When it comes to the concept of speculating on aliens in the real world, you still hear the theories of them actually being angelic beings who put themselves into the guise of a strange physical body. While you’ll find others who think we really are being visited by physical aliens, when you combine the angelic side with aliens into fiction, you get into much more interesting territory. Once it gets into the realm of sci-fi and airs on Syfy, you start to break down some barriers on what sci-fi really is.
Such is the case with the new sci-fi show “Dominion” that explores another post-apocalyptic view of earth, yet one where more spiritual themes come into play. It’s also based on the 2010 movie “Legion” that dealt with the archangel Michael and interacting with humans here on earth. With “Dominion” set a quarter century after that film takes place, we see another devastated earth (no paradise in any future view of earth lately), plus a new war developing in the archangel hierarchy. This time Michael turns against his fellow archangels and decides to side with saving humanity.
In this story, a battle was waged between humanity and the archangels, ultimately leading to the apocalypse. We see Michael turn against his brother, Gabriel, in an offhanded angelic Cain and Abel story. As Michael becomes a warrior to help humanity, the archangels ultimately want to eliminate humanity so God can ultimately make a return.
While this might sound crazy to biblical scholars, the idea of bringing biblical themes into sci-fi is quite revolutionary, despite always being veiled in the past. We’ve seen enough Christian allegory in sci-fi and fantasy to make it more than obvious over the last 100 years. The question now is whether making it more obvious will make some people bristle, especially when Christian theology doesn’t always look at humanity as being something dispensable.
Will There Be Criticism of “Dominion” Going Its Own Way?
Most theologians who study Christianity will say that “Dominion” goes completely against God’s real plan for the future of humanity rather than one that sounds like Noah’s Ark all over again. The idea of archangels waging war on humans under their own accord is intriguing, though also goes completely against biblical reality. Nevertheless, the idea of fallen angelic beings interacting with humans hasn’t been explored enough, despite a few movies going there in overly contrived ways. “Dominion” will at least explore the idea of how it can happen and how it might be history repeating as part of what happened in the time of Noah.
No doubt the story of angels breeding with humans in the time of Noah was a bit of an inspiration for “Dominion.” And all the complex ways this can happen will probably be explored other than being an excuse to be an action-oriented sci-fi series with plenty of battle scenes. Will audiences warm to the idea of mixing a theological concept with sci-fi in a more literal way? It probably couldn’t have been done without mentioning the phrase “post-apocalyptic” first. It may be an interesting contrast to another post-apocalyptic show on Syfy called “Defiance” that looks at aliens as being more literal, an analogy for race, and also capable of mating with human beings.
Yes, the other selling points of both must have been the potential breeding between someone non-human and one of the human characters. With archangel Michael in “Dominion” already the lover of very human Senator Becca Thorn, you can see some interesting conflict already beginning.
As with all sci-fi tropes, expect some kind of fateful offspring at some point later if the show makes it past its first season.