Dominion Season 2 Premiere Review: Survival At All Costs

Dominion S02E01: "Heirs of Salvation"

One of the best parts of sticking with TV shows over time is watching them change—from one story to another, from bad to good or vice versa. The time between seasons is obviously a key place where this change often occurs, and early on in a show's run, that the break between the first and second seasons is especially crucial. Digging back into a show that's made significant shifts is just fun, you know?

Somewhat surprisingly, this was my reaction to the season premiere episode of Syfy's Dominion. Last summer, the post-apocalyptic drama hit the airwaves like an angel careening toward Earth with only one wing. There were so many things going on—angel-on-angel violence, angel-on-human sexy time, half-baked conversations about religion, class, and race in a burgeoning society—and a lot of generic conventions tapped into that many of us around these parts couldn't help but be entertained. By the end of Season 1, the show had straightened itself a little bit, but it still hadn't approached the realm of what we'd call a good TV show. 

What's fascinating about "Heirs of Salvation" is that it didn't strip away the kitchen sink nature of Dominion's approach to storytelling. In a story that's already somehow about countless angelic hierarchies, chosen ones and magical tattoos, demonic zombie-looking creatures, and occasionally resource shortages, this episode tossed in a subplot about DRONE ATTACKS and the cost of war. (Come to Syfy to get your up-to-the-minute sociopolitical commentary!) Instead, despite the fact that the show appears to be essentially the same, it also looked and felt so much bigger, and thus better. 


The first season of the show didn't steep to Olympus-levels of corner-cutting, dreaded green screens, or terrible acting, but it was far from Game of Thrones as well. Here though, it appeared that Syfy and NBC Universal injected a lot more cash into the essential production processes, or the show's producers better utilized those processes. The location shots in and around Cape Town, South Africa continue to give the show a moderately distinctive style—the desert look works for me—and the effects were much better throughout the episode. And not just the CGI rain, the magical tattoos, or the decapitations of those evil 8-balls, the practical flourishes of the squished heads and the structuring of some of the action sequences were also better than ever. Heck, you could even sense that someone in hair and make-up discovered looks that fit the performers and the characters in a way that they never could in Season 1.

This increase in production quality extended to the dialogue and acting as well. Given the mix of genres on display, it wasn't much of a surprise to see heightened, scenery-devouring performances from Anthony Stewart Head, Alan Dale, and Carl Beukes last season. But in the premiere, the dialogue read a bit more conversational and the actors seemed to be performing it as such. Head and Beukes were a bit more even-keeled in their work, despite the fact that David and Gabriel were their corrupting, mostly evil selves. Similarly, Roxanne McKee was saddled with some silly dialogue as Claire described the important stakes of drone attacks and the greater good, but McKee's performance was low-key and resonant enough that it was easily to let the silliness slide. 


Plus, this shift in performances also benefitted stars Christopher Egan and Tom Wisdom. Both dudes are solid actors (Wisdom a little more so), but last year their work as the chosen one Alex and archangel Michael was definitely more understated than their counterparts. By smoothing things out in other places, Wisdom's ponderous-yet-deadly approach to Michael maybe stood out a little less, but felt of a piece with the rest of the enterprise. Similarly, pairing Egan's Alex with Kim Engelbrecht's Noma, his longtime friend, was another choice that played to the actor's strengths. Alex was purposefully a blank slate and Egan, while never bad, didn't always handle some of the show's higher concept material. But playing a dude on the run trying to keep an old friend safe? That he can do. Egan and Engelbrecht have a fine rapport and the character's escape to New Delphi lets the former be a straightforward hero, which he does well enough. 

Of course, these changes don't necessarily make the story itself THAT much better. The decision to disperse many of the characters across this apocalyptic world allowed the show to dip into different corners that we hadn't seen and really dig into the characters, but to varying degrees of success. I loved the scenes with Michael in the small religious Alabama town; I mentioned the production triumph of the sequence with the rain and the 8-balls, but there's something compelling about an archangel losing his faith and rediscovering it through these random humans who have never stopped believing. Simple, but solid. Similarly, Alex and Noma having to babysit a human who had an 8-ball evicted from his body provided the show the chance to explore some of the technical features of Alex's tattoos/abilities and the larger mythology in general. 


