Dominion Season 2 Finale: Lucifer’s Gunslinger Victorious

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The season two finale of Dominion Sine Deo Nihil picks right up where Day of Wrath ended, Alex Lannon dropping his weapon and going to face the eight-ball horde bare handed. By the time the last episode ends, it looks like Lucifer and his gunslinger are standing victorious with  a last minute game changer that sees Alex once again bare handed but betrayed. It also sees Gabriel and Michael learning the truth of Mallory.

Before the end credits roll, Claire is dead (ironically, her body is laying on the very steps where she wound up bleeding after the plague of darkness), General Riesen/Duma proves that being shot out of a tower block window is not lethal, David Whele is brought before Duma (presumably to be shot), Gabriel has the darkness burned right out of him, Michael realizes that Noma has turned, Arika escapes Vega in a helicopter with the little girl she saved and is off to Helena, and Lucifer announces to the world that “It is time.”

Outside of Vega and Mallory, Julian/Lyrae has risen from its hiding place in New Delphi and the Dyad has an interwoven monologue worthy of Bill Shakespeare where the creature denounces the Father and his class system while bleeding profusely from his Gabriel inflicted wound.

This final episode of season two crammed a lot into its allotted time period. There  are , however, some moments that feel a bit forced, or even hokey. The mass “healing” of the tunnel eight-balls for instance. Alex, arms spread wide, mouths some incantation and a healing gold light explodes through the tunnel knocking the invading horde to the ground.

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Fair enough, this  little bit of the Father’s power coming through The Chosen One is preordained and has been done before, just not on this scale. The next event, however, feels rushed and forced; Alex picks a former eight-ball, a fellow in a knit cap, and tells him to lead the now healed human’s to safety. With nary blink of an eye, the chap was an eight-ball literally a second before this command, the newly rescued human responds that he will take command of this new army.

After these reinforcements are sent out, Alex, Noma and Claire attempt to leave the city. They see Duma/General arriving in Vega, via motorcade, and heading to Riesen Tower. Alex goes to kill the Dyad leaving Claire and Nomes behind. Claire quickly moves to beat Lannon to her father.

The scene between Alan Dale’s Dyad and Roxanne McKee’s Claire in another one that feels a bit forced. Granted, the scene does still bring a lump to the throat but…After Duma so effortlessly took over Riesen back in New Delphi, would the general really have been able to fight to the surface? Really? Kudos to the two actors, however, for making this a tear inducing interaction for the viewer.

After a short standoff between Alex and Duma, Claire grabs Alex’s discarded pistol and hesitates slightly before shooting her “father.” Duma does not pause and shoots Claire, he takes aim at Lannon, but Noma breaks into the room and fires an entire clip into the Dyad knocking the creature out of the window.

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While Vega is being overrun with Gabriel’s eight-ball army, thanks to David Whele’s opening the city gates, Michael is dragged to Mallory by Gabriel.  After some interaction, along with some flashbacks to the beginning of Alex’s path as The Chosen One 25 years previously, the two archangels meet with Lucifer’s gunslinger.

The darkness that Julian infected Gabriel with is killing him. After it is revealed that Michael did not destroy the “Son of Morning’s” remains as instructed, he demands that Lucifer heal Gabriel.  Big brother, he tells the prophet, owes him a debt.

During the flashbacks, it is pointed out that Noma is not quite the little soldier she seems. At least once before she played turncoat, betraying Gabriel to save Alex. She takes an oath afterward  to protect The Chosen One. However, just as she turned against Gabriel,  she apparently turns against Michael.

When Noma lost her wings,  she ripped the limbs from her body to save Alex, the angel could not live with the loss. Since Lucifer shares Father’s gift for creation and healing, she apparently agrees to sacrifice Alex for new wings. Tellingly, the new feathered appendages are not black like Michael’s and Gabriel’s but a majestic white.

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By the end, where a submerged Lucifer pronounces that “it is time,” David may have to pay the piper as Duma readies his pistol to shoot Whele. Claire is dead;  another tear inducing scene, and Alex is stunned to see Noma’s new wings.

The fact that Nomes was going to get some new feather’s was pretty much a foregone conclusion. However, it does seem that there may just be a chance that these beautiful new wings may be a gift from Father. After all Noma did sacrifice her “angel badge of office” voluntarily to save Alex. Lucifer’s gunslinger, aka The Prophet, is looking victorious with his “boss” ready to rise, but the game could be far from over.

