IMDb Review 1:
Reminds me of the old Masamune Shirow manga series, "Appleseed".
Combine that with Mel Gibson's "Road Warrior" and a bit of "Babylon 5"
with maybe a dash of "Command & Conquer" (yes, the video game), and
you've got yourself "Defiance".
Now, this sort of story has been tried before many times, and it has
failed each time. (Earth 2, Revoloution, Dark Skies, Terra Nova,
Outcasts) Either the writing was too naive and silly, or too dark and
serious, or the casting failed to deliver engaging characters we liked
and cared about. Or the budget simply fell apart. Any one of a dozen
problems can sink this sort of show.
"Defiance" might just get it right.
The story is nothing we haven't seen before, but so what? There are no
new stories; it's all in the delivery, the fun of the retelling.
A pair of tough-as-nails left over warriors, survivors of a
planet-wasting future war carve out a nomadic life for themselves in
the badlands. They are tightly bonded, mismatched family for one
another, an alien warrior princess and a human super soldier; they
don't need anybody but themselves.
So when their path takes them into the middle of new colony filled with
politics and problems, desperate, hopeful people of many races trying
to build new lives, our heroes have every reason to make tracks and
head for the horizon. Such a town is just too much trouble, a great
place to get bogged down and probably get killed. No thank-you.
But of course, heartstrings are plucked, making it impossible to leave
these babes in the woods to their own demise. Our heroes become
protectors in the middle of impossible odds and ego-driven, racist
rivalries and all the dirt which makes life a difficult place. A
stupid, ugly town filled with stupid, ugly people. Who are also, people
with good stuff inside them as well. An unfortunate mix, because if
they were all bad, you could just leave them to rot without a second
thought. But no, the audience is shown enough hope to want to see these
people rise above themselves and just get along. It's fun as viewers to
hope. And so our heroes decide to stay.
Such a story would be an unbearable cliché if it weren't done, as this
one is, with such a good deal of competence.
The pilot worked, was entirely watchable, was fun, and shows plenty of
No, it doesn't have the unique charismatic spark of a Firefly, or the
(albeit wooden) broad-stroke genius of Babylon 5. But it does have all
the parts you need for a thrilling series, and better yet, it has the
casting and acting chops to make the characters engaging. And best of
all, in the midst of all that grime and calamity, it retains the
up-beat bounce to make the world a place to want to visit next week.
For a series pilot, getting so many difficult parts to work this well
together is extremely hard to pull off. But they did it.
Presumably, as the actors settle into their roles over the course of
several episodes, on-screen chemistry can only get better. Hopefully,
they've got some good script writers on board to make good use of all
this potential, and the budget and executive smarts needed to give this
show the chance it needs for a good run.
I think it's just possible that we're looking at a winner. *Just*.
Because this particular road through the sci-fi wilderness is littered
with the remains of the fallen. If they pull it off, it'll be a big
So I wish good luck to the aptly named, "Defiance" in the face of these
They'll need both!
IMDb Review 2:
At very i had my reservations about this show, but I've stuck with it
and it's got progressively better, I've found a lot of my friends are
in the same camp as me there. I often find when shows or films are
quite new to IMDb they are more likely to heavily criticised than
praised and that gives a sort of negative bias, until more of the
positive reviews come in later. I seem to recall some very highly
regarded films and TV show's being stuck on a score of around five /
seven but then once they'd be through the judgemental tunnel of fire
they did just fine.
This show has began to gather dept and feel and also has plenty of
mystery and wonderful plot threads developing, it's a lot of fun and
has many elements. Don't believe what people say about it being a huge
mellow drama or just a sci fi soap, yes it has an element of that but
not has much as people are making out.
The acting ranges from poor, average to superb, with mixed styles and
feel and that is the only thing some people might find jarring,
personally i don't mind it.
It's sort of an ethical, detective, sci fi western, shoot em up,
mystery, drama, new earth world, adventure .... it's got everything and
it's really starting to piece together and take shape as a show. It's
about family, hope, feuds, survival and making a new world.
The plotting is really getting smarter as the show progresses, the
pilot i was unsure about, but now i am hooked! it's got lovely sets and
some great tunes on the soundtrack...there's a lot to love about
Defiance...i feel some people are judging it too quickly and worse
wanting it fail for whatever reason, well i had this show to succeed ,
because it's fresh and quirky and like i said fun.
You don't need to worry about playing the game to follow the TV series
either, in case you were wondering.
Defiance really keeps you guessing with unanswered questions, but the
web is taking form now and i can't wait to see how it all comes
together...if your new to the show bare with it, the pilot try's to do
too much in my opinion and the second episode is average, the third is
a little better, the forth and fifth are fantastic and a lot stronger.
It's a little monster of the week for a while but the over running plot
lines are coming in now. I'd say it has elements of firefly, Farscape,
Buffy and a Town called Eureka in pace, feel and style. Also with
touches of various post apocalyptic role games and books featuring
gathering of alien races, but that makes it cool, because it's fun to
spot possible influences for sci fi games and books i enjoyed. Don't
get me wrong though it also has an originality of it's own that is
IMDb Review 3:
SOMEWHAT of a sad, bad soap opera. The production folks spent a lot of
time on makeup for the aliens while providing them with absolutely no
difference between each alien species. All aliens have the same
human-like values, local politics ( Deadwood on planet Zeeno ), dialog,
personal problems, sexual identities, motivations, and issues like teen
anxiety. A knife fight between the local human teen bully and the
heroic smaller alien boy. OH Pah-lees . Nothing original, unique, or
even interesting here. Males of the main races are chauvinistic,
females docile and submissive - for the most part. The only thing
really alien about the aliens is the makeup. So how could they ever
possibly write any kind of interesting plot....Well, they can't.
Why is it that almost all of these sci-fi series are so poorly thought
out? Obviously far more is spent on effects and makeup than on good
writing. And to think they canceled " Firefly" !
Aliens are humans with makeup and no discerning difference in
personalities from the average human. The sets are filled with phony
looking plants and some Mad Max wreckage. Occasional special effects
are thrown in to keep the fourteen year old male audience coming back
for more ... but this 'show' has very little value for anyone who
thinks, is an adult, or simply appreciates thoughtful and well told
science fiction stories.
The amazing thing to me is that huge piles of money and effort are
spent on such huge piles of trite, trivial, and troubling tripe. But, I
guess, that's the way it is: with the lowest common denominator being a
fourteen year old male with a two digit IQ. BIG YAWN. DON'T WASTE YOUR
TIME...Read some old Heinlein or Tolkien.