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Dominion Review: This Sequel Cribs Liberally from Everything

Elizabeth Harper | 21 Jun 2014 12:00
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Though he makes it back safely, killing one angel, luring one into the city's defensive guns, and outrunning a third, Alex is in trouble since he wasn't meant to be outside the city in the first place. It seems like he's being set up as a Jack Bauer type with a problem with authority, but so far he's been shockingly less competent than Bauer on a bad day. (Though Jack Bauer fighting angels is a show I'd probably watch.)

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Considering all humanity's been through, Vega is looking pretty good -- the strip is lit up just like you'd see it today, and though it's crowded with people who seem less than content with their lot in life, aside from the lack of tourists, this could be Las Vegas any night of the week. However, this is our first glimpse at the seedy underside of Vega: the city has a caste system and those in lower castes will have trouble finding a place to sleep for the night, which accounts, at least in part, for the crowds milling around. Seeing the lights of Las Vegas contrasted with the post apocalyptic world around it makes for some great visuals, but though the show does it well, it's not exactly new -- maybe if you haven't played Fallout: New Vegas or read (or watched) Stephen King's The Stand, Vegas as the last bastion of humanity will seem new to you... but for a lot of people it won't.

In another cliched moment, Claire pulls Alex into a kiss at the first possible opportunity and the two detail their plans to marry. Claire intends to talk to her father about the two of them, but Alex has a back up plan -- a truck filled with supplies that would be enough to get them out of town. Everyone watching knows that this is never going to happen... which is proven correct when Claire goes to speak to her father but instead he drops the bombshell that he wants to resign. When he asks what she'd come in to talk about, she says it was nothing. Strike one for our crazy lovebirds.

To add fuel to the fire of Vega, there's Senator Whele, who tells General Riesen that perhaps the panic caused by letting the public know of an angel attack wouldn't be a bad thing -- the people have grown lazy and complacent under their protection. Whele is clearly looking to advance his position, and seems quite willing to do whatever needed to get there. Played by Head sporting an American accent, Whele is eminently watchable, even if he does probably want the worst for everyone in the series who isn't him... but considering the show so far, I'm not sure I have a problem with that.

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It's about now that our hero discovered that his long-lost father, Jeep, has returned to Vega (cliche #1). His father abandoned him as a young boy (cliche #2), which relegated him to the city's lowest class, essentially leaving him to die. Alex refuses to have anything to do with his father (cliche #3), though he does accept a photo of his mother from him (cliche #4). His father tells him, "It's been my good luck charm all these years. Now it's yours." And this is how we know Jeep is going to die (cliche #5) and that Alex is going to regret this conversation while standing over his father's body (cliche #6). There are so many cliches jammed in here that it's probably its own unique art form... but the short arc of their relationship feels nothing if not predictable.

However, Jeep has news: he's found Gabriel who's been amassing angelic troops in a fortress outside of Boulder. Now, just wait a second: Boulder was where the other encampment of survivors was in The Stand. Are we just picking locations from Stephen King books? (Or one Stephen King book?) Is this just The Stand with angels? Signs are currently pointing towards yes. But repetitiveness aside, this does not look good for Vega: Gabriel has lots of troops on his side and more dangerous angels than they've faced before. We are then shown an angel who has cribbed its armor design from Magneto -- angelic fashion sense is truly terrifying.

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