Anthony Head, Carl Beukes,  Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Kim Engelbecht, Christopher Egan and Shivani Ghai all knock it out of the park in terms of performance in this last episode of Dominion this season.

 There is no news about a season three as yet.  SyFy tend to leave these things till the last minute.  Show creator Vaun Wilmott is optimistic that there will be a renewal.  With any luck  Wilmott is right and this  small screen version of Legion will come back for another shot at finishing the tale of three cities.

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Dominion: House of Sacrifice “Lucifer is that You?” (Review)

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Last week in Dominion Julian went underground after turning Gabriel into a vessel for darkness “How does it feel Gabriel? Does it tickle?” and the town of Mallory made a reappearance in the plot line. This week picks up after Michael collapses in Vega.

His body lays dormant and he appears in the church of Mallory where he talks to the prophet. Michael’s storyline runs alongside the fight for Vega. Before the end credits roll, Claire will lose her “new man” and David Whele is captured and imprisoned. Erika makes a deal, General Riesen loses again and Michael learns that his big brother Lucifer is alive and well.

All the storylines this week took a step forward toward a season finale that seems to lead to Vega being either moved or reinstated someplace else. As usual, there were plenty of set pieces that featured some brilliant dialogue. The scenes with Nic Bishop (Gates) and Christopher Egan (Alex) were very good as these two had a brilliant chemistry together. Their “not so” good natured banter as they enter the reactor was just perfect.

Setting these two men,  who have the beautiful and strong Claire Riesen (Roxanne McKee) as a common interest, against one another meant for what could have been an excellent “bromance” looked promising.  Sadly, instead of an ultimate Humphrey Bogart/Claude Rains moment and future relationship, Gates does a Captain Kirk and sacrifices himself to save Vega.

In terms of double acts, the scenes with the father/son pair, David (Anthony Head) and William (the newly returned Luke Allen-Gale) went beyond the bounds to include one of  blackest comedic moments in the show. After William’s mind was blasted off into left field somewhere (the chap really does seem to believe he is the Chosen One), David’s joy at finding his offspring still alive and preaching has kept him from seeing just how different William is.

 

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Anthony Head/Luke Gale father/son reunion.

Granted, the two fought constantly when William was in Vega before but now things have definitely taken a turn for the worse, comically so in one instance. The senior Whele is practically weeping as he tells William just how haunted he has been about leaving his son to possibly die. The younger Whele takes his glass, lifts it and sucks noisily from the straw, completely unimpressed and disinterested at David’s confessions.

*Sidenote*It was also telling that when David, actually weeping apparently, hugs his son, William’s face is devoid of any emotion. Later we learn that Whele junior set his father up to be taken. Payback, as they say, is a b*tch…

It is almost impossible to watch that scene and not burst out into surprised laughter. Not just because of the childish act but David’s decision to ignore it and plunge on with his declaration that he will not abandon his son for a third time. (Something he does rather quickly when he leaves and is arrested by Claire and her troops.)

The battle between Claire’s father, General Riesen, and his “inner angel” becomes a lost  cause when Gabriel discovers the secret of Riesen’s strength and Clementine is dispatched in short order, allowing the angel to rule the new Dyad.  Julian is not present for this episode and it is clear that the darkness has consumed Gabriel…or has it?

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General Riesen/Gabriel – Alan Dale/Carl Beukes.

With the news that Lucifer is alive, well and running his puppet,  “The Prophet,” it may just be that it is Lucifer who is pulling Gabriel’s strings. The new Pinocchio version of the Archangel has a fiery hate for his brother Michael and Lucifer is pretty much synonymous with darkness…Connecting the dots makes it seem that the first fallen angel,  aka Michael’s big brother, just might be moving things along.

By the end of the episode, David kills Kat (Lex King), whom William was going to spare, Gates dies, Michael beats the devil at cards, and Gabriel returns to Vega to drop something off. It is also very apparent that Nomes is going to get a new set of wings. (Apparent in the way of your old professor smacking the blackboard with his pointer repeatedly – “Ouch, my absent wings hurt,” not just once but repeatedly. We get it…Noma is going to get wings again.) 

Nomes getting feathered up would be excellent repayment for her casting off of her previous ones. Like Alex, as Michael says to The Prophet, Nomes is “pure of heart”…and completely smitten with the Chosen One, so much so that she stands aside when she sees Claire back in the picture. Noma also expresses real concern and empathy for Alex when she learns of the baby’s death.