Back in Vega, however, was where the episode felt like its duller former self. The drone attack and the follow-up rhetoric about what needed to be done hit like a thud, and the power struggle between Claire and David was not something that I could bring myself to care about at this time. If the show is committed to expanding the world, it'll likely be better. But it might also make the stories in Vega, particularly those with elementary political rhetoric spouted about, seem that much worse in comparison. It's a tricky balance to try to hit. 

All across the board, Dominion feels like a stronger production. That in itself is pretty cool, particularly for a show that was laughable at times. Still, don't get it twisted: It's not as if "Heirs of Salvation" was knock-out great. In fact, if you're the type of person who really enjoyed the silliness or the over-the-top acting, or the occasional bad special effect, then you might actually be disappointed in this version of the show. By making these important improvements, the show may have lost some of its goofy charm—which is what made it perfect for a Syfy summer show. Nonetheless, I'm curious to see how Dominion tries to keep this going into what is a longer second season. Will this end up as one of the great shows of 2015? Probably not. But it could still be fun to watch the show grow.



NOTES

– Two other notes on the hair and make-up: Roxanne McKee looked amazing here and Carl Beukes' new hair for Gabriel is amusing but also so much better than the bad slicked back look from S1.

– What if we just banned in media res openings for one calendar year? Wouldn't that moratorium be good for everyone?

– I'm curious what you guys like most about this show. Do people actually care about the mythology here? Is it just the set pieces? What makes the show watchable for you?


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Aug 13, 2015
I was a great fan of the film, Legion and so when I heard that they had made a series I was overjoyed. Loved the first two episodes but then it got bogged down in too much political agenda. ( we have enough of that in ‘real life’) Then they tried to exorcise Claire’s mother – this was a turning point in the show. From then on it got very interesting and became a must-see. I loved the show so much, I bought the DVD of series one. Season two is SO much better and has a bigger feel about it. It’s moved away from being all about ‘Vaga’ and so has a more world encompassing feel. Episode three was brilliant – who doesn’t love an angel who’s lost his way/faith? Especially in the hands of the handsome and enigmatic Tom Wisdom. I like that they have softened him – Paul Bethany played Michael with steel and grit, yet he also oozed great compasion – which seemed lacking in Tom’s take-over of the part; so I’m glad that this side of his character has come to the surface again…long may it continue.
It’s not often in todays ever fast paced tv schedules that us mere mortals get to follow a good show before it gets canceled – so I implore SyFy to let it run – we have invested in the plots, characters and commentary. Sure, it has at it’s core a great religious debate – that’s not a bad thing. The actors feel more at ease in their roles and this is passed to the viewer. On a foot note, I’ve watched a few interviews with Tom and he comes across as someone who’s pretty shy in real life – If you’re reading this, Tom, Relax. We’re all loving watching your star rise!
So hell yeah – long may it continue! ( If Supernatural can make almost 7 years of goofy angels, why can’t you?)
Oh and Julian? Gotta be the true fallen angel, Lucifer! 😉
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Jul 22, 2015
I was intrigued about Dominion when I heard it was based off of the movie Legion, which I happened to like. After watching the first season I was completely hooked! Although the two are different in many ways, the premise is still there. I love the the writers, cast and crew! The second season has really blossomed into regions unknown. Making the story and the series even more loveable and interesting to me! I can only say, if you haven't watched Dominion S1 and 2, you are truly missing out on a fabulous show! I totally recommend everyone watch it. You won't be disappointed!
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Jul 19, 2015
Love the show. the storys are fantastic keep me on my toes. The best is that it just gets better and better . like old wine:) the crew of writers,producers,directors,stuntman,makeup artist ,costums are incredible talented . and add to this a cast of actors who has real fantasstic talent . I started to watch the show cause my daugther wanted me to watch another show wich was not in my likening :) and came a cross Dominion i got intrested on the few lines who decribed it and saw suddenly 2 names that i knew. roxy and anthony. being a nerd who has seen her in the few eps I have seen of GoT and Anthony being giles on buffy , Arturs dad in Merlin and many more other series I knew this was top actors.. sat down and I was hook.
if the were angels who said this could not get down like this, love it.

