I was really excited for Syfy’s Defiance. The concept of a community of humans and aliens trying to make a life together after a devastating war was ripe with dramatic potential, and even better, Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon was onboard as an executive producer and Battlestar Galactica’s Bear McCreary was handling the music. Unfortunately, Defiance proved to be only sort of okay, never really reaching its full potential. Nevertheless, it earned a second-season pickup from Syfy, so hopefully it will hit its stride when it returns this summer. But you won’t have to wait that long to return to the world of Defiance, thanks to a series of “minisodes” which will bridge the gap between the first and second seasons.
Defiance: The Lost Ones will go live on Syfy.com and Syfy On Demand tomorrow, Monday, March 31. The Lost Ones will consist of five short installments, each running between three and five minutes, and will focus on Nolan’s (Grant Bowler) search for Irisa. The Huffington Post premiered the first episode early, and you can see it up top. Among other things, it shows us how Nolan and Irisa first met. (For some reason HuffPo’s code is making it doublepost, but it’s all their in either embed, so take your pick.)
The Lost Ones won’t be the only way to get a leg up on season two. The Defiance MMO game is still alive and kicking. Well, alive, anyway. It received middling reviews and reception, but anyone craving more of the Defiance universe can dive into the game and take on the role of an “Ark Hunter” in the San Francisco Bay area. The game and the show have crossed over in various ways over the past year, and in-game events are said to tie directly into the new season.
As for the show itself, during Comic-Con last summer it was revealed that the show would be giving us a look at “New Los Angeles,” expanding beyond its core setting of Defiance itself, which was built on the ruins of St. Louis.
Defiance will return to Syfy for a second season on June 19. If you missed it last year and want to play catch-up before the show returns, Amazon has the rights and it will supposedly be available free for Amazon Prime customers sometime this year — we’re betting a few weeks before the season premiere.