TV Show Reviews
"Defiance" review by Suzanne
Mondays 9/8c on Syfy
Syfy has really gone all out on this show.
It is very ambitious. Not only is it a series, but it is an
interactive video game as well. Of course they hope that you
will watch the show and also play the game. They have
put a lot of publicity toward this. I was able to speak to
the three main cast members on the phone about the show as
well as the show and game's creators. They all have a
lot riding on this!
Not only did they put lots of money into the
special effects and everything, but they have different
alien races, all with their own languages, and people in the
show and in the game speak in all these languages.
However, just as a drama, I fear they have
not worked hard enough. I can't tell you specifically why it
is lacking, but it is. I love the actors, especially Julie
Benz and Grant Bowler. I love all science fiction, so I'll
definitely be watching the show. However, it doesn't seem
all the innovative or surprising, as if we've been there and
done that already. It seems derivative of so many other
scifi shows and movies that have already been done.
Perhaps it will get better as the show progresses, but the
pilot left me underwhelmed.
The show takes place in the year 2046 after
some aliens have crashed on Earth in 2013. You can read all
about the pilot on
the Syfy site. I guess after "Revolution", I have had
enough of post-disaster shows on Earth. Here are a few
things that bother me about the show. First of all,
Grant Bowler is gorgeous and has a sexy British accent. Yet
they have him playing an American. Why?? They do this far
too often on TV. Julie Benz is beautiful, but in a
light, ethereal way, yet they have her playing this tough
broad who dresses like crap. She has hear hair back and
wears awful clothes. She can't be strong AND beautiful?
So in both cases they are hiding some of the best assets of
both actors. Other than Bowler, there aren't too many
good-looking guys from what I could see. There is one teen
guy, but he is too young for me. The African-American deputy
is pretty cute but, otherwise... it's all women, aliens and
The big bad guys that come in and threaten
the good guys, the Volge, are boring and computer-animated.
They don't seem to have any particular character or
personality. They don't seem all that scary, either.
I hope to see that the show gets even
better! Otherwise, I wish, if they had to have a Syfy
show about an interesting small town, I would have preferred
a few more seasons of "Eureka"!
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