Watched Defiance on SyFy pilot. I enjoyed it. Yes, I’ve heard people say it was trying to be too many different shows at once. Admittedly, I had a Star Wars flashback when the mayor asks the protagonist if he is really just going to take his reward and leave, with the attack only hours away? In response the protagonist nods and climbs into the Millennium Falcon, er I mean his dune buggy and drives off.

But this was the pilot episode, very few pilot episodes are Emmy Award material. Okay sure, there was a cheese factor, but at least the episode didn’t suffer from cringe worthy overacting like Revolution does.

The show has promise, here’s hoping they develop that promise. You would think all the money they’ve sunk into this show/game project, would be more than enough incentive to get it right.

  1. Forlath Grey 7 years ago

    According to Wikipedia, Defiance has been renewed for a second season. I for one am relieved because it’s still kinda light in the writing department. Hopefully this will give it a chance to find its feet, I think it has a lot of potential. Although let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for the online game tie-in, would it have made it to a second season?
    ‘Critical reception of Defiance has been “mixed or average” according to Metacritic. Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post called it “a smart, well-crafted TV show with a good cast and an adventurous flavor” and added “it’s also indisputably science fiction, which is a relief,” saying that she felt too many science fiction shows were “watered-down… genre-lite dramas”. She also praised the casting, performances and the production design. Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News noted that “the TV show may not break new ground… but it does stand on its own as a watchable sci-fi series, with a Wild West vibe mixed with a bit of ‘Farscape’-meets-‘West Side Story.'” Other reviewers gave Defiance average reviews and noted its similarity to previous television series, while at the same time praising its “breathtaking” landscapes and “impressively rendered” monsters; its “intriguing” cast and setting; its digital effects and performances; and its mythology and “interesting” story. Conversely, David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave it one star out of five and found it to be “incomprehensible”, but said “if you’re a sci-fi fan for whom this stuff can never be too complex, have at it.”‘

  2. Forlath Grey 6 years ago

    Watched S2, Ep1 ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah’ last night and at the risk of jinxing it, it looks like the writers have finally taken off the kid gloves. The show feels grittier, the world larger and the characters more believable in this season vs last. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope they can keep it up.

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