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Defiance: We Need Your Questions for Executive Producer Kevin Murphy!

UPDATE: This is happening now! Follow @DefianceWorld and @TVdotcom to join the fun!

UPDATE #2: The live chat is over, but keep an eye out for a transcript in just a few. 


Tomorrow, we're entering the technological age and will be holding a real-time interview on Twitter with Kevin Murphy, an executive producer for Syfy's new science-fiction drama Defiance (Episode 4 airs tonight—look for Noel's review at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific!). But instead of handling the whole thing ourselves, we're asking you, the beautiful and intelligent TV.com community, to play the part of inquiring mind.

We want to hear what questions you have for Mr. Murphy about Defiance, and we'll pass the best ones along to him as long as time will allow. What's the deal with Stahma's erotic hugs with her son? Do Sensoths need to shave? How is the St. Louis Arch still standing, seriously!? Get your questions together and post them in the comments section below. Remember, this chat will be conducted over Twitter, so keep 'em concise and to the point. 

Here's a little background on Kevin Murphy, which may come in handy: Murphy's biggest television credit before Defiance was on ABC's Desperate Housewives, where he served as head of the writing team that was nominated for an Emmy in 2005. But he's got sci-fi chops, too, serving as showrunner for Syfy's Battlestar Galactica-prequel Caprica. Murphy is also a skilled composer, and he created the Reefer Madness musical, which was a hit on the stage and won him an Emmy. Murphy developed Defiance with Rockne S. O'Bannon and Michael Taylor. 

Here are the details:

WHAT: TV.com Twitterview with Defiance's Kevin Murphy

WHEN: Tuesday, May 7 at 2pm - 3pm Pacific (5pm - 6pm Eastern)

WHERE: Online! Keep an eye on the Twitter feeds of @DefianceWorld and @TVdotcom. We'll also publish the full conversation on the site later on. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Just post your question in the comment below. We might not have a chance to get to all of them, so make it good because we'll be picking the best ones. Remember, this is Twitter, so we'll be enforcing a 140-character limit, and we reserve the right to paraphrase questions. Include your Twitter handle if you like, and we'll try to cc you if we ask your question.

This is what 140 characters looks like, so if you've gone on longer than this, you might want to make an edit. Shtako shtako shtako shtako!

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I tried watching the show and could not understand it. Why were the humans co operating with any of these Votans? They invaded our planet. They caused a war which would not have happened if they had simply left when they realized we did not have room for them. There is absolutely no way you can come in peace and expect to be allowed to live on a planet you do not belong on. Resources are too precious for that. And immigrating when you are unwanted is not coming in peace. Is it? Also how can the Irathi, or what you call the red haired plastic nosed ones, possibly think they are "at one with nature" when their very presence on the planet is unnatural. I do not understand how the Irathi can think humans don't treat the planet right after their races destroyed every species here except for humans. Is that a joke or something? And why do the humans not keep fighting them after what they did? It doesn't really look like a place anyone would even want to live. I would think most humans would rather just destroy it rather then allow the murderers of the Earth to simply co exist here.
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Do you guys have any plans on mabe a prequel movie or short series, giving us a vivid depiction of what happened before, during and immediately after the battle of defiance? so we can all get a better picture of what happened, and get more insight as to the story torc, nolin and or resident Paradise lawman share..... PS. not sure if its a repeat question only about half way thru em lol if so sorry
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What is the likelihood that full information about the languages of Defiance will be made publically available?
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Any plans for the conspiracy that brought the Volge & destroyed the Arks? (I suspect the A.I.s.)
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Any plans to involve the V.C. or Dark Matter?
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Are you going to be exploring more background stories? Curious to find out what makes these characters tick and how they got where they are.
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First off, I am enjoying both the game and show immensely. It's the only game that I have played, since getting it. Playing the game got me interested in the show and I rather like it. Thank everyone involved in game and show for bringing this together and making it a reality.
2 questions.
1. Was there one budget that was split between game and show or, did they have separate budgets from the start?
2. How did budgeting for both a game and a show affect both game and show, positives/negatives?
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Do the actors play the game?
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Grant does,others said they might,but I don't think,they'll stick to it. Grant is a gamer.
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The community is pretty tight knit right now. Will that be expanding over the season? We have the feuding families, the love triangle with Nolan/Amanda/Kenya forming too. I was happy to see the spirit riders return too. Will we be seeing any expansions moving to connect the Defiance family with the characters from the game setting?
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In the event that Defiance is renewed for a second season, do you plan to tone down the family/desperate housewives crap and make it an actual scifi show ?
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If daggers are in the show, then why is there not a single melee weapon in the game? (Rifle Stock does not count) Seems there is a lack of parallels between the game and the show. Or can we expect melee in the furture?
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How much of the show's stories are limited by what video games can show? The scene with the hellbug matriarch seemed a lot like watching a boss fight in a cutscene.