Kudos this week go to Roxanne McKee whose character was so improved with the presence of Gates Foley and her reactions to his death. Nic Bishop won the show’s overall award for selflessly dying to save his Lady Riesen and the town of Vega.

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Roxanne McKee as Claire.

Mad props to the writers this week for allowing another “biblical” bet (think Job here and the wager that the Devil and God made about his faith) where Michael plays his big brother at Texas Hold-Em and wins. The Prophet standing in for Lucifer for the game and  the soon-to-be-loser offering to let the Archangel off lightly if he just folds were nice touches indeed.

Hats off to show creator Vaun Wilmott for continuing to make this a fascinating show with rounded characters that we get immediately attached to. Honorable mentions go to  the  director (Millicent Sheltonof this episode, Roxanne McKee was made to look softer and more beautiful (if that is possible, as it is hard to improve on someone already so gorgeous) for those scene where she declares broccoli is her favorite food. 

*Sidenote* One does wonder how many takes that particular line needed…

Dominion airs Thursdays on SyFy. A series of biblical reference that offers some of the best acting onscreen. Do not pass this one by.

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Carl Beukes, Gabriel before the storm…

 

 

Dominion: The Longest Mile Home (recap and review)

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After last week’s more “light-hearted” (speaking of The Home Depot scenario here) approach, amidst the Gabriel self-sacrifice play so Michael could escape and help Alex, this week in Dominion; The Longest Mile Home is, in a word, shocking. From the moment we first see that (despite David shooting him in an  earlier episode) William has survived his journey through the wilderness of Arizona and returned to Vega.

This episode has a high body count and the dead includes Zoe, who surprisingly did not die at the Armory although most of her troops did, except for David. It is not just the deaths that surprise however there is  the outcome of certain death faced by General Riesen. There was a brilliant reveal with Riesen where we learn he was not a soldier but a civilian on a military base. When the place is overrun by lower angels turning soldiers into eight-balls he takes the uniform, and identity of Riesen. We also learn that it was on this day  Clementine became an eight-ball.

Michael drops by to save Alex and Noma. Although they may not have needed too much aid as Alex had just chopped off the chainsaw carrying eight-ball’s head with his own saw when the archangel arrived. Later, it looks like  “Father” from Mallory reached out and saved Alex and Nomes as well. Michael finds a number of eight-balls outside the farmhouse where the chosen one and Noma had spent the night. Michael recognizes this type of death from the small town.

Arika is found out, by Gates (he is not a computer/electrical wiz for nothing), and her time is running out. Claire and Gates set up both Zoe and Arika with “mis-information” that the Queen of Helena shared with David. Clementine works on Edward to accept Julian’s offer of becoming a Dyad and immortal. Meanwhile Julian “targets” Gabriel with drugs to control his mind.

Claire and Gates send troops not to take the armory on Zoe’s side of the trench, though they lead Arika to believe that this is the objective.  Instead the agri-tower is the objective and they blow up the rebel’s weapon store killing all but Zoe and David.

William Whele stumbles into a bar and hungrily attacks a peanut snack bowl. As he tells the bartender and the bar’s only other customer who he is, the patron accuses him of lying. Whele leaves and later meets the man in the alley behind the bar, he brutally kills the man and takes his money.

The drugs work on Gabriel who believes that he escapes and then has a sexual trust with Claire Riesen, Noma and Arika. He wakes up still in chains and his chair surrounded by three women and Julian explains his plan. Destroy the archangel’s mind, take it over and then control his body.

After the armory explosion, Zoe is taken captive as is Arika and her retinue (which includes the doctor). Julian tells Edward Riesen that Vega has fallen into civil war and that Claire has lost the baby. He continues to push the Dyad solution to the dying man. “Dyad-ism” says Julian, “you will remain Edward Riesen in every way.”

Off screen, Riesen takes the Dyad deal. Back at Vega, David shows up with his men to fight with Zoe. They wait for troops who never show and when the armory is blown up, Whele leaves Zoe to her fate. Later, Claire goes to see the young rebel leader in her cell. After explaining her disappointment in Zoe for not accepting her moves of peace and her anger that Zoe has forced into a war “without mercy,” Lady Riesen shoots young rebel leader right between the eyes.

