Parents' Guide to

Dominion

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent, sexy sci-fi with evil angels.

TV Syfy Drama 2014
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Dominion displays an irritating lack of thought that will particularly chafe with sci-fi fans, who tend to be a smart and nitpicky lot. Vega itself seems like the kind of meaty setting that can sustain drama. It has a caste system, jargon, and political rivalries. But why, pray tell, if you're in one of the last outposts on Earth, would it be Las Vegas, essentially a barren desert with no water supply and where nothing can grow? Wouldn't one of the last human cities on Earth be located where you could, you know, grow food? And livestock? To eat? What are the people of Vega eating, anyway, while they're traipsing around having political intrigues in their clichéd Divergent robes and military gear?

And why, when humans battle with angels, do they fruitlessly fire with the same guns we have today? It's been a couple of decades since the angels descended to beat the humans into submission, right? In all that time, people haven't figured out that regular ol' guns don't really work on angels? And they haven't figured out anything that works better? Finally, why are there virtually no people of color in the cast? Did the angels target black and Asian people or something? Smallish details, sure, but it all points to a lack of coherency and deep thinking that's evident in the plot of the show as well, a mishmash of elements you've seen before, cobbled together from Star Wars-y space operas and other, better, dystopian dramas. Save your viewing time for smarter sci-fi.

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