TV Review: Dominion Season 1 Episode 1

Dominion- Season 1So start­ing last summer with Defi­ance, SyFy has been look­ing to estab­lish some new sci-fi series. Domin­ion is the latest to make it onto the screen. It is appar­ently a sequel of sorts to the movie Legion, which I haven’t seen.

I don’t know if watch­ing Legion would have made some of the early sequences make more sense, but I did feel pretty confused for about the first 30 minutes of the 90 minute première before things grad­u­ally fell into place.

Domin­ion is not what you would call orig­i­nal. There’s a lot of famil­iar mate­rial being recy­cled here. We have an apoc­a­lypse (though I guess it being the angels rather than demons doing it is a twist), we have a city with a caste system, there’s a schem­ing politi­cian, oh and we have a “chosen one”.

So when you look at the pieces indi­vid­u­ally there’s really not a huge amount to recom­mend this show over anything else. The info-dump open­ing rapidly lost my atten­tion (which might be why I was so confused early on) and several of the main char­ac­ters are… well let’s call them bland.

However, there aren’t many shows that come out the gate with really strong char­ac­ters. That takes time to build. And there are more posi­tive signs here too. Anthony Head is of course bril­liant as the previ­ously mentioned schem­ing politi­cian, even if listen­ing to him with an Amer­i­can accent is really weird. Like­wise Alan Dale (who will always be Jim Robin­son from neigh­bors to me) plays the good general with aplomb.

And while Tom Wisdom’s Archangel Michael seems strangely unemo­tive at first as I contin­ued to watch that seemed more like a delib­er­ate acting choice. Because Michael is not human and he’s supposed to feel a little off. Those three are enough to anchor the show while the other char­ac­ters (I hope) find their foot­ing.

A lot of plates were set spin­ning in this first double length episode too. Plates that create the possi­bil­ity for plenty of schem­ing, intrigue and back­stab­bing. As well as just some outright violence.

I’m not expect­ing great­ness from Domin­ion and it’s possi­ble the whole thing will just collapse in on itself as the season progresses, but I think it has poten­tial to become a fun weekly show.

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