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'Dominion' fan recap: David and Goliath

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lay Thee Before Kings” | Aired Aug 20, 2015

Previously: Noma committed the ultimate angelic sacrifice by ripping off her own wings to save Alex. Gabriel and Michael are still in Julian’s clutches. David and Arika are secretly scheming against V1 czarina Zoe and Lady Reisen.

I said it on Twitter and I will repeat it here: I think this was the best episode of Dominion so far. Showrunner Vaun Wilmott wrote it, and he put everything in it but the amphora vase. Most cleverly, he used a classic Bible story to explain why Gabriel is such a ragey angel. Bring your Kleenex and dig in with me.

You were lost and gone forever. Lest we forget, General Edward Reisen is being held captive by Julian as well as the brothers Arch. Julian seems to have taken a liking to Claire’s dad. Either that or he sees him as a future bargaining chip. He notes that he would be torturing Eddie, but since the General is dying anyway, what good would it do? General Eddie tells Julian why he came to New Delphi in the first place. It’s because his dead wife Clementine’s possessing angel told him that New Delphi was where eight-balls and humans could live together in harmony. Wait, so basically General Eddie came to New Delphi to meet chicks? Is that why he skipped out on his kingdom? Shallow. After Ed tells Julian the Clementine story, Julian goes on Adult Angel Finder for him. He shows up with an eight-ball lady, whom he introduces as Clementine. Julian explains that lower angels don’t die after an eviction, they just end up possessing new bodies. “Clementine” (it remains to be seen if those quotes are necessary) tells Ed how much she’s missed him. He seems to be falling for it. There is no way in hell this is his dead girlfriend who was possessing his dead wife. That was a really convoluted relationship already, huh?

Poor Claire. Claire is hanging out in her unborn baby’s nursery. Oh, how I hate foreshadowing. Gates swaggers in and they have kissy times. Enough blossoming love; there’s a big crack through the city and the dreadlocks are itching to kill them all. This is evidenced by the penthouse suite full of brutally murdered V6s that Claire, Gates, and Arika look on with tired resignation. Claire decides that the only way they’re going to stave off the impending war is for her and Zoe to meet face-to-face. Gates is against it, shifty beauty Arika wants to go, and Claire is all, You know who the Lady of this City is, right, people?

Meanwhile, over in Dreadlocks Central, David is nursing the hole in his hand while Zoe berates a fellow V1. He’s holding the “agri-towers” hostage. This is not helpful to Zoe’s attempts to unite the V1s against the real enemy—the bougie bitches in the clean casinos. Zoe explains that David has given her the codes to everything and she’s the favorite to win the rebel leader election. David temporarily blocks out the pain in his hand and remembers that he’s a serpent with legs. He’s definitely plotting something.

Suddenly the lights go out. David uses the distraction to pass his expensive watch to Captain Agri-Tower. That dude didn’t ask for the time, so this is some sort of chicanery. The lights go back on. “Claire just said hello,” David notes dryly. Claire and Gates weren’t even in the room, and I love them even more because they’re resourceful and a really good-looking couple. Pretty people just have it easier.

Claire and Zoe have agreed to meet. Zoe arrives with David and a retinue of rebels. Claire arrives with Gates and a couple of Vega’s finest. Claire and Zoe meet in the middle. Claire notes David’s injury from afar (wow, she has good eyesight) and asks Zoe if that was her doing. She advises Zoe to shoot him in the head next time, because she wishes she had. Yeah, yeah, we both know he’s a shady lady. But why am I here, asks Zoe? Claire tells her that if they don’t join forces right now, she will be sending troops across the Big Vegan Crack to capture or kill the V1s. She doesn’t want to, and would much rather they consolidate their power and lift the V1s out of the gutter together. She implies that Zoe will have some sort of position in the government. Zoe sees the light and agrees. That’s way too easy, hence the sniper who starts firing at Claire. Everyone runs for their dusty post-apocalyptic transports. Bullets ping, tires screech, and Claire has been wounded. Uh-oh.

Alex and Noma kiss

Upon the return to home base, Claire is rushed into surgery. Arika and Gates confer, and it’s plainly obvious that Gates is aware of the dastardly doings hidden in Arika’s big and evil hair. She pins the sniper attack on David. Gates isn’t buying it, but he has to go and see if his new girlfriend is okay. She’s okay; her baby isn’t. The trauma caused by blood loss and surgery were too much for the tyke, and Claire miscarries. That’s cold, Vaun.

