It is almost never a good idea to randomly quote from
After all, potential viewers of said show,
"[The archangel] Michael explains that God has lost faith in mankind and has sent His angels to destroy the human race. He also reveals that Charlie's baby must stay alive, as it is destined to be the savior of mankind; Michael disobeyed God's order to kill Charlie's baby, as he still has faith in humanity. The next morning, Sandra discovers Howard crucified behind the restaurant and covered with huge boils. She tries to rescue him, but he violently explodes into acid."
Explodes into acid, people.
Television's current air of creative self-confidence may be well deserved, but to make a series-sequel to a film panned by virtually every critic on the planet is precisely the sort of hubris that causes angels to fall.
Yet "Legion" opened well (second only to
So why not angels with daddy issues?
Well, for one thing, because it's confusing. Religious concerns aside, the explanatory opener is cursory at best, leaving those who have not seen or have forgotten "Legion" more than a little bewildered. The easy description is that it's "The Walking Dead" with angels instead of zombies, desert instead of forest and no hint of great writing or acting whatsoever.
The special effects, however, are nifty; surely the video game cannot be far behind.
Post-angel-apocalypse, surviving humans live in fortified cities, the greatest of which is Vega, formerly known as Las Vegas. How they deal with the obvious water supply issue is never explained; possibly it's included in the personal protection of the archangel Michael, here played by
Michael has created something of a military state overseen by Gen. Riesen (Alan Dale), who is basically good, unlike his secretary of commerce, David Whele (Anthony Head), a classic schemer. Not surprisingly, young warrior Alex Lannon (
That would be the child born during "Legion"-the apocalypse. Twenty-five years ago. Right around the time Alex lost his parents. (Math is no one's strong suit in the pilot of "Dominion.")
It's a lot of exposition to get through, and that's just what writer Vaun Wilmott and director Scott Stewart, the latter of whom also worked on "Legion," do — they get through it, with way too much talking and not nearly enough bodies exploding into acid.
When: 9 p.m. Thursday