'Dominion' premiere: Angel antics and Chosen Ones are silly but addictive
But "Dominion" could very well be the most addictive and genre-satisfying example of TV in recent years. I have already watched the pilot episode three times and can't wait for more.
The premise ...
Apparently, there was once a movie called "Legion." I totally missed that this movie existed and only figured that out when I began to suspect that there was some more to the "Dominion" back-story than what I got from the premiere.
I still haven't seen it, but I think this is what you need to know about the "Legion" influences on "Dominion": Angels, under the command of the Archangel Gabriel, declared war on humanity and pretty much won. Salvation came only in the form of another archangel, Michael, and a newborn baby who was supposed to defeat the angels or something like that.
Also, there were magical tattoos.
"Dominion" takes place a few decades after all of this, at a time when humanity is pretty much comfortable with the fact that angels want to wipe us out. The show is centered on Vega, a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas, a safe but oppressive oligarchy of a city-state.
The hero ...
Struggling in this restrictive society is a very nice-looking young man named Alex (Chris Egan). Alex is an orphan and a soldier who has an intriguingly close relationship with both Archangel Michael and one of Vega's ruling families. He is so close, in fact, to that ruling family that Alex is planning to run away with its lone daughter.
Alex also hangs out with a little waif named Bixby, probably to show that he's a nice guy. He is also rebellious and a good soldier and all that. Is it even remotely a shock to find out that Alex is the grown-up version of that Chosen One baby?
He totally is. This becomes apparent when Alex's long-lost dad (possibly adoptive father, actually), Jeep (Langley Kirkwood), returns home from a decade-plus reconnaissance mission. Jeep promptly gets himself killed by a creepy little kid who is actually one of those mean angels. At this point, the weird tattoos all over Jeep's arms transfer over to Alex.
The struggles ...
Poor Alex has a lot to deal with. It's not just saving humanity from angels (although that's kind of tough).
First of all, there's the fact that the people in charge of Vega really don't have time for a religious savior to show up and disrupt things. They just want to arrange creepy marriages and develop nuclear reactors while sleeping with emissaries from Montana.
Speaking of arranged marriages, Alex's girl gets to have one of those. This makes Alex sad.
Outside of Vega, troubles are a-coming too. Gabriel has fortified himself out in Colorado and has recruited some powerful warrior angels to bring the beat-down to humanity. He also has a seemingly endless supply of spies and angel-puppets.
Finally, poor Alex can't even trust anyone. His magical tattoos tell him that (as magical tattoos are wont to do), meaning that the Chosen One has to figure everything out on his own. The angst from this is going to be incredible.
The result ...
Taken from a purely objective standpoint, it's entirely possible that "Dominion" isn't a great show. It can be confusing and there is some silliness scattered throughout. Yet there is also something intriguing about this serious quest for humanity's redemption.
Plus, horrible and murderous angels always make for a fun time. I can't wait to see more of it!