Back at the Dreadock Bunker, we learn that David paid Captain Agri-Towers to treat the detente talks like a shooting gallery. That must have been a pretty expensive watch. Zoe enters, reveals that she knows he was the sniper, and has Agri-Towers pistol-whipped to death right there and then. Zoe must have been really ready to make peace, because she is pissed. You can tell she’s pissed because she’s sort of smirking as the blood flies to and fro. David should have watched all of this through the hole in his hand to remind him that he’s in deep ish.

This portrayal of Wal-Mart is pretty accurate. Alex and a bleeding-to-death Noma escape a bunch of eight-balls and take refuge in an abandoned big-box store. It should be noted that, as they abandoned the farmhouse that they had taken shelter in the night previous, a mysterious stranger appeared to Noma and told her to head east if she wantred to be healed. After the Chosen One and his much tougher girlfriend beat feet, the mysterious stranger sets an eight-ball on fire. With his finger. That’s handy!

The eight-balls at the Wal-Mart of the Damned still think they work there. It’s pretty amusing to see veiny demons with bad gum disease manning checkout counters. Alex and Noma play along, and look for supplies to staunch her bleeding. They discover a whole pile of fresh corpses in the back. Apparently “Employee of the Month” is awarded to the eight-ball that brutally murders the most customers. In a funny/scary scene, Alex and Noma try to check out. It doesn’t go so well and they have to kill a whole bunch of employees. I’m sure that this is still preferable to a Wal-Mart employee’s typical experience. Alex sews up Noma’s back, as she tearfully asks what she is now. “Nomes,” Alex notes reassuringly. Aw. They’re no #Clates, but they’re cute.

David and Goliath and Gabriel and Michael. Julian must moonlight as a Batman villain because he’s placed Gabriel and Michael in a clever deathtrap. We learn that electricity can kill angels. So can electricity, empyrean steel, and lack of pudding. They’re both hooked up to a generator, and they keep having to trade off gripping the metal in front of them and handing off the steadily increasing charge to prevent the other from dying. This is also to prevent live wires from descending upon them, which will kill them. Julian plans on possessing one of their dead bodies. He bids them fun and exits. The supervillain never sticks around to watch the heroes die. You would have thought 60 years of comic books pre-apocalypse would have taught them something.

Gabriel and Michael reminisce about their Chosen One argument and we learn that Gabriel was once charged with protecting a Chosen One. Wait, what? Yeah, back in Bible times. A pleasant and fatherly Gabriel is shepherding a young boy with “the soul of an artist.” “Father” gave him this duty. They sling rocks at rabbits and it’s a wonderful life. When they arrive at Jerusalem, Michael appears as an astral-type being to inform Gabriel that its the kid’s up-at-bat. Gabriel is upset, feeling it’s too soon. It’s Dominion—it’s never too soon to set a child against an army.

Remember the old David and Goliath tale? Well, it’s part of Dominion‘s mythos. The farmers rebel against the soldiers, and it’s up to David (Gabriel’s artsy kid) to win the day. Huge, bald Goliath comes speeding up from the other side to lay waste to the little guy. But no! David has got his sling, and his rock, and the big dummy is laid out with a hole in his head. Hurrah for David!

The shock games continue back at New Delphi. Despite David’s victory, King Saul has him tossed from the castle ramparts to install another child whom he can control. For those of you in the dark, we’re beginning to understand why Gabriel is so uppity about human beings. Gabriel mourns and makes himself feel better by launching King Saul out a window and murdering his entire family.

In the present day, Gabriel prevents Michael from feeling the pain of losing a son that he did by taking a fall. He takes all the voltage into himself, allowing Michael to free himself and slaughter all of Julian’s guards. Gabriel is pretty much the hot dog you used voltage and two forks to cook in seventh-grade science. However, he’s still alive. He pushes a protesting Michael out the door to go find Alex, noting that he still has to kill Julian. It might be hard when you’ve just been electrocuted, but archangels are a hearty sort. Go, Gabriel! Wow, he really went from villain to antihero, eh?

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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