After developing it for some time now, Syfy is finally premiering its original new series Defiance. Set in a near future on mutated Earth, which has had its landscapes permanently altered by the arrival of seven different alien races and the disastrous war that followed, Defiance follows the adventures of several different characters living in this new society where aliens and humans must learn to live together in peace.
In the first episode, we meet scavengers, Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted alien Irathient daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). When one of their runs goes bad they eventually find themselves in the town of Defiance, originally known as St. Louis, where Nolan takes a job as Chief Lawkeeper of the town.
In addition to Nolan and Irisa, some of the characters we come to meet in the series include Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) who tries to do her best to balances the needs of all her people, alien and humans alike; Datak Tarr (Tony Curran), his wife Stahma (Jaime Murray), both high-class Castithan who have their own plans for their future on Earth; Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene) the owner of the largest mine in the territory and rival to Datak Tarr; Kenya Rosewater (Mia Kirshner), Amanda’s sister and owner of the Need/Want bar and brothel who becomes somewhat close with Nolan; and Nicky Riordon (Fionnula Flanagan) the ex-mayor and mentor to Amanda.
Episodes of the series focus on different adventures in the town where we learn more about the characters, the past and some of the mysteries surrounding them.
Something unique about Defiance is that it’s not just a series but also a multi-platform video game. Syfy has partnered with Trion Worlds to create online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. However, since I haven’t seen anything from the game, I will focus this review on the series alone.
I was really excited about Defiance because it seemed like it could become one of my new favorite sci-fi series. However, after having watching the first three episodes, it seems to me that Defiance has a great concept and lots of potential, but so far hasn’t lived up to them. With such an interesting and well-conceived world, I expected more. However, that is not to say I didn’t enjoy it because I did. In fact, I will continue watching because I do like the world and with a such a great base, it seems like there are so many places for the show to go that I’m curious to see them explore this world more.
I also really love the idea of the seven different different alien races, there is something fascinating about each of them and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them.
Overall, I would say Defiance is a good show that you should definitely try if you’re a sci-fi fan. It hasn’t totally reached its potential yet, but there is so much still left to explore that I am hopeful it could become a new addiction.
Defiance premieres tonight, April 15th at 9pm with a 2-hour episode on Syfy.