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Sci-Fi soap opera
Well they could have gone in lots of directions with the very exciting premise that is Defiances back story, but they decided to make east-enders in space. The greatest sci-fi disappointment ever, nothing ever happens. This show had so much potential and they choked when it came to realizing it. I have spent two seasons willing it to be better, to do something, anything. But the time has come to give up on this turkey.
Too much to offer but very little make any sense.
Since the last season the only thing that has happened is the expansion of the cast otherwise the story still seems to be at square 1. The show establishes a good set up but none of the mysteries about the Votans, humans and other creatures are being covered. The only thing we see is a sort of "Civil War" between the different human-alien races. The casting is "okay" even though the "protagonists" Joshua Nolan(Bowler) and Amanda Rosewater(Julie Benz) seem dull, they are more than compensated by the "Chief Antagonists" the Tarrs esp Jaime Murray who plays Stahma Tarr is simply outstanding. She really makes you hate her. 2014 has been a dull year for TV esp after after some fine shows like "true Detective" and Game of thrones ended none of the shows have been able to fill in the void left by them. Defiance is one such descent "time pass" for that void. It may not be the best but certainly better than anything else offered on TV. The show however has the Potential, they need to move the story forward instead of simply coming up with "futile" and "insignificant" episodes which involve killing of characters which are not even remotely relevant in the show.moreless
Still trying to like it - it has such potential, not yet realized.
The show has it's good points - but it's still got too much hate-and-grubbiness with too little counterbalance from kindness-compassion-friendship-tolerance-and-cleanliness (or at least obvious attempts at creating it). It would be nice to see something real like, just as an example, a farming area so you know where all the food feeding this little town is coming from ... or how about seeing things like a tailer shop in use, or a bakery, etc. Show how this town REALLY accomplishes its day-to-day survival, instead of all this 9-year-old make-believe-tough-guy showboating going on. And a little light humor and happiness shown here and there would be more realistic.
Maybe if the writers take a clue from DeepSpaceNine? Now THERE was a show that knew how to show real interaction between cooperating alien races - and people in general. I was really hoping Defiance would be an ON-PLANET version of that, but am not seeing it so far.
Again - if the writers take a lesson from DS9, this MIGHT turn out to be one of the long-running better series' on TV. I'm still watching and waiting to see this show's potential being reached. It has so MUCH potential, (good characters, but so far it hasn't learned to walk, yet alone run (so far as the ineraction between the characters is concerned).moreless
Looking forward to some development
The story is not too bad, the music though is. And the cuts are annoying - they prevent from liking any of the characters too much, as they interrupt any view into a character by abruptly switching to the next. Thus the actors are not really allowed to show their talent and the story told is kind of shattered. I hope there will be some positive development within season 2, as this show has potential.
Saw first pisodes of season 2, don't even remember what happened... !!!! Just because nothing happenened !!!!!
It's just some kind of cheap space western shot in a garbage dump with no story to tell...
Story goes in circles, characters not interesting, just caricatures of themselves...
Stopped watching, as it took me three days to watch last episode, fell asleep after 10 minutes each times....
Favorite show of 2014
When this show first started in season one I figured I would give a shot, since I was so sick of all the cop shows on every damn channel. I needed something different. Defiance sure saved me. The characters are interesting, the time and place works and is original in its own way. There's also enough drama that has nothing to do with fingerprinting or interrogation rooms. I also have to mention the attractive woman they have on the show. The only sad thing about this season is that Irisa's story seems to be fading into the background while everyone else is getting into exciting situations. I hope this show is around for a few more seasons. I'll be tuning in for sure.moreless
Better then it has any right to be
This is my new favorite science fiction show. The first season was kind of problematic but season 2 is shaping up to be something amazing. I enjoy a good world build an this show is doing a fine job even for those people like me who do not play the video game. I love the characters, especially the females (Stahma and Amanda are my favorites) I judge a show on the strength of the female cast. This show is better then it has the right to be.moreless
Twin Peaks Part Two?
I loved the first season of Defiance but I don't know about this hot mess they have going in season two. They took a show that had a chance to become decent sci fi and made it into a confusing Twin Peaks remake, Each week they try to top themselves in the weird department. They took a show that was going somewhere I would have gone and rebooted it needlessly into a messy salad of too many alien species and some strange quasi-religious theme. Well, fire, walk with me right the heck away from here.moreless