I would recomend it watch it enjoy it.
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Jul 15, 2015
I hope they concentrate more on the tattoos. I'm not really clear on how they work. Maybe I have to watch past episodes. What makes the tattoos move? When your in dire need? When the tattoos move, is Alex reading them. Could he read them when they moved when he was with Gabriel? He keeps saying he can't read them. Idk maybe I'm missing something. I hope the writers can delve deeper into the Angel mythology. Maybe an Angel/Human baby like The Prophecy. When Michael was frolicking with humans (he had a harem lol) I was like ooh yeah angel/human baby. Idk Michael is a cool character and I hope he keeps seducing humans haha jk. Gabriel is pretty cool too and Gabriel was very obedient to God and so was Michael but Michael questioned Gods motives. Maybe this show isn't that great but it could be something good. It has a cool premise. Cmon angels are cool. Side note: Wasn't it sweet when we found Noma's wings wrapped around Alex. She basically has been one of Alex's guardian angels. He didn't even know she was an angel til later in season 1. Good stuff here but if the show is not careful it could get cheesy.
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Jul 18, 2015
I think his understanding of his markings is still evolving. Sometimes they're writing, but sometimes they're instinctive knowledge that must be interpreted. I think he was hiding the fact that the markings moved from Gabriel because he didn't trust him. That's what 3 months of torture can do to a person.
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Jul 13, 2015
I didn't mind it last year but always sort of felt like they had a story to explore but they kept pulling back from it. I actually attributed a good chunk of the story issue to the fact they stuck with the movie's version of the prophecy about Alex which was too vague and nebulous. It was fine for the movie because all that was necessary was the kid being important and the mother needed to give birth to him. While it was sort of ret conning, I appreciated that the Alabama group had a version of the prophecy that made sense with what we know about Alex and actually has a clear purpose.

Do we think William is actually dead? Until we saw that bit of his head blown off, I thought he was merely a figment of David's guilt ridden imagination now its also grief filled. I was sort of thinking I like the idea that somehow William was able to survive for a little bit.

What I'm kind of curious about is how much time has actually passed, Gabriel indicated it had been months that Alex was with them, but then, Claire should be more pregnant. Did she lose the baby? Or has so much time passed that there is a baby hidden in the back rooms somewhere.

I am glad they didn't send Michael on a human killing spree as he seemed headed on and which the previews indicated he was on. A bit of the movie point that was important is that even though most of the movie Michael was working against God and the angels, it was important there at the end that once Gabriel killed him that God had listened to Michael's position and decided he was right. It was part of why God disappearing made sense in the tv show, that God had set the apocalypse in motion but changed his mind because it was the wrong decision because a child like Alex could be born and the rest of this angels had committed such atrocities in his name.
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Jul 21, 2015
I too liked the new, clearer version of the prophesy, with Alex not just as the humanity savior, but one who may save both species. Last season I predicted that Alex wasn't going to save humanity by wiping out angels, because that would be just as wrong as Gabriel wiping out humanity, as a species angels are no more inherently evil or good than humanity. To suggest they deserve extinction, would be to suggest that humanity does as well. I'm still strongly advocating the idea that Alex was fathered by an archangel. Given the info on the website SPOILER BELOW:



about how all the archangels were given a "gift" relating to the prophesy, and Gabriel's is the supposed the greatest, but no one knows what it is, makes me think he was given the gift of fatherhood. He might not know it, but that is my prediction. The characters have definite similarities: impulsive, passionate, and sarcastic. They even have similar builds, jaws, and now hair color. But I digress...

I think William could very well be alive, and David only imagines William killed himself, because he's aware of the desperate circumstance he left his son in and he imagines William as being weak and choosing suicide.

I think maybe two months have past and she was pretty newly pregnant at the end of S1. I think you start showing at 3-4 months.

I too was happy Michael didn't go on a killing spree. I didn't think he would. I don't think last season he made a conscience decision to give up on humanity. I think he committed and crime of passion, lost himself to battle rage and came to when Alex cut him. Basically he's a recovering alcoholic who went on a bender, and took off when he sobered up.

