Dominion Season 2 Episode 13 Review: Sine Deo Nihil

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That was one hell of a finale, though I'm surprised they went with a cliffhanger.

With Syfy's record of axing low-rated series early on, we just might be waiting to meet a corporeal Lucifer for all eternity. I'm not saying I wouldn't love a third season, mind you. As a matter of fact, I've mentioned several times in my reviews that Dominion deserves more time to tell its story. It's just that Syfy's record speaks for itself.

That said, Dominion Season 2 Episode 13 was a bit of a downer. One leading lady died, and the other sold her soul to the Devil. The Chosen One just can't catch a break man.

What a long way Alex has come since inheriting those markings from Jeep in the Pilot. I'm not sure we've seen anything quite as impressive as that mass eviction. While I understand that incident drained him, I can't help but wish he'd been able to save Claire. You know, evict Duma from Riesen while the Dyad babbled on. Yeah that one hurt, and I'm not sure I'll get over her death any time soon. More on that later.

The moment Riesen/Duma arrived in Vega, you got a sense someone's story was coming to a close. In Mallory, however, another story was just getting started. Michael came full circle, lying in front of the burning man pyre in that quaint little town. In retrospect, though we did not spend as much time there as in Vega or New Delphi, it's the Mallory arc I enjoyed most. What a great payoff too, right?

One of the highlights of this hour, was going back 25 years to see Charlie again.

The child's death will break Michael's fever over the humans and bring him back to our cause. This extermination will work, which is why Father gave only me the seal.

Gabriel

My disappointment in Noma started in Dominion Season 2 Episode 12. Learning she was responsible for Charlie's death sealed my dislike for the character. Noma always seemed so straightforward, dedicated and in love with Alex. Now we know that guilt and a life debt were her true motivation.

Yes, she sacrificed her wings to honor that debt, but she's got a lovely new white pair now. What does that say about the character? The writers might surprise me in Season 3, but I seriously doubt I will ever like her in the same way after these revelations.

Speaking of revelations, learning that Michael never destroyed Lucifer's body was a game-changer. Michael's so damn sentimental, which more often than not gets him in hot water. Still, it's also what makes him almost human and the reason we love him. You've got to take the good with the bad, right?

Claire deciding to face her father sealed her fate. Her line to Alex, "This is goodbye, isn't it?" was a dead giveaway. Though the character had an interesting arc this season, I can't help but be disappointed she was killed off. Her pregnancy seemed like such an important twist, but went nowhere. She and Alex appeared to be very much in love in the first season, yet it turned out he'd fallen in love with the treacherous Noma. Claire fell for Gates, only to lose him when he sacrificed himself to save Vega.

Did you have to deal our heroine such a tragic hand guys? Yeah, I'm totally bummed we lost Roxanne McKee. Damn you writers!

Despite Noma's questionable choices, she spared Alex as a baby. So there's that.

Noma: I couldn't do it. I couldn't do it.
Michael: Of all who serve, you hold the highest place in my heart. Why did you let him live?
Noma: I was going to do it, but right before my sword fell I felt him. Our Father. His presence all around the baby. It was so strong.

The Prophet setting Gabriel on fire surprised me, but I knew the archangel wouldn't go out like that. I loved that the volunteers sacrificing themselves was healing Lucifer. The last pure heart would have made a nice addition to his collection, but that's never going to happen. I must admit, Michael realizing Noma had struck a deal was chilling.

Arika and David shared some wonderful moments in the finale. Can you believe they both survived the season? I'm ready to visit Helena now, aren't you? Though William is "dead," he's the one character that experienced a supernatural event out in the desert. Part of me still wants to believe he'll be back. Is it possible he was a Dyad all along?

It was great to see Langley Kirkwood again. Alex & Jeep's story came full circle.

Michael: Gabriel sent angels to kill the child. Charlie gave her life protecting him. We tried to save her, but too late. Alex may not be your son by blood, but he's your responsibility now. Will you protect him?
Jeep: I'll protect him with my life.

Alex's eulogy for Claire was gut-wrenching. Yes, Christopher Egan made my eyes water up. Such solid performances from every single cast member this season, right? Which reminds me, it was brilliant to get one final scene with Simon Merrells. I honestly believe he single-handedly helped elevate the series and made the actors around him want to step up their game.

I guess a taste of Lucifer was better than nothing. He looked pretty damn wicked too. Noma's white wings were absolutely gorgeous. Do you think Alex realized she had made an arrangement with Lucifer? If, no scratch that, when the third season renewal announcement comes it's going to be the twins against their big brother. That's right, Lucifer is our next big bad and if that's not reason enough for more Dominion, I don't know what is.

Overall, this proved to be a very strong finale. It did not feel rushed like last year and all the storylines had some kind of resolution. Everyone brought their A game this year, the writers, directors, actors and composer Bill Brown's score was perfection. NBC/Universal and Syfy, we're counting on you to renew this wonderfully unique series. Please don't let us down.

Thank you to the cast and crew for an outstanding second season and here's to #3!!!

That was a phenomenal finale, wasn't it? What did you think of "Sine Deo Nihil"? Did Claire's death shock you? How do you feel about Noma now? Did you suspect Lucifer was in Mallory all along? Your turn folks, go ahead and sound off in the comments below.

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Dominion Season 2 Episode 13 Quotes

Noma: I couldn't do it. I couldn't do it.
Michael: Of all who serve, you hold the highest place in my heart. Why did you let him live?
Noma: I was going to do it, but right before my sword fell I felt him. Our Father. His presence all around the baby. It was so strong.

The child's death will break Michael's fever over the humans and bring him back to our cause. This extermination will work, which is why Father gave only me the seal.

Gabriel