Are the writers playing the Defiance game?

Are the writers in charge of writing the in-game events, or is that a different set of people?
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What's with the characters getting their own twitter accounts? I know Kevin Murphy is a writer and not in charge of publicity, but it seems to really cheapen the seriousness of the show to have someone fight desperately to survive in Defiance and then comment about it in 140 characters or less.
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Will we see more of the new world from the Votan point of view? Defiance seems largely human-run and human-controlled for a town that's all about living side-by-side.
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Last episode showed there's a lot going on in various votan controlled areas as Datak was showing Nolan
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Who researched the information regarding St. Louis and how long did they spend doing that?
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It's great that the game and tv show interact with one another. The game however is daunting for those unfamiliar with MMORPGs. Do you have any other transmedia pushes for more casual fans to get the benefit of further engagement on a more casual level? E.g. An interactive Ipad App?
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twitter handle roberickson83
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Will the rather crucial backstory that's on Wikipedia ever be introduced on the show? A number of people online are pointing to plot holes in the stories that have been filled in on the Wiki (and maybe in-game) and nowhere else.
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I assume that it was quite a battle to convince people that this is a viable project, because it's expensive and sci-fi doesn't have a large target audience.

So the questions are: Were there any major compromises, both financial and creative, that you had to make to get this show into production? Were there any things you had to leave out from the show, despite initially really wanting to include them?
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Great question!
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1. What does Rafe McCrawley mine in his mined? Is it coal, silver, gold, diamonds, Unobtanium, etc...?

2. If the Votans have the ability to create starships that can travel (at or near the speed of light) and have the ability to cyrogenically frozen themselves for 5,000 years, then why didn't they realized that humans were already living on Earth before they sent out to colonized Earth?

3. Once the Votan arrived on Earth, why didn't they go and colonized/terraformed Mars or one of Mars' moons, instead of Earth? Why must they stay on Earth, even after they knew that humans were living here (and had advance human civilization)?

4. If Nicky and Mr. Britch were responsible for getting the town's shield down then why would they do it? Nicky was the former mayor and mentor of Amanda. Plus she spent at least 4-8 years in Defiance, so if she is a racist and wanted to kill the Votans and the humans who were living with them, then why even bother trying to get along with anyone from Defiance in the first place.
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My answers as a mere fan of the series (for whatever it's worth)... 1) Gulanite. It's used to power much of Votan tech, deposits of it were created all over Earth by the terraforming devices (think the "Genesis Device" from Wrath of Khan but they only change a limited area at a time). In the show the glowing blue rocks on the walls of the caves are what they're mining. 2) 5,000 years ago humans had nether radio, heavy industry, and there were a lot fewer of us. This was possibly before we even had smelting of metals. IMO that would make it rather difficult for them to detect us from 1,000+ light years away even with their tech. (They don't have warp-drives to have done a flyby beforehand, for example.) 3) IMO most other planets would either be too hot or cold, or couldn't stay terraformed (Votaformed?) for very long. Mars for example has almost no magnetic field and it's gravity is too low so that any atmosphere they create would need to be replenished and it would still be colder there. (Some of the Votans come from jungle worlds.) Maybe the Terraspires need a sufficient magnetic field? 4) Answer: Conspiracy! Well the shows says they're looking for an "artifact" that was lost in the town (probably the gold thing Rafe found in his son's room). As for what is? Maybe a reverse-terraforming device or a superweapon? (I've no idea yet.)
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McCawlry mines Gulanite. It formed during the terraforming
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I'm an actor. Do you need an extra? Also, is there going to be a season 2? :D
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1- The game revealed that events at the battle of defiance didn't go quite like everyone thinks. Will this be addressed in the show ?
2- aside from the pilot arkfalls and ark hunting have been neglected by the show will these concepts be revisited this season ?
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The latest game contest is a little deceiving to those whom don't read all the rules and prizes. It's advertised as "a be on the show" contest and people are running hard to win it. It's just a likeness portrait on a special spot in the show.
So, the question is: are there going to be contests that's fair even to mediocre players to win, to for real, actually be a guest ON set ON film as an extra side by side with the cast? I'd like to see it be like a drawing (collect this obect and get and entry per each) and as a constant ongoing contest.
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Hey if my likeness is in the show that's still pretty cool
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@CamTastick
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The client upset w/Tirra/Bioman & the Castithan who lab were all queer. Kudos, but: Where was this in storyline?
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Give players to kill "main" character option...Julie Benz is so annoying and I think show might be better offf without her already. So from this my question is...when will you let players have REAL decisions?!?! Your talk about how game has impact on show is bs,because show has impact on game and while you may present,that game had some impact on show,it's just basic left or right choice,but you still end up at same place later on. No,don't play game,because I am barely sticking with show,because I KNOW game has no impact on show. So all this is just decieving people,that they are making choices,that really impact the game. Give players choices on,who of main cast will live,die,where they will be and so on...Good day...I said good day!
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• They presumably traveled hundreds of lightyears to get here, with that level of technology how did they not know Earth was inhabited?

