Dominion, Deism, and the Rage of the Angels


Well, I am finally caught up on Syfy's Dominion, and I am not sure I could be more mixed about a series.

Deism is strange with Angels

I had the same problem when Supernatural decided to do angels with an absentee God.  It is a storyline that might work if it wasn't connected to a Deity that is by definition omnipresent.  If they had used the older Sumerian myths the story might hold some water, but it is nigh on impossible for me to understand how an omnipresent being could go AWOL.

Setting aside that whole in the premise that could have been simply covered by an angry or uncaring God, the motivations of the three main angels is unclear.  The best I could understand, they are trying to appease a... disappointed, or maybe depressed God who tipped over the game table and ran.

Rage of the Angels or Worse Tantrum Ever?

I feel like I should state that I like Game of Thrones, so I am capable of liking a show built around petty squabbles that cause immense suffering.  Having said that, the flip on a dime loyalties and sudden bouts of temper in the show is a bit hard to keep up with.

The acting is oddly sub par from a cast capable of so much more.  Christopher Egan was brilliant on Kings, Anthony Head and Alan Dale are both great actors.  I can only imagine that the scripts or the directors held them back, or coached them into making some strange choices.

Was the show good?

The show has promise, which is good because Vaun Wilmott, the series creator said he is planing a second season.

I feel like the shows biggest problem was that it only had 8 episodes.  They tried to tell a story that needed 10 to 12, and mushed it into the 8 they got.  If I am right, that would explain some of the inconsistencies.

If they get a second season, and I hope they do, they need to focus more on the characters and less on the plot.  They established many interesting characters, and there are a lot of ways the show could go.  It could become a great show, if Syfy gives it the chance.

The show averaged about 1.5 million viewers per episode, not counting downloads and streaming, so that puts a question mark on the whole thing.

I enjoyed the show for what it was, I just hope it will get better.  If you haven't seen it, it is worth a view.  If you have seen the series, what did you think about it?