The more that comes out about Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance, the better it looks. Big set pieces, cool creature effects, and a sprawling, unique story, all come together into what is one of the most promising science fiction series to drop in some time. This brief new trailer puts all of this, and much more, on display. Whether they can ultimately pull it off or not, only time will tell. One thing is for sure, however: Defiance is one hell of an ambitious project.
Rocke S. O’Bannon is returning to science fiction and to Syfy this April with Defiance, an ambitious project that is also launching alongside an accompanying MMO shooter game. Defiance is set in the near future, after a protracted conflict between the native humans and aliens hoping to settle on our world. After decades of fighting, a ceasefire has been declared, and both humans and various alien types are living alongside each other on an Earth that has been drastically altered by runaway alien terraforming tech. Now Syfy has released a new batch of images from the series, once again highlighting the diverse and colorful cast of characters.
The show’s premise suggests it could play out like a science fiction version of Deadwood, focusing on the ways very different individuals and cultures work together to form a society when thrown together by outside forces. I’m hoping Rockne and his writers will be able to create a show as uniquely enjoyable as Farscape. That may be like expecting lightning to strike twice in the same place, but just call me an optimist.
Defiance premieres Monday, April 15th on Syfy.
Fans of Farscape have been waiting years for him to return to small screen science fiction (I don’t really count his consulting producer duties on V), but now he’s coming out of the gate with two of them. First up is the CW’s Cult, a trippy, metafictional thriller that premieres next week. Then, in April, Syfy’s Defiance will introduce us to a very different Earth. In the aftermath of a war involving seven different alien races, our homeworld has become a melting pot of humans and extraterrestrials, all trying to coexist and rebuild.
Defiance is set in the area that used to be St. Louis, MO, in a town where humans and aliens are living and working together. Our sister site, CinemaBlend, got a hold of a new batch of pictures that show off Defiance‘s eccentric cast of characters, and you can check them out below.
Syfy’s Defiance is going to be an interesting experiment. I’m optimistic about the show, simply because it’s the baby of Farscape’s Rockne S. O’Bannon. Assuming Syfy lets it survive longer than one season, I’m eager to see his vision of a post-war Earth where humans and aliens now live side-by-side. Of course, that’s not all there is to Definace. There is also a tie-in MMORPG that will, in some way, interact with the events of the show. Now we’ve finally got a new look at the game side of things…well, sort of.
What we’ve actually got is a live-action trailer for the game, much in the same vein as the excellent live-action Halo spots we’ve seen over the years. But since it’s basically a short film, it’s hard to glean how much of the action on-screen will correspond to the game world. It’s a live-action trailer for a CGI game based on a live-action TV series that hasn’t aired yet. I’m dizzy.
There are a few names out there whose involvement with a project guarantees my interest, at least at first. Joss Whedon is on that list, and damn near everybody else’s right now. Babylon 5’ s J. Michael Straczynski holds an honored spot. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is pretty much the only reason I’m watching Revolution, and why I still hold out hope that it might get better. And then there’s Rocke O’Bannon, the guy responsible for Farscape. He could host a bar mitzvah and I’d show up to ask if I could buy a ticket. So the news that he’s got not one, but two new TV projects arriving in coming months has me more than a little beside myself.
The show we’ve been talking about a lot here at GFR is Syfy’s Defiance, a series that will play to many of O’Bannon’s Farscape strengths with the tale of humans and assorted aliens attempting to co-exist in the aftermath of a devastating war. He’s also behind The Cult, a CW series that is so meta it hurts. The Cult is about a TV series about a fictional cult leader who seems to be influencing the show-within-a-show’s fans in strange ways. It’s a premise that has the potential to explore the ever-evolving relationship between content creators and their fans, a sort of worst-case-scenario of what would happen if Joss Whedon — or Rockne O’Bannon, for that matter — started using his influence over fans in nefarious ways.
On the surface, Defiance seems like a bored kid’s wet dream of a concept. It’s Earth, but it’s not really Earth anymore. There are loads of different kinds of aliens all forced to put up with one another. But there are gonna be fights. And explosions. Maybe even explosions that fight one another. But the babes are gonna be ugly. Ha! Just kidding! The babes, even the ones with weird alien features, are all gonna be fit. Oh, and guess what else, wish-granting Sandman Tooth Fairy? It’s not just gonna be a wicked exploding show, it’s gonna be a video game as well. And they’re gonna mix. I’m thinking if a babe shows boobs on the game, she’ll show boobs on the show, but I don’t know what network this is going to be on when I wake up.
Well, it’s Syfy, kid, so keep dreaming. Another new trailer for Defiance is out, and it’s shorter, sweeter, and more action-centric than the previous one, which focused more on story and personal relationships. It drives home the fact that this is a place that people are going to fight over, as well as fighting over how to remain peaceful. They use the phrase “new world” a couple of times, but it sounds like the same world to me.