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Dominion: Season 1 (2014)




Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 13

Bogged down by exposition, Dominion struggles with balancing tried-and-true sci-fi tropes with complicated plot twists.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 9

Bogged down by exposition, Dominion struggles with balancing tried-and-true sci-fi tropes with complicated plot twists.



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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 171

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Season Info

Out of an epic 25-year battle in which angels led by Gabriel (Carl Beukes) fought humans and their ally, the archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom), comes an unlikely hope for mankind in this supernatural drama based on the characters from the 2010 movie "Legion." Set in the fortified city of Vega (formerly Las Vegas), where an elaborate caste system is now in place to manage the Earth's war-depleted resources, Season 1 begins with a young soldier named Alex Lannon (Christopher Egan) learning he is "The

Network: SyFy


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Air date: Jun 19, 2014


"Pilot," 06/19/2014: When the Chosen One, the believed savior of humanity, is identified, the war between angels and mankind begins again.

Air date: Jun 26, 2014


"Godspeed," 06/26/2014: Angels Gabriel and Michael have a showdown, while Alex fights his destiny and General Riesen reveals a secret that could change Vega forever.

Air date: Jul 3, 2014

Broken Places

"Broken Places," 07/03/2014: Alex faces deadly angel as he explores his past outside of Vega, David and Arika hatch new schemes and Claire is forced to choose between love and duty.

Air date: Jul 10, 2014

The Flood

A powerful Vega senator takes the city's leaders and food supply hostage, demanding the Chosen One's secret identity be made public; at the same time, Michael is called to a family meeting of archangels, including Gabriel; and Claire goes against the majority.

Air date: Jul 17, 2014

Something Borrowed

Alex begins his training with Michael, but soon after has a vision that causes him to go rogue during an Archangel Corps mission. Elsewhere, Claire goes out on a limb to protect Riesen, however she can't stop his long-held secrets from coming back to haunt him; and David makes a move to secure his power.

Air date: Jul 24, 2014

Black Eyes Blue

"Black Eyes Blue," 07/24/2014: Claire and her mother come face to face, William takes action against his father and an angel is loose in Vega!

Air date: Jul 31, 2014


"Ouroboros," 07/31/2014: When hidden angels start dying in Vega, Michael must make a deal with the devil. Plus: Claire makes an ultimatum.

Air date: Aug 7, 2014

Beware Those Closest to You

In the Season 1 finale, the revelation of a higher angel's identity puts Alex and Michael at odds and Alex goes before the Senate to plead his case. Meanwhile, the marriage of Claire and William is followed by General Riesen's departure from Vega; Arika meets a delegation from Helena who bring with them shocking cargo; and Gabriel raises some suspicions with his so-called surrender.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (13)

These flights of angels might send you searching for another channel.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Free Press

Violent, sexy sci-fi with evil angels.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Religious concerns aside, the explanatory opener is cursory at best, leaving those who have not seen or have forgotten [the film] Legion more than a little bewildered.

June 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

No one can say that Dominion isn't flat-out GOING FOR IT. What 'it' is, I'm not entirely sure yet, and I'm not sure that I actually like it, but I really, really want to see how the show tries to reach it in the coming weeks.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source:

An unnecessary sequel to 2010's Legion.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Dominion's religion inspired post apocalyptic world is brought to life beautifully. It's shot in a manner that befits and emphasizes its epic nature.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

With a few improvements, Dominion could very quickly develop into a unique and enjoyable viewing experience. It's not quite there yet - but I have faith.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The scale of Dominion greatly eclipses that of Legion. And even on cable TV budget, this is a better-looking and more viscerally satisfying experience.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

While the premise and plot of Syfy's Dominion are laughable, the 90-minute pilot entertains in a B-movie sort of way.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dominion feels like it is unintentionally telling a separate story of a world in which humanity is held captive by quickie CGI.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Even those familiar with the movie might find the 90-minute opener dizzying, as well as unevenly acted (to put matters kindly) and derivative in the extreme.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety

The plot of Dominion, unfortunately, veers between simplistic and unfathomable.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When they talk about better TV shows dramatizing the apocalypse, they won't be talking about Dominion, whose ambition makes it complex enough that only the most devoted fans are likely to stay for the full ride.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Syfy's latest drama, Dominion, may be one of the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written series I've seen in ages.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The optimistic side of me looks at the pilot and sees interesting character developments and the promise of a war between humans and angels, which could offer some truly thrilling and unique visual moments from this TV series.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source:

It still has a lot of work to do, but with care, Dominion has the potential to grow into something special.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

After an hour and a half of Dominion, most viewers will probably decide that what happens in Vega can stay in Vega.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Dominion's opening night close-out is strictly same-old, same-old, with one of the mysterious tattoos translated to read, "Beware of those closest to you." Cue the ominous music. Wow, what a twist.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Maybe the Thursday pilot's portentous whispers in candle-lighted spaces will seem less pretentious and more profound as Dominion moves past initial exposition from a cast trying not to sound like they're from all over the planet.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday

Despite being billed by Syfy as an action-packed drama, it's surprisingly lackluster. Drearily paced, the plodding post-apocalyptic series is as familiar as it is pedestrian.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

As the Big Bad of the piece, Gabriel appears for perhaps 40 seconds of the 90-minute premiere and is still the most interesting character here. He gives Dominion a wing and a prayer of surviving.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

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