I think there is quite a divergence between movie and show about God's involvement in the angel attack. In the movie he orders, but in the show it is made very clear it was Gabriel's idea, after God left.
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Jul 21, 2015
After the second episode, apparently three months have passed, so basically, Claire shouldn't be drinking but she wouldn't necessarily be showing either. Of course that particular knowledge might have gotten lost.

I actually forgot until half way through that there was this idea that Alex is actually a nephilim. I imagine in the next episode we see more evidence of this other than his newfound ability to do painless evictions (presuming the angel portion of, Drew? is that their new sidekick's name?) since he likely is entering a room filled with the eight balls that New Delphi couldn't work with.
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Jul 22, 2015
Wow, I'm such an idiot, I completely didn't connect the drinking and the pregnancy. It's not that I didn't see Claire touching her stomach, reminding us of the pregnancy, or missed her drinking, but it was like in my mind it was, Claire is an expectant mother VS Claire powerful leader of Vega (she must drink liquor to prove she's one of the big boys now). I don't feel too bad though, because the writers apparently didn't catch it either.

I also think we will get this revelation relatively soon, because I think Michael is definitely in the know and he'll apparently be in New Delphi soon, interacting with both Julian and Gabriel. I think either Julian (who I say is either Lucifer or Lucifer's son) will know the truth about Alex and have a conversation with Michael about it and/or Michael will tell/remind Gabriel of Alex's connection to him. I predict Gabriel will best Alex in the attack on New Delphi and be unable to execute the kill stroke.
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Jul 12, 2015
When season 1 ended, I was eager to watch season 2. Now, I barely remember it. But I guess I'll be caught up in the story once more. And Roxanne McKee is a real eye candy.
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Jul 11, 2015
While I agree it's a good opening episode, Dominion is a under the dome kind of show. It would never really be good because the whole premise is nonsensical. I watch for fun pretty much same way as UTD. Zero expectations.
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Jul 11, 2015
DOMINION is a guilty pleasure for me. I mostly enjoy it for the worldbuilding, which I find interesting, and, admittedly, the set pieces, but also some of the design elements. I was really excited watching the first episode at the reveal of the Powers, clad in their cool looking anime-armour, but they ultimately amounted to nothing, being relegated to the background quite quickly.

I feel like the shows biggest flaw is that it started with the premise of the Angel/Human war, and then forgot that they were at war. Sure the Angels were shown to be an ever present threat, but Gabriel's 'war' effort seems to amount to nothing more than some mustache stroking saturday morning cartoon machinations rather than the all out assault presented in the first episode. I feel like the first season would have been better if they'd kept that pressure up rather than all the meandering nonsense about fake religions and circular power struggles.

Still, the season 2 premiere was definitely an improvement; the show looks better and the narrative flows better, and the characters are being handled more effectively...paticularly Micheal, who remains compelling performed and nuanced; a murderer conflicted about his past misdeeds, looking struggling with whether he even wants to find redemption any more. Alex is a bit more compelling now that he's outside of Vega and away from any would-be mentors. Having Micheal TELL him what he's supposed to be doing, rather than having him on the road DISCOVERING what he's supposed to be doing was a course I'm glad they corrected.

I like Anthony Stewart Head a lot, but the Vega stuff still struggles to be compelling to me, and that his character is allowed to live also makes no sense to me...he's so obvious in his evil (even going as far as to LABEL HIMSELF A NECESSARY EVIL IN DIALOGUE!?!) that it's hard to believe that the easiest solution to this guy would not be to just exile him from the city or assassinate him. That would seriously solve a lot of Vega's problems, as he's not really doing anyone any good aside from himself, even among his corrupted senate cohorts who he threatens with poison and murder. Roxanne McKee has stepped up her game as Claire, and I like her narrative as going from being an isolated Princess to a fledgling ruler struggling to keep her morals while still projecting strength and fending off a coup, but it all feels so pedestrian when your other characters are struggling with super-religious evil, crisis of faith, and the burden of destiny.

