We are now six episodes deep in Dominion, and the kids are no longer taking their fathers’ crap.
Claire finally discovers the truth about her mother. Alex brings her to the vault where he keeps Clementine, unable to kill her. Against Michael’s best wishes, Alex wants to perform an eviction (exorcism for angels) on Clem. According to Michael, we’ve been getting it wrong all of these years: it wasn’t the little girl in The Exorcist (1973), it was angels all along.
Anyway, to do that, he needs a book called the Apocrypha. (Incidentally, that’s an actual book. Am I the only one who didn’t know that?) Michael meets up with Uriel for the book, but she has one condition: an audience with the Chosen One. He does something I was very surprised by and allows Uriel to meet with Alex. That just goes to show you how much he trusts her. I really hope she won’t betray him too badly. When she sees Alex’s tats, she memorizes them and sketches them onto paper. Michael tells her that they change at any given moment, so it doesn’t matter, but both archangels believe that the markings could be deciphered by someone other than Alex. He makes her promise not to show Gabriel, and she does. Hopefully, she’ll keep her word.
While we got to see loads of brother-sister love and tons of Malex, we didn’t even get a solo scene with Becca this episode. I must say, she was missed. I know she and Michael broke things off, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Michael helped Alex throughout the episode, but the entire time he undoubtedly believed the Chosen One would fail. Even though Michael seemed surprised (you know he barely moves his face. He’s like a marble statue. Every emotion on his face is implied) that Alex could translate the inscriptions in the Apocrypha, he ultimately knew that Alex would fall on his face.
I get that, I get that, but maybe not involve Claire. I guess Alex had to completely fail for it to be effective. With David continuing to move forward with the No Confidence Vote against her father, Claire had a lot on her plate. Alex pulled her away and introduced her to Clementine. Of course, she freaked out. She was hysterical. His intentions were good, but after this whole debacle, it was probably best that Claire had just thought her mother dead.
Her meeting with Clementine was intense. Clem has that effect on people. She has that wounded animal appeal and, when a loved one plays on you with their vulnerabilities, your heart melts. Not that I’m saying the eight-ball in Clem was acting with malicious intent. I genuinely believe she was helpless and wanted redemption, as she said. I think her idea of redemption and everyone else’s was completely different. Somehow, for 25 years, she must have tricked herself into thinking that she and the actual Clem were roommates. It didn’t occur to the eight-ball that Claire wanted just her mom and nothing else.
When Alex recited the words, Clem acted a hot mess. It was really like something out of The Exorcist (round two). The eight-ball was forced out of Clem and, for a moment, I thought everything was going to be a trip to Disney. That was until Clem’s spirit left the body as well. She was left with her eyes open, but completely empty—soulless. I wonder if that happened because Clem had been coexisting with the eight-ball for so long that she wasn’t fully attached to her own body. Maybe there was a follow-up spell that Alex missed, something to stick her back in. Or maybe, because God left everybody, the whole soul business is just up for grabs, like you’re on your own. If you lose your body, I’m sorry, but we’re not open for business until Alex gets it together. Sucks. They probably should’ve just let the eight-ball stay in there. She’d been doing nothin’ to nobody for twenty-five years. They could’ve let her stay put and given her a new set of rules. It was all very sad, and I’m not inclined to feel sad for Claire because, for some reason, I’m not a fan, but I felt horrible for her. Especially when she smothered Clem. That was too much.
It’s safe to say Claire and Alex’s relationship is over. Their romance has been relatively downplayed in these more recent eps, so I wondered what event would do it. I knew sooner or later, Claire’s obligation to Vega would pull her away from Alex because she seems like the type to choose work/the well-being of others over her love life. What were they going to do? Run away together? C’mon, they shot that down in what, ep two? Three?
Doesn’t matter. After learning of Riesen’s involvement in the whole Clem shenanigans, she told her father he had to resign from office. I don’t know about that. Claire is all big words and threats, but I have yet to see her come through. I don’t think Riesen is just going to sit out because of Claire. He secured a deal with Arika this episode, a deal I think is complete crap, but he’s probably feeling amazing about himself. So, that air force that Helena has? No, just no. Does not exist at all. Apparently, they only have one (?) plane. Wow, what a letdown. Anyway, Riesen and Arika concocted this scheme to use that one plane to drop the Vega megabomb on Gabe’s fortress in Mordor.
Problem: No, it’s not the simplicity, it’s Evelyn. Evelyn wants no part of that messy war unless Helena is threatened.
Solution: Kick her to the curb. Arika is going to go to Helena and overthrow Evelyn, then Vega is going to help her rule Helena. Oh, please. How do we know Arika won’t be shot on sight the second she sets foot in Helena, or instantly herded off to jail? Evelyn sent her the body parts of her sister. Let me say it again. The. Body. Parts. Of. Her. Sister.
We’ll see, Riesen. We’ll see. (Is it weird that I’m Team Evelyn and we haven’t even see her yet?)
Raise your hand if at one point or another you thought Willie would be screwed. When David went up to him and said that stuff about Gabriel’s cloth, I held my breath! Although David never let on that he thought Willie was in cahoots with Gabriel, his face told a different story. It was enough to freak Willie out, too. He met with a member of the Black Acolytes and told him to tell the others to disband because of David’s suspicions.
It was a little too late for them because apparently David had the guy followed. At the Black Acolyte (wow, B.A. Wow, was that done on purpose?) meeting, several members were shot down by Vega guards sent by David. The B.A. managed to take the guys down (can you believe he only sent TWO? Wow. If I was a B.A., I’d be a little insulted by that).
Willie has to find a way to put an end to his father, so he tries to kill him. Holds a gun to his head and everything, but he can’t do it. It wasn’t even like David was cowering in fear. He was taunting the hell out the poor guy. That, more than anything else, is probably why Willie decided to unleash his psychotic other half. Willie knocked David out and dragged him to one of those B.A. cult meetings, where he used the back cracker tool on his father. That looked like it was worse than being shot in the face with a gun.
Although we don’t know the fate of David next episode, he is the holder of the Best Line title this time around.
David’s Best Line This Ep: “From the day you were born, the first time I held you in my arms, I knew you were destined to be nothing but a curse—weak, useless in every conceivable way.”
Geez, that’s why you ain’t got no mo’ spine.
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