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Defying Gravity: Season 1 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4 disc box set. Import from America so all DVD's are Region 1.
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A lot of people will not have heard of 'Defying Gravity', because of poor marketing and advertising by ABC in the US and the BBC over here and being shown at various different timeslots on different nights of the week, I myself missed a few episodes because of these changes! I find this extremely bizarre as it was co-produced by the BBC themselves but they treated the show as if they weren't that bothered with it!? I'm so pleased that the series has been released on DVD, albeit on Region 1, but it probably won't ever be released on Region 2!
The show basically follows a group of astronauts as they undergo a six year space mission through the Solar System, starting by visiting Venus. However this just serves as the backdrop, it's the well-defined characters that make the show really work. The space environment starts to have profound effects on the crew both physically and mentally and we discover, through flashbacks, that not all of them are as psychologically stable as they should be. Add to this a mysterious alien force on board the ship and it creates some great on-screen drama and story-telling, with philosophical and psychological meanderings.
The show was criticized for being too sci-fi for non sci-fi fans and not sci-fi enough for the hardcore sci-fi fans, sitting somewhere in between! I consider myself a hardcore sci-fi fan and I never found this to be the case at all and I watched it with my girlfriend, who isn't a sci-fi fan at all, and we both found aspects of the show that we really enjoyed.Read more ›
But, i sort of can understand why this didnt get the audiences as its not the traditional SciFi of Trek/ Stargate etc, though they did develop story arcs and ongoing plots they were pretty much a one hour self-contained story which DG isnt. I think the mix of crew interaction and the amorphous alien blobs perhaps didnt strike a chord with audiences either. Personally i enjoyed the rather more introspective human story with the backdrop of aliens and space travel.
In the near future, the space-craft Antares is setting off for a voyage across the solar system, to study the planets and tread new ground.
Eight astronauts with varying fears, regrets and secrets set off in the name of science, optimistic and hopeful. But as the first year of
their mission progresses, the men and women of the Antares are confronted with things they'd rather forget. (Admittedly, real astronauts
would never be admitted to fly with such varied psychological and emotional problems. But it is the focus of the plot, after all.) Is the
vast weight of empty space too much for them? Or is there a hidden agenda for the mission - something inside their minds?
The development of the plot is a little slow. But unless you are a dry, shrivelled cynic, the characters are likeable, believable, and
The series was cancelled after only 13 episodes, and it goes without saying that there are plot points left unresolved, and secrets left
unsaid. What we do have is 13 episodes of original drama with an incredible, heartfelt climax. Invest the time and focus that this
incredible series deserves, and you will feel truly attached to these characters, and satisfied with time well spent.
As an added bonus, the music is very good, and the special effects are excellent.
Perfect for wanna-be astronauts, fans of realism, science, romance.
Ok so the spaceship "live link" to mission control is impossible as they travel further from Earth but I didn't mind that being glossed over.
This isn't a show you can time in and out of, every episode needs to be seen in order for it to make sense. Such a massive shame it was cancelled but all the good shows are these days. I don't like Grey's Anatomy and this show is nothing like it so don't let the Grey's Anatomy in Space tag put you off!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adore this show and I can't understand why it got cancelled after only one season. I found it beautiful, well written, funny and touching. I would have loved to have seen more!Published 3 months ago by Rach
I believe that the BBC only made one series. Typical way BBC and UK series that are innovative and different are dumped. Not perfect but def had potential.Published 3 months ago by David L. Rose
Boring; not a typical sci-fi film. Hardly anything meaningful happens. Slow build up of story.Published 4 months ago by Gabor Czako
Please, please make a second season of this. I watched the first with a certain amount of skepticism but was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 8 months ago by gypsygarnet
I thoroughly enjoyed this drama when it first aired on UK tv and was very pleased to be able to buy it to retain and enjoy again. What a shame that the series was cancelled.Published on 5 May 2012 by Peter_T
I thought this series was genuinely thought provoking about where we are and what we're doing in the universe. I think it's a terrible shame that it didn't continue. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2011 by JEL