William Whele tells a bar full of patrons about his time in the desert and meeting the hand of God. He talks of God saving him from thieves. As he tells his story, Gates has a drink and Arika’s doctor has poisoned Claire’s “right-hand man.” Back at the bar, Whele takes off his shirt revealing a torso full of scars claiming that he is the chosen one who will root out evil from Vega.

Back at New Delphi, Gabriel learns that he cannot control Julian’s eight-balls and he also finds out that his captor has gotten the amphora from General Riesen. Edward has taken the Dyad offer after all.

This episode had some stand out moments some of which were shocking, disturbing and upsetting.

Moments of Note:

The General Riesen backstory: Edward’s humble beginnings are shown. He was a civilian clerk at an Army base who read a lot. His reference to the Sun Tzu Art of War book, “All warfare is based on deception,” is placed right before the actual attack on Zoe’s and David’s troops on their side of the trench. This move is, as mentioned by Riesen in the flashback, total deception. Brilliant.

Dead eight-balls: The burnt eight-balls seen by Michael, Alex and Nomes. The discovery of the bodies happens before the recounting of William Whele’s tale of the six horsemen. Clearly the same Father is responsible, both the Mallory eight-balls and Whele’s thieves are touched by the same hand.

Pistol packing  Lady Riesen: Claire shooting Zoe in the jail cell. A true jaw dropping moment, Zoe had not even stopped talking when Lady Riesen pulls that trigger. (One assumes that Arika will suffer a similar fate very shortly, especially when it is discovered that Gates has been poisoned.)

Dyad-ism: General Riesen choses to become a Dyad. Those eyes…

*Sidenote* William Whele, who was not the most sane of men before his exile, has come back mad as a hatter. Clearly his time with the eight-balls has driven him even further into la-la land.

The end of the episode has Gabriel looking in horror at the amphora in Julian’s hand and one is left wondering if Vega is doomed. The gunfighter angel (in last week’s episode) tells Noma to take Alex to the east, does this mean that Vega will not be saved? Is Gates doomed as well? That looked suspiciously like blood on that napkin (a sort of Takashi Miike touch a’la Fudoh: The New Generation without the gallons of claret gushing but enough to make the connection.).

Anthony Head is brilliant as the scheming Whele senior and the return of Luke Allen-Gale as his estranged son William was an excellent move to have the double act back, as the father/son duo with the love/hate relationship. Alan Dale stood out as the dying Riesen and Roxanne McKee rocked as Claire Riesen in this episode. Sadly, it looks like Nic Bishop may be leaving the show, time will tell whether his character caught the poison quickly enough. Kudos to Carl Beukes as Gabriel, his archangel’s lines were pithy and very spot on this week.

Dominion airs Thursdays on SyFy, do not miss this epic battle between good and evil and all things in-between.

Dominion: Reap the Whirlwind (Review)

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Quite possibly the biggest reason that Dominion is so much fun to watch is that no one in this verse is wrapped too tight. It makes a certain amount of sense. This world where not only mankind believe that “God is dead” (that old 1970s mantra that so infuriated the church) but “His” angels as well. When even the “special” kids think the “big guy” has checked out of the hotel it leaves a sort of no holds barred lifestyle and mentality behind.

This week’s episode; Reap the Whirlwind is a difficult watch however. Not just because of these warped power players but also for the culmination of several different plot threads. The possible death of Michael, General Riesen and the almost guaranteed demise of “Nomes” all put a bleak and gloomy pall over the proceedings. Noma, apart from being devoted to Alex, is a “kick-a**” character, if the loss of her wings does kill her Alex will lose his most stalwart supporter and the fans a favorite character.

There are some things that jarred in this episode.

Arika:

Arika and her plotting against Claire Riesen, who has not a clue about who could be sabotaging her plan to shut down Zoe’s broadcast even though the only person who left the room during her conversation with Gates was Arika. This viper in the nest is coming across as too obvious to not be caught. Not that she is trying too hard to keep her real motives undercover with her “let’s argue with everything that both Claire and Gates want to do” attitude.

David and Zoe: The dynamic between these two just does not work. (Just as her decision to crumple up David’s speech and “speaking from her heart” to win the V1s does not convince.) Like David says, previous to his creating two Vega’s, Holloway was an angry kid with a gun. The new revolutionary leader is too wishy washy and angry to be a leader. I would not follow the kid to the laundromat, let alone to a civil war. (Just saying…) Zoe shooting David in the hand, after he helps her out was annoying. Especially after her little “cutting off hands” spiel beforehand, while not quite mixing metaphors, it was close. Just chop the thing off kid, okay?