In the end...DOMINION is good for a laff. It's fun, low impact, sci-fi/fantasy, and at the very least it's ambitious and anything but slow. I don't think the writers are particularly sharp or deep when it comes to the themes they want to tackle, but at the very least they're having a good time and it translates to the screen well.
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Jul 11, 2015
This episodes rocked, much better than anything they did in season 1. Unfortunately the ratings plummeted this first episodes, I fear this may be the last season. I hope it doesn't end on a cliffhanger.
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Jul 11, 2015
I agree that this season is improvement. I liked previous one more in sense of "This isn't as bad as I feared and parts are actually good"

Spreading of principal cast is a good thing because we might get to see more of the world beyond Vega. Because quite frankly that has always been the weakest point of series. It somehow managed to be both boring and OTT at the same time and this season somehow made it even worse. Old politicking and new society and Rome allegories somehow jsut don't mix.

And oen thing that is curiously alcking is Lucifer. as I've said during alst season his bsence is strnge. this would be the perfect time to make his move, present himself as somebody who has always been misunderstood and shuned. Now that God is MIA and angels turned out to be dicks Lucifer could easily present himself as viable alternative. "What they called evil was just me questioning the existing order. and you see where existing order brough us."

Of course it's possible Lucifer has been among humans all the time and is in fact one of principal characters. Or he could be protecting that village. Or be in New Delphi, which is why Gabriel told Alex to stay away.
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Jul 11, 2015
I'm hoping that the tag line for the season "all Hell's breaking loose" is a hint that Lucifer will make an appearance.
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Jul 11, 2015
Umm, "drone strikes"? That was a bomber, the single plane left in Helena's so-called air force. You hear the pilots screaming when they're attacked.

It took me about five minutes to fall in love with "Dominion". One look at Michael's guilty face in the pilot, surrounded by his wornout "girlfriends", and I was hooked. I thought: "This guy is hilarious, I have to watch this." Also, Michael is really hot. Thank you, Vaun Wilmott, for the beach-scene. :)

Yes, season 1 was hoky, and the Roman empire hints were incredibly on the nose sometimes, but I liked the world they showed us. There was precious little world-building in season 1, now it seems there's more on the way, so that's awesome. Season 1 never failed to be entertaining, at least, and when they introduced Michael's past, it got even better. I always thought it had attitude, and pathos, even if it had the coordination of a two-year-old, flopping this way and that. It had good intentions, and now those intentions are being taken seriously.

I like the mythology just fine. I've always been a fan of angel-movies, and "Legion" is a pretty good one. Someone mentioned "Kings" (freaking awesome show, btw), "Dominion" actually reminds me of a mix between "Kings" and "Prophecy". :)

The idea that the people in Mallory might just be worshiping Lucifer is intriguing. I can't wait to find out. After all, someone saved Michael's ass when he was injured, and there is a picture floating around on the net of Michael with someone in red armor. (Although that could have been Furiad, I guess.)

Wow, sorry for the rant. Can you tell I'm a die-hard fan? ;)
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Jul 11, 2015
I watched the entire 1st season a couple months ago, so I was ready for this premiere. But after watching this premiere, it looks like I'll have to watch S1 again, in case I missed some indication of this show slowly improving over the run. Because this episode rocked it!

Michael bathing nude in the ocean, with those wings strategically covering a certain part was awesome! And that battle in the village was epic! But I'm very concerned about who or what is actually protecting that amazing Alabama town. Don't get me wrong. I think it's so cool that it's survived the onslaught of Gabriel's minions, but I just can't get past the concept that fire is Lucifer's weapon, and Gabriel and he are ancient enemies. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Wow, Gabriel's pissed! The next round between him and Vega should be very entertaining.

While Claire has proven to be ruthless, she hasn't shown David that she can be as deadly as he is. That's why he's winning right now. All she has to do is be as lethal as he is, while maintaining an innocent facade, and she'll beat him at his own game.

Damn I'm glad Dominion's back!
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Jul 10, 2015
I had to rewatch s01 again cause I had no idea what the show was about ( yes my hollidays are very exciting!!!) I must say I didn't remember because it wasn't that great but I will keep watching because I m interested in Michael's mythology. Wisdom is really good considering the material. I even went and checked out some of his earlier work and I think he is quite a good actor.
Still no interested enough to try to understand all the politics and stuff going on in vega I admit I skip some parts of the episode.
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Jul 11, 2015
Way less politics in the season 2 opener... A big reason it was so much better.
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Jul 10, 2015
Question -- Did they kick off this episode with a What happened last season on Dominion sequence? I dvr'ed the episode and did not see one. I don't know if it didn't tape or if there wasn't one???

