Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance is one of the more ambitious science fiction ventures in recent memory. Not only is there the sprawling post-alien invasion television program side of things, events will also unfold across the landscape of a massive multiplayer online video game. Defiance the show premieres on April 15th, and you can get your hands on the game starting April 2nd. While you wait, take a gander at this new behind-the-scenes video.
This feature introduces us to the two main characters in Defiance: Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). Nolan is a survivor, not a cute and cuddly type of fellow. Somewhere along the line he rescued a young Irisa, essentially adopting her, and the duo have been together ever since. He’s human and surly, and she is an alien, and dangerous in many capacities. As Bowler says, she’s great with knives, but as far as feelings go, not so much.
Nolan and Irisa have been out in the wastelands, travelling, scraping by. When they come to the city of Defiance, built on the ruins of St. Louis, they find something they didn’t expect, a melting pot. The city has become a new haven for immigrants of all kinds, and humans and aliens live side by side in relative peace. They two finally find something they’ve been missing, something they’ve been looking for: a place to live, not just survive, and a reason to hope. Of course, we all know it’s never as easy as that.
You also get a nice look at the futuristic universe of Defiance. With a project like this, world building is going to be huge. Like with most science fiction, if you don’t believe the world, the entire thing falls apart. That is one thing that Defiance definitely seems to have working in its favor, and the texture and details of the settings are strong.