- Summary: In 2046, Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) returns to his hometown after the wars with aliens have transformed Earth.
- Genre(s): Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
- Show Type: Between Seasons
- Season 1 premiere date: Apr 15, 2013
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 09:00 PM
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The individual alien races aren't all that fresh. Yet I am engaged by the show's lively metaphor for a polyglot culture fractured by tribalism and Otherness, for a world that can easily put aside past pain and present differences to tackle a common threat.
There's a lot of genre-bending in this one but some real entertainment value, dramatic potential and, hell, if it can be half of what Battlestar Galactica was, that's a winning combination.
Defiance is less gritty than Syfy's best series, "Battlestar Galactica," and the characters aren't as well drawn as on the superior "Farscape." "Defiance" lands at a slightly higher end of the murky middle ground of quality.
Not only is the production harmed by its overloaded pilot and just fleeting moments of originality, its visual effects and alien makeup design are wildly inconsistent. Despite all this, Defiance grew on me the more I watched.
Apr 16, 2013We may just have a winner here. I see tons of potential in this show. I wasn't "blown away" by the pilot, but I was very entertained and curious to see more after it ended. I'm rating this a 10 to counter the inevitable trolls that will come here and give it a 0 because it's a SyFY show.… Expand
Apr 23, 2013Ever since Syfy butchered the Stargate Franchise with Universe, I have kept a long distance from any show on the network. My roommate pointed this show out to me, and was thoroughly impressed with the premise, universe, and overall feel of the series. As a pilot I have to be fair to look at it as a pilot. I took the liberty of watching the pilots of my favorite franchises to fairly compare this show to other franchises:
1: Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VGR, ENT) All 5 of these shows had weak pilots compared to the strength of themselves as a series when they ended their runs. I'll never forget hating the DS9 premier so much as a young teenager, it took 4 years for me to return to the series.
2. Stargate SG-1/Atlantis Both shows had relatively mediocre plots and seemed very overly campy for my tastes. Atlantis I didn't resume watching until the end of the first season because I felt so indifferent towards the season opener, and although I did not catch the SG-1 premier until many years later, it is among the strongest of the showings I have seen in the premier department. I didn't mention Universe on purpose.
3. Smallville VERY weak pilot, honestly the entire first season pretty much served as the pilot. The show didn't really find its footing until the second season. It lasted 10.
4. Firefly Strong pilot, victim of Fox, enough said here
This show has a likable cast, a strong underplot involving the former mayor, and most of all a vast expansive believable universe. It employs all of the things I enjoyed about Deep Space 9, Firefly, and Stargate SG-1. In an entertainment world where things are very rarely original, the premise of this show is one of the best I've seen since Firefly, beating other shows now considerably established by a long shot in both strength and viability at this early stage.… Expand
Jun 1, 2013My opinion on this show has changed.
After Episode one you will see this shows improvement big time. OF coruse it's got some cheesy scyfy graphics still, but I recommend this show to everyone.
The acting has improved just from one episode too! Awesome acting by Irisa's actress and Nolans!… Expand
Apr 22, 2013There's many things to be said about this show but this isn't the place. The first point that needs to be said is that this show is definitely not starting with a mind-blowing, revolutionary pilot that foreshadows an amazing show as with something like the Walking Dead but it is interesting and definitely not bad. Immediately, it's obvious that effort is being put into making this show work. Character make up, effects, etc. are all made with an intent to create a story and background to help give the show some ground. Where it falls flat, in my opinion, is that there are many cliches in the characters as well as some weird acting; the characters don't all seem to believe the universe they are in exists and it can detract from the atmosphere the show is genuinely trying to build for it's audience. At some points, the story is a little predictable as well as the lines of a few characters that are supposed to be "main" but overall the mystery that it needs to be interesting is there and has potential to evolve and become better as the show goes on. Overall, entertaining pilot and looking forward to the rest of the season. More Sci-Fi is never a bad thing, only something that, as a fan, anyone should try to appreciate or give credit where credit is due.… Expand
May 8, 2013It's not on the same level as Battlestar (yet), hopefully as the actors get to grips with their roles we will see improvement. There are some interesting characters and the show seems to carry the same formula as Battlestar, but lacks the dominating presence of an experienced screen actor like Ed Olmos or Mary McDonnell to carry it.
Tony Curran and Jaime Murray play the Tarrs fabulously in their deliciously machiavellian roles and i hope to see more of this as the story unfolds.
Stephanie Leonidas is impressive as the sidekick with emotional scars.
Julie Benz and to a lesser extent Grant Bowler, as the lead characters disappoint and need to step it up in terms of acting. They need some deeper plots with more backstory to build their characters on.
The Mayor in particular grinds away with a monotonous jibber-jabber which lacks emotional depth.
I do find myself looking forward to the next episode though, if mainly to see just how devious the Tarrs schemes can be.… Expand
Apr 17, 2013A Show based on a game! A Show based on a bad game? YUP But is it still good? NOP
The characters are ok, they are pretty cool and have some interesting things, the show isn't really eye opening or anything, atleast it gets the sci fi part right, it also sort of combines something like a western town or somethign idk. It reminds me of some great shows (firefly, battlestar...n00b if you don't know what those are) but it really isn't any better than the game, sure it was new for combining it with a game and it got me real excited, i was really hoping this would be good, and i was severly disapointed, now if you excuse me, i'm going to go poop, if you really like scyfy, and defiance, than go right ahead and watch this.....… Expand