Twenty-five years ago God disappeared and in his absence the Archangel Gabriel - who despised humans - led a war against mankind. Meanwhile, his brother, the Archangel Michael, took the road less traveled and sided with humanity against Gabriel, making for awkward family reunions.
Out of the ashes of war the survivors gathered into fortified cities, Vega (F.K.A. Las Vegas) being the greatest among them. The upper crest of Vega society includes General Riesen and his daugther Claire (pictured here). Plus there's councilman David Whele and his son William who are not pictured here but probably wish they were. #friction
This is one of the more complicated father-son relationships in recent memory. David is a bad guy who wants to take over a town. William is secretly also a bad guy who just wants to side with the even badder guy who wants to take over all of the towns (in other words, Gabriel).
Also among the V2 (read: one step higher than the V1s, who are the lowest on the caste totem poles) citizens of Vega is Alex, a former orphan turned solider. Alex is also madly in love with Claire. They have plans to flee Vega together until General Riesen announces she's betrothed to William. David's all about this as it puts him one step closer to power.
Jeep, Alex's father that abandoned him, shows up. Jeep is covered in mysterious tattoos which transfer to Alex after Jeep is killed. Michael reveals that Alex is "The Chosen One," the human savior for humanity that has been rumored about for decades.
Unlike his father, Alex can read what each of the tattoos say - a skill that only The Chosen One would be able to possess. The first message that Alex is able to read ominously says "Beware of those closest to you." Ruh-roh.
David tries to keep the whole Chosen One reveal under wraps and feeds anyone who knows about Alex's true identity to the lions. Literally. In his quest to maintain power he becomes frenemies with Arika, the wife of the Queen of Helena, another fortified city. David needs an air force - if war is coming he wants to be ready - so he schemes with Arika to get it.
We also learn Senator Riesen is sleeping with a lady named Clementine that he has locked up. What's crazier is that Clementine is actually Claire's mother, who has been possessed by an angel but not fully on the dark side yet.
Claire's maid Felicia is secretly a bad angel and attacks. This is alarming because a) Everyone thought angels couldn't impersonate regular humans and b) Claire's now out a really good maid. Anyway, Felicia figures out that Alex is the Chosen One and tells Gabriel.
Michael starts to train Alex to be more ass-kicky but is interrupted by Furiad, one of Gabriel's henchman angels, who shows up and stabs Michael. All this and Alex is STILL unsure about his Chosen One responsibilities.
Serving up Khaleesi realness here is Uriel (Michael and Gabriel's sister), an avid art collector who routinely collects depictions of members of her family. Also, she lies and plays them against each other. Atta girl.
Clementine escapes into Vega and climbs the walls and the ceiling and generally behaves like an 8-ball. Just as we've come to expect. Alex tries to save her by using his magic tattoos to exorcise the angel from Clementine and...it works!
Except then she dies. You are lost and gone forever, oh my darling Clementine. Anyway, Claire reunites with her mom right before she kicks the bucket. Claire realizes that her dad was keeping Clementine a secret the whole time and ordered him to step down as HBIC of Vega. She took over.
Turns out Claire is pregnant with Alex's baby. Chosen One's baby - important development alert! Uriel figures this out, as does Arika (who we learn is her lover, making them the first human/angel lesbian couple in TV history). They get all schemey.
When Michael learns Becca, his human scientist lover, has been experimenting on angels, he FLIPS OUT and kills her in a moment of rage. Alex, already distrustful of Michael, washes his hands of the angel, who flies away.