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'Dominion' recap: Reckless messes

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Ouroboros” | Aired July 31, 2014 

Previously: Claire was forced to euthanize her mom and Willy Whele turned the tables on David.

Did anyone else feel like this after last week’s episode?


Or this?


Me too.

Michael alights, all Creed hair, amongst zombieloads of dead bodies in 1900 B.C. He tells the single survivor (a young boy) not to be afraid. Cut to Denver, where an archangel in fetching leather trousers is all, “Clear the throne room, I have to long-distance possess a bitch.” His victim? Vega’s higher-angel-turned-produce-merchant Louis.

An 8-ball is nabbed by Michael and imprisoned inside an abandoned strip club. He’s to serve as eviction practice for Alex. The 8-ball needs to report being held captive in the one-on-one booth in a peeler bar as a health code violation.

Most of David’s ribs broken were broken with the sash from someone’s daughter’s Sparkle Motion costume. He’s given a glimpse of his future in the Vega Home for Despicable Old People as Willy tries to spoon gruel into his mouth. Whele Sr. calls his son a “despicable piece of sh*t.” Willy explains that he worships Gabriel because he knows the Chosen One will only bring about the end. David tells Willy that he knows that this is actually about getting revenge on him for being a terrible father. You know, the kind that tells his son that he’s a “despicable piece of sh*t.”

Rendered calculating and ruthless due to having murdered her mother, Claire wants to move up her wedding date. She explains to a puzzled Willy that no, she didn’t suddenly decide she actually likes him. She just wants to supplant her two-timing-on-his-dead-wife-with-his-dead-wife’s-body father on Vega’s senate. Hearing the cover story that David is laid up with pneumonia, she tells Willy to tell his father to get well soon. Willy thanks her. That was sarcasm, Willy.

It’s a CHOSEN ONE BUTTCHEEKS moment! Alex takes a steamy, sensuous shower. Noma shows up to chide him for being distant and declares his tattoos to be no big whoop. She starts a sexy slap fight. You don’t get into a nude slap fight with your ex without ending up sexin’. The accompanying saxophone is just so slutty-sounding! 

Gabriel visits the Vega infirmary as produce dude Louis, chatting up angel-in-hiding Jeffrey. Jeffrey tells Gabriel that he’s remaining a neutral. Emptying bed pans is a lot better than getting shot down over Vega. Gabriel suggests signing with Gabriel. Jeffrey refers to Gabriel as a “maniac,” which causes Gabe to slide back into the shot from off-camera on what I assume are evil angelic Rollerblades. Later, Nurse Jeffrey!

Three dead angels are undangled from high over Vega. Michael and dead angel discoverer Becca have a frosty convo about whether or not he knew higher angels were in Vega. Michael explains they were neutrals looking for asylum. Saint Becca of the Accusation can’t resist her calling in life. Michael tells her she was right to keep her distance from him and exits to stare moodily at dead angels as General Eddie sidles up. Did Michael know there were higher angels among them? No, she lies. Work on that fib face, ‘cuz General Eddie can read you like Entertainment Weekly on his damn iPad, lady.

Alex, Noma and Ethan hold a symposium titled “Higher Angels in Hiding: Good for Vega or Carpool Lane to Death?” Ethan turns out to be an angelphobe. Apparently he saw some awful shizz during the angel war. He must have seen said shizz when he wasn’t looting, because we know Ethan LOVES his five-finger discount.

Michael accuses Alex of triple-angel murder. Alex wonders aloud how an ordinary human could have offed three angels and then maybe acquired a cherry picker to string them up in one afternoon. Starting with Louis, he volunteers to warn the remaining higher angels. DON’T! IT’S WHAT GABRIEL WANTS! JUST TAKE ANOTHER SHOWER. YOU’RE DIRTY.

David is gingerly on the move. He runs into the lickalicious Lt. Halloran (can Tyrone Keough have a BUTTCHEEKS moment/nude slap fight in the showers?), who offers to help him escape William. Halloran actually assists David into his own lion’s den on behalf of Willy to serve as a potential meal for Aslan.

Uriel’s place is all jacked up. WHO IN HELL WOULD RIP UP A VAN GOGH AND PEE ON THAT SANDY KOUFAX TOPPS CARD?!? Gabriel, that’s who. Uriel informs Michael that Gabriel came for the s01_e0107_10_140674228244___CC___640x360list of all the higher angels-in-hiding. She only gave him the ones that reside in Vega. Thanks?

Louis’ apartment looks like the discount cooking oils section of the Christmas Tree Shop. Gabriel pounces on Alex, sowing seeds of discord. Ever hear about how Noah’s “ark” was more of a “bunker” and the “animals” were really “humans,” and it wasn’t a “flood” but “a certain murderous archangel named Michael who came to kill everybody”?

Willy tells Daddy that he’s a big egomaniac who captured the lion as an act of worshiping himself. He’s provided David with a gun containing a single bullet. Are you going to kill your son and die OR shoot your precious lion and live? David says he’d rather be eaten by his big kitty. LIE. Suddenly there’s a dead CGI lion on the ground. It looks more like Anthony Stewart Head offed a cast member from a community theater production of The Lion King.

Gabriel-as-Louis tells Alex to meet him in the orgy tower. And hey, Noma’s here. She knows Louis? Odd. Even odder? Gabriel had her come over so he can throw her ass out the window. And the oddest thing? NOMA SPROUTS WINGS AND FLIES OFF! The Chosen One has been putting it to a higher angel the whole time! 

Alex complains about Noma lying to him about exactly how she kept beating him in those charity stair climbs. Michael has had it with the Chosen One’s whining. He reminds Alex that he was a “reckless mess” pre-tattoos and that he’s been looking out for him his entire life. Gabriel-as-Louis interrupts to gleefully admit that this angelic murder spree was designed to shake Vega’s faith in his sanctimonious brother. No duh, Gabriel. Even dead Bixby figured that out.

Alex decides it’s the perfect time for eviction practice. Success! Gabriel is thrust back to his throne room. A totally sober (and firmly on Team Gabriel) Uriel is lazing about. He informs her that all of his hijinks will soon result in “another flood on our hands.” Everybody in Vega better get to their “arks.”

The neutral angels have committed suicide by big wall gun. Noma, however, is still missing. Alex can breathe easier knowing future sexy shower slap fights could be in the offing. He’d like to know if that story about the flood s01_e0107_16_140674229554___CC___640x360not being a flood, but a psycho archangel on the warpath named Michael, is true. Michael gets avoidy and splits.

Back to 1900 B.C.: A revealed-to-be-homicidal Michael is about to child-murder. A similarly Creed-tressed Gabriel lands, preventing Michael from slaughtering the boy. A gorgeously-coiffed-for-1900 B.C. Uriel breaks them up. Michael claims that their father ordered him to kill all of these people because he’d rather them dead than worshiping angels over him. And then there’s some riff about this all being natural ‘cuz there’s nothing more natural than death. So Michael was (or is) a crazy-dangerous angel. Good to know!


Dominion, rated TV-MA, airs Thursdays at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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