You know what is one of the worst things to happen to a TV geek like me? It’s that thing where you fall in love with a show, and you go and get involved in the fandom, and it’s all super fun and everyone’s great and supportive and enthusiastic, and then the next season airs, and suddenly you’re all… meh.
Cause, yeah, that pretty much sums up my impression of season 2. Meh.
This may come as a surprise to some of you (it certainly did to me), but if you compare the US and the UK versions of the Dominion Blu-rays, you’ll find that the pilot episode on the UK version is about 20 minutes longer than the one on the US Blu-rays.
I’m lucky enough to have both versions of the episode to be able to compare them (yes, I’m that much of a geek to buy them both), so let’s take a closer look at the additional lines, shots and scenes in the extended version of the pilot. For your reference, I will call the US version the “original version”.
Before we dive in, though, let me just say that there are a lot of tiny, almost unrecognizable edits in the original version, which you will only realize when you let both versions run in parallel. I will not list all the many instances where just a second or two of a particular shot was shaved off. This was done in almost every scene, sometimes multiple times, perhaps to save another cumulative one or two minutes in the end. What I will be listing here are the changes that are a little more substantial than that. Continue reading
For those fans who don’t have access to the Blu-ray release of season 1 that came out in the US in late December, I have put together a description of the new or modified scenes from the extended version of the season finale that was published as a Blu-ray exclusive special feature. Continue reading
By popular demand, I have created instructions. Happy handicrafting! 🙂
It just so happens that the original pilot script for Dominion is floating around the internet. If you’re a fan of the show, I recommend that you read it because it gives a good deal more insight into the episode and the characters. It seems to be an early version of the pilot and not the actual shooting script, because there are several differences between the two.