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'Dominion' recap: Welcome to New Delphi

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Mouth of the Damned” | Aired July 16, 2015

Previously: Michael happened upon a town that repels eight-balls and thinks God is still in the Dominion hizzy. Alex and Noma escaped Gabriel and were captured by eight-balls on their way to New Delphi. Claire and David are at each other’s throats over the leadership of Vega.

My close personal Twitter friend (I tend toward hyperbole; he retweeted me once) and Dominion showrunner Vaun Wilmot has really upped the ante this season. Everything is more intense—the drama, the action, the pyrotechnics. Hell, even the flapping angel wings look more authentic. Let’s catch up with our cast of characters, shall we?

Michael is still in Dominion‘s version of Jonestown. Seriously, I’m thinking this one will end with a barrel of grape Kool-Aid and assault rifles pointed at the populace. *uneasy face* Michael wants to know why the eight-balls are so put off by the fiery effigy at the center of Mallory. So he drags one toward the town and receives his answer when the poor critter bursts into flame. The town is basically surrounded by an invisible eight-ball zapper. Why can’t Vega have one of those?

Remember when Michael was washing off the drama in the ocean, and that young lady was checking out his nekkidness? Her name is Harper, and she’s set upon by an eight-ball wearing a Joker mask out in the wilderness. If an eight-ball is wearing a mask to cover up his terrifying visage, don’t you think that’s a bad choice of mask? Why not a Batman or a Betty White mask? Harper stumbles into town, wounded, and is even more troubled by the archangel standing amongst Mallory’s citizens.

Laurel (the town leader whom I referred to as “Lady Mallory” in the last recap) explains to Michael that they don’t allow secrets in Mallory. Every so many years, God checks up on this burg. If he discovers that people aren’t confessing their every secret and sin, the magic fire thingy goes out and the eight-balls are free to come on in and kill. This is an unlikely story, but the Mallory folk seem to believe it. However, Michael makes Harper promise not to reveal what he is, and Harper refuses to confess to Laurel what she’s not saying. Did I mention that Laurel was holding Harper’s hand over an open flame during this confession? I’m telling you, this joint is totally post-apocalyptic Guyana. Who cares about eight-balls attacking when you live in a sinister religious cult?

The rugged but dumb dude who thought it was smart to irritate Michael last episode is still rugged and dumb. He’s on board Laurel’s “No Secrets ’til Brooklyn” train, and goes to confront Harper. He brings along his shotgun. Which he uses. “Yep, I blew Harper away and I’m going into the church to confess, so God doesn’t douse the magic space heater. Later.” Laurel and Michael are both horrified.

Noma Pete

Claire and David are still catfighting like crazy. Claire is especially perturbed when a new member of her personal guard, Zoe, tries to shish-kebab her in her own living room. Claire automatically assumes it was her arch-nemesis and goes to pay him a visit. Her hair is slightly tousled on one side, which reflects her anger. David is flattered that she thought of him, but denies that he tried to have her killed. He does have an issue with her leadership, though, and plans to have her deposed as Lady of the City ASAP. Doesn’t “Lady of the City” sound like a lost Donna Summer album?

Claire is determined to head David off at the pass. Arika introduces her to a captured eight-ball named Rose. Rose is a tragic Gollum type who lusts after trinkets that belonged to the woman whose body she stole. Arika is training her for a sinister purpose. Well, it’s not that sinister if you’re not a fan of House Whele. Claire begins visiting with her would-be assassin, Zoe. The disgruntled ex-Archangel Corps soldier has the sort of hair you find around day five of Burning Man. One doubts the Vega prison showers will even begin to clean out those funky dreads. We learn Zoe is a V1 (the poorest of the Vegan poor), and was trying to kill Claire to draw attention to their plight. Claire is pretty much on board with this. Er, except for the getting stabbed part.

The sinister yet beautiful Arika has trained Rose to be all seductive and nubile. Seriously, she’s so docile that she lets Claire put lipstick on her. Arika should open an eight-ball charm school. If Vega ever starts producing reality shows, that would be a hit. Rose, in a wig, is sent to David’s quarters to hit on him for the security cameras. When she tries to eat him, he fends her off. Willie’s apparition has some wine and laughs at Dad for walking right into Claire’s trap. Claire, whose hair is voluminous and reflecting triumph at this juncture, uses the footage to have David arrested and relieved of all his duties. He calls her a “smug little bitch” as he’s dragged away, and that’s not exactly inaccurate. Perhaps the Lady of the City HAS to be a “smug little bitch” to make this work.

Alex and Noma and eight-balls, oh my. Our heroic duo and their new bestie, Pete (he’s the guy whom Alex shockingly evicted of an angel last ep.), are netted by scary dudes in the woods. It’s a group composed of humans and seemingly domesticated eight-balls. There’s a new twist! Before they’re dragged into the seamy barter town called New Delphi, Alex manages to off one of them. This doesn’t sit well with New Delphi’s eccentric leader, Julian. He considers “eight-ball” a racist term and explains how New Delphi works to the trio. Well, to Alex and Noma. Our lady angel tells Pete to shut up a lot, and you can tell she’s wishing that they hadn’t brought him along to ask the wizard for a brain.

Alex warns Julian that Gabriel is probably flapping his evil winged way to New Delphi as they dither on about inconsequential business. He’s not wrong. Gabriel and two henchmen take out New Delphi’s outer guard, and he sends the two winged thugs inside to grab Alex. With some shotgun assistance from Julian, Noma and Alex fend off their attackers. Wow, Noma is basically Sarah Conner–level badass when it comes to the fisticuffs. I mean Linda Hamilton, not the short dragon queen. Let’s get real.

Gabriel appears over the town, to everyone’s general panic, and wants to make a deal with Julian. Give him Alex and he won’t decapitate everyone and hold a BBQ on the bodies. Everyone is frozen until the higher angel that Alex pretty much killed, Nero, stumbles in to bleed out in front of everyone. A griefy Gabriel throws him a mercy kill and exits after tossing off a dire warning.

Julian wants to know just why Gabriel wants Alex so much. Our golden boy finally relents and shows him the angelic tattoos. The other Mr. Harvey comments on his feeling that the tattoos were sloppily applied in this scene. I register his complaint and tell him I’ll pass it on to the people at Dominion (no, I won’t). Julian wants Alex to prove that he’s the most special Chosen One in all the land. He’s going to send him into some sort of eight-ball pit in the basement to fetch a key he happened to lose in there. Ooh, I hope it’s an eight-ball minotaur!

Dominion airs Thursdays at 10/9C 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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