Hey, I’m back from school for the summer and figured it was time I got back into posting here. Im going to treat this site as more of an informally written blog than a news site so enjoy my slightly more unfiltered words.
Anyways, 2 episodes of Syfy’s highly anticipated new show, Defiance, have aired with a third dose coming tomorrow night. Overall, it has been pretty decent in my opinion. The story is fairly interesting and it has ALOT of potential to be something much more along the lines of Battlestar Galactica than NBC’s mediocre new sci fi show, Revolution, which really has been a huge disappointment to me considering the people involved (JJ Abrams, Eric Kripke and so on).
Let’s focus on what Defiance is doing right. The cast is pretty good. Rita from Dexter (RIP) plays the mayor of new St.Louis, Grant Bowler plays our Malcolm Reynolds character and whoever is playing the step daughter alien chick has been probably the best of them all, showing off a real convincing “us or them” attitude that has fuelled the majority of her story so far. The supporting cast is aight, haven’t seen too much of them to say much more.
The universe is really awesome! Coming from Farscape’s Rockne o’Bannon, I’m not too surprised but I’m a sucker for anything to do with space. That opening CG shot with the Votan ships arriving at earth really hooked me on early. Some of the CG has been a little weak but only for things that don’t really matter much anyways. The big shots have been sweet! I hope the show doesn’t stay fully earth-based, though the city looks really great too. I’m glad they went for a lot of physical sets as the city seems to give off a neat (and probably intentional) Firefly-ish vibe.
As well, with so many different alien races (I don’t know the race names yet so bear with me) coming to earth already disliking much of each other, it makes for a lot of interesting dynamics between characters of different races. The evil race (the Volge maybe?) that they had to fight near the end of ep 1 was super cool and I bet we’ll be seeing a lot more of them soon! Its nice to have moral ambiguity with the alien races but I’m glad they also decided to include an obvious villain in the show to keep an ever present threat in the mix (one of the reasons for why some of the early episodes of SGU were so boring ).
The culture clash has been very apparent, especially from ep 2 of cleansing ritual that was essentially torture to everyone else. It seems like these races have all been really thought out and hopefully we’ll see some more interesting differences been the races. That human girl that is going to be marrying that emo alien guy is pushing the plot along nicely with the old white alien that kinda looks like Nicholas Rush from SGU (RIP) trying to take control of the mine over top of old St.Louis too. I bet that nuclear plant (ep 2) is going to come up again too, the city is practically sitting on top of a nuke!! Lets just hope they don’t focus for too long on the teen love story bullshit.
Now I know that this judging based on only 2 episodes so its not really saying much but I really believe that this show could be amazing as long as the suits at Syfy dont cancel it early (ratings are solid so far) and let the creative people do their jobs uninterrupted. If you are on the fence about giving the show a chance, do it ya dingus!
Also, I haven’t tried the game (MMOs aren’t my thing) but it seems to be getting positive reviews overall. If you’ve tried it, what do you think? I’m curious to see how they plan to link the game world and tv world.