominion picks up a few decades later and mankind is surviving in spread out fortified cities and Gabriel and the angels are massing for another attack. What made this show so good is that there is rarely a dull moment. But that doesn’t mean it’s always action going on, although often there was and it was great. The relationship between The Chosen One, Alex, and Michael is really engaging. The mystery of Alex’s prophetic tattoos and what they mean and what they will reveal next kept me constantly speculating. Dominion does a wonderful job of growing it’s characters through so many other parts of the show. Just as engaging as the action, is the political drama that we get to watch behind the scenes. The cat and mouse game between the Riesen’s and the Whele’s and Arika is amazing to watch.

No matter how great a show’s premise is, it can be ruined by the technical aspects. And SyFy has been guilty of it before. Yet this time, whether it was the acting, the writing, or the special effects, they were all really good. I certainly wasn’t expecting much visually but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the visual effects of the angels. I never felt taken out of the show, yet was pulled more in to it when an angel would reveal it’s wings and take flight. The dialogue could admittedly be a bit cheesy at times. Yet overall I thought it was pretty sound and didn’t hurt the story. The acting was almost universally good. Christopher Egan as Alex, Tom Wisdom as Michael, and Anthony Head as David Whele, all stood out as particularly good. Alan Dale was solid as always and Roxanne McKee held her own as General Riesen and his daughter Claire. The only low points were Luke Allen-Gale and Carl Beukes as the two main antagonists in William Whele and Gabriel. And while they weren’t great, they were never awful. They just came across a bit cheesy instead of evil at times.

The CG on the angels wings were pretty great for a TV show.

The CG on the angels wings was pretty great for a TV show.

Overall, I would recommend Dominion very highly. It’s a super engaging story with a fresh premise. Whether you want action, drama, romance, or horror, Dominion really covers all the bases. The show is book ended with an amazing pilot and unbelievable finale. It lagged at times in the middle when it felt like the story wasn’t progressed at times with a few tangents along the way, but it was never enough to lose me.  As any good show will do, we are left with a big cliffhanger at the end that does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Leave us wanting more. And I do. I can’t wait for more Dominion.

 

 

he chance that SyFy would have two original shows (Helix being the other) in my top ten new shows for the year was about as likely as the Christian God giving up and his angels deciding to wage war on Earth in response. Yet, that's exactly what has happened. I didn't expect much from Dominion going in. After all, it's based off a truly terrible movie in Legion. But after an explosive premier I was hooked. Dominion couldn't keep up with the super high standards it started off with, but it never strayed too far. And all the way through…

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Summary : With a cool story, amazing action, and being surprisingly technically sound, Dominion is one of this year's best surprises. Don't let it's lackluster source material fool you, Dominion is a damn good show.

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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.