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All 13 episodes from the first season of the US sci-fi drama that follows the attempts of Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) to keep the peace in the futureworld frontier town of Defiance. In the near future, Earth's landscape has been decimated after years of war with the Votans, an alien race seeking a new home after their own star system was destroyed in a stellar collision. With a ceasefire now in effect, an itinerant Nolan returns to the ruins of his former home town of St. Louis, now known as Defiance, accompanied by his adopted alien daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), to help keep the former warring factions apart. The episodes are: 'Pilot: Part 1', 'Pilot: Part 2', 'Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go', 'The Devil in the Dark', 'A Well Respected Man', 'The Serpent's Egg', 'Brothers in Arms', 'Goodbye Blue Sky', 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times', 'If I Ever Leave This World Alive', 'The Bride Wore Black', 'Past Is Prologue' and 'Everything Is Broken'.
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
Defiance isn't the first science fiction television show to find the planet Earth in a bit of trouble, but it does still have identity of its own. The setting here is the near future, where Earth has been all-but-destroyed after a war with aliens. Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan, played by Grant Bowler, has the job of trying to keep piece in one of the remaining frontier towns, but he name of Defiance. It is not, as you might expect, an easy job.
Defiance is a show that firmly hits the ground running too, courtesy of a strong opening. The episodes that follow, and there are 13 in all here, are a little bumpier, and the show finds it firmest footing when it's dealing with the fighting and politics between the cast of characters. That proves to be more interesting than the straight-out science fiction elements of the show, although some of the effects are terrific to look at.
Still, it's a consistently interesting series this, that does take a while to fully find its feet, but it's worth bearing with. The disc package is rounded out with a selection of deleted scenes and a gag reel too, which prove to be fun diversions. A solid series in all, with some strong moments. --Jon Foster
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A feature length pilot, eleven episodes. Full concentration is needed to work out exactly what is going on. (Full marks for viewers who did). Not only is it far from clear exactly how the planet so quickly reached its present state, but each group (including humans) seems rife with hidden agendas and feuds - uneasy alliances only formed when faced with a common enemy. (Local Badlands are aptly named.)
Despite much confusion, I was surprised at how soon I began to enjoy most of it. Grant Bowler does capably what is needed as tough, no-nonsense Joshua Logan - his highly unusual alien companion, Irisa, very much a force to reckon with. Tony Curran's Datak Tarr should clearly not be trusted an inch, nor should his Lady Macbeth-style wife (Jaime Murray, ex-"Hustle"). Their costumes and home may be so alluringly white, but their intentions dark indeed. Some acting may be a little OTT but the enigmatic doctor intrigues and Graham Greene as mine owner Rafe McCawley totally convinces.
It is good to see emphasis more on characters than special effects (the latter impressive nonetheless). The episodes vary, but Ep.9 with a plague causing havoc is especially strong.
The box set could have come with more information and bonuses. (I had to go online to learn about the interesting background events, details of who played what, correct spellings of characters, etc.)
Despite reservations, this counts as a good buy. As happens so often, thanks go to fellow reviewers for recommending the series. So easily it could otherwise have been overlooked.
Irathients are all red and fiery. The tend to be farmers and more salt of the earth. Don’t ever cross one as they are fierce warriors as well.
Indogenes are hairless, reptilian, pale looking creatures. They usually have some kind of cybernetic implant to enhance them. They are methodical and clinical- without empathy.
Sensoth- Pretty much as you would picture their name. They are sloth like, with incredible strength- usually taken advantage of by the Casitithians.
There are some other species, but these are the most common.
The series was created by Rockne S. O’Bannon of FarScape fame. Once you know that information you will see that there are so many similarities in the alien species.
The main premise of the show is how these species co-inhabit the town of Defiance. The Castithians are sort of the snobs of the show and have a stringent cast system. Datak Darr is the main Castithian who if he had his way would take over the running of Defiance from Mayor Rosewater. The Mayor has many allies in the shape of Nolan, Chef law keeper, Irissa, his Irath daughter, Kenya, her brothel keeping sister and Rafe, local mine owner.
Throughout the series, there are culture clashes and also a bit of a West Side Story arc. There are few good mysteries and kind of space western feel to it.
It took me a few episodes to get into the series but once I was there, I was hooked. Series One ended on a cliff hanger so it isn’t too much longer to left now.
While the game seems to go on, it looks like the TV show will not get the chance to evolve, which is sad, but after looking through it, not really surprising.
The acting gets a bit better with the episodes, but the special effects stay on the same low level, and often you have to think, that less might have been "more" or better.
Unless you are a fan of the game, i would not buy this TV show, i'd go with Firefly and wait for something else to come up.
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