I’ve been looking for something to fill the void that Battlestar Galactica left for some time now, and new SyFy show ‘Defiance‘ might be just that. Until about a month ago I’d heard nothing of this show, but a brief introduction on Face Off unveiled that this science fiction series is being set up to become quite epic.
Defiance takes place on Earth, 33 years after a long and drawn out alien conflict. Earth’s been terraformed, left wasted by the war that’s raged for decades. Now, humans and aliens live side by side, though it seems, almost never in harmony. With the series starting on Monday (or Tuesday depending what country you live in) SyFy UK have now revealed a video with the first 5 minutes. It looks good, as if it could really develop into an awesome new show that combines both aliens and stories on a deeper emotional level, i.e. the best form of SF that you can get.
There’s a lot of promising people on the production list for Defiance too, with Brian A. Alexander (Dexter/Desperate Housewives) and Michael Taylor (Caprica/Battlestar Galactica) taking the helm. In addition, Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/The Walking Dead) is also on-board, hopefully to bring a great soundtrack to accompany the series. There’s nothing worse than a fluffy monotonous soundtrack to ruin any potentially good scenes (watch Revolution; you’ll understand what I mean). The first five minutes has some very atmospheric music with BSG connotations, indicating that (please god) the series will NOT be the mainstream fodder that SF is so often dampened down too to cater towards the masses.
I have high hopes for this series, though part of me expects to a) be disappointed or b) be in uproar when it’s awesome and then cancelled two seasons from now. But, if you’re looking for something new to watch, this could be brilliant.