• If they can terraform why didn't they go to Mars or Europa once they found out Earth was inhabited?

• Why is the CGI so much worse than what TV was able to do a decade ago? Is the budget that bad? CGI borrowed/shared with the game?
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Exactly. Try explaining the real questions. Your plot is so full of holes that its impossible to watch. I still don't understand how you can come in Peace if you intend to live where you are not wanted.
Why didn't they go elsewhere rather then spend so long harassing us? If they can terraform they needed to go to another planet. They invaded the Earth! Why are they acting like we should have been nicer to them and just let them take our land? The whole concept makes no sense!
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There's more goin on. A) apparently some aliens keeper about life on Earth and kept it from the rest. And B) apparently there's a reason they chose Earth (which I imagine was also a secret). My guess... It has something to do with what's under Defiance and Irisa's visions.

Recall, they found the pretzel and in a cavern that was sealed of hundreds of years ago.
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The CGI is actually pretty good. Most of the sets are digital extensions, but you can't tell. Do you think they built those sets? Now make-up and white wigs....are another story.
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No I don't believe they built those sets because (to me) they're obviously CGI. Maybe you can't tell, but I can and it's like a torn in the eye.
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I apologize sir(or madam) you clearly must be a cgi expert. Hopefully in the future you get no more torns in the eye.
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youknow: Yea, the wide driving shot of the car in the pilot wasn't great.
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Yeah, nice try mweltchek I saw that making of as well.

There are plenty of sets that are obviously fake, like most of the mines, the terrain, pretty much all big things, overview shots etc.

The car ride in the pilot was especially gut wrenchingly bad.
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Yeah that is funny I watched the making of the show and the set is real just the out skirts are CGI or whatever they use so Stifffer is correct but youknow is more or less being a Troll baiter! :p
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Your question #1 is a valid question as I would like HIS answer on it. But it can make sense. If their method of travel prevented them from picking up radio signals while in transit outside of their ship-to-ship communication then it makes sense. Our radio signals have only been able to penetrate the planet's EM for about 80 years or so.

Your question #3, I don't agree with. For a TV show the CGI is fine. Space ships in BSG/Farscape/Treks are easy. Ship plus void plus plasma effects. Not many examples of CGI'ed landscapes from a decade ago that were better than this.
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There are plenty of other methods that would detect life on another planet, basic atmospheric composition for starters. These aliens are so similar to us (too similar), they can eat same food, drink the same, breath the same air, similar gravity, they were looking for a planet that could sustain them, found one but didn't bother to properly check for life? Would they check for that -before- they left, or even start making plans to leave instead of on-route.

On the CGI, perhaps not a decade ago, but today? There has to be something else going on with SyFy's CGI productions, either the budget for them is so terrible or they made some bad deal a while ago with the people that do the monster movie CGI that they can't get out of.
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As said, I would still like to hear HIS answers to it. Since it's just me making concessions and filling in plot-holes in my head like I'm forced to do for many-a-show.

If we're talking about hundreds/thousands of years then it's still valid. There's "detecting life" and "detecting sentient life" I don't know if they've said how many light-years or whatever. So if they had detecting sentient life from hundreds / thousands of lightyears away might be difficult.

And from what a friend told me who read the wiki entries (which I haven't) this wasn't on a lark. Their system was going to be destroyed soon so they probably found a life-friendly planet, didn't detect advanced life, and figured they were good.
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Then why weren't they prepared to simply invade from the start? They didn't really think that we would ALLOW them to take our world did they? And how do the Irathi act like such assholes saying they are at one with the nature, when they are completely unnatural on the planet to begin with??
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Well, there it is: "A cadre of Indogene scientists knew. They lied to fellow Votans to get their pet survival plan over net politically"
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How is the arch of St. Louis not buried with the rest of the city as depicted in episode 2 where they go underground? It is out of place.
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The arch was destroyed. They said they are building a new one as a symbol.
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why has it took so long to think off a show that has star trek promise( alien tec falling to earth). :)
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Here's a question :
When does the show get good?
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^troll
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Why put 70% of your main cast in stereotypical "syfy' make-up when the narritive could as easily be served with actors who appear human (but from another planet). Everybody's breathing oxygen, 2 legs/2 arms, eyes, nose, mouth, etc.....why the cliche "syfy" appearance? High per episode cost vs diminishing story returns.
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Here are my questions:

1. So far, the alien species seem to have the cultural variability of a single human race. Will we see more differences within species, or not?