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Jul 10, 2015
I started watching Dominion last year and thought it was just...well, watchable. Last night I was presently surprised and thought it had stepped itself up to a whole other level. I really thought the season 2 premier was much better than anything I saw on this show last year. Dare I even say that I'm now actually looking forward to next week's episode.

I liked the introduction of the religious town, Mallory and am interested to see where that leads Michael and the show. I might just suggest to them that they build some kind of canopy to shield the fire from heavy rain, but hell if they had we wouldn't have gotten that epically beautiful fight scene of Michael wiping out all those angels.

I also really liked how the church altar contained pieces of every religion. The painting on the wall behind all the religious statues did have a man in black standing on the outskirts and I wondered if that was Michael in the painting. Is the town truly protected by God or some other force?

Alex's eviction of the 8-ball and the human's resurrection was a new progression of Alex's abilities. Will this new skill help him when they battle the town of monsters their heading into? It made me think of Supernatural. In one episode Sam plays an exorcism over a loudspeaker to wipe out a large groups of demons. I thought, hey Alex should take a page out of the Sam Winchester how to kill a lot of demons at once playbook.

The part of the show I was the least interested in, was what was going down in Vega. I'm not interested in seeing Claire & Arika be bullied and pushed around by David. I'm fine with David being an adversary, but not to see Claire look like a little lost girl who can't handle the battle she signed up for. I'm sure she will rise to fight another day, but that girl has got to get it together.

As for the mythology...yes, I care about it. I think it's what made me watch this show in the first place and I thought it was an interesting twist on that what we would normally perceive as demons would actually be angels.






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Jul 10, 2015
Right? It's like someone said, "Wait—we can pay attention to details? Let's do that!"
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Jul 10, 2015
It was definitely firing on three cylinders and urging the fourth one to start moving and get in on the action.

I was sitting there watching it, blinking, saying "Wow, someone is home and the lights are on!"

They set up a lot of potential to go forward. If the next episode lets me down I think I might cry and throw things at my television! Fingers crossed!!!
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Jul 10, 2015
While I mostly agree with this review, I have to disagree on the actor playing Alex. I've come to the conclusion that this was a big casting mistake as I don't see him as a very good actor. But I thought he was even worse in last night's episode than in Season 1. I feel like the scenes where he is trying to do something (whether it be fixing a car, fighting angels, etc.) AND talking to someone really show off how flat and bad he is. I found it almost laughable at certain points. But the overall quality of the show certainly seems to be improving, and I hope they can continue developing the story in an interesting way.
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Jul 10, 2015
He's not GREAT, that's for sure. He was certainly better in Kings—I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that he didn't much work after that.
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Jul 10, 2015
Holy crap I totally forgot he was in Kings. You are right he was so much better in that. I remember actually liking him. I don't know what it is but the whole truck breaking down thing and him somehow immediately knowing what the problem was without looking and then fixing it with tape in like half a second was just hilarious to me. I'm almost wondering if like being "the one" means you get special favors from upstairs or something...
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Jul 10, 2015
Who didn't didn't love Michael frolicking naked in the ocean with his wings spread out? Haha
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Jul 10, 2015
I'm totally here for the badass women. This, I feel, is one of the few shows where not only is there a comparative abundance of female characters, but they feel as developed and compelling as their male counterparts.
And I'm kind of in love with Claire. The show was pitched to me as 'Game of Thrones meets Supernatural,' and overall, I think it's been a pretty satisfying blend.
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Jul 10, 2015
The season 2 premiere was awesome. They definitely upped the ante. This season will open up to more things now that we've stepped outside of Vega. How can I not like this show? Angels check, walking dead like evil angels check, Jesus like chosen one check. Btw Michael and Gabriel are badass. I was one of the few that was optimistic about this show and now I'm all in for season 2. I hope it keeps up the momentum.
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Jul 10, 2015
So, i didn't really see a review here. More analysis of critical elements but no story structure, plot lines, or discussion of larger ramifications or actions. I use these to decide what to watch, I'm still of the fence here.
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Jul 10, 2015
It's boring to always write about the plot
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Jul 10, 2015
I was actually surprised by this season. Its that much better. Maybe better than it has any right to be; given its pedigree and overall first season ridiculousness. I agree it is still far from a good show but it is growing into an acceptable embodiment of the label scifi. Before I wouldn't call it more than a cheap copy of Game of Thrones with a genre swap. I think the greatest change is how they tweaked just about everything to give it a bit of balance. I feel the goofiness is still there but its dramatically more subtle. The performances while generally a mixed bag have been moderated so they're less obtrusive-- they went from showy and preachy to mostly there to drive the plot. In essence, the shift of focus, at least in the opener, seems to be on story more than character. Couple this with a drastically needed widening of the scope and show has replaced silliness with intrigue and mystery. Its something I like because its very much a crux of scifi. At this point I could care less about most of the main characters but I would continue to watch because I'm interested to see what happens next; and potentially all the different ways characters can get offed-- I did mention GoT.
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Jul 10, 2015
it might have taken a half hour, but seeing evil giles have that one council-member strangled to death in front of everyone else for giving intel to claire b4 him was the first AWWWW HELL YEAH moment of the season.

