Dominion is the new tv series on the SYFY channel based on the god awful(2010) movie Legion which someone, somewhere, thought would make an excellent idea for a television show five years later.Now, before i get into throwing stones at the broad side of the jet hangar sized barn that is Dominion,i will say that just because the movie looked to be little more than a rushed student film,by a perpetual D student, doesn't mean that it automatically disqualifies it for a regular series tv reworking,but it does stack the deck against the series in a negative way.Buffy the vampire slayer was a long forgotten B movie that became a tv series with a successful run and made a star out of Sarah Michelle Gellar and made a god out of Joss Whedon,who would eventually write and direct the Superior The Avengers,so that alone is proof that there are many possible fates for a mediocre idea,and some stories as flat as they may be, can find new life on a different platform and succeed.
Dominion set 25 years after the end of the film and resumes in Vega( formerly Las Vegas) Lower angels, led by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war against mankind. The Archangel Michael, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. After the 25-year-long battle safe cities have arisen to protect the human survivors.There is no biblical guidelines or foundation for the plot of the story,the Angels could have very well been aliens,vampires, or clowns and the actors could be stuffed sock dolls for all we know or care and the dialogue would be delivered with the same energy.
The cast(no need to name check,they're all forgettable) which has been pulled from various similar themed tv series toggle between wooden,and over dramatic when it comes to the acting, and of course the whole cast is vampire white,because that never gets old and the set design ,colors and mood are a mix of leftover Dune sets and Battlestar Galactica rubbish.This show reminds me of other types of genre entertainment(Christian and African american) where the creators rely on the audience to overlook the shortcomings and patron the show simply because its being offered rather than hang their hat on quality and originality.A first episode isn't always indicative of where a series is going to go,but its safe to say Dominion won't turn into Breaking Bad by the second,third,or hundredth episode, and if Syfy channel wants to mimic the success of HBO,and AMC ( which are making better sci fi and fantasy programming then a channel called SYFY go figure) then they will HAVE to do better than this fender bender.