2. Will there be prequel episodes that showcase the previous war?

3. Has the specism that we see a lot of--especially between Castithans, Irathients, and Humans--completely replaced racism within humanity?

4. Are there habitable planets, other than Earth, that any of the races know about? If so, why aren't people trying to go there?

5. Are the names of alien races we hear (ie Castithan), the actual names the aliens call themselves, or names that we gave to them?

6. If "Castithan" is an alien word, why does it basically contain the English word "caste" in it, considering their culture is based on castes?
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I accidentally liked my own comment, so one of those thumbs-ups doesn't count.
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Oh, and I'm not sure if you're going to be putting our twitter names with our questions. But if you are, mine is @TheoPratt47 (though of course there's a good chance that none of my questions will be asked, in which case if nothing else you'll know how to follow me on twitter).
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How will the show differ from the game

Will the be any episodes about the war

Do you have an overall story arc for more than one season

Are you nervous about SyFy's involvement, considering how the channel treated SGU, Alphas and Caprica recently

Is the shows success tied to the games success

Will there be any big name guest stars
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Did the votan fix global warming or make it worse?
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Was Earth's flora & fauna planned to be genetically altered from terraforming or a side effect of alien wrecks contamination?
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How do the Votans go from terraforming/destroying most of Earth and killing loads of people in the Pale Wars to being our begrudging allies and neighbors in the span of 30 years? Humans aren't that forgiving.

Also, how does Irisa get all of her tops from Urban Outfitters? A time machine? Don't tell me they're still around in the future. Then again, if the St Louis Arch can make it...
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Is Rockne S. O'Bannon *really* the name of an actual person?
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I can't be the only who pictures an early 1900s bare-knuckle brawler.
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Why did they not rebuild the electricity network? Are Revolution's "midichlorians" part of the Votan?
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When it comes to arcs lately show that have planing but are flexible tend to do best. How far has the show been planned @JesseMendelsohn
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Does Antarctica still exist, and if so, is it a paradise?
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What are the standards you guys set yourselves to when creating the brave new universe of Defiance?
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So far,little above Revolution's show:P
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Why come to Earth? There had to of been other inhabitable planets with no indigenous life.
Will we get any episodes set in space?
Sci-fi works best when story arcs are involved. Will we see any of those in the future?
Why isn't there more alien technology prevalent in the joined alien/human society?
Are there any half human half alien children?
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Is Datak based in any part on ST:TNG's Data?
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Is Defiance strictly a one adventure-per-ep show?
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defiance is airing on showcase. any other channels and does help the financial sustainability of the show? i think I'm terminaltrip421 on twitter.
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it includes spaces right? 105 if so and I'm pro.
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Kevin, how many times a day do you tell Rockne, NO Peacekeepers!!
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ok, here's my question: why should we hope fpr a season two, when season one looks like it will suck big time so far? Please no vague answer,
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Yeah, I don't think I'm going to ask that question. The man is giving us his time, probably not a good idea to say his show sucks. If you have something more specific that you find problematic, then sure, ask away.
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Okay,I apologize to all of you maybe the language was inappropriate.What I meant is what is he willing to do to make Defiance the equal to the great series of the past like Firefly,Stargate, and Galactica.I will be more careful with the wording of my comments in the future.
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you're a douche.
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what makes you say that?
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would you ask him that question to his face? no? because like all internet trolls you hide behind the anonymity that online shit talking is afforded? yeah, you're a douche. get bent!
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yes,I of course would because it's an honest question.There is nothing insulting or derogatory in my question which in fact the reviewer, Noel, also shares.The show is by far not equal to SF shows like Stagate, galactica, or Firefly were.What we see so far is a very average story with a lot of cliches and bad make up.Even if I were wrong, I still can have an opinion that is opposite to yours without warranting a stupid insult.
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what if like me,people don't have or want to have a twitter account.Why not on FB? This sucks.
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Twitter pages are generally public so if you go to say @defianceworld https://twitter.com/DefianceWorld/with_replies you can see the stream you just wont be able to tweet at them without an account.
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And what if people like me don't have or want a FB account ? Glad it's not on FB, it'd suck.
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You guys on Google+?
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How is the interaction between the game and the show be handled? How often will we see events on the game affecting the series?
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Seconding this. And perhaps more importantly, how can the two interact if the game isn't even set in Defiance?
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Game is taking place in other city,from what they are talking. Defiance is in St. Louis,game don't know and don't care:D
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Are we going to get more backstory about characters but especially Nolan and Irissa?
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