obviously i'm interested to see more of the world open up, as i'm suspecting that rural town with michael is some sort of angel-haven with a class of angels that exited heaven a long time ago and were able to pass off as human/ish enough to fool michael and the others (the way they refer to god as "our father" tipped me off to them quite possibly being some super-secret/oldschool sect of angels who left heaven long ago and camped out on earth to live with "god's favorite creations" (cuz you know, you only give superpowers to ppl you don't like, duh)

as always it'll be fun to see the chosen one try to act (more and more wooden?) it'll be like "oh wow what a surprise" to find out that noma the angel is prolly gabriel's bottom bitch and assigned to be a double agent and case out michael and the chosen one (and being assigned by michael to befriend and closely watch the chosen one = good call) cuz you know that her telling alex not to kill gabriel has to hearken something where she's either down with him or knows that killing him = ??? and yeah.

and when you're dealing with archangels michael and gabriel and all of this.... where is lucifer in all of this? have they ever mentioned him in this show? is he locked away somewhere? did he get freed or escape during these wars? maybe that little town michael is in is protected by lucifer? you figure that a big season-ending / next-season-set-up will be the introduction of lucifer, and of course maybe he twisted the dogs of heaven into zombies and all that. hell maybe we find out that evil giles is lucifer? it would seem befitting of him.... you go to kill him and he's about to die and then he sprouts wings and AHA HE WAS LUCIFER ALL ALONG! HE WAS ON EARTH BEING HUMAN TRYING TO LOVE LIFE LIKE A HUMAN AND LIVE THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE TO REPENT AND THEN AN 8-BALL KILLED HIS FAMILY AND THEN F-GOD I'M GOING TO TAKE OVER THIS WORLD FOR MYSELF CUZ IT'S EVER MAN FOR HIMSELF?!?!?

yeah at this point i think evil giles ending up being lucifer in disguise would be awesome. anthony head is having a blast being an evil dude here (much like christopher eccleston, aka dr who #9, was far and away the best part of the first gi joe movie when he killed it playing the evil destro ("kill anyone who touches her, especially her husband" =)) and hey if he's revealed to be lucifer in disguise consolding his power base trying to take ovr the world pretending to be a human..... man anthony stuart head as the devil? that would be awesome. and he's basically the devil as it is, so let's get it started people: #Giles4Satan2016 (cuz the reveal of him of lucifer would have to be something to get people hooked/crazy-for another season. i mean i want them to do midway through the season in case it gets canceled (at least leaving us with hints that the guy is satan, much like dr. who teased us with hints that simon pegg's "the editor" is a timelord.... and if he shows up one day and shows off his timelord status like he's been the one pushing various daleks/emperors/davros through time locks, he's been having gallifrey communicate through cracks.... you know he's been editing the doctor's timeline.... brilliant, right? --- so in the same sense david whele 4 lucifer! let's do it)