Alex: Alex vacillating between supporting Michael and trapping him for Julian combined with his overconfidence in his “evicting” ability makes him the most annoying character in this season. This same fluctuating indecisiveness is what has killed Nomes, maybe, and Michael, possibly. Meanwhile the one higher angel that he wanted dead still lives, albeit as a shackled prisoner of Julian/Lyrae. Alex also got Riesen killed with his “keep the Dyad distracted” plan while he evicted the higher angel. Death, thy name is Alex, aka the Chosen One.

Zoe: Zoe as savior of the V1s. Sorry, but this angry kid with a gun still seems like an angry kid with a gun. Jasper’s story of Zoe “saving” him when he got lost in the tunnels as a child does nothing to make her seem like a “natural born leader” as David states. It sounds more like little Jasper was a bit of a wuss. Sorry mate.

Claire Riesen: Not picking up on Arika’s treachery full stop.

Still, for all the things that do not quite fit or annoy, like the script writers cribbing the Django Unchained line (spoken by Christoph Waltz’s character Dr. Schulz) “Allow me to unring this bell.” Gates paraphrases the line to talk about killing and how once you have done it, “You cannot unring that bell,” and loses the humor of the remark, and the American accents that go all over the place, Dominion is incredibly addictive.

There is something about the whole “God is dead” drill, or as they say in the verse, “Father is dead, or gone.” (Depending upon who is doing the surmising.) The fact that even the angels think the big fellow has taken a powder makes the show compelling. The madness and almost Shakespearean subterfuge and double-crossing between the main protagonists is more than entertaining.

Watching these denizens of Vega and New Delphi rushing to meet their destinies is fascinating. David Whele who wants to be back in power and is so desperate to get there that he puts himself as campaign manager for an “angry kid with a gun.” Claire coming alive now that she has met Gates. Alex getting too big for his evicting boots by trying to kick the angel out of a Dyad.

*Sidenote* Julian/Lyrae does tell Alex that the reason the eviction does not work is that humans are anxious to be rid of their lower angel inhabitants and that his human is perfectly happy for him to be there.

Anthony Head continues to entertain as the devious and self-centered David Whele and it looks like the series may be saying adieu Alan Dale…again. Regardless of those dodgy American accents, Dominion keeps the story moving and while it looks like Nomes may be checking out, the romance between Gates and Claire looks to be a winner.

Dominion airs Thursdays on SyFy.

Dominion: A Bitter Truth (recap and review)

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Last week’s episode of Dominion introduced a new character; Gates (Nic Bishop), Alex found General Riesen (Alan Dale), Michael sacrificed himself for Mallory and rose up afterward, and the big reveal was that Julien is the banished Archangel Lyrae. Last week also saw Gabriel send an angel to bring him the head of Claire Riesen. Dominion in A Bitter Truth follows the events of last week.

This week Alex gets a tour of New Delphi from Julien, which ends badly for the leader, and Noma is “outed” as an angel, Michael joins forces with Gabriel, Gates and Claire Riesen make a good team and David Whele gets motivation from son William as he struggles to save his own life.

Alex is pushing for Julien to honor their agreement and the New Delphi leader tells the Chosen One that it will take a week for the truck to return from Vega. He does not believe that Julien has sent any trucks and points out that the “fleet” of five vehicles have not moved since his arrival. He believes that Julien is hiding something.

David Whele is down on the streets, after being banished by Claire Riesen, and he is having a hard time dealing till William stops by to visit. As he stands arguing with his “late” son, someone shoves a bag over his head.

Gates receives a visit from Claire, he is practicing his pitch while she presses the buzzer for entry. When he finally allows her in (after making her wait for “five minutes,” she complains) he says, “Claire, I wasn’t expecting company today…or ever…really.” A great comic line that pretty much sums up the character of Gates in a sentence.

The MIT genius tells Claire about a baseball memory, he is watching the taped 2004 Red Sox vs Yankees game that his mother took him to as a child as he throws the baseball. He has a memento, a signed baseball card that his mother got for him. Gates tells Claire that he watches the game when he is trying to solve a problem, in this case, it is the unidentified crate that Zoe Holloway was seen carting away from the warehouse.

His story, about his “ma” getting the card signed, “There was no stopping that woman,” seems to show just why he is attracted to Claire. After this short tale, he sees that someone has followed her to his place. Gates initiates total lockdown.

