Episode 1×01 – The Extended Edition

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