Thursday, April 11, 2013

First Look: Defiance

It's been a while for Farscape creator Rocknes s. O Brannon and while he's had moderate hits like V and sadly a recent flop with Cult, it seems that his latest creation, Defiance, along with Kevin Muprhy and Michael Taylor has the potential to be a massive hit.

Defiance is a 13 part series set in the year 2046 where Earth has been taken over by aliens and there's now a co-existence between humanity and the extraterrestrial with the action taking place within a town called Defiance. There's also a computer game version as well from MMO that is actually linked to the show but according to producers, not in a way that will deter casual viewers of the series. Still, it's an extra way of enhancing the viewing experience of the series though.

In terms of the cast, former Ugly Betty guest star Grant Bowler is the leading man, playing the role of former Marine and current lawkeeper Joshua Nolan, who has an adopted alien daughter, Irisa Nyira, (Stephanie Leonidas) an Irathient warrior (a feral marauding race) who acts as the deputy for Nolan's lawkeeper. It seems that Nolan's character will be one who'll have conflict with the alien inhabitants of his town.

Speaking of aliens, the two who are definitely worth watching out for in this show are power couple Datak Tarr and Stahma Tarr, played by Tony Curran (24) and Jaime Murray (Hustle) respectively. They're from the Castithan race, who are similar to albinism with the former being a co-founder of the town Defiance and the latter being a very strong political player as the series progresses.

Also in the cast includes former Dexter regular, Julie Benz, playing the role of town Mayor Amanda Rosewater while former The L Word actress, Mia Kirshner is playing Amanda's sister, Kenya, a woman who has been described as a self assured proprietress of a Need/Want bar/brothel/gambling hall while Lost's Fionnula Flanagan will also be appearing in the series as a character named Nicolette Riordan, the former Mayor of Defiance and a mentor to Amanda.

Last but not least another cast member revealed has been Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley along with Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Dewshane Williams as Tommy Lasalle. With a mixture in different species of aliens, political intrigue, elements of a space western and a post-apocalyptic feel to it, the signs for Defiance are actually looking pretty good. SyFy themselves clearly have confidence in it as talks of a second season have been looming around for a while and even UK viewers will only have to wait a day before seeing the series.

Season 1 Trailer:

Defiance Game Trailer:

Defiance - Season 1 airs Mondays 9pm on SyFy US from April 15th and Tuesdays at 9pm on SyFy UK from April 16th.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The premise is extremely interesting and Syfy is actually giving it good promotion, so I'm very much looking forward to this show. Especially with Bear McCreary of Battlestar Galactica fame doing the music and Peter Davidson, who did the languages for Game of Thrones, involved. I've seen all the On Demand featurettes for Defiance.