ok sir talkstoomuch here went too longform for most internet comment places, but hey i'm the first one and maybe the only one cuz i love my summertime schlock here! and if it gives me evil giles as lucifer in the same way dr who can make up for an underwhelming moffat run by saying AHA YOU WERE RIGHT ADMIRAL, SIMON PEGG WAS ALWAYS A TIMELORD!!!! well then this show will truly be better than doctor who and 75yrs from now when i'm on my deathbed as a 109 year old cyborg i can lament that i will never know how dominion truly ends unless they get cable in hell because this is the longest running tv show in the history of the universe (with moffat holding on for a few more years and ultimately killing dr who in its 57th year but hey at least they revived th girl in th tom baker scarf)

and hey if you made it down this far then you must like my writing and dr who tangents so lemme bitch about moffat one more time. at the end of the 50th anniv special he set up the show for the most amazing kinda/soft-reboot ever.... when old tom baker ended up at the museum it left me thinking "whoa, what if he's an old doctor #4 who never showed up at logopolis?" --- and think about it, restoring gallifrey.... or setting it up to be restored, means a return of the timelords and anything is possible. and while the doctor might not be able to go into his own timeline, others, like say the editor, can. so let's say that the guy @ the museum was doc #4 and he was old because he didnt die @ logopolis. it could mean that gallifrey existing means that because wibbly wobbly timey wimey now the doctor's past is subject to change. they can do some mumbo-jumbo like being at the event horizon / center of all the changes when gallifry falls no more / was restored / etc meant that our doctor, the guy we've been traveling with for 50 yrs, remembers everything the way we do. so in a sense our last 50+ yrs of what we've seen hasn't been invalidatd. but in the show's universe gallifrey coming back means everything in the past is subject to change (or has been changed already, cuz with time travel if someone at ANY POINT in the future goes back to change the past, from many/most perspectives it has always been changed in the first place, you know what i'm saying?)

so now you basically have the past FORMALLY/TECHNICALLY BEING ???? --- like we assume everything is the way we remember it from the last 50+ years and thats how it starts off. but now they can bring back any villain, any iteration of the doctor, master, etc (CGI delgado like they do arnold in the terminator! the guy in the plastic see-thru mask! ainsley!!!) and the doctor can be surprised by faces from the past now alive and set up in any way because now everything in the past can be infinitely different cuz gallifrey..... and the doctor realizes that not only might there effectively be altered iterations of classic doctors 1-11, but hell there might be DIFFERENT doctors 1-17 or something. who knows? maybe different regens? anything is possible because there was an old doctor #4 at the museum and the fact that tom baker lived to be old means anything in the past is possible because it can be entirely different.... which makes the future freaking awesome!

of course moffat won't run with that, or bring simon pegg back as the secret timelord, aka the editor.... but im sure he will cook up a convoluted carrot-dangled-in-front-of-our-faces-all-season/capaldis-run way to make some goofy connection to frobisher from children of earth or that dude from the pompeii episiode early in season 4. and hey he'll have cutesy #MemeticCatchphrases and the doctor literally using his phallic symbol sonic screwdriver as a laser gun and MISSY MISSY MISSY to be the super river song love interest.... and we cant be rid of her yet can we? moff*cked! oh yes we are! gotta love it..... royt?

so yeah dominion, see my passion for theoretical doctor who completly superior to actual/disappointing dr who? inspire that kind of greatness in me and thensome.... amaze me and have a fan/evangelist for life.... GIVE US EVIL GILES AS LUCIFER PLZ!

hasta

# sir talkstoomuch, esq
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Jul 10, 2015
Evil Giles...lol omg it's true, it's hard to not look at Anthony Head and not think Giles is still in there somewhere.

It's a good point that maybe this town (Mallory) is protected by some other hierarchy of angels. And while we've not seen Lucifer, we haven't seen Raphael either. I believe Michael mentioned Raphael last season in saying he didn't want to be involved. So, that's two unaccounted for archangels in all of this who could be sussed out and put on the game board. Uriel is also an archangel in this mythology (She's Raphael's twin) and we don't know if she's dead or alive since they could not find her after the bombing. Can a bombing kill an angel anyway???
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Jul 10, 2015
I know nothing about Dr. Who or whatever you wrote about it, but I'm definitely with #Giles4Satan2016
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