Apr 162013

Well, the pilot of Defiance aired last night and I’m not quite sure yet what to think of it. Pilot episodes spend so time introducing the world and the characters that it’s difficult to tell whether a series is going to rock or not.
Let’s get a few things out of the way first. Some of the special effects just weren’t that great. I’m really guys looks like they used they used footage from the game for a couple of those shots. Not all that great but I supposed the network got to cut a couple of corners to save some bucks. Not all that impressed with that.
The characters and story are still coming together. We’ve got an idea who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Plus I’m sure that there’s going to some characters who fall into that gray area between. I kind of like the main characters, Nolan and Irisa, and special note goes out to Doc Yewll. Those seem like the most entertaining characters so far. As far as the villains go Stahma Tarr looks like she’s going to be the interesting antagonist in the series.
I’m not quite sure how they are going to blend the video game and the series and that just seems like more of marketing gimmick than anything really substantial. But that’s just my gut feeling on that one. As far as being billed as the next Firefly. I don’t know. Just haven’t seen that yet either. I can still remember how I felt after watching the pilot episode of that and just didn’t come away with that warm fuzzy. But like I said, it’s tough to judge a series by the pilot.
Right now, I put it on the wait and see list. I’m hoping that the characters and storyline really come together. I’m looking for that magic from Firefly and from Farscape (Rockne S. O’Bannon is the executive producer). Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this turns out well. SyFy needs to get back to doing science fiction and not wrestling or lame reality shows. The potential is there and let’s hope that they run with it.

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