Gabriel is in a snit with Janeck, who never sent the army he asked for. Janeck gets “lippy” and after being taught that “bourbon is whiskey” has his face planted in the hood of his car, several times. He goes to summon the army as Gabriel told him, chastised and a bit wiser after Gabriel’s “no hands” trick.

David has been kidnapped by Zoe and her henchman Jasper. They plan to film his execution. William continues to taunt his father as they prepare to kill him. Pete tries to convince Alex that Julien has more than five trucks in his fleet. General Riesen agrees with Alex and Noma, Julien is hiding something. Pete and Riesen stay behind while the other two search for the New Delphi secret.

Claire and Gates see the angel that Gabriel sent and Michael meets up with his brother to discuss Uriel, Alex, Noma and the fact that Claire Riesen bombed his, Gabriel’s aerie. He tells Michael that Alex is dead and Michael disagrees. Meanwhile the angel tasked with getting Lady Riesen’s head cuts the power to Gates’ lair.

David is read his list of crimes by Zoe while Jasper beats him. William continues to gloat and Whele manages to save himself for a half hour. Gates starts a backup generator for emergency power and the angel goes to the basement. He tries to break through the floor and knocks a shelving unit over onto Gates injuring him.

Julien and General Riesen talk strategy as Alex and Noma find Julien’s secret room. It is filled with an eight-ball army. There are thousands, or more, of the lower angel possessed humans who are frozen and armed. Alex is stunned and says, “This is not a city of merchants, it is a city of monsters.”

Gabriel admits that Alex is alive and he explains that Uriel died because she had no warning. The angel at Gates’ steel door is using his wings to cut through it. Pete has been taken by Julien back at New Delphi, David Whele has survived a little bit longer and William continues to provoke his father.

Gates and Claire electrocute the angel who is using his wings to cut through the metal door, with the generator. The angel is knocked off his feet, but only stays down for a moment. As it gets up, Claire tells Gates that they have “pissed him off.” David continues to plead his case, this time offering up endless food for the revolution. William finally irritates his father enough that he snaps at the specter of his son and tells him to, “Shut up!”

Julien relates a history lesson to Pete, who is tied to a chair, Alex and Noma. He reveals that the eight-ball army is in stasis and that he adds to it. The key that Alex retrieved was crucial to the process and Pete is soon inhabited by another lower angel.

Claire tells Gates to start using that “incredible brain” of his and he responds by kissing her. Then he explains how her father found him back at MIT. Back at New Delphi, Julien has Noma put in the chair and she fights off the lower angel, knocking out Julien, who is shocked to see that she is an angel. She and Alex escape with the amphora.

Michael and Gabriel continue to argue about “Father’s children” and back at Whele’s old studio as Zoe learns that David’s promise of food was genuine, David grabs Jasper’s gun. He also relates his own little history lesson to Zoe and Jasper about how he rose to power. He tells them that he probably killed William and as his son’s image argues with him, David shoots William and he vanishes.

Alex learns, from Noma, what the amphora is capable of. First, however, she reveals that she wants to use it to destroy Julien, the eight-ball army and New Delphi. Meanwhile, David talks Zoe into letting him help to defeat Claire Riesen.

Gates and Claire escape after she has booby trapped his warehouse, capturing the angel in the building, they kill it with the resultant explosion. Outside, Claire takes charge and Gates asks for a moment to take in the fact that all his life’s possessions have been destroyed. “Not all,” says Claire as she hands him the signed baseball card.

Michael and Gabriel agree to join forces and Nomes learns that Julien is a Dyad, half-human/half-higher angel. Julien explains that the amphora can be used to kill not just Gabriel, but Michael and the entire family of archangels. Alex tells him that if he does not use it to defeat Gabriel, Noma will use it to destroy New Delphi and Julien.

The return of Anthony Head, as David Whele, was a welcome addition to events. David’s killing William twice, so to speak, was telling and disturbing, there really is nothing that Whele will not do to take down Claire Riesen. Julien has still not revealed who he really is and the surprising turn of events is that Michael and Gabriel are to team up.

The chemistry between Nic Bishop and Roxanne McKee is still pretty potent and the two are a good match. In the show Gates brings out the best in Claire and she has lost some of that season two harshness. Dominion airs Thursdays on SyFy this is “outside the box” entertainment that may be dark but worth watching.