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SyFy Officially Gives Up: 'Legion' Gets Series Order

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | December 5, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | December 5, 2013 |

Do you happen to remember Legion? If you do, it probably means you saw it, and for that I am deeply sorry. I feel your pain.

For all the rest of you, don’t worry! SyFy has decided that they’re going to bring this story to the masses! Legion is going to get a sequel in the form of a full-fledged television series. And just in case you’ve seen the movie, they’re changing the name to Dominion in order to throw you off and possibly suck you in. Because you weren’t actually going to watch the television spin-off of a failed movie about angels fighting demons at a diner.

Wait, that sounds way better than it is. That’s the problem with movies like this. They’re terrible, but any soundbite you dismissively compress the plot down into actually sounds vaguely cool. And decisions in television are made based on whether a story can sound interesting in fifteen words or less. They probably think that this thing has awards written all over it.

A disposable SyFy executive had this to say:

“Following the critical success of Defiance and the upcoming Ron Moore thriller Helix, Dominion will be the next major addition to Syfy’s growing slate of high quality scripted series. Dominion will continue Syfy’s new strategy to commission stand-out genre series that deliver the high stakes, sci-fi/fantasy experience our audience demands and embraces.”

I bet he drinks a lot of Red Bull and frequently informs fellow employees that he did indeed “crush” one assignment or another. His wife not-so-secretly loathes him and his 2.5 children are sociopaths who are destined to make more money than you. And the only show he has ever watched on the network he works for is professional wrestling, and that was through tears while furiously masturbating in a hotel room at a conference.

Here’s the obligatory plot summary:

Dominion is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post-apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie for control and the stage is set for political upheaval and a dangerous power shift. Meanwhile, a rebellious young soldier begins a perilous journey as the war between the human race and the fallen angels hell-bent on their domination escalates.

Interestingly, the primary cause of death in the show’s universe is suicide, as many people simply kill themselves rather than continuing to exist in a world so tediously uninspired.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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