Watch the Cool New Trailer for Syfy's Defiance (VIDEO)

By Tim Surette

Oct 15, 2012

For a show that won't even be out for another six months, Syfy's Defiance has been promoted at an awful lot of conventions, with "making of" trailers and plenty of hype. But until now, we hadn't seen much of the series. That's no longer the case thanks to this new trailer, and now we can say in earnest, let the anticipation begin!

Defiance is attempting to do what hasn't quite worked before: melding the world of television and video games. A massively multiplayer online game of the same name is being produced by Trion Worlds (Rift) and will tie in to the series. Both are scheduled for release in April 2013.

But let's focus on the TV portion here, a future-set tale of aliens and Earthlings aiming to share the same crowded real estate. After their solar system is destroyed, a group of multi-species aliens looks to crash on our couch, much to the chagrin of humans. War starts, harmful technology is released, and now the planet is a dump. Thanks a lot, aliens!

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  • andyhally Oct 18, 2012

    The real question is whether this is the new Battlestar Galactica.

    SyFy really hasn't managed to pull off the feat of making blockbuster TV since then. Stargate Universe and Caprica were good attempts, and actually pretty show, but nowhere there BSG. I am quite surprised by this, because although BSG was extremly well produced well acted and well scripted, so has many shows since then. What has been lacking is the vision and understanding of what really made Battlestar Galactica not just one the best SciFi shows ever, but one of THE best TV shows ever. The only SyFy show to come close is Stargate Universe, but it didn't quite reach the same epic levels nor weaving in comtemporary polical and cultural fenomenon as efficiently.

    The only show getting close would be "A Game of Thrones", which is a HBO show, and as a fantasy show is bound by medieval patriarchical sterotypes. "A Game of Thrones" does a good job of criticizing those conventions, but not to the level of Battlestar Galactica.

    Finally, you may conclude that I may consider BSG as flawless and the best TV show ever. Yes, although it may be the TV show ever, the ending and final episode were bad enough to put a thorn in my side that still aches. Even so, BSG should recognized by SyFy as the best they have ever done, and try to truly understand what made it such a great show.

    I hope Defiance is that show, but they the need to reinvent the MMORPG game formula in a much more fundamental way than just integrating it with a TV show. If it fails, it may very well be because of that.

  • apostrofa Oct 16, 2012

    Looks very cool *_*

  • jaden84 Oct 16, 2012

    This still won't make up for cancelling Stargate Universe Syfy Channel. We'll see though.

  • fandomgirl Oct 16, 2012

    So how is this going to be different than Falling Skies? The video game tie in is a cool idea as long as it's an inessential piece of the show. There are too many gaming platforms and too many non gamers in the world.

  • TrueTvWatcher Oct 16, 2012

    I'll watch it, I hope it's good.

  • Cranky_Old_Batt Oct 16, 2012

    I may watch the pilot.

    Like pretty much everyone else, I have little love for, or faith in, "syfy" (

  • DavidJackson8 Oct 16, 2012

    It looks kind of awesome. It also looks like it might suck. It must be SyFy.

  • Llostris Oct 16, 2012

    Looks wonderful! After they axed all Stargate shows and V I will finally have a new serial about aliens to watch.

    I don't count Falling Skies cause it's a soap opera like Terra Nova was.

  • KateSullivan Oct 16, 2012

    Interesting....but my worry is given its expected premiere, um, what about Falling Skies? I mean, my first thought was, well, isn't this that just maybe four or five years into Falling Skies' fight? As they likely just introduced the friendlier alien species that appears to have already been established here? I will likely watch it as it probably has one of the spots that isn't occupied by my already established SyFy shows (Merlin, Lost Girl, Alphas, Haven, Being Human and there is something I am forgetting) but those are all usually Mondays at 8 or Fridays at 10.

  • Taccado Oct 16, 2012

    Looks good, but judging on the CGI, also very expensive. That means it needs high ratings to survive. Let